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A Level English

Language

Language is what makes us human and what enables all of the great human achievements to happen. This course takes students into a close study of written and spoken English which builds upon GCSE but goes beyond it as well. You will also have the chance to produce original writing in the coursework unit. English Language can be studied alongside most other subjects but you should consider the amount of coursework you would need to do as it may not be advisable to take on too many coursework subjects.

Our English Language A-Level covers a number of topics and asks you to explore the following issues:

• How do advertisers sell us a White Elephant?

• Where does the term 'White Elephant' come from?

• Why does a Scouser sound so different to a Mancunian?

• How does a child learn to talk 'proper'?

• Is the last sentence wrong?

This course answers all these questions - and many more. It is designed to give an in depth study of language, its structure and development. Subjects covered include:

• Phonetics - the study of the sounds of language

• Phonology - how the spoken sounds are put together - and why

• Syntax - how sentences are constructed

• Language Topics - Child language, Pidgin and Creole, Accents and dialects, New Words and spellings etc.

AS is designed to introduce students to an understanding of concepts and frameworks for the study of language and enable them to apply these to investigate their own and others’ use of speech and writing. To develop learners’ skills in speaking and writing for different purposes and audiences, as well as to respond perceptively to the different varieties of English they hear and read.

A2 further develops the skills to demonstrate expertise in writing, to investigate and research, analyse and evaluate language.

Some of the units included are:

AS

Introduction to the Language of Texts

Original Writing and Exploring Spoken Language

A2

Language Investigation and Writing for Specific Purposes

Analysing and Evaluating Language Modes and Contexts

For 16-18 year old (daytime) students, this A Level will be one of four A Levels you choose to make up a full time programme of study. You will study for a total of 18 hours per week plus one hour per week tutorial.

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.

Study Programmes

Study Programmes for students aged 16-18

At The City of Liverpool College you will receive a specialised study programme which will help you to achieve your ambitions beyond successfully completing your college course.

We have developed Study Programmes for all of our 16-18 year-old students to help further develop your skills and widen your college experience.

What you will get from your Study Programme:

  • A substantial qualification e.g. A level or vocational equivalent
  • Meaningful work experience
  • GCSE A*-C English and maths 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.

English and Maths

English and Maths skills are vital for employment and to secure a place at 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.

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.

Qualification(s)

Entry Requirements

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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