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English Language A Level at Cirencester College

Course description

This course will develop your analytical skills by exploring how language is used in both writing and speech. You will learn grammatical terminology which will allow you to approach texts with impressive precision. You will also write a great deal, from play scripts to newspaper reports, and learn to analyse your own writing.

Course content

The English Language course has a diverse range of interesting modules, which cover different types of spoken and written language.  There are no set texts for the course, but the Department will provide or direct students to very many stimulating and challenging resource materials.  This course very much focuses on the analysis of language and helps students to develop their linguistic skills and knowledge.  There is also a creative writing element, which provides students with the opportunity to produce and develop their own work.  The main emphasis, however, is to equip students with the tools to de-construct how language is used in a variety of contexts and this provides really useful skills for higher education and professional employment.  If you don’t know what a pre-modifying adjective or dynamic verb is at the start of the course, you certainly will – and a whole lot more linguistic terminology – by the end!

Entry requirements

English Language GCSE at Grade 5.


Assessment is through a combination of examination and coursework.

Future opportunities

Many of our students go on from this course to study English courses at University, these include combination course of Language and Literature, English Literature, American Literature and Film Studies. English is a also course that allows for a wide range of Joint Honours options at University, this is where English is combined with another subject to create a dual degree programme, for example:

  • English and Drama
  • English and History
  • English and Philosophy
  • English and Music
  • English and Creative Writing

After University, the options available to English graduates are vast:

  • Journalism
  • Publishing
  • Public Relations
  • The Civil Service
  • Teaching

are some of the more traditional routes linked to an English degree.

  • Marketing
  • Human Resources
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Events Management
  • Law Conversions
  • Media Production

are other common destinations for those with English qualifications.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cirencester College directly.

Last updated date: 27 January 2017
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