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AS/A-Level English Language at Leeds City College

Course description

On the English Language course, you will study how language has evolved, how it is used in different contexts and how it is learnt. You will study a range of language topics and learn how to analyse different texts, including conversations generated by modern technology. You will study some language varieties topics, including gender, accent and dialect, and occupational English.

In second year, the core topics are language change, the history of English from its beginning in about 500AD, language acquisition (how children learn to speak) and how children learn to read and write.

You will develop your writing skills to adapt to various formats such as articles, essays and analyses. Analytical skills are essential to further study in all subjects and you will develop these skills through critically comparing texts.


Course content

A-Level English Language is designed for students who want to study the way language inspires the vast variety of written and spoken material in our society. You will look at a broad range of different texts, using frameworks like lexis, semantics, discourse analysis, phonetics and graphology to categorise them and show how they work on a linguistic level. You will also write your own texts, choosing from an equally wide range of options - like short stories, magazine articles, blog entries, scripts and speeches.



Entry requirements

The general requirements for direct entry to our 2 year A-Level programmes are 5 GCSEs including English and Maths at grade A*-C or equivalent, plus 2 additional GCSEs or BTECs at grade A*-C or the equivalent.

For students applying with new 1-9 grade tier GCSE qualifications in Maths or English, we will consider a grade 4 as equivalent to grade C in terms of our general entry requirements for September 2017 entry. However please be aware that specific subjects may require grade 5 or above in GCSE English or Maths.

Applicants with 5 GCSEs at grade A*-C including English and Maths, but without the 2 additional A*-C equivalent qualifications may be considered, dependent on individual circumstances, at the discretion of the Deputy Head or Head of A-Levels.

Students with a GCSE average score of below 5.7 (mostly Cs at GCSE) will follow the 3 A-Level programme, whilst students with a GCSE average score of 5.7 (mostly B and above at GCSE) or above are encouraged to study 4 A-Level subjects. Our expert staff will help you to work out your expected average GCSE score for guidance.

In addition to our general entry criteria, some subjects have their own additional criteria.

There are no additional entry requirements for this subject.


There will be an increased push towards exams as the preferred form of assessment. Coursework content in some subjects will be reduced or removed. The course may involve a mix of assignments and examinations.

Future opportunities

English Language, as a specialist form of English A-Level, is widely respected by employers and fits well with many of the other A-Level subjects that we offer at college.  In terms of career progression, students should flourish in professions lke journalism, script writing, publishing, legal careers and many others.

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: 07 November 2017
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