AS/A Level English Language

Start Date

Mon Sep 09 2024

Day / Time



1 year



AS/A Level English Language

This course is the study of everyday language in action.

There are no set texts, we don't read novels, plays or poems.

Instead, we explore the ways we use language to communicate through both speech and writing

You will have the opportunity to develop your subject expertise by engaging in close text analysis and critically applying both linguistic terminology and a wide range of theories.

Using linguistic concepts and methods, you will analyse a vast range of non-fiction texts, as well as real examples of spoken language – including your own.

You will also develop skills as a producer and interpreter of language by creating texts yourself and critically reflecting on your own processes of production.

Year 1 - AS Level

You will explore three key units:

  • Linguistic Methods
  • Meanings and Representations
  • Language Diversity

Linguistic Methods

In this section of the course, we take a close look at the various methods we can use to study both written and spoken language in analytical detail.

This takes the form of the language levels, each of which we explore in turn and apply to a wide range of texts.

Meanings and Representations

In this unit, we explore the various ways text producers use the language levels in order to create meaning and representations with their texts, in order to fulfil specific purposes and address intended audiences.

This raises a huge number of questions and the validity of what is written in the media and allows us to explore the ways we communicate online and the impact of this on our language.

Language Diversity

This unit is an exploration into the varieties of the English language we each use every day.

We will question to what extent factors such as our gender, age, occupation and social class may impact upon both our own language and the language used to address us within wider society.

Year 2 - A Level

In the second year, 20% of the A Level will be made up of your own coursework, entitled Language in Action, as well as studying two further units, Child Language Acquisition and Language Change.

Language in Action

This element of the course allows you to complete your own investigation into an area you are interested in.

This is assessed through three pieces, firstly a 2000 word investigation into an area of language use that you are passionate about.

This can range from an Arctic Monkeys song lyric to the Geordie dialect and allows you to conduct and write up your own research.

You will also write your own 750 word piece of original writing, either to persuade, entertain or inform, alongside a commentary of the same length to justify the linguistic choices you made in your creative piece.

Child Language Acquisition

In this fascinating unit, you will explore the ways we all learn how to talk, read and write.

We will explore a range of theories surrounding child development, as well as looking at the ways this is supported by caregivers, school, children’s books and even television.

As you have all gone through this process yourself, it is interesting to look back and consider exactly how this may have happened.

Language Change

In a world of the internet and rapidly changing technology, this unit takes a very relevant and critical look at the way in which language changes over time and is still evolving.

You will examine the origins of the English Language and the ways the language has changed over time, studying the critical theory behind these changes.

Baltic Campus