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English Language A Level

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code 9
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time



Have you ever thought about how we use language on a daily basis and how language varies from person to person and place to place? If so, this course will give you a fascinating insight into the language we tend to take for granted; it is an exciting and thought-provoking course that will allow you to discover more about language use in the world around you.

The course is separated into four areas: 'Language Variation', 'Child Language', 'Crafting Language' and 'Language Investigation'. Under these areas, you will investigate a wide range of text and data, such as text messages, spoken language, texts written by children and data collected about the way specific groups use language.  The course also enables you to be creative in your own use of language  with opportunities to create your own texts, investigations and discursive essays.

How will it be delivered?

Assessment is through two pieces of coursework (20%) and three exams (80%). Examinations take place at the end of two years of study.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at grade 5 or above. Students must have achieved grade 5 or above in English.

Your next steps...

A good A Level in the English Language is a valuable qualification for many different career/degree paths -  an understanding of language and communication is key for any career that involves working with others or some use of writing skills, the list of which is infinite. It will also help you to become a more critical and evaluative thinker, a skill which compliments many other subject options and career/degree paths.

Students who study courses in English will be given opportunities, if available, to visit lecture-style events at local universities with specialist linguists to support their learning. We are also developing partnerships across other A Level providers to offer specialist workshops on particular aspects of the course.

Taking English Language at A Level opens up opportunities for enrichment such as visits to local primary schools (studying how children develop their written language) and visits from guest speakers, including forensic linguists and university professors.


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