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A Level English

Language

Studying A’ Level English Language will allow you to develop your critical understanding of how language works in a range of different contexts and situations. You will also be able to apply your knowledge of English language by producing original writing of your own.

The skills developed studying English Language will enable you to shed an illuminating light on the written and spoken language that we are exposed to in our daily lives. Each day we are inundated with written, spoken and visual texts that vie for our attention – from radio and TV, advertisements and social media posts, stand-up comedy routines to obituaries. We will be able to recognise the ways in which meaning is created and, in many cases, the manipulation behind the meaning.

Students will study a variety of written texts, for instance from advertising, speeches, journalism, reviews, writing for children, biographies, narrative fiction, and even ephemeral texts such as bus tickets and chocolate wrappers. Spoken language is an integral part of the course. At A1, learners will study spoken language of the media – language produced for a mass audience. We will consider what the texts tell us about the society in which we live and we will explore the relationships between texts and contexts.

Initial study will be focused on the different components of English Language:

• Lexis and morphology (words)

• Discourse (structure)

• Grammar

• Phonology (sounds)

• Semantics and Pragmatics (meaning)

We will then move towards applying our linguistic knowledge to consideration of issues and concepts such as gender, power, occupation, politeness etc. Throughout the course, we will explore social variation of language. During the second year, we will study modules including: Language Change over Time, Twenty-first Century English, Language and Power, and Child Language Acquisition. Students will also complete a guided (although largely independent) language investigation – a research project with the core theme of Language and Identity.

For A’ Level course specification, visit:

http://www.eduqas.co.uk/qualifications/english-language/

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will undertake a personalised Study Programme, which will help you to achieve your ambitions and career goals.

All of our Study Programmes are designed to help you to develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you should expect from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. GCSE, A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • Help to achieve GCSE English and maths at grades A*-C if you do not already have them
  • Practical activities that help your personal development including study skills, enrichment activities, employability training and classes in personal and social skills to get you ready for further education or employment.
  • Support to enable you to progress to the next level of study or employment

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place on courses at a higher level, including university.

We have a team of tutors who will work with you to achieve these essential qualifications and enable you to apply these skills in your day to day activities and work.

Since September 2013 any young person who does not achieve their GCSE in English language and mathematics at grade C or above will have to continue their studies at college. Students who have a grade D in either subject must study these subjects at GCSE level.

What the course leads to

The course is not only fascinating in itself but as an academic subject satisfies standard university entry requirements. It can be combined successfully with other A levels in subjects as varied as Science, English Literature and P.E. for entry into a wide variety of university courses. English as an A level subject is highly valued in a number of other degrees, particularly Law, Journalism, Business Studies etc as it indicates that the applicant has excellent communication skills.

English Language is highly regarded by universities. The future, no doubt, has many surprises in store for us but the loss of status attached to English Language A-Level will not be one of them.

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When the course runs

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

What's on offer at The City of Liverpool College

"College is much more flexible which suited me well. It also had a wider range of courses available to study than my school sixth form."

Liam Roberts successfully achieved A*, A, A. Liam progressed onto the University of Greenwich.

Course Location

Clarence Street
L3 5TP

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Disclaimer

Disclaimer

The College has made every effort to ensure the accuracy of course details given on fact sheets, in the prospectus and on the web site. However, the College reserves the right to make changes to provision and to discontinue courses when necessary. Please note that the College cannot accept any liability for inaccuracies or omissions which arise due to such changes.

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Course bundles are designed for 16 - 18 year olds only.

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