A Level English Language

Key Information

Examination Board Cambridge International Examinations
Syllabus Code 9093
Entry Requirements IGCSE Grades B in Literature and First Language English

The syllabus aims to develop:

  • A critical and informed response to texts in a range of forms, styles and contexts.
  • The interdependent skills of reading, analysis and research.
  • Effective, creative, accurate and appropriate communication.
  • A firm foundation for further study of language and linguistics.

Course Content

Successful English Language learners develop an understanding and enjoyment of a wide variety of different texts, both written and spoken. They gain pleasure and awareness of how language works in different ways, for different purposes and for different audiences. In addition, they gain skills for life, including:

  • the ability to appreciate how different texts are shaped by their language and style
  • skills in creating their own imaginative and persuasive writing for different purposes and audiences
  • skills in researching, selecting and shaping information from different sources
  • the ability to analyse and compare written and spoken texts in close detail.


Year 12 (AS)

Students will take Paper 1 and Paper 2 as outlined below.

Paper 1 is based on Passages.

Students respond to unseen texts by

a) commenting on the use of language in the passage and

b) a directed writing task based on the passage.

Paper 2 is based on Writing.

Students are required to produce

a) imaginative writing (narrative/descriptive) and to

b) write for an audience.

Year13 (A2)

Students will take Paper 3 and Paper 4 as outlined below.

Paper 3 is based on Text Analysis.

In response to text, students are required to

a) write in a specific form and for a specified purpose and/or audience using appropriate vocabulary, tone and style,

b) compare the style of the student’s own writing with that of the original text, and

c) compare the style and language of two given texts.

Paper 4 is based on Language Topics.

Students write in response to the following 3 topics:

a) Spoken Language and Social Groups,

b) English as a Global Language and

c) Language Acquisition by Children and Teenagers.

Careers and Progression

A Level English Language is useful for a wide range of careers from Law to Politics, Business Management to Journalism.

For more information, contact Ms Donlon