King James' School

English Language

What’s it all about? 

If you are fascinated by language, this course is for you.  Maybe you listen with interest when you come across an accent that is different from your own; or you might have a young child in your family learning to talk; or perhaps you’re intrigued by the way new words seem to appear on a daily basis - or even by the unique histories of older words.  Each of these areas, and many more besides, are the business of a linguist and this is what you become if you study English Language.  You can turn your natural interest in language into the study of linguistics.  Whether you follow the AS level one-year course or the A level two year course, you will learn to analyse language in its many forms and show creativity through the production of your own original writing. 

Exam and Assessment Information: 

AQA - 7702 

AS Level 

Textual variations and Representations. 

A linear course assessed by two exam papers which require the student to analyse, compare and discuss. 

A Level 

Textual variations and Representations; Children’s Language Development, Language Diversity and Change, Language in Action. 

A linear course assessed by two exam papers which require the student to analyse, compare and discuss. 


A non-exam assessment worth 20% involving a language investigation and a piece of original writing.

To get started: 

The most important qualities to have are a curiosity about how language works and an enjoyment of the process of reading and writing. To manage this course effectively, you will need high quality analysis and writing skills.  Successful students contribute to discussions in class and have a pro-active and independent attitude to learning. You will need to have a grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

What next? 

English Language sits happily alongside a wide range of subject combinations.  It is a particularly good choice for those considering A levels in Literature, Modern Languages, Sociology and Psychology, but its wide ranging nature also makes it an ideal choice for those considering one of the sciences. 

It will prepare you to be a critical reader and effective communicator.  Past students have gone on to work in media, journalism, teaching, law, politics and speech therapy.  It is also a useful spring board for studying English Language or Linguistics at university. 

The English language has never been so influential: it is the language of international business, politics and the internet.  It is constantly evolving and the focus of many a lively debate on Twitter or YouTube.  Check out what David Crystal, Donna Tartt or Stephen Fry have to say about it.

Our students say … 

“It’s fun because we study current views about language.” Holly Pickard 

“We get to take part in heated discussions and express our opinions.”  Jake Masters

English Language

English Language