English Language


On this two-year English Language 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, ethnicity and regional differences.  You will encounter newspaper reports, blogs, speeches, and slang. Whilst learning how to describe writing, speech and electronic communication you will also have the chance to develop your own writing, and investigate an element of language variation, such as how children acquire their language.

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Level: A Level (level 3)

Course Details

Begin with the end in mind

Teacher, journalist, academic researcher, copywriter, editor, lawyer.

English Language, Law, Sociology, Psychology, Journalism, Creative Writing.

Topics you'll cover


  • Language Variations: social class; regional variation; gender; occupation
  • Textual analysis – speech, texts and electronic
  • Writing task on the power of storytelling, persuasion or information [coursework].


  • Language variations: ethnicity; global English
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  • Language diversity and change
  • Writing task on a language issue [coursework].

Assessment and Qualification

  • Two written exams (40% each)
  • Coursework (20%)
  • Exam board: AQA
  • A Level (level three).

Course entry requirements

At least five GCSEs at 5 or above, including English Language.

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.