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English Language A Level at Birkenhead Sixth Form College

Course description

Language is the greatest achievement of humankind; it is the means by which we think, feel and understand ourselves and our world.  This course develops your ability to analyse and use English by teaching you both the science and art of language in use.  It will allow you to explore the written and spoken language of a huge range of people from writers, politicians and celebrities, to children, family and friends.


Is English Language for you?
  • You want to learn how to write clearly and effectively.
  • You want to improve your analytical skills.
  • You want to study how other people use language, both written and spoken.
  • You want to explore and discuss language issues such as differences in how men and women use language, why and how language changes and attitudes to regional accents.

Course content

AS Year

Analysis of Text in Context

You will analyse spoken language in the media and written language. You will answer questions based on the reading of
unseen transcriptions and unseen texts.

Using Language

This will involve investigating data and developing creative writing skills. You will be required to answer questions based on the reading of corpus data and to undertake two original writing tasks
from a choice of three.


A Level

Language Concepts & Issues

You will study the Analysis of Spoken Language and Language Issues. You will be required to analyse at least two transcriptions and answer a question from a choice of three based on the study of four topic areas.

Language Change Over Time

You will look at Language Change Over Time and English in the Twenty-First Century and answer questions based on these themes.


Creative & Critical Use of Language


You will look at the creative and critical use of language and answer questions, requiring original writing responses and commentary.


Language & Identity


You will study and research a topic related to language and identity and write a language investigation based on your findings. Topics can include, language and self-representation; language and gender; language and culture; or language and diversity.


Entry requirements

You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade C or above with at least a grade C in GCSE English or English Language


AS Year - This is 100% exam based. You will be assessed through terminal exams (Two 2 hour papers).

A Level Year - You will be assessed both through terminal exams (80%) and coursework (20%).

Future opportunities

Many students go on to study English courses at University. English Language A- Level is also relevant to a number of other University courses such as Media Studies, Communication Studies and Languages. The analytical and communication abilities that an English degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ which are useful in almost any occupation. Because of this flexibility, English students find careers in a wide range of fields such as law, publishing, teaching, advertising, human resources or management in various public and private organisations.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Birkenhead Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 25 October 2016
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