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English Language — A Level

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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.
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This 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.

Entry Requirements

A Level Entry Requirements for 16-18s:
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)
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Course ID: 163439

Course Year: 21/22

Course Duration: 1 Year


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 for21/22 is 500.00
In future years this fee may be subject to change.

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