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English Language GCE A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Code ELA
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time


If you are intrigued about the ways in which we use language to communicate, this is the subject for you. You will learn about the ways in which journalists craft language to represent topical issues, study how we cement human relationships through spoken discourse and consider how and why language reflects its context.


In the first year you will conduct close analysis of spoken and written texts and debate the extent to which language is shaped by power, gender, ethnicity and geographical region. English Language also offers you an opportunity to develop your creative writing skills as you learn how to write feature articles, radio and TV scripts for a range of audiences.

In the second year you will investigate language change, exploring children’s spoken and written language in the early years of life. You will also explore how and why language has changed from 1600 to the present day.

How will it be delivered?

Course Structure

First year       

Exam Paper 1: Language and the Individual - 1½ hrs (50%)

 Exam Paper 2: Language Diversity - 1½ hrs (50%)

Second Year

Exam Paper 1: Language and the Individual - 2½hrs (40%)

Exam Paper:    Language Diversity and Change - 2½ hrs (40%)

Coursework:     Language in Action (20%)

Entry requirements

The College gives priority to its 11 partner schools. Places are offered to other applicants on a competitive basis.

All prospective students must achieve a minimum of grade 4 in GCSE English Language and GCSE Mathematics, and a minimum of grade 6 in three GCSE subjects.

To study English Language, students must achieve a minimum of grade 5 in GCSE English Language.

Your next steps...

‘The ability to construct a good argument and back up your points in a succinct manner is an essential skill for achieving marks in the 2.1 and class 1 categories at university.’ Nick Shakir, Global Services Dept., Deloitte. 

‘My English studies help me all day, every day.’ Harry Horton, Executive Producer, Channel 4 News

We are proud of the successes of former students, now embracing exciting opportunities in the world of work. Our students have embarked on careers in a range of fields including: advertising, marketing, journalism, accountancy, translation, retail management, radio and television, speech therapy, teaching and social work. 


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