English Language


Type of Qualification: A Level  

Exam BoardOCR 

Additional Entry RequirementsGrade 6 at GCSE in English Language 

Why study English Language? 

Anyone who is interested in reading for English, Law or a Humanities based degree should consider this course. There are also sociolinguistic features of the course which support Sociology and some aspects of Psychology A level courses. 

Additionally, anyone who is reading for a humanities-based A level and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation for enhanced essay writing might also find this course extremely useful. 

Course Content 

Introduces candidates to methods of exploring spoken and written language in use through the study of: 

  • the way purpose, audience and context impact upon language production and reception 
  • the use of linguistic concepts (lexis, grammar, phonetics/phonology, pragmatics, discourse and graphology) as analytical tools 
  • how spoken and written texts reproduce ideas about cultural values and assumptions, focusing on Language and Gender, and Language and Power. 
  • how children learn to speak and acquire language skills 
  • language in the media 

Allows candidates to develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise through the study of: 

  • register and style 
  • the characteristics of genres and sub-genres 

Examines the history of English and the processes involved in language change 

Assessment is by examination (80%) and coursework (20%)  

Two 150-minute exam papers plus two coursework tasks totalling 3000 words 

Careers in English Language 

Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication. Particularly relevant to law, journalism, marketing and advertising, teaching (primary and secondary) and business administration.