English Language
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two grade 5s and three 4s in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4 in English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2020
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

One of the greatest advantages of strengthening your English Language skills is the effect this can have on your career prospects. English is renowned for being the number one language in business, so a good command of this key language is a valuable tool for those seeking to enter the international marketplace, or work in the UK.

What will I learn?

Ultimately, the study of English Language at A Level will encourage you to discover language, the way in which we use it, the way in which it has changed over time and the variations and manipulations that have emerged due to cultural developments such as social media and urban street slang.

As such, you will observe how language has evolved over the centuries and where different dialects and accents have become prominent across the regions of the UK. Moving forward from here, you will begin to develop your own identity and style of writing in a creative writing coursework unit.

One of the most interesting parts of this course, however, is the exploration of how children learn to speak English. This fascinating module sets out the different processes involved in acquiring a mother-tongue language, influences from the mother and father, and interaction with objects and surroundings. This is a particularly eye-opening unit and one that will contribute to your appreciation of language.

This qualification consists of four units:


Child Language

Investigating Language

Creative Writing

How will the course be assessed?

You will be assessed by examinations at the end of the two-year course.

You will also be expected to carry out independent study and other personal development activities alongside your programme, such as additional workshops, an Extended Project Qualification, leisure extracurricular activities, volunteering or work experience, or part-time employment.


At NCC we’re committed to ensuring that your studies are career focused and are linked to your future goals. Develop a new skill, learn how to be a leader, volunteer for a good cause and keep fit through sport. Enhance your learning and make the most of the array of activities on offer to help you stand out from the crowd when applying for university, an Apprenticeship or a job.


You will study in modern classrooms with interactive learning technology, and will have access to up-to-date resources.


Materials and other information

Unique Pre-Professional Programme available in Journalism.

Progression and Careers

What next?

Former students have gone on to study at some of the top universities, including those in the Russell Group. The study of A Level English Language is key to many jobs and industries, such as

linguistics, journalism, writing, editing, teaching, translating, publishing, and the media. It will prove beneficial to a variety of roles that require effective communicators.

Studying English Language will teach you an array of transferable skills, allowing you to actively engage with everyday language and open the door to endless possibilities for your future career.

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