Examination Board:  AQA

The study of English Language will enable students to develop analytical skills when examining a variety of different texts and explore regional and cultural variations in language. Students will also learn about child language acquisition and the way our speaking skills develop. Through the study of the conventions of language, students will also understand the significance of intertextuality and lexical choices. There is also an element of creative writing to the course, which will be accompanied by a commentary and analytical essay to complete a portfolio of your work.

Specific requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language and Literature 

What will I study?

Topics covered

Year 12

Year 13

Introduction to sociolinguistics: Working from individual language styles out towards different groups and communities.

  • Language and the individual (idiolect)
  • Language and social groups (sociolect, ethnolect & occupational language)
  • Language and regions (dialect)


Mini-text work to develop analysis, interpretation and understanding of language levels: vocabulary, grammar, graphology, discourse, pragmatics


Introduction to language levels: using language variation to explore vocabulary, grammar and phonology


Original Writing

Look at style models for range of different tasks and create an independent piece of writing. Examples include, but are not limited to, the following:

  • Writing your own campaign of adverts for a charity;
  • A ‘How to’ guide on avoiding offence to people with disabilities;
  • Write a piece aimed at children telling them the history of English

Creative writing tasks leading into creative assignment (perhaps based on exploration of a particular variety of language)


Analysing spoken language using short extracts from different genres of talk (political speeches, interviews, casual chat, teacher talk, coaching etc.)


Analysis and discussion of extracts of blended mode texts (e.g. Twitter, email, texting, Facebook, WhatsApp, WattPad, Shapchat, online forums, You Tube comments etc.)

  • Recording and transcription of spoken and written data
  • Grouping and text classification activities
  • Major assignment on textual variation


Skills gained/developed


Year 12 / Year 13

You will obtain the ability to:

  • Build your analytical skills
  • Learn about child language acquisition
  • Consider regional and cultural variations in language






Assessment Methods

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

100 marks

40% of A-level

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children's language development (0-11 years
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities


Paper 2: Language diversity and change

written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

100 marks

40% of A-level

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities


Non-exam Assessment: Language in Action

A piece of original writing and commentary

Word Count: 1,500

10% of A-Level



Where does it lead?

Potential Progression;

Jobs directly related to English Language:

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Magazine journalist
  • Newspaper journalist
  • Publishing copy-editor/proof reader
  • Writer


Jobs indirectly related to English Language:

  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising account executive
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Information officer
  • Marketing executive
  • PPC specialist
  • Primary school teacher
  • Public relations officer
  • Records manager
  • Secondary school teacher
  • Social media manager