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English Language A Level at East Sussex College

Course description

In this course you will study the concepts and methods of linguistic analysis to explore a wide range of spoken, written and multi-modal forms of English. The syllabus puts the system of English language (pronunciation and writing, grammar and meaning) at the heart of the course, and will develop your ability to apply the system to texts, both in comparing them and in explaining how particular language features contribute to meaning. You will develop original writing skills for a real-world purpose on topical language issues. You will also study how language develops, and its use in the media. You will complete an independent language investigation which will develop your research and presentation skills.

Entry requirements

You will need to meet our standard entry requirements.

You will need at least GCSE English Language grade B/6.


Exploring language (01)Externally assessed written paper80 marks2 hours 30 minutes40% of total A LevelDimensions of linguistic variation (02)Externally assessed written paper80 marks2 hours 30 minutes40% of total A LevelIndependent language research (03)Internally assessed non-examined assessment40 marks20% of total A Level

Future opportunities

Learners are well prepared not only for undergraduate study in English Language or Linguistics, but also for progression into other language-related degrees such as Modern Languages, Classics, or Speech Therapy. This course is also especially useful for learners interested in studying for a career in journalism, law, education or social sciences.

Further information

The non-examined assessment component allows candidates to pursue an independent language investigation and go on to show their creative and presentation abilities in the academic poster – developing the skills most valued by HE and employers.

This is the first year of a 2 year A level course.

As a department we arrange many opportunities for English enrichment. We hold events for National Poetry Day and an annual Creative Writing competition with workshops sponsored by the Asham Literary Trust. We have links to BBC Radio4 Book Club and have taken groups of students several times to take part in broadcasts. We also have links with the Charleston Trust's Literary Festivals.

For English Language students specifically we arrange trips to the British Library for workshops and exhibitions on issues such as Language Change and the language of politics and propaganda. We have also visited the home of Samuel Johnson, one of the greatest literary figures of the eighteenth century, most famously compiling his "Dictionary of the English Language" in 1755.

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: 25 June 2018
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