Based at the Workington Academy site.

Examination Board


Entry Criteria

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


AS Level

Paper 1: Language and the individual.

This assesses textual variations and representations. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities. This makes up 50% of the AS level.

Paper 2: Language Varieties

This unit looks at language diversity and writing skills. Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities. This makes up 50% of the AS level.

A Level

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society

This assesses textual variations and representations and children’s language development (0-10 years).

Paper 2: Language diversity and change

This assesses language diversity and change, language discourses and writing skills.

Non-exam assessment:

Students will complete a language investigation and a piece of original writing,plus commentary.

Why you should study English Language

A Level English Language asks questions: questions about where our language comes from, how words can influence and control us and why the language we use now has changed.

Course Content

AS English Language

Students will study gender and about how language changes over time. We also study the language of work, accents and dialects, asking questions about why some accents are more acceptable than others.

A2 English Language

Students revisit gender and accents, with the added element of research coursework.

Skills Developed, Progression and Possible Future Careers

Studying English Language can involve exploring almost any use of words. You will have the opportunity to study the ways English language is used in a variety of forms. Your English language course will also teach you to analyse language at many levels.

Studying English teaches you how to write clearly and effectively. The analytical and communication abilities that an English qualification provides are called ‘transferable skills’: they are useful in almost any occupation.