English Language


On this two-year course you will study sociolinguistics – the study of English language in use today and in the past.  You will investigate many factors, which influence English including social class, gender and regional differences.  You will encounter newspaper reports, blogs, speeches, interviews and slang. Whilst learning how to describe writing, speech and electronic communication you will also have the chance to develop your own writing.

Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, lawyer, and journalist.

Creative writing, journalism, English language, and linguistics.

Topics you'll cover


  • Language variations – gender, region, social class, occupation, world English
  • Textual analysis – speech, texts and electronic
  • Writing task on the power of storytelling, persuasion or information.
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  • Language diversity and change
  • Writing task on a language issue.

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two written exams
  • Two extended writing tasks
  • Exam board: AQA
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

  • At least five GCSEs at four and above, including English and maths.

What students say about the course

"I chose English language, in addition to music technology and maths, as a way of keeping my options open (facilitating subject). The topic I enjoyed most was regional variation where I learnt about accents and dialect - why we speak like we do and what influences it.

The course has a good balance of coursework and exams. You are even given the freedom to write about your interests for coursework assignments rather than being restricted to a given topic.  This is a great course to take if you enjoy writing and with all of the knowledgeable teachers you are sure to improve your skills. I am now thinking of taking an English degree as it is interesting and the possibilities are endless."

Oliver Cole, previously at Bitterne Park School

Additional information


You may be expected to pay a course fee each year to cover the cost of materials and equipment. If there are any issues with being able to pay these costs, please contact Richard Taunton Sixth Form College. 

A copy of the course payment breakdown can also be found here: course payment breakdown.