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English Language AS Level at City of Wolverhampton College

Course description

During this course you will study:

  • Seeing through language
  • The language of representation
  • Language explorations-language variation and change-language discourses
  • Language interventions and investigations

Course content

Are you interested in the way English Language works? Are you curious to find out how and why new words are formed? Did you know that the origins of many of the words we use today come from South America, such as coffee, chocolate and potatoes?

Are you keen to learn more about the way toddlers acquire language and learn to develop their vocabulary? Why is ‘m’ the first sound babies utter – and no, it is not because they spend most of their time with mum! In our study of English Language we explore peoples’ attitudes to accent and dialect, gender roles and ethnicity.

Students explore how language is used to represent celebrities or social groups in the media – essential knowledge if you are not to believe all you read in the press!

A level English Language opens up many career opportunities such as marketing, journalism, speech therapy, translation and interpreters as well as teaching.

Entry requirements

To access this course you are required to have:

Five or more GCSEs at Grade C including English or maths (specified which for some courses) or successful completion of a full level 2 study programme


You will be continually assessed throughout the programme through essays, tests and group discussion and debates. External assessments will be through exams and coursework.

Future opportunities

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

Pursue a career in marketing, journalism, speech therapy, primary and early years teaching, secondary education and lecturing

Progress on to university or vocational training

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact City of Wolverhampton College directly.

Last updated date: 01 March 2016
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    • The Paget Road campus, in Compton to the west of Wolverhampton, provides courses in art and design, business and management, computing and IT, education and teaching, engineering, English, health and social care, journalism, maths, media, motor vehicle, music technology, performing arts, photography and science.

      Also on offer at the site are Pathways programmes for people without any formal qualifications, ESOL courses for speakers of other languages, and short courses for job seekers.

      The campus is also home to CitySixth – the college's dedicated sixth form centre offering A Levels in a range of subjects - and a Higher Education Centre which offers HNCs, HNDs and Foundation Degrees, and also boasts an Engineering Learning Zone also equipped with industry-standard equipment, modern motor vehicle workshops, new performing and recording studios, and well equipped science labs.

      The site has a Student Hub, Study Hub, cafeteria and large free student car park and is on major bus routes.