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English Language A-Level at Pendleton Sixth Form College

Course description

English language is the study of how we use speech and writing to communicate our thoughts, ideas and emotions to other people, You will explore how language works and how it affects the relationships between people. The subject appeals to students from a wide range of backgrounds. It has an excellent results record and students who commit themselves to the subject can expect high achievement.

English language is a highly creative subject. You can expect lively debates and discussions and you will be encouraged to be experimental and innovative in your ideas. Taught by enthusiastic and experienced teachers, you will be involved in the production and analysis of both written and spoken texts ranging from magazine writing and journalism to broadcasts and fictional writing

Course content

English language involves the technical study of texts and spoken language and looks at the structures and components that go into making a piece of communication. You will need to become skilled at some challenging new areas including grammar and structural analysis. Topics studied include:• Introduction to the language of texts: You will discover and explore how language features are used within texts in relation to different purposes and audiences, by analysing a wide variety of media and non media based texts.  Original writing and critical evaluation: You will create your own pieces of fiction and non-fiction in a wide variety of genres. You will also become expert in critically evaluating the language you have chosen in your creative piences.  Exploring spoken language: This part of the course focuses on the spoken language of media. You can expect to explore a wide range of interviews, broadcasts and speeches, both formal and informal

Entry requirements

You would be expected to have 3 GCSE grades B/5s and 3 GCSE grades C/4s.


This course is assessed by three final examinations and one coursework folder at the end of the two-year course. You will undertake a progress examination at the end of your first year.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who are an EU citizen.

Future opportunities

English language is an incredibly versatile and well respected subject that combines excellently with a wide range of other subjects. It can be a strong foundation for careers in journalism, teaching, speech therapy, law, advertising and the creative industries.  A Level English also provides a strong foundation for university courses in foreign languages, humanities, social sciences, science, healthcare and the medical professions and many more.

Further information

You will have a mentor who ensures that your training fits your requirements and offers the skills needed for the job

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: 20 September 2018
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