English Language

A Level

Course Entry Requirements

Five A* – C grades at GCSE including a 5/C in GCSE English Language

If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.

All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2018, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2019 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.

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What will I study?

You will:

  • Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts of language using terminology to investigate the methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Explore data and examples of language in use
  • Engage creatively with creative original writing tasks
  • Explore language critically through the analysis of spoken language and non-literary texts
  • Explore language and meaning, attitudes conveyed, a range of modes and genres
  • Develop independent learning skills
  • Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Explore data and examples of language in use
  • Engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English
  • Develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language
  • Independently investigate language in use

What skills do I need?

  • Flair and imagination
  • Good reading skills
  • A mixture of creative and analytical thinking
  • A willingness to work both in a team and independently

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Why should I study this course?

Why are words so powerful? If you’re captivated by language, from text messages to textual analysis, this course will develop your interest in speech and writing.

Studying English Language will radically change your perception of written texts and spoken interactions, developing broad-ranging skills in analysis and evaluation. You will look for hidden meanings in advertisements, discover why your favourite TV show makes you giggle and even study the magic behind online dating ads!

How is the course assessed?

Component 1

Language Concepts and Issues
Written examination – 2 hours – 30% of qualification

  • Section A – Analysis of Spoken Language
    One question requiring analysis of at least two transcriptions
  • Section B – Language Issues
    One question from a choice of three based on the study of four topic areas
Component 2

Language Change Over Time
Written examination – 2 1/4 hours – 30% of qualification

  • Section A – Language Change Over Time
    One multi-part question and one essay question analysing language change over time
  • Section B – English in the Twenty-First Century
    One question based on the ways language is used in the twenty-first century
Component 3

Creative and Critical Use of Language
Written examination – 1 3/4 hours – 20% of qualification

One question from a choice of two, requiring two original writing responses and one commentary

Component 4

Language and Identity
Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 words – 20% of qualification

2500-3500 word language investigation based on the study and research of a topic related to language and identity. Learners are required to choose a topic from the following list: language and self-representation; language and gender; language and culture; language diversity.

What will this course prepare me for?

It will prepare you for a wide range of exciting career paths, including journalism, law, teaching or any profession where communication is essential. Holding an A Level in English Language could also boost your chances to bag a place at your chosen university, as it is a highly rated and prestigious course.

Private Study

Approximately 5 hours of independent study each week. Typical homework tasks include researching YouTube clips, analysing newspapers and noting linguistic techniques used in TV adverts.

What materials will I need to provide?

Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil, a ruler, and a notepad.

How will I be taught?

Your teachers will guide you through the texts using a combination of individual study, group work, quizzes, essays, discussions and presentations.

A Level English Language is for you if:

…you enjoy reading a range of fascinating and engaging texts, have an interest in writing creatively and wish to learn more about spoken interactions in everyday life.

  • Indulge your interest in speech and writing.
  • Discover how language works.
  • This subject unlocks entry onto a wide range of university courses

A Level English Language is not for you if:

…you don’t enjoy creative writing or analysing texts