English Language and Lingusitics
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 English Language.
Start Date: Sept 2019
Length: 2 years
Course Overview

Our identities are shaped by our everyday communications, both written and verbal, with the world around us. The A Level in English Language and Linguistics examines this in detail and is a highly relevant, diverse and engaging course with up to date content reflecting contemporary issues, such as accent and dialect, race, gender, and the study of the language itself.

What will I learn?

You will investigate the development of the English language, including how children learn to speak and the evolution of English over time, also exploring the role of English in the media and the ways it is used to convey specific messages in different contexts. Your creativity will be highlighted, along with the need to write for a specific target and purpose, as you learn to critically examine a variety of multimodal texts and develop your writing across genres.

This qualification consists of three units:

  • Language, the Individual and Society
  • Language, Diversity and Change
  • Language in Action



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 and Linguistics 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 and Linguistics 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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