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English Language A Level at Sheffield College

Course description

About the course

The study of the English Language A Level allows you to refine and develop your powers of reading and writing. You will read and explore the use of language in a variety of texts, including advertisements, newspaper articles, short stories, speech transcripts, letters and film scripts.

The course is also highly creative and you are encouraged to write in different styles to meet the needs of a particular audience and then reflect on the techniques used. There is the opportunity to explore your own interests for the coursework options in inventive and original ways. Language in Action gives students the opportunity to develop their own writing skills.


Course content

You will also study theories concerning language itself, including language change investigating current debates and attitudes to changes within both written and spoken language. Child language acquisition is a more psychological branch of study, which explores how children learn to speak.

The course content of the new A Level includes an exploration of how people, events, places and cultures are represented in the language of newspapers and television; spoken language and writing skills.

The course is part assessed and examined. The original writing and research of the coursework folder comprises 20% of the final A Level grade.

Disclaimer: Please note the AQA syllabus is still in draft form and updates can be found by visiting the examination board website.

Will this subject suit me?

The ideal student would take an interest in developing their reading and writing skills and have a good awareness of culture and issues in the news. You would enjoy the intellectual challenge the subject entails, enjoy creative writing and be prepared to grapple with abstract concepts.

Personal study time

A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons.  Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self-directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.

Qualification title

A Level English Language

What students say about this subject

"My written skills have improved hugely"

"I loved the child language aspect of the course"

"My approach to all written texts is now much more analytical"

"I really enjoyed learning about the history of the English language"

"Studying English language has really helped me with my other subjects"


Entry requirements

To study 3  A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English Language and Maths

To study 4 A Levels: 5 GCSEs at Grade 5 or above, including English Language and Maths

Additional Requirements: GCSE grade 5 - 9 in English Language




This course is assessed through exams.

Financial information


At The Sheffield College we will always do our best to support you through your studies, to make them as stress free as possible. We have a specialist support team who can give you all the advice you need on all things financial, including what might be available to you, so that you don’t go short and you can concentrate all your efforts into your studies.

Free meals

If you meet the eligibility criteria we’ll be able to support you with free meals. You’ll get an amount of money that you can use within the college shops and diners per day. This will be added to your student ID card which you will just swipe to purchase items.

Travel passes

Students (including Apprentices) of The Sheffield College who live in South Yorkshire are eligible for a 16–18 Student Pass which entitles pass holders to cheaper travel on buses and trams in South Yorkshire. Pass holders are also entitled to half fare on Northern train services in South Yorkshire.

Learner Support Fund

If you are enrolled with us, you may receive support towards the cost of:

  • Travel

  • Books and materials

  • Uniform and equipment

  • Essential course trips

  • NUS extra

  • DBS checks needed for your course (previously known as CRB)
  • UCAS registration fee and travel to interviews when applying for university

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

A good command of the English Language is an invaluable tool for any path you choose in life. In academic terms it gives you an excellent basis for a university degree – a route pursued by many A Level students.

In terms of your career, an ability to analyse text and craft your own writing for particular effect will give you the underpinning skills for a diverse range of jobs including teaching, journalism and law.





Further information

How to apply   

School pupils in Sheffield should apply on-line with the help of their school.  Other students can apply using a paper application form available from any college campus, by phoning 0114 260 2600, or downloading one from our website

Open Days

Why not come and see for yourself. Visit us on one of our open evenings and meet the people who will be teaching you, have a chat about what the course involves and look round our fantastic facilities where you’ll be learning.

Our City, Hillsborough, Peaks and Olive Grove campuses will be open on the following days:

  • Monday 20th November 2017, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Tuesday 23rd January 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Wednesday 7th March 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm
  • Thursday 17th May 2018, 3.30pm - 7pm

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 01 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Course code: HRENA1