EnglishLangQRThe Course

English Language is a challenging, but fascinating course. Over the two years we will examine the ways that society is represented through language, and how individuals define themselves by their use of language. There are three inter-related units in the course.

Unit 1: Language, The Individual and Society:

  • In this unit, we will introduce you to methods of language analysis to explore the ways that English, in its spoken and written form, is adapted to suit different purposes and audiences depending on a range of situations, contexts, relationships, status and channels of communication. We will also introduce you to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change:

  • The aim of this unit is to allow students to explore language variety in its wider social and geographical contexts. We will study the diversity of English pronunciation and dialect, and explore the history of the
    English language, charting its changes over the centuries. We will examine attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity.

Unit 3: Language in Action:

  • This coursework element will allow you to explore and analyse language data independently, as well as develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise through two different pieces of work: a research
    investigation and a creative project.


2 Exams – 2 hours 30 minutes each.
Paper 1 40% – assesses unit 1
Paper 2 40% – assesses unit 2
Non examined assessment (NEA) 20% - unit 3
Your teachers will guide you through the options for your NEA at the end of Year 12.

Entry Requirements

GCSE English Language grade 5
GCSE English Literature grade 4

Careers & Higher Education

English Language A Level provides an excellent training for any employment or area of interest involving communication, such as teaching, journalism, creative writing and publishing.

In addition, it provides a very useful background to further study in English, media, theatre, education, speech therapy, law, psychology or sociology.


Mr Poole, Head of English Faculty, Mrs Leon and Dr Shilling. 


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Head Teacher: Mr Alex Lingard

Liskeard School & Community College
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