English Language and Linguistics


If you enjoy reading and writing this course is for you.

We explore how the English language has developed over time, looking at the influence of the internet and social networking sites, how children learn to talk, how words come into being, and much more.

You will be provided with an analytical approach to the study of language, including work on grammar.

The first year will train you in detailed language analysis of a range of texts and data, including the fascinating new area of forensic linguistics.

You will look at issues such as attitudes to slang, texting, and online English as well as how language is used to demonstrate power in speech and writing.

The second year will train you in more ‘applied’ linguistic areas; how children learn to talk, language & media, and the development of language from 1600 to the present.

You will investigate an area of the English Language special to you, working closely with your teacher to produce high-quality linguistic research.

As a minimum, you will need (or equivalent to);

  • GCSE Mathematics grade 4
  • GCSE English Language or Literature grade 4
  • plus three more GCSEs at grade 4.

There are two exams (worth 80%) and coursework (worth 20%):

  • Exam paper 1 covers language levels, topical language issues (students’ journalistic writing) and spoken and written language
  • Exam paper 2 covers children’s speech development, media language, and language change from 1600-present day
  • The non-examined assessment (coursework) is on any language topic of interest in negotiation with your teacher.

Past students have progressed to university to study Language, Linguistics, Communication or Creative Writing, however, this course will prepare you for a wide range of courses due to the strong communication skills that are gained.

Students have gone on to a variety of different careers, including Journalism, Writing, Teaching and Law.

Are there any English-based enrichment opportunities?

Yes, there are opportunities to get involved in creative writing activities and we have hosted a lecture series.