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English Language - A Level - 2 years at Longley Park Sixth Form College

Course description

The new A Level English Language course combines a critical and creative approach. For the exam and coursework, you will analyse and produce texts, demonstrating understanding and skill in how the English language works across a variety of contexts.

You will learn about how language works on many different levels. The course will involve studying how we communicate in written and spoken texts according to our social group, region, occupation, gender and ethnicity. You will also learn about how children learn to speak, read, and write, and about how language has changed across time.

Course content

The coursework involves studying professionally produced texts to produce your own writing, as well as analysing your work. You will also produce a detailed investigation into an area of language that interests you.

If you love language and want to find out more about the nuts and bolts behind the ways in which we communicate by both speaking and writing, you will be at home in A Level English Language.


A number of specifications will be changing and prospectus entries are based on information we have to date. This means that course content may be subject to change.

Entry requirements

You will need at least 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 (A*-C). You will normally need at least a grade 4/C in English Language and Maths. You should enjoy reading and discussing different kinds of texts such as magazines, newspapers, websites, literature and must be prepared to read widely to support your studies.


A combination of written examinations and coursework (80% exam; 20% coursework). The exam will assess your knowledge of the course and your ability to explain clearly and in depth the concepts and contexts that inform language.

Financial information

Everything you must have to undertake the course will be provided by college.  You may have to pay for extras such as trips/visits.

Future opportunities

The study of English Language will develop your confidence in writing and analysis and is, therefore, a valued subject for both university-level study and employment.  Some students choose to specialise in areas such as language, linguistics, phonetics and speech and language therapy at university; others go on to further study and work in areas such as teaching, journalism, law, marketing, librarianship and management.

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: 14 November 2017
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