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English Language A Level

Level 3
A Level
Two years
Telephone: 01792 890700 (Gorseinon)


You will develop an analytical toolkit of grammatical terminology and linguistic theories that will enable you to dissect any text. This includes spoken language and language over time modules, plus an independent research project.  

You will focus on how language reflects and constructs power and examine how people adapt language to suit different purposes and contexts. You will write in a variety of genres and learn how to use your toolkit to analyse your own writing. 


  • To develop an interest and enjoyment of English 
  • To apply an understanding of concepts and methods appropriate to the analysis of English Language 
  • To independently investigate language in use.


  • You will have the ability to explore English Language in a variety of contexts 
  • You will have developed knowledge of the systems of the English language and issues relating to language and its uses 
  • You will have developed your own creative skills.

Key information

You need a minimum of seven GCSE passes at grade C or above. A Grade B in GCSE English Language is required and a Grade B in English Literature is also desirable

You will be taught by two lecturers, for four lessons per week, totalling 4.5 hours for AS and A2 students. Assessment will include timed assignments, presentations and a mock exam at Christmas. 

At AS Level: 

  • Unit 1 – Exploring Language – 1.5 hour exam 
  • Unit 2 – Language Issues and Original Critical Writing – 2 hour exam 

At A Level: 

  • Unit 3 – Language Over Time – 1.5 hour exam 
  • Unit 4 – Spoken Texts and Creative Re-casting – 2 hour exam 
  • Unit 5 – Language and Identity  - Non-examination assessment 
  • A 2500-3500 word investigation of language in use. 

Progression opportunities include university study and careers in English Language. These may include creative writing, journalism, advertising and communications, applied, forensic and computational linguistics, modern languages, translation or teaching.