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English Language GCE A Level Level 3 at The Manchester College

Course description

The power of the English language can never be overestimated. It’s used to inspire and fascinate us, to make us try new things and buy new products, and convince us of right and wrong. It changes how we live our lives. Find out exactly how the English language works in this exciting A-Level. You’ll take a closer a look at language within the world we live in, including how it influences both society and the individual. You’ll see examples of how effective English can be in action, and explore how it has changed and diversified over time. You’ll even learn about all the variations within English itself, and discover how and what makes the English language change. Throughout your AS and A2 years, you’ll be constantly developing your analytical and written skills, learning exceptional communication abilities in both the spoken and written word that will help you succeed in any university course and future career.

Entry requirements

You’ll need to have at least five good GCSE grades, or overseas equivalent, at C or above. Ideally this should include some B grades, especially in GCSE English Language. You should also be enthusiastic about learning and have a good attendance record. Due to Government changes to grading systems for GCSES in 16/17, please follow the below link to see specific entry criteria for school leavers School Leaver Entry Requirements


You’ll sit two exams at the end of each year, and your second year will also include two pieces of coursework that will make up 20% of your overall mark.

Financial information

All full-time courses are free to 16-18 year olds who meet funding regulations. For further details please call the Course Enquiry Team on 03333 222 444.

Future opportunities

An English Language A-Level qualification is highly regarded by universities in the UK, and you’ll be able to progress onto a degree of your choice in a number of subject areas, including Law, Sociology, Politics, History and Psychology, as well as English of course. The careers open to English graduates are diverse and numerous. You could find yourself in a rewarding role in journalism or media, public relations or politics, advertising or education. There’s a huge range of options, and the choice is yours!

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: 10 April 2018
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    • Shena Simon Campus is a vibrant sixth form centre in the heart of Manchester. The campus offers a full range of A levels and is well known for its excellent performing arts and music courses. It has industry standard media facilities and two theatres.

      Performances at the Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre are open to the public and are advertised on our events page.

      Facilities at Shena Simon Campus include:

      • rehearsal rooms and recording studios
      • IT suites designed for music and media production
      • DJ skills booths
      • photography studios and darkroom
      • Waterside Theatre and Sackville Theatre
      • theatre set production workshop
      • science labs
      • dance studios
      • library resources centre (LRC)

      Local area

      Shena Simon Campus is a Grade II listed building in a lively and beautiful part of the city centre. Whitworth Gardens, also known as Sackville Park, is a leafy urban oasis next to the campus. Shena Simon is surrounded by university buildings, giving 16-18 year olds a window into student life. The streets around the campus have lots of interesting architecture in the ornate style of the textile industry.

      Manchester’s central bus station and Piccadilly and Oxford Road train stations are a few minutes’ walk from the campus. The National Express coach station is just around the corner.

      Shena Simon has the benefit of all the city centre’s attractions. It is particularly close to Chinatown and the Cornerhouse gallery and arts cinema.