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York College


Entry requirements

You should have a minimum of 2 grade Bs and 4 grade Cs at GCSE which must include English Language at grade B (grade 5) or above.


Two years.

What will I study?

This is a thought-provoking course that enables you to read, discuss, analyse and write about a range of language.

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

Section A: Textual variations and representations

Two texts (one contemporary and one older) linked by topic or theme. Analysis of one text (25 marks), Analysis of second text (25 marks), Comparison of the two texts (20 marks).

Section B: Children’s Language Development

A discursive essay on children’s language development. Choice of two questions where the data will be either spoken language or written/multi-modal language (30 marks).

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Language Change

Section A:

One question from a choice of two: either an evaluative essay on language diversity (regional variation, gender/ethnic/occupational variation, contextual variation) or an evaluative essay on language change (30 marks).

Section B: Language Discourses

Two questions on two unseen texts about a topic linked to the study of language diversity and language change. Analyse how the texts use language to present, ideas, attitudes and opinions to language diversity or language change (40 marks).
A directed writing task on diversity or change using the ideas in the texts (30 marks).

Non-Exam Assessment: Language in Action

A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
A piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words)

How will I be assessed?

Paper 1 – 2 hours 30 minutes written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 100 marks.

Paper 2 – 2 hours 30 minutes written examination
40 per cent of A Level, 100 marks.

Non-exam Assessment - 3,500 words
20 per cent of A Level, 100 marks.

What could it lead to?

On successful completion of this course, students may progress to HND or degree level study in such areas as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law and anywhere English is required. Students also have the opportunity to go into employment. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge and other top universities and have used this A Level to support degrees in other subjects.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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100% Achievement in 2016.


Katherine Rawlings - English Language Case Study

Aaron Renfree.

Previously of Woldgate College
A Level English Language

Aaron has always enjoyed studying English from a very early age and the subject has become a passion of his so he decided to visit York College’s Job Shop to see if they had any placements available. Aaron was pleased to get a week’s position at the Press Association in Howden. He worked nine to five through February half-term and at the end of the week two of his pieces were included in the Scottish Metro - one about American southern rock band ‘Blackberry Smoke’ and another about electronic band ‘Black Onassis’.

"My English Language coursework studies included writing mock newspaper articles and these have really inspired me to progress into journalism. I am hoping to study a Degree in Journalism at Teesside or Lincoln University and would like to specialise in entertainment and media journalism. I chose to study at College because I wanted a change of scene from school. Studying in a more professional environment like York College has been excellent.”

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