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English Language at UTC Sheffield City Centre

Course description

What is the A Level in English Language and why should I study it?

The new A Level in English Language allows you to build on the skills already gained in your GCSE.  You will engage creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.  You will create texts and reflect critically  on your own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. The course uses a variety of assessment styles, such as, data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, which allows you to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.


Course content

Language, the Individual and Society:

This part of the course introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre mode (written, spoken, electronic) and representation.  It also introduces the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

Language Diversity and Change:

Students will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. You will explore processes of language change and social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

Language in Action:

This area of study allows students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. This will require you to carry out two different types of individual research:

  • A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
  • A piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each)

Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest.


The A Level qualification is made up of  the following components:

Examination:   Paper 1: Language, the individual and society – 40% of A Level

Examination:   Paper 2: Language diversity and change – 40% of A level

Coursework:    Language in action – 20%


Entry requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and English Literature.

Students must select a specialism (Creative & Digital Media or Engineering).



Two A-Level Exams at the end of Y13:

  1. Language, the Individual and Society
  2. Language, Diversity and Change


Two Non-Exam Assessments:

  1. Language Investigation
  2. Original Writing and Commentary

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Future opportunities

Future opportunities:


Teaching, Marketing, Advertising, Retail Management, Journalism, Media, Law, Human Resources, Banking, Accountancy, Insurance, Business, Film, Archives, Librarianship, Information Officer, Public Relations, Research, Copywriting, Events Management, Radio and Television, Civil Service, Administration, Health Service, Local Government, Police/Armed Forces, Further Education etc.

Further information


Further information:

This is an A Level course.

Students do not complete the AS Level in English Language.


Come along to our Showcase Event on Wednesday 16 January 2019 from 5.00pm.



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: 23 November 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Course code: A Level
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  • Number of planned places: 10

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    • UTC Sheffield is a state-of-the-art modern Technical College.  The building has been designed to inspire students and showcase their work. The venue provides an environment that is welcoming, spacious, exciting and adaptable to respond to the future needs of the College.  It offers not only high quality learning environments but also a rooftop, multi-use sports pitch and an all-day restaurant - all in the heart of Sheffield's Creative and Digital Industries quarter close to the main railway and bus stations.