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A-Levels - A Level English Language at Wakefield College

Course description

Are you curious about how language works? On the A Level English Language course you will learn how to analyse a range of different types of texts using a variety of linguistic methods.  You will be equipped with your very own linguistic toolkit which will allow you to explore language in use and how language varies in different contexts.  

Course content

What you will study

The topics you will study on the A Level English Language course will include:

Textual Variation and Representation
Language and Gender
Language and Occupation
Language and Region
Language and Social Groups
Language and Ethnicity
Child Language Acquisition
Language Change
World Englishes

In year 2, you are also given the opportunity to independently investigate an area of language as part of your A Level Non-Exam Assessment.

How you will learn

Lessons will consist of group and whole class discussion.

You will have the opportunity to practise and develop your written skills.

You will be expected to work independently on your Non-Exam Assessment.

You will have one-to-one support from your tutor.

You will be able to access a range of sources on our Virtual Learning Environment and through our extensive library catalogue.


Entry requirements

Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at 9-4 or  A*-C, including English Language at a 6, and Maths at a 4.



External assessment will be undertaken at the end of Year 2.  Assessments are as follows:

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society- 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)

Paper: Language Diversity and Change – 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)

Language in Action (Non-Exam Assessment): Language in Action (20%)

NOTE: The A Level course is 80% exam based and 20% coursework based.

Financial information

Tuition and certification are free if you are aged 16-18 years old. Related additional costs may include materials, equipment, visits, residentials etc which are payable by all students.
Any student entered/registered with an Awarding Body who has been given free entry and then withdraws or is withdrawn by a tutor will incur the certification fee associated with the course. Any resit examination will incur a cost.

Different fees apply to international students.

For more detailed information on financial support and fees for students aged 19+ please contact the Financial Support Team on 01924 789304.

Future opportunities

Further study

A Level English Language is a recognised qualification for entry into higher education, particularly in relation to arts and humanities degrees but also relevant to a number of social sciences and applied sciences courses.  It is also especially appropriate for those wishing to undertake teacher training courses.  The College's Careers Advice Service can provide details of entry requirements for specific higher education institutions.

Career opportunities

The skills developed by the study of English Language are highly valued by a wide range of employers but they are particularly appropriate to careers in journalism, arts and media, research and teaching.

Further information

If you require further information please contact: Lisa Bhatti on 01924 789789 or alternatively, contact Course Information on 01924 789111.The Course Information Team on 01924 789111

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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: 31 October 2018
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