A-Level English Language explores the study of English Language as a medium of communication and as a reflection of wider social factors such as gender, age and social class. You will analyse texts produced by others and debate different theoretical viewpoints.
The course moves beyond GCSE to study a variety of topics, including how language has changed over time, how children acquire and develop their language skills, regional variation in language and how language can be used and manipulated for various effects.
The Non Exam Assessment is a 2000 word essay which gives students the freedom to pursue their own areas of interest and conduct a small-scale research project into any aspect of language, as well as producing a short piece of creative writing. It forms 20% of the overall A-Level mark.
The course gives students the opportunity to develop independent approaches, and to undertake paired and group work. Critical understanding is developed by analysing the ways in which language changes on an individual and global scale, and according to use.
Year One: Language Variation & Language and Identity - How does class, gender, occupation and location affect language use? Exploring Language Variation in different written genres.
Year Two: Child Language Acquisition, Language Change & World Englishes.
5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above which must include Maths
GCSE English Language at Grade 6
After Your Course
English Language will give you a wide range of job prospects including advertising & marketing, human resources, journalism, law, publishing, management, teaching amongst others.
Course fees are per year for full-time & degree-level courses, and per course for part-time ones. The current full-time & degree-level fee information is related to the 2020/21 academic year and is subject to change before the start of the course. Fees for 2021/22 will be updated in the Spring Term 2021. There may also be additional costs associated with the course.
This course is funded by the government and may be free if you are:
- Aged 16-18 on 31/08/20
- Aged 19-23 on an Entry Level or Level 1 course with intent to progress to a Level 2 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first full Level 2 or Level 3 course
- Aged 19-23 on your first Level 4 course (if you haven’t already got a Level 3 qualification)
- Aged 19+ on Functions Skills or GCSE English or Maths
- Unemployed and in receipt of JSA/ESA(WRAG)/Universal Credit or another eligible state benefit on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
- Member of a low income household & in financial hardship on an Entry Level, Level 1 or Level 2 course
Level 3-6 Courses for Adults
Advanced Learning Loans are available for students aged 19+ and studying an eligible Level 3/4/5 and 6 Course. If you are on an Access course, the loan will be written off if you complete a degree.
Please speak to Student Services for more information on course fees.