English Language – A-level
Studying English Language at A-level is very different from studying it at GCSE. It involves the linguistic analysis of a range of different types of spoken and written texts.
Course Information for Students
Who is this course for?
English Language A-level is very different from what you may be used to in your GCSE studies. It involves the linguistic analysis of a range of different types of spoken and written texts. This A-level complements many other subjects and can help in a range of careers such as teaching and journalism.
You will need at least five GCSEs at grade 4 or above, including English Language at grade 6 and Maths at grade 4.
A recent school report will be required which demonstrates a committed attitude to learning.
It is assumed that students enrol on a two-year A-level programme of study consisting of three or more subjects. However, students will be expected to demonstrate a committed attitude to learning and make positive progress in their first year of study.
What will you learn?
- Close linguistic analysis of a wide range of authentic texts
- Social varieties of English
- Original writing for a ‘real world’ purpose (coursework)
- Research into a language area of individual interest (coursework)
- Analysis of how children acquire language
- How English changes over time
How will you learn?
This course will be delivered on-site at the Joseph Wright Centre.
What will you need to bring with you?
How will you be assessed?
The course will be assessed via two 2.5 hour written examinations at the end of the second year. Each paper is worth 40% of the mark (i.e. 80% in total).
A coursework project in the second year – worth 20% of the mark – will be on independent research into a chosen area of language and will include a piece of original writing.
This qualification is a useful foundation for a course in higher education or for employment. Career prospects include roles in teaching, advertising, media, recruitment consultancy, publishing, human resources, journalism and secretarial work.
Who do you contact for more information?
For more information contact Derby College on 0800 0280289 or firstname.lastname@example.org
Course Information for Employers
Information for Employers
This course could lead to one of these careers...
Teaching and Other Educational Professionals n.e.c.
Higher Education Teaching Professionals
Further Education Teaching Professionals
Secondary Education Teaching Professionals
Journalists, Newspaper and Periodical Editors
Authors, Writers and Translators
DCG Success Stories
Former A level student Tyler returns to Joseph Wright as English lecturer
My former A level lecturer, Suzanne Starr, was my PGCE mentor. She and my English lecturer Anna Bowskill were just amazing and it's great to now be working alongside the lecturers who taught me so well at A level. I tell my current intake of A level English students that they are me four years ago. I can relate to them, having been in the same situation so recently.
Use our online application form to apply for this course.
Course Information Last Updated On: October 18, 2021 1:50 pm