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Why study English Language?

Exam board and specification codes: English Language (H470) OCR

This specification offers a rich and varied programme of study, through which students develop a deep knowledge of the way language works and a secure understanding of the English Language system in both written and spoken forms. Students explore examples of language in use and apply concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language.

Students can undertake an independent investigation in an area of particular interest. There are opportunities to write creatively, and by the end of the course students have developed expertise as English linguists. English Language A-Level is highly regarded by universities and is especially useful for those who would like to become lawyers or journalists.

How is it examined?


Exam 1

  • Exploring Language (01)
  • Linguistic analysis of authentic texts in both the spoken and written forms
  • Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue

(Written paper; 2hrs 30mins; 80 marks; 40% of A-Level)

Exam 2

  • Dimensions of Linguistic Variation
  • Analysis of how children acquire language
  • How language changes over time
  • Language in media

(Written paper; 2hrs 30mins; 80 marks; 40% of A-Level)

Coursework Unit: Independent Language Study

A linguistic investigation into an area of individual interest which may include such topics as gender, power, technology, conversation, speech or social varieties. There are many possibilities and students are able to focus on whatever area inspires them.

(Non-examined assessment; 40 marks; 20% of total A-Level)

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