English Language (A Level)

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  • GCSEs to include at least a Grade 4 in English
  • Minimum Average GCSE Score required for this course: 4
  • Popular course which examines many fascinating aspects of our language
  • Core academic subject which aids career progression and combines well with other courses.

Course summary

“If you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious.”
Alan Moore

Language is not just a string of words! Studying English Language at Barton Peveril will open your eyes, ears and mind to the many facets of the language; from the sounds of speech to syntactic structure, society’s views on slang to the subtleties of ‘under the surface’ implication. On the course you’ll explore a number of methods for deconstructing written, spoken and multi-modal texts, always in relation to the context in which they were produced, for whom and for what purpose.

You’ll study theoretical approaches to evaluating communication and apply them to a range of genuine texts, each a product of real-world interaction. When producing the coursework folder in your second year you will write both creatively and analytically, exploring a language issue you find personally intriguing.


Flora Pick
Flora Pick

“After Barton I’m hoping to continue studying English Literature at university, and wish to ultimately end up in journalism or publishing of some description.”

Read more about Flora and some of our other students.