English Language
Type: A Level
Entry Requirements: Two 5/Bs and three 4/Cs in five subject areas at GCSE, to include a minimum of a grade 4/C in Maths and English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2018
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Throughout the course you will improve on your existing fluency with the language and learn to identify the way it changes depending on audience, intent and context. You will explore the language of different social groups including surfers and rappers. You will examine a variety of speech and writing and develop your own writing skills across a range of genres. Creativity will be highlighted, along with the need to write for a specific target and purpose.

What will I learn?


You will also learn about the development of the English language, including how children learn to speak and the evolution of English over time. You will also explore the role of English in the media, and the ways it is used to convey specific messages in different contexts.

This qualification consists of four units:

Component 1:
Language Variation
How language choices can create personal identities.


Component 2:
Child Language
How children learn and acquire spoken language and how children learn to write.


Component 3:
Investigating Language
A research unit where you investigate one of five topic areas.


Component 4:
Crafting Language
A non-exam assessed unit. You will produce two pieces of original writing plus commentary.

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

The study of A Level English Language is key to many jobs and industries, such as journalism, writing, editing, teaching, translating, linguistics, publishing and the media. Former students have gone on to study at some of the UK’s top universities, including those in the Russell Group.

It will also benefit a wide variety of jobs that require effective communications. As English is the predominant language used in international trade, comprehensive English language skills are essential to many business roles.

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