English Language
A Level

Awarding Body: Pearson

Course Description

This course focuses on the development of English as a language of communication over time. It is an excellent opportunity to improve your ability to analyse language; produce coherent and effective arguments, and write creatively. You will also gain insights into the process of communication; whether spoken, written or electronic.

Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.

As an international student you must:

  • Demonstrate a suitable level of academic English, normally at CEFR level B1. For Student Visa applications Portsmouth College recommends a minimum IELTS score of 5.5 overall (with no component lower than 5) to best succeed in your studies.
  • Demonstrate that you are competent to study at Level 3 in your chosen subjects during your application, including certificates of your qualifications and subject specific requirements such as evidence of an art portfolio for entry on to one of our Art courses.
  • Successfully complete a Skype interview with the College to discuss and assess your subject choices.

The course focuses on a wide range of language issues and changes. You’ll explore the differences between planned and spontaneous communication, the effects of modern technology, geographical variations, and the importance of audience and purpose as to how people communicate. You will also learn about the origin, development and variation of language, exploring how and why English has changed over time and why it is so important worldwide You will study extracts from journalism, political speeches from different countries and eras, the language of advertising designed to manipulate and children’s texts such as Chicken Licken. The development of children’s spoken and written language is another significant component of the course.

Using linguistic terminology and concepts you will develop the ability to see what language choices reveal about a person’s opinion of themselves, their listener and what their real purposes are in the communication. You will apply linguistic concepts and methods of analysis to the study of meanings and topical issues in language from many sources. You will be able to write analytical essays using complex terminology and theories. You will also develop your knowledge of the history of the English language linked to key historical events in England and around the world.

80% exam / 20% coursework

Get ready for the world of work with our E6 Programme, which integrates opportunity into academic study. A Level English Language works well with many E6 opportunities, including; the Extended Project (EPQ), Hinglish, mentoring through the Portsmouth Scholars scheme and Unloc’s ‘You Speak’ debating competition.

English Language is a well established and highly regarded academic subject. Success in this A level confirms to any university or employer your ability to express yourself fluently and succinctly. It will demonstrate your ability to approach analytical tasks in a logical and effective manner. It works well with most other subjects and will certainly strengthen your overall course combination. Students who have studied A level English Language have gone on to study subjects including: English, Journalism, Media Studies, Business Studies, Drama, Law and Business at university.

The three exams will take place in May/June of the second year of the course.