English Language

What does the course involve?

By engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts, A Level English Language will enable you to build on the skills you’ve developed at GCSE. You’ll use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources in your study of English Language and consider how English is used in a number of different day-to-day contexts. You’ll also look at the future of the English language, accents, dialects and how the language is used around the world and the UK. Using your creative writing skills, you’ll take a work of fiction and recreate it from the point of view of another character. We also go on trips to the theatre and the British Library in London.

Course Outline


  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children’s language development
  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Language investigation
  • Original writing

2 written exams: 2 hours 30 minutes each (worth 200 marks and 80% of A Level)

Language Investigation, Original Writing, Methods of Language Analysis are integrated into the activities assessed
Word count: 3,500 (worth 100 marks and 20% of A Level)
Assessed by teachers
Moderated by AQA

Exam Board 

Entry Requirements

A minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 and above, including Maths, with at least two at grade 6, including English Language and an essay-based subject.


English is a useful subject for a wide range of careers including publishing, teaching, law, accountancy, marketing and jobs in the arts and media industries. A range of English-related courses are available at University, and many of our English Language alumni have graduated in English and Popular Culture, English Language and Linguistics, English and Creative Writing, English and Communication Studies and Journalism.

Frequently Asked Questions

How does the college allocate places to students?

All applicants will be invited to attend an admissions interview. An offer of a place to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College is made subject to you meeting the College's standard entry grade requirements.

How much does it cost to study at Cadbury Sixth Form College?

There are no tuition fees for 16-18 year-olds. Students are asked to pay a £25 book deposit when they enrol at the college, however this is returned at the end of the two years of study when all books and resources have been returned to the college. Some subjects will offer field trips which may impose some additional costs, however these costs will be kept to a minimum and these field trips are not compulsory.

When does enrolment take place?

Enrolment takes place from GCSE Results Day. Further details about enrolment and a date/time for your individual appointment will be sent to you in a letter over the summer holiday. Enrolment takes on average 1-2 hours.

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