Important Entry Requirement & Application Update
Once you've applied, you will be invited to attend a virtual information event at the beginning of 2021. At this event, you will have the opportunity to find out more about your course, meet the staff and ask any questions that you may have.
If your course requires an interview you will receive an email with details about your video call. There will be no need for you to come on site. Don't worry if you don't receive an email about an interview, not every course needs one.
When applying for A Levels there is no need for you to enter all of your preferred subject choices.
Is this course right for me?
Words help us to express our views of the world and people around us. If someone is “good with words” they can convey ideas and opinions effectively.
Studying English Language will develop skills that will be useful on many levels: academically, socially, and also in the workplace.
Year 1 (AS Level)
In the first year you will focus on learning linguistic concepts and terms. You will gain a fundamental understanding of the subject, including the study of both spoken and written language.
Unit 1: Exploring Language - This unit involves a written exam paper requiring you to analyse a number of language texts.
Unit 2: Learning Issues and Original and Creative Writing - This unit involves a written exam paper requiring you to engage with languages issues and to use language creatively.
Year 2 (A Level)
This year will broaden your understanding of the subject, including your appreciation of Language Development.
Unit 3: Language over Time - This unit you will learn more about how the English language has developed and continues to develop over time from the 5th Century AD to the present day.
Unit 4: Spoken Language and Creative Re-casting - In this unit you will engage with the spoken language to produce an original piece of writing and to communicate creatively in different ways.
Unit 5: Language and Identity - This coursework unit gives opportunities for language research which has personal relevance. You will conduct an investigation, receiving specific and detailed guidance from your tutor.
In order to qualify for this course, you will need the following:
- 6 GCSEs at grade C or above, including English or Welsh 1st Language
As part of the application process, you will be asked to attend an interview to give you the opportunity to discuss the course.
Progression to A Level is based on your performance at AS Level.
The course is delivered through a blend of the following:
- Classroom learning
- Analytical reading and writing
- Independent research
- Group work
The course is assessed as follows:
- External examinations are taken in June each year
- The coursework units will be completed earlier in the year
Whether you gain the full A Level or the AS Level, the course adds to your qualifications and helps you to progress. You will gain UCAS points and be able to apply for a range of Higher Education courses at many institutions. This includes degrees in Linguistics and other language subjects, as well as many other options.
The skills you gain studying English Language will have a broad range of applications, useful on many undergraduate courses.
You will also have improved your career prospects, and will have the option of progressing directly into employment in a wide range of sectors.