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English Language AS/A Level at South Dartmoor Community College

Course description

English Language will introduce students to the linguistic study of written and spoken language in its many forms. Through lively discussion and independent investigation, students will consider language variation in a variety of social contexts. The course will broaden students’ experience of language by promoting independent investigation into one aspect of linguistic study. Each year, students will have the opportunity to produce original writing for a specific audience and purpose.

Course content

Students will be introduced to the concepts and methods of the disciplines of English language/linguistics in relation to a wide range of spoken and written forms of English, including electronic and multimodal forms. Students will be supported to apply language concepts and methods of analysis appropriately and systematically to data; apply critical and creative skills in close reading, description, evaluation, analysis, interpretation and production of texts and discourses; use accurately a range of terminology associated with the study of language and make accurate references to texts and sources.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE passes at grade C or above. Students need to achieve at least grade B in Higher Tier English Language and English Literature. In addition, students will need enthusiasm for investigating the way language works, and an interest in original writing.


There are three components to the A Level in English Language. Paper 1 is based on ‘Language, the individual and society’ and it contributes to 40% of the overall grade. Paper 2 is based on ‘Language, diversity and change’ and contributes to 40% of the overall grade for A Level. The final component is internally assessed language investigation based on ‘Language in action’. It contributes to 20% of the overall grade for the A Level.

Future opportunities

Non graduate jobs may include marketing or sales assistants, jobs requiring a lot of communication or telephone work, trainee news reported, library assistant, tour guide.

Graduate jobs may include teaching English as a foreign language, HE lecturer, Primary/Secondary school teacher, advertising account executive, advertising copywriter, charity officer, commissioning editor, marketing executive, newspaper journalist, programme researcher, broadcasting/film/video, public relations officer, TV, film, video producer.

Further information

The English Department offers a wide range of expertise in Linguistics. A variety of texts that explore aspects of Language are available for loan from the Library. The English classrooms boast modern communications technology to create a more interactive teaching and learning experience.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Dartmoor Community College directly.

Last updated date: 21 September 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years