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English Language (GCE A Level) at St John Rigby College

Course description

English Language involves studying a range of authentic texts and transcripts taken from everyday sources and a variety of contexts. It considers how texts are designed for particular audiences and purposes. It also involves studying how the dimensions of power, technology, history and age can significantly influence the ways individuals, social groups and institutions communicate.

Course content

The course is designed to sharpen your understanding of how language works, with detailed analysis of language use in a range of texts. You will look at how language can be used to achieve particular effects in different contexts, for different audiences and purposes. You will develop your creative and analytical skills by learning to discuss texts with increasing confidence and precision. You will also acquire knowledge of linguistic frameworks and how these are used to create meaning. You should be willing to justify your ideas during class discussions and in written essays and enjoy working both independently and in a group.

Entry requirements

College entry to include a grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (please refer to the Entry Requirements section page 30 for further details).


You will be assessed through external examination and coursework.

Future opportunities

English Language combines well with most subjects and can lead to a wide variety of courses in Higher Education. It prepares you for careers which require good communication skills such as teaching, journalism and media, advertising, marketing or personnel work.

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: 17 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: EG-AL

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