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English Language A Level at Derby College

Course description

English Language A-level is very different from what you may be used to in your GCSE studies.  It involves the linguistic analysis of a range of different types of spoken and written texts.  This A-level complements many other subjects and can help in a range of careers such as teaching and journalism.

Course content

First Year

  • Linguistic analysis of authentic texts
  • Original writing for a ‘real world’ purpose on a topic issue
  • Analysis of how children acquire language

Second Year

  • Language in the media
  • How language changes over time
  • Research into a language area of individual interest

Entry requirements

You need to have at least a C grade in Maths at GCSE and GCSE English Language will need to be at least a B grade.  In addition you will need to have three further GCSEs at grade C or above.


The course will be assessed via two 2.5 hour written examinations at the end of the second year.  Each paper is worth 40% of the mark (i.e. 80% in total).

A coursework project in the second year - worth 20% of the mark - will be on independent research into a chosen area of language.

*Advanced Subsidiary (AS Level)

The content of the AS Level will be the same as the first year of the two-year linear A-level, and will be assessed by two 1.5 hour written examinations worth 50% each.

Future opportunities

This qualification is a useful foundation for a course in higher education or for employment.  Career prospects include roles in teaching, advertising, media, recruitment consultancy, publishing, human resources, journalism and secretarial work.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Derby College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2016

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