English Language

  • Course type: A level
  • Awarding/exam body: OCR



On this course you will learn about the structures and functions of the English language as it is used on a day to day basis. You will learn how to analyse a wide range of language data, including media and other non-literary texts and spoken language. The course will explore the ways in which children acquire and develop language, how language varies according to social context and the features and causes of language change over time. Likely topics will include the influences of technology on language, the role of language in society and the relationship between language and power and language and gender.

  • Course units...

    Unit 1: Exploring Language

    Unit 2: Dimensions of Linguistic Variation

    Unit 3: Independent Language Research

  • Course assessment...

    These A levels are will be assessed by 2 examinations and a coursework folder of investigative (English Language) and analytical work.

  • This course can lead to...

    A level English courses form excellent preparation for any one of the wide variety of English courses available in higher education. English literature in particular is considered a ‘facilitating subject’ by Russell Group universities. English is useful for career paths including journalism, law, publishing, the civil service, politics and teaching.

  • Entry requirements...

    In addition to our Programme Entry Requirements, applicants must also meet specific Course Entry Requirements:

    Grade 5 in English Language and Grade 5 English Literature

  • Course highlights...

    • Trips to the EMC English Language conference and Dr Johnson’s house.
    • Day trip to Paris to explore the culture of the city and its influence on the anthology texts.
    • Opportunity to be published in the SFX creative writing anthology
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