Congratulations on making the exciting decision to study English Language at A’ level. Make no mistake, regardless of the title of the course, you are about to embark on a scientific study of language and its structures- don’t let that put you off! This qualification will take you on a sociolinguistic, dialectological, psycholinguistic, and historical journey in one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world.
Whether you have chosen to take the AS or A Level route, this guide will be both relevant and useful to you as the topics taught and assessment objectives covered are applicable to all examination boards.
English Language at AS and A Level is different to the GCSE that you have been studying throughout KS3 and 4. There is lots of terminology to remember and apply in the analysis of the texts given, but don’t let that phase you. Just as you once did not know the terminology for GCSE – yet have managed to learn it, apply it and succeed – you will do the same with AS and A Level.
This guide has been designed to support you in your new learning and help make all the exam requirements explicit.