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English Language AS & A Level at The City of Liverpool College

Course description

Studying English Language at AS Level will allow you to develop your critical understanding of how language works in a range of different contexts and situations. You will also be given opportunities to develop your own creative writing skills.

The skills developed studying English Language will enable you to shed an illuminating light on the written and spoken language that we are exposed to in our daily lives – from radio and TV, bus-tickets to acts of parliament, stand-up comedy routines to obituaries. We will be able to recognise the ways in which meaning is created and, in many cases, the manipulation behind the meaning.

Students will study a variety of written texts, for instance from advertising, speeches, journalism, reviews, writing for children, biographies, narrative fiction, and ephemeral texts etc. Study will focus on the key constituents of language – vocabulary, types of meaning, the sounds of language, structure and grammar. Students will also consider social and historical variation in language.

Spoken language is an integral part of the course. At AS, learners will study the spoken language of the media – language transmitted for a mass audience.

Subjects such as English Literature, History, Classical Civilisation and Philosophy complement English Language as all develop analytical, discursive skills. The close focus on the building blocks of language that forms a key part of English Language at A’ Level will help develop the skills required for A’ Level Creative Writing and the study of a variety of different texts at A’ Level English Language fits neatly with some of the requirements of A’ Level Media Studies. Subjects such as Psychology and Sociology will also complement English Language.

If you are studying 4 AS Levels, you should also consider studying English Language alongside foreign languages and science subjects.

Entry requirements

  • The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well
  • You must achieve a minimum of 2 Grade B's and 3 Grade C's (including English) or equivalent (this equivalency will be discussed at our information evening and then in further detail at interview)
  • Students taking the Sciences must also obtain at least a grade B in Maths. • Students applying to study Physics, Biology, Chemistry, English, French, Spanish, Maths at A-level must obtain a grade B in the subject at GCSE.
  • All places are conditional on results, subject to interview in June/July and a suitable reference from your school.

Future opportunities

The course is not only fascinating in itself but as an academic subject satisfies standard university entry requirements. It can be combined successfully with other A levels in subjects as varied as Science, English Literature and P.E. for entry into a wide variety of university courses. English as an A level subject is highly valued in a number of other degrees, particularly Law, Journalism, Business Studies etc as it indicates that the applicant has excellent communication skills. English Language is highly regarded by universities. The future, no doubt, has many surprises in store for us but the loss of status attached to English Language A-Level will not be one of them.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The City of Liverpool College directly.

Last updated date: 27 September 2016

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    • The College's facility on Clarence Street nestles amongst the City's two famous university campuses - Liverpool John Moores and the University of Liverpool - placing the College at the heart of student life. The College's City6 provision is sited on this campus offering 16-18 year olds the widest choice of A-levels in the City.

      Students have easy access to transport hubs, learning resources and local attractions supporting their development as independent learners.

      City6 prepares students for higher education at the College or university or for routes into employment. Courses for 16-18s in Health and Care and Access to HE courses are also located at this centre.

      All students have access to well-resourced facilities including modern teaching rooms and laboratories kitted out with modern, industry-standard equipment.