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English Language A Level at Wyke Sixth Form College

Course description

This very popular course is ideal for those students who enjoyed GCSE English Language and want to find out more about how language works. It appeals to students who are both analytical and creative in their own thinking and writing.  

Although A Level English Language builds upon those skills already acquired, this subject is quite different from GCSE and is more of an introductory course to the University academic discipline called ‘linguistics’ (the science of language).   The course will build upon GCSE success, but it will not be assumed that students are experts.   English Language links well with many other A Level courses, for example, Psychology, Sociology, History, Media Studies and Law.  Students will also develop invaluable communication and analytical skills which will be suitable for any undergraduate course and students’ future employability prospects. 

Course content

The following linguistic skills and knowledge will be covered for the A Level units:

Analysis of written and spoken texts, including multi-modal texts

Students will be learning how to study language systematically using different keys of language: lexis, semantics, grammar, phonology, morphology, pragmatics and spoken language.    These keys of language will be used to unlock the door to meaning.  A variety of texts will be studied including the following:

· Spoken language transcripts from spontaneous, semi-scripted and scripted speech in a range of media, social, formal and domestic settings/contexts;

· Written texts covering a period of 500 years (1500-present day) with a particular focus on how language has changed.


Language issues

There will be an opportunity to engage with a variety of language issues which may include the following:

· Language and Diversity (regional accents and dialects, etc);

· Language and Power;

· Language and Gender.


Creative Writing

There will be an opportunity to develop creative writing skills in both literary and non-literary contexts. Students will develop confidence and skill in writing for different audiences, purposes and contexts. Students will also have to make conscious linguistic decisions and these will be accounted for within an analytical commentary.  


Investigating Language

The one coursework component for A-level English Language will require you to collect spoken or written data which will be systematically analysed and interrogated in respect of what we can learn about language and society.   The language investigation will fall under one of the falling areas: 

  1. Language and self-representation;
  2. Language and gender;
  3. Language and culture;
  4. Language and diversity.


The research based skills (primary and secondary) are excellent in preparing students for any undergraduate course.    

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wyke Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 27 November 2017

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years