English Language - A2

L3 Level 3
Full Time
3 September 2024 — 21 June 2025
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

About this course

The English Language A2 programme follows on from AS English Language and should be taken in conjunction with two or three other subjects and the Welsh Baccalaureate. At A2, students will be expected to show deeper understanding and knowledge of phonology, orthography, etymology, lexis, semantics, morphology, grammar and discourse.

What you will study

There are three units for A2 English Language. Two of the units are written examinations and one unit is an independent investigation. All units must be undertaken.

Candidates will gain an appreciation of language over time, whilst gaining knowledge of child language acquisition and phonemic symbols. 

Unit 3: Language over Time (written examination) 1hr 30m (20%)

This unit is based on the study of unseen written texts from different periods, linked by genre. There will be three texts, none earlier that 1500, and students will be expected to answer two questions:

Question 1: Candidates will answer several short questions based on archaic language features from the texts.

Question 2: Candidates will write an extended response (essay) in which they explore, analyse and evaluate the contextual factors through close reading of the texts by describing the key features of language change, using associated terminology accurately and making connections across the texts in light of a given focus. Responses will need to demonstrate the candidate’s own use of coherent written expression and their use of apt quotation to fully support the interpretive points they make.

Unit 4: Analysing spoken language (written examination) 2hrs (20%)

There are two sections of equal weight, with one question in each section. Both sections are compulsory.

Section A: Analysing spoken language

Candidates will use their knowledge of the spoken language mode in a variety of contexts, which cover a range of situations in order to closely read spoken language transcripts to produce an extended analytical response in which they explore the speakers’ use of language and its effects, given the context and genre. Candidates will need to use apt quotation, apply appropriate linguistic and theoretical knowledge and will need to demonstrate coherent written expression. 

Section B: Creative re-casting

This question will allow candidates the opportunity to demonstrate their creativity in presenting material in a different form and for a different audience and purpose. Candidates will produce an original piece of writing, which is linked to one or both of the transcripts in Section A.

Unit 5:
 Language and Identity (non-examination assessment 2500-3500 words: 20%)

This unit gives learners the opportunity to undertake a language investigation independently through research, data collection and interpretation. Learners have a choice of four areas from which they can select a topic:

  1. Language and self-representation
  2. Language and gender
  3. Language and culture
  4. Language and diversity

NB: Learners should select material that is culturally, personally and academically of interest to them.

Entry requirements

Successful completion of AS programme including satisfactory attendance and tutor recommendation.

Teaching and assessment

One written exam and coursework

Important points

  • The College welcomes contact with parents/guardians of students who are under 18.
  • Additional support is available for students with learning difficulties and disabilities.
  • Cardiff and Vale College is committed to inclusion and values diversity. We are determined to promote equality of opportunity and to treat everyone fairly and with respect.
  • Cardiff and Vale College reserves the right to make changes to this course without prior notice.
  • Course fees are subject to change. Your fee will be confirmed prior to enrolment.
  • All courses are accurate at the time of upload or print.
  • Courses can only run if there are sufficient numbers.
  • Please note, if you choose three or more course choices, then you may be referred for a careers appointment first. This does not apply to A Level or GCSE choices.
Key information

Start date

3 September 2024

End date

21 June 2025

Time of day

Day Time

Full Time

4.5 hours per week


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
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Course code



WJEC Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language
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Career prospects & further study


Fantastic university progression routes! With hundreds of students gaining places at Oxbridge, Russell Group and other leading universities. In fact, this year more than 500 students achieved their firm or insurance choice through UCAS, with nearly 100 being Russell Group universities!

On completion of the A Level programme, the majority of our students progress onto universities across the country and beyond. Based on this course, there are many options but below are just a few examples of degree programmes you could go on to study at University:

  • Creative Writing
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  • History
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  • Psychology 


City Centre Campus, Cardiff
City Centre Campus, Cardiff

City Centre Campus,

Dumballs Road,


CF10 5FE