A great way to get a feel for the A-level English Language course - and to understand how it differs from GCSE English Language - is to start reading some articles about English Language topics. The English Language is in the news all the time, and articles about English feature heavily in all parts of the exam, so reading some articles is both a great introduction to course topics and is directly relevant as far as exams are concerned.
Below are links to hundreds of articles. The folder titles reflect the topics that you will study during the course. Click on a folder to see the articles, and choose any that you like. They are all useful!