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English Language A Level at Warrington & Vale Royal College

Course description

This course will explore how we use written and spoken language in a variety of contexts and for many different purposes. If you enjoy investigating language and learning about theories of language then this course could be for you.

Course content

In year 1, you will explore the ways in which people communicate with others and what influences our language choices in different contexts. You will learn how to use a variety of linguistic terminology to analyse text and speech produced for a variety of different situations and purposes- within this analysis you will explore what this tells us with regards to the social background and influences on the producer such as age, gender and ethnicity.

In year 2, you will explore how children acquire language, specifically how they acquire spoken and written language as well as how reading is developed. Within this we will look at the various different theories of how this is achieved. We will also delve into the history of the English language looking at how it has, and continues to, change over time. We will focus on areas such as dialect, power and gender as well as exploring some of the major varieties of English such as those used in America, Australia, India and by ethnic groups within Britain itself.

Entry requirements

You will need a grade B in GCSE English Language (or equivalent) for direct entry. For those who do not meet this criteria, you may still be able to join the course subject to interview where previous qualifications and experience can be discussed to ascertain your suitability for the course.


A combination of in class assessments, written homework assignments, timed essays, mock examinations, group work, research tasks. Formal assessment is by examination (80% in year 1 and 2) and coursework Year 2 (20%).

Future opportunities

A Level English Language provides you with the skills needed to progress into Higher Education or the workplace.  In the past students have progressed onto courses as diverse as English, Social Sciences, Journalism and even the sciences.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Warrington & Vale Royal College directly.

Last updated date: 17 February 2016
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      By Bus: Warrington & Vale Royal College is easily accessible by bus from the town centre and nearby Cheshire districts. Bus numbers* 19, 20, 21, 22 from the Warrington Bus Station to Winwick Road Campus.

      *Please note bus numbers are subject to change.