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English Language A level at Luton Sixth Form College

Course description

In A Level English Language we study how language is used in everyday life: in newspapers, magazines, in conversation, and on social media. The course will help you understand how language can affect people and the ways in which they are perceived. Professor David Crystal says, “The more we know about language the more chance we shall have of success, whether we are advertisers, politicians, journalists, doctors, lawyers--or just ordinary people, trying to understand and be understood.”

Course content

The course includes the study of how writers and speakers use language to suit different audiences and purposes, in the present day and in the past. For example, you will consider how newspapers use language to represent groups like teenagers in certain ways. We also look at how language is used electronically, in texting and on websites, and at how people communicate with each other in speech. Through the study of these topics you will develop your analytical skills. You will also increase you knowledge and understanding of English vocabulary and grammar. English Language also enables students to develop their writing skills. Students learn to write in a variety of different forms.

The course involves studying theories and attitudes about language, such as how children learn to speak and how and why language changes. Students will study how a variety of factors affect the ways in which people communicate, including gender, ethnicity, geography (accent and dialect), age and social class.

Entry requirements

To start any AS levels you need to meet the general college entry requirements.In addition you must have GCSE English grade C.


Exam Board - AQA

Future opportunities

Skills in the use of English Language are required by most employers and are essential for most university courses so an advanced qualification can really set you apart from other potential candidates or employees. English Language is highly regarded by employers and universities because of its analytical nature and emphasis on using language for a variety of purposes.

Our students have gone on to take a wide range of degree courses including English, Linguistics, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Journalism, and Speech Therapy. English Language degree courses have been combined with other courses such as Psychology, Philosophy, Media and Film studies, Criminology and many others. A large number of English Language students also go on the study Law. Over the years our students have taken courses at most of the country’s universities, including Oxford and Cambridge.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 09 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years