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English Language AS/A2 Level at Alton College

Course description

English Language is a fascinating academic course of study which invites us to explore the many different ways in which language operates. If you are someone who has always enjoyed English and who finds themselves thinking about language then this could be the course for you. Have you ever wondered why or whether males and females speak differently? Why have “ wicked” and “sick” changed their meanings so drastically? Why are humans the only members of the animal kingdom to develop such a sophisticated communication structure? Why do we no longer talk the way Shakespeare did? All these questions and more will be answered.

Course content

Highly experienced teachers deliver the course content.

All resources are posted on Moodle and there is a wide range of material freely available for extra study

Booklets designed exclusively by Alton College support your learning

You are important. Your ideas and opinions about language are always included and any examlpes of language which you find interesting are incorporated into lessions.

you will look at all aspects of how texts are created and then apply what you have learned to your own writing

language is never neutral so debate and argument are frequently a part of our lessons

you will be encouraged to challenge theories and carry out your own research

Entry requirements

Students studying a 3 or 4 AS level programme should normally have achieved an average GCSE point score of 5.5 or above and at least a grade C in Maths and/or English (unless specified otherwise). Students with a point score between 4.5 - 5.5 will normally take a mixture of Subsidiary Diplomas and AS levels.

A grade C in a modern language such as French or Spanish is desirable.


Under the new guidelines coursework now forms 20% of your final A level grade. The coursework is completed in year 2.

Over all the total exam time is 5 hours, split over various exams which are all set in year 2.

Financial information

All students will be expected to provide their own textbooks, stationery and calculators (where applicable). Any further costs are outlined below:

Essential: £10-20 for booklets and course materials.
Optional: £20 for tapes and trips.

Students are advised of a small number of useful texts to purchase but this is optional.

If the costs of equipment, materials and trips may cause you financial hardship, you may wish to read through details of our financial support scheme on our website.

Future opportunities

There is potential for those wishing to pursue careers or further studies in journalism and education, as well as in many areas of business and management.

More and more universities are offering degree courses in English Language, on its own and combined with other subjects including Linguistics, European or American Studies, most modern languages, English Literature and creative writing

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 05 August 2016

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