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AQA A Level English Language

What’s it about?

This course focuses on the English language: its history, changes and application.  

This course aims to enable you to: 

  • analyse both spoken and written language use according to its context 
  • write for different forms, audiences and purposes 
  • undertake independent and sustained studies to cater to your interests and develop your skills   

Entry Requirements:

We would recommend a grade 6 at GCSE in English. 


Miss M Miles – Director of Teaching and Learning

    The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form

    Course Content

    A Level English Language provides an engaging and up-to-date course that reflects contemporary language study. With exciting text- and data-based sources of language, the specification introduces the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, the course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps. 

    The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. 


    At A Level, students sit two examinations and submit one coursework assignment: 

    PAPER 1

    Textual variations and 
    Children’s language development (0 – 11 years) 
    Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities 

    PAPER 2

    Language diversity and change 
    Language discourses 
    Writing skills 
    Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities 


    Language investigation 
    Original writing 
    Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities 


    The successful completion of this course will allow you to progress on to a wide range of related higher education courses and could lead you into careers in journalism, marketing and publishing.  



    The Canterbury Academy Sixth Form Course List