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English Language A Level at Comberton Village College & Sixth Form

Course description

Why study English Language?

Do you enjoy being at the cutting edge of a subject? Do you ever wonder why it is that accent and dialogue really do matter? Do you have a flair for creative writing? If so, then English Language is the course for you.

English Language is a vital part of our individual lives, the behaviour of social groups and the structure of our whole society. We are continually talking and texting, listening to friends and employers, reading websites, telling stories and giving advice - this is what makes the study of English Language so topical and so relevant.

Course content

What will I study?

During the English Language course you will learn how a range of different texts are shaped according to their purpose, audience, genre and context, and how text creators create meaning and relationships with their readers. You will also investigate areas that may be entirely new avenues for you to explore to do with varieties of language use: how someone’s class, gender, occupation, ethnicity or region causes them to use language differently from Standard English, and the attitudes that other people have towards this. You will learn about how English has changed and developed due to technology, travel and culture since 1700, both here and in the other countries where it is used. The controversial area of child language acquisition, with its conflicting explanations of the phenomenon that makes us different from all other species on earth, completes your coverage of the course. 

As well as working towards exams, you’ll have the chance to create two pieces of coursework: an investigation into an area of language use that you find personally interesting written up using the conventions of academic research; and a piece of original writing of your own based on real or imagined experiences when travelling. 

English Language Extras

You will have the opportunity to listen to a range of presentations from professionals in the field of publishing and journalism. Students will also have the chance to visit local news providers and see journalism at work. We will also make use of relavant exhibitions and opportunities as they arise.

Entry requirements

Minimum Entry Requirements:

5 x 5s

4 in English and Maths

Subject Specific Entry Requirements:

6 in GCSE English Language


* Please note that Level 2 vocational courses are the equivalent of 1 GCSE and only 1 will be counted towards the A-Level pathway entry requirements

Future opportunities

What can I do with English Language after sixth form?

A variety of occupations will be open to you, including publishing, journalism, media, law and teaching. In addition, the great variety of skills acquired are highly regarded by both employers and universities and are also valuable in their own right. Apart from supporting other subject areas, English Language offers an ideal preparation for a university degree in English or a related subject.

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: 26 September 2017
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