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English Language A Level at St Helens College

Course description

Delve into the English language through the study of a range of texts and mediums, including diverse song lyrics, excerpts from Facebook or Twitter, media, online communication, film, TV and newspaper articles.

Identify how language is used in the media to influence and inform the public and develop an understanding of how and why language is used in various contexts.

Course content

During this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Language, the individual and society
    You will consider the different techniques writers use and evaluate whether they are effective and how they create meanings. You will also study how children acquire language, look at the various stages of development, and make links between social interaction and language acquisition.

  • Language varieties, diversity and change
    You will explore varieties of English, including attitudes to language diversity and language in social and geographical contexts. This will include looking at accent and dialect as well as how factors such as age, gender and occupation can affect language use. You will consider language diversity and change over time and language in different contexts from 1600 to the present day.

  • Language in action
    You will explore and analyse language data and carry out two pieces of individual research - a language investigation and a piece of original writing with a commentary.

Entry requirements

You should have five GCSEs at grade C or above, including maths and a grade B in English.


You will be assessed through a combination of examinations and coursework.

Financial information

If you are a school leaver, aged 16-18, (under the age of 19 on or before 31st August 2016), you do not pay tuition fees or examination and registration fees and may be eligible for additional support depending on your financial situation. 

Future opportunities

An A level in English Language shows that you have excellent reading and writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively and an understanding of one of the most common languages in the world.

You could progress on to university before securing a career in the media, journalism, publishing, business, speech therapy or teaching.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 15 August 2016

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