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English Language enables you to develop your interest and enjoyment of English and a deep knowledge of how language works in a wide variety of real-world spoken and written texts. Language is distinct from A-level Literature as, on this course, you will focus mainly on non-fiction texts. You will also engage creatively with topical issues in language in use. Throughout your studies, you will develop your understanding of all the influences that shape the language we use every day.


AS after one year of study – 100% exam (2 papers)

A-level after two years of study – 80% exam (2 papers) plus 20% coursework

Entry Requirements

At least Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and an average GCSE score of 4.80 or higher.

Average GCSE Scores

Please note that for some of our courses, we require a minimum average GCSE score.
We use average GCSE scores to ensure our students enrol on courses where they have the greatest opportunity to succeed.

- - 9
A* - 8
A - 7
B - 6
C - 5
D - 4
E - 3
F - 2
G - 1

How to work out your average GCSE Score
To calculate your score, take your best eight GCSE qualifications which must include GCSE English Language and GCSE Maths. To work out each point score, add them all together and then divide the total by eight.

BTEC Firsts, CiDA, DiDA, Functional Skills Level 1/2, GCSE Short Courses, OCR Vocational & ECDL qualifications are not counted towards Average GCSE Scores however we do take them into consideration when assessing overall academic achievement and your suitability for BTEC and other vocational courses. 

There may be other requirements you need to meet, in order to enter EN on the desired programme you wish to study. If at any time you have any questions or queries please e-mail We will be happy to advise you further.

EN reserves the right to change our Entry Requirements to match the needs of our students.


In the first year, you will develop your understanding of how written language works on a range of levels such as vocabulary, grammar and sound, and how meanings are conveyed both explicitly and implicitly.  You will study spoken language and how it contributes to your identity as well as learning about the diversity of British English.  You will also explore two key topics: Language and Power and Language and Gender.  You will develop your analytical writing skills and in the exam you will be given texts to analyse on their own and to compare.  You will also be asked to write a persuasive piece for a media audience about a topical language issue.

In Year 2, you will study how language changes over time, how children acquire speech and language in the media as well as developing your analytical written skills further.  You will also complete a language investigation on a topic of your choice.


AS/A-level English Language provides a qualification in a core subject, with a range of transferable skills. You will develop a detailed understanding of the English Language and develop your critical and creative skills in close reading, evaluation, interpretation and production of texts through exploring and debating with your peers.

You will develop perceptive reading skills and an enquiring mind. You will learn how to create a conceptualised argument and support your points with evidence. As a result your written skills will be enhanced and greatly valued.

Inspirational Links & Videos

Follow @ENSFCEnglish – English Department Twitter feed

An introduction to A Level English Language at EN:

Why Study English language or Linguistics at A Level and Beyond? Erika Darics, Senior Lecturer at Aston University:

18 reasons for doing an English degree:

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What Jobs Do People With an English Degree End Up Doing?

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Course Information


A level

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