King George V College


What we study on the English Language A level is totally different to GCSE.  English Language will give you the confidence to explore, analyse and evaluate the world around you. If you like the idea of finding out where our language comes from and where it’s going, if you like taking things to bits and looking at how they are made, if you are interested in what makes you sound the way you do, or why some words are more offensive than others or how children learn to put a sentence together like the one you’ve just read, then this could be your favourite subject.

English Language A level is recognised by every university as an excellent step towards further study. Courses in Language or Literature or Linguistics are natural progressions, so if it’s forensic linguistics with its crime-solving appeal that grabs you this A level is an ideal first step. But other careers such as medicine, speech and language therapy or business, marketing or law, with their focus on people and communication, are equally well supported by this subject. Students have gone on to study a diverse range of subjects at university such as Journalism, Medicine, Zoology, Business Management, Criminology and even Fashion at prestigious universities like UCL and King’s,  Liverpool, Leeds and Durham.


5 GCSEs at grades 9-5 (A*-B) including English Language and a 4 or above (Grade C) in GCSE Maths. For English Language you will need a Grade 6 in English or English Language (excluding English Literature).


We offer local and national trips to enhance your learning, for example access to university talks and a visit to the British Library or Globe in London. We also invite expert speakers from local, national and international universities to talk to our students and the department supports many writing competitions.


Our classrooms are in the new Creative Arts building; they are large and bright and equipped with modern interactive facilities. Students should purchase some texts, for example the course textbook, but you will be supplied with handouts and other supporting material. There are a lot of additional books and magazines in the Learning Centre and we use online resources which encourage students to use Twitter, read blogs, watch video clips, listen to podcasts and explore websites as part of their studies. 


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