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English Language A Level - Level 3


Whilst working towards an English language A Level, different variations of the English language will be analysed to develop your understanding and appreciation of English in all its contexts. You will  be encouraged to explore how it is used to communicate through a wide variety of spoken and written texts, ranging from marketing and television to children’s books and gendered adult texts such as ‘lads mags’.  There will also be a considerable focus on developing your own writing skills for specific audiences and purposes.

You will build on the skills and knowledge you have already gained at GCSE level. You will investigate and analyse a wide variety of texts from Instagram posts, Tweets, opinion pieces, spoken dialogue and magazine articles; amongst others. You will be able to develop your creative and analytical writing skills also.

What does it combine with?

Start dates and fees

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September 20231963Apply online

What will I study?

Key topics will include children’s language development, language diversity and change, original writing and textual variations. Spoken and written texts using different dialects, idiolects and sociolects will be studied along with examining the process of globalization of English. As well as analysing spoken and written texts as part of your A Level study, you can also expect to develop your skills as a writer and take part in language research in an area that is of interest to you.

This course will allow you to reflect on topics such as:

  • Why do we swear?
  • What are the different types of swearing?
  • Has political correctness meant we shouldn’t use terms like postman?
  • How is the language of social media different from written texts?
  • How have we learned to speak?
  • Is grammar important?

Plus many more!

Entry requirements

You will need 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including:

  • English Language (Grade 4)
  • English Literature (Grade 4)
  • Plus, three other GCSEs at grade 4.

If you have only studied literature and not language, you will need to discuss this with the subject tutor.

Study programmes - essential skills for employment

As an entry requirement on some of our courses, you will need a GCSE in both English and maths with at least a grade 4/C (please see entry requirements above).

If this isn’t displayed under the entry requirements and you don’t currently have a GCSE in both English and maths at grade 4/C or above before joining us, you will then study English and maths as part of your programme with the aim of achieving a qualification with at least a grade 4/C. This is to help improve your chances of employment once you leave us.

In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, all students aged 19 and under and studying a full-time course with us will take part in our study programmes.

How long is the course?

2 years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional coursework assessment.

The variety of assessment styles used such as data analysis, creative writing and research-based investigative writing allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These skills include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

There are only 2 exams and a coursework element worth 20%.

What does the course lead to?

Careers are often pursued as a journalist, author, editor, teacher, solicitor, public relations professional and more.

What can I progress onto?

Further study at university-level in the subject, as well as linguistics, creative writing, history, politics, media, communications and journalism.


How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each A Level course you are interested in individually.

Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the courses you have chosen as well as any alternatives you may be considering.

You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your course choices.

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