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If you're interested in the power of words and you're keen to discover how written and spoken language works in our changing world, then this is the course for you. Both dynamic and relevant, it explores how our language has evolved over time. You will explore a variety of contexts, genres and audiences by looking at texts produced in real life.

Entry requirements

A minimum score of 5 from 7 GCSEs to include English, Maths, and science along with four other GCSE grades or equivalent (not including short courses or Citizenship). See Subject Requirements Guide for details.

GCSE English Language at score of 5 or above.

How much does it cost?

Free to those aged 16-18. If you are aged 19+ you can apply for an Advanced Learner Loan.

There is a range of financial support that you may be entitled to, including: Learner Support funds, grants and bursaries and employer support.

You will be expected to pay for stationery and textbooks

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Why study?

This course builds on what you will already know from studying at GCSE. It teaches the skills every linguist needs to explore the language system, including modality and the differences between spoken and written language.

There are opportunities for you to demonstrate your engagement with language in the real world –including people’s attitudes to current language issues, as well as exploring language in particular contexts. This course will give you the practical tools, whether for the workplace or for higher education, to become independent, critical readers and analysers of language use in the 21st century.

Where will this course take me?

An A Level in English Language is valued by both higher education and employers as it shows both a high level of communication skills and the ability to think analytically. It is a useful qualification for a wide range of university courses, especially subjects such as Media, Journalism and Linguistics.

Core modules

  • Exploring Language (exam) 80 marks 2½ hours 40% of total A level
  • Language under the microscope
  • Writing about a topical issue
  • Comparing and contrasting texts
  • Dimensions of linguistic variation (exam)80 marks 2 ½ hours 40% of total A level
  • Child language acquisition
  • Language in the media
  • Language change
  • Independent Language Research - non-exam assessment (coursework) 40 marks, internally assessed 20% of total A level
  • Language investigation
  • Academic poster

How will I be assessed?

Written exams and NEA

Will I have to provide anything?

A4 pad, lever arch file with dividers, memory stick and other relevant stationery.

What should I do now?

Call 01279 868100 and talk to an Admissions Adviser
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