English Language

What’s it about?

Why study English Language?

Entry requirements

What you learn

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Student quotes:

“The better you understand language, the better you can use it. The better you can use language, the more power you will have and the more doors you will be able to open as you make your way through life.”

“English is the only subject you will genuinely use in your life every single day.”

“Language is communication. Every single thing you do in your life, going forward, will centre on communication: family relationships; work relationships; romantic relationships.”

“Develops skills of analysis, empathy, imagination, retrieval, and synthesis – all key problem-solving skills.”

“Analyse. Discuss. Evaluate. Consider. Criticise. Think. Not just regurgitate facts. Relevant to EVERY career.”

“Develops skills of analysis, empathy, imagination, retrieval, and synthesis – all key problem-solving skills: basis for any job that involves interface with the public, creative arts, service industries and analytics. Aside from making them better human beings with more culture.”

The Course Structure

Students will be expected to be inquisitive and analytical, responding to texts and data sets in a critical and intelligent way. Students will be expected to have an awareness and interest in language issues presented in the media. Initially the aim is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety. This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation.

Following this, students will study varieties of English within the British Isles and around the world. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity. They will look at how language varies depending on personal, social and geographical factors as well as gender and occupation. Students will be expected to write discursively about language issues in an academic essay and about language issues in a variety of forms, such as an article, to communicate their ideas to a non-specialist audience.

Also within the course, students will study how language has changed over time, from 1600 to the modern day, and also explore language acquisition, looking at how we first develop our language.

The coursework includes a written piece of either persuasive writing or story-telling and an investigation into an area of language that interests them.


80% exam, 20% coursework

Two written exams, each 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40%. They will be asked to analyse texts and data sets writing discursive essays and directed tasks on language issues such as children’s acquisition and language diversity.

Two pieces of coursework, each worth 10%. One piece of creative writing with an accompanying commentary; one investigation into an aspect of language.

Potential Careers

  • Analytics
  • Blogger
  • Civil service
  • Computational Science (TTS)
  • Copywriter
  • Creative arts
  • Curator
  • Events management
  • Influencer
  • IT Consultant
  • Journalist
  • Lawyer
  • Lexicographer
  • Librarian
  • Marketing Executive


  • Proof reader
  • Publisher
  • Radio presenter
  • Research
  • Service industries
  • Social work
  • Speech Therapy
  • Speech writer
  • Teacher
  • Teaching English abroad
  • Translator
  • TV presenter
  • Writer
  • YouTube star

 Why Study English Language?

 Entry Requirements

Subject Qualification (Level 3) Required GCSE Grades
(in addition to Sixth Form entry requirements)
Additional Information
English Language A Level 6+ English Language and 6+ English Literature

What You Learn

Our Learning Journeys have been created to give you a flavour for the types of topics students study in each year at our school. They show what will be covered throughout the year and during each half-term, but please note there is some flexibility to what is taught when. We hope you find them helpful.