A Level in English Language

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    Full Time

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    Two Years

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    September 2023


During the A level in English Language you will discover how language is all around us – in adverts, newspapers, subtitles, and webpages. This course explores the English Language from different perspectives.

You will study topics such as Language Development in Children, Accent and Dialect, The Changes in Language Across Time, Spoken Language and Political Correctness.

What will I do?

In your first year of the A level in English Language, you will study AS and complete two papers. This can be a standalone qualification. In your second year, you will study A2 and again complete two papers. On successful completion of all four papers, you will be awarded the full A level.

Paper One.
This paper covers an introduction to linguistic frameworks (grammar, lexis, phonology, graphology) and how to use them in text analysis.

Paper Two.
This paper looks at different varieties of English (regional, national, occupations and social), their structure, how to relate to identify and attitudes to varieties of English.

In your second year of the A level in English Language, you will study A2. Together with your English Language AS they will complete your A-level qualification.

Paper One.
In addition to the units taught at AS level, you will also cover language change from 1600 to the present day and child language development.

Paper Two.
You will develop your understanding of international varieties of English and how ethnicity influences language choice and use.

You will produce a piece of original writing and conduct a language investigation in an area of language that interests you.

The entry qualifications for the A level in English Language are 5 GCSEs at grades 5 or above (Old GCSE grade C or above) including English Language or Literature at a grade 6 or above (Old GCSE grade B or above) or equivalent.

The A level in English Language will take you two years to complete. You will attend college for a minimum of four days a week.

This A level in English Language is free for those who are under 19 on 31 August of the year they start their course.

For those aged 19+, this course will cost: £1987
Year 1, AS Level - £724.
Year 2, A Level - £1263.

If you are aged 19-23, fee remission may apply depending on personal circumstances, please enquire with the Registry Department for further information on 01205 365701 or email your query to

Aged 19+?
If you are aged 19 years or over on the first day of your course, you may qualify for an Advanced Learner Loan to help with your College fees. If you progress to employment you won't have to pay anything back until you’re earning £27,295 per year. Your household income isn't taken into account and there's no credit check. Your eligibility depends on your course, nationality, and age. To find out more contact the College Information Line on 01205 313218.

International and EU Students, please contact the International Office on +44 (0)1205 313212 or for details on fees.

Fees may vary depending on personal circumstances, please enquire for further information.

Please note that all fees are subject to change.

This course is 100% theory based. You will be assessed by exams and coursework.

The qualification is useful for those wishing to apply for university. It is suitable for those aiming for careers in journalism, the media, law or teaching. The skills that you will learn, including those of powerful and effective communication, are highly valued by employers.

There are no specific costs but students may be asked to contribute towards educational visits and other activities.

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If you live outside of the UK and would like to apply for this course, please complete the International Enquiry Form.

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