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English Language — A Level

Languages and Literature (includes English for Speakers of Other Languages)|Sixth Form

Course ID: 172556

Course Year: 24/25

Course Details

  • Applying for A Levels: When you complete your application form, you can apply for just one subject, and add the other subjects into the 'Career Path' section. For example, complete the application for Psychology A Level, and type 'Sociology A Level and English A Level' in the 'Career Path' box. You do not need to complete multiple applications for each subject. If we need more information, we will contact you.

What to expect from the course

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. Studying A Level English Language will allow you to recognise the ways in which meaning is created and, in many cases, the manipulation behind the meaning.

You 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. In your first year, you 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
- 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


A Level English Language (Eduqas).

Why study with us?

Student Benefits

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Academy Bakery

The Academy Bakery is located on the Duke Street campus, producing a range of first class baked goods daily. These include artisan breads, patisserie and biscuits, as well as special occasion/novelty cakes by award-winning master-bakers. Students are offered a range of discounts throughout the year.

The Academy Bakery
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Academy Hair and Beauty Salons

Duke Street is also home to The Academy Hair and Beauty salons. They offer generous student discounts on a wide range of hair and beauty treatments, at a fraction of high-street prices. These include styling, cutting, perming, highlights, facials, manicures, electrolysis and traditional and homeopathic massage.

The Academy Salons
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Academy Restaurant

Duke Street campus is also home to the College’s Academy Restaurant. Often referred to by it’s customers as Liverpool’s hidden gem, the restaurant serves top class cuisine, at highly competitive prices. Food is expertly prepared by professional chef/tutors and young chefs in training and offers students a range of discounts at different times of the year.

The Academy Restaurant
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Microsoft Office 365 - Free

When you become a student of the College you’ll receive full access to Microsoft Office 365. This allows you to install the software on your own computer and other devices at home, completely free of charge.

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Onsite Sports Facilities/Fitness Suite

The college has excellent sports and fitness facilities at its Roscoe Street campus. Students pay a one-off membership fee for all year round usage of weekly supervised gym sessions, as well as access to a number of sporting clubs and events.

Career pathways

As well as being a fascinating and enjoyable subject to study, A Level English Language is also a valuable subject for gaining entry to university. It can be combined successfully with other A Levels in subjects as varied as Science, English Literature and Media Studies, 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 and Business Studies as it is an indicator of excellent communication skills.

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Entry Requirements

The most important entry requirement is that you are committed and determined to do well.

You need to achieve a minimum of 5 GCSEs at Grade 4 or above, with at least 2 at Grade 5. These must include Maths and English.

To study this particular A level, you need to achieve Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature (if studied).


If you are 16-18 years old at the start of your course, studying at The City of Liverpool College is free. If you are aged between 19-23 and don’t have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent), you won't have to pay any fees for this course.

24 years old or over or 19-23 and have 2 A-Levels (or equivalent) at the start of the course, fees are payable by all students unless sponsored by an employer.

Fee for24/25 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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