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Key details

Attendance Full-time
Duration 2 years
Awarding Body AQA
Level A-level
Start Date 06/09/2021

Other start dates

Course overview

If you are interested in how the English language works, this course is ideal for you.

In Year One, you will be introduced to some of the main branches of linguistics.

You will analyse a wide range of texts, using the language frameworks, and look at language in social contexts. The range of texts could include stories, advertisements, menus, contracts, speeches, plays or even food labels and much more. One of the two AS examination questions will require you to analyse six or seven small texts and categorise them according to areas such as grammar, semantics, graphology, discourse, lexis, context, pragmatics, phonology, genre, audience and other appropriate headings such as humour. The other examination question will include language and gender, power or technology.

The coursework requires two different pieces of original writing that are influenced by an analysed style model and followed by a commentary that explains the techniques used – for example, a speech for professional adults in a work context and piece of travel writing aimed at backpackers.

Year Two coursework is a  language investigation that follows a format with an introduction, methodology, analysis, conclusion and  bibliography etc. You could have a hypothesis and prove or disprove something or investigate something that is language related. Examples could be around language change through advertisements, recipes, policies or ‘do women gossip more than men?’ or ‘boys swear more than girls?’ etc. Other examples may include analysing song lyrics, the way a character is portrayed in a book or how children learn to spell. There will be a requirement to write a media text , which is an offshoot of the investigation but based on the content of the investigation.

Also, in the second year, you will extend your knowledge by studying language change and child language acquisition. These two topics will be included in the final examination and can be used as language investigation topics.

A Level Pathways

If you are interested in proceeding with A Levels then then you have 4 different pathways that you can choose from. With each pathway you must choose 3 A Levels. Other combinations are available.


Pathway 1 – Health and Care

  • Biology
  • Sociology
  • Psychology


  • Nursing
  • Midwifery
  • Paramedic Science
  • Physiotherapy
  • Speech Therapy
  • ODP


Pathway 2 – Science and Technology

  • Chemistry
  • Biology
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • Computer science


  • Optometry
  • Pharmacy
  • Dentistry
  • Medicine
  • Biomedical Sciences
  • Vet Sciences
  • Computer Science
  • Engineering
  • Physics
  • Maths
  • ICT


Pathway 3 – Business and Law

  • Business
  • Law
  • Government and Politics
  • Maths
  • Economics


  • Business and management
  • Law
  • Finance
  • Accounting


Pathway 4 – Humanities & Social Science

  • Sociology B
  • Psychology
  • History
  • English Lang/Lit


  • Social work
  • Sociology
  • Psychology
  • Criminology
  • Counselling
  • Peace Studies
  • Politics

What you'll study

Year One comprises two Units:

Unit 1 – (examination) Categorising texts Language and Social Contexts (gender, power and technology).

Unit 2 – (Coursework) Creating Texts.


Year Two comprises a further two Units:

Unit 3 – (examination) Developing Language (language change and child language acquisition).

Unit 4 – (coursework) Language Investigation.

  • Year One comprises two Units:

    Unit 1 – (examination) Categorising texts Language and Social Contexts (gender, power and technology).

    Unit 2 – (Coursework) Creating Texts.


  • Year Two comprises a further two Units:

    Unit 3 – (examination) Developing Language (language change and child language acquisition).

    Unit 4 – (coursework) Language Investigation.


The course is 40% coursework and 60% examinations.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language
Grade 6

For learners wishing to enrol on one of the A Levels in September 2021 there is a minimum entry criteria of 5.6 based on an Average Points Score across a learners GCSE results.  A Calculation is made based on all GCSEs taken against grades per subject to confirm the final score.  For example if you sat 8 GSCEs and received a grade 5 for each subject then your overall APS would be 5.67.  For more information please contact the admissions team.

Next steps

Skills You Will Develop

  • You will be given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and concepts associated with the study of English Language
  • You will gain an informed awareness of contemporary debates about language
  • The coursework Modules will enable you to develop your writing skills and investigate topics in which you are interested.
Benefits Choosing to study A Level English Language can give you a head start in the job market and at university. Undoubtedly, written and spoken communication is an essential requirement in the world of business and across a range of professions such as those in the areas of paralegal work, law, publishing, web publishing, research, journalism, marketing, teaching, classroom assistants, speech therapy, public relations, speech writing for public officials, translators, signers, proof reading, librarians, technical writing and copywriting.

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Tuition fees

If you are aged 19+ and studying a Further Education Course at Bradford College, you may have to pay course fees. Course fees are dependent on the number of hours and which course is being taken. Actual costs can be obtained from our team. Email:

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