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Our A Level qualification in English language provides students with a deep knowledge of how the English language works and encourages them to engage creatively within areas of topical debate. Learners will explore language use in various contexts and will carry out an independent investigation in an area of particular interest to them.

Upon the completion of the course students will gain a solid understanding of how the English language works in a variety of contexts. It is advised that students who are considering to sign up for the course should have an interest and find enjoyment in analysing the linguistic features of both written and spoken texts. In return, they will develop essential skills in linguistic analysis and a working knowledge of English language concepts.

Studying English Language at A level is very different from GCSE. The course takes a theory based approach to analysing language, it challenges students to observe language use around us in context.

Studying with us will give you the opportunity to find answer to questions such as:

  • To what extent would language use be gender specific?
  • What linguistic techniques might the media, advertisers and politicians use in order to influence our way of thinking?
  • To what extent might our language have changed due to technology and is this change beneficial or harmful to the English language?
  • How do children learn to speak?

The details of the course specification can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-english-language-h070-h470-from-2015

Course Content

Year 1 in the new specification covers the following units:

Paper 1 - Exploring language (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes examination, 50% of total AS level)
Task 1
- A linguistic analysis of an unseen text
Task 2 - A comparison of the linguistic features of two unseen texts.

Paper 2 - Exploring contexts (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes examination, 50% of total AS level)
Task 1
- Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue
Task 2 - A linguistic analysis of how issues relating to language and gender or language and power influence particular authentic, unseen texts.

Year 2 in the new specification covers the following units:

Paper 1 - Exploring language (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes examination, 40% of total A level)
Task 1 - A linguistic analysis of an unseen text
Task 2 - Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue
Task 3 - A comparison of the linguistic features of two unseen texts

Paper 2 - Dimensions of linguistic variation (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes examination, 40% of total A level)
Task 1
- Analyis of how children acquire language
Task 2 - Language in the media
Task 3 - A linguistic analysis of how language changes over time

Non examined assessment (coursework) is submitted during the second year of the programme (40 marks, 20% of the final A level grade)
Course work content:
Task 1 - An investigation into an area of each learner's particular individual interest
Task 2 - Designing an academic poster

Features/Benefits

At least once a year, our students have the opportunity to attend a lecture or a workshop run by international language experts. Our learners are encouraged to take part in cross college, collaborative learning events at least once in every academic year.

Students who aspire to become journalists and are interested in creative writing are encouraged to join our Writers' society, where they have the opportunity to work towards publishing their own articles and attend workshops run by practising journalists and other experts on this field.

Within our college organised 'experience days', students who have aspirations to become a teacher have the opportunity to deliver lessons to primary and secondary school students. Our learners also have the privilege to attend international teaching trips, where they can challenge themselves in a teaching English as a foreign language context.

Entry Requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Assessment Methods

AS exam - 2 papers
Paper 1: Exploring language (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes) 50% of total AS level
Paper2: Exploring contexts (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes) 50% of total AS level

A2 exam – 2 papers
Paper 1: Exploring language (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes) 40% of total A level
Paper 2: Dimensions of linguistic variation (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes) 40% of total A level
Coursework (non-examined assessment): Independent language research 40 marks, 20% of total A level

Progression Opportunities

English Language provides excellent preparation for the workplace and for university.

The analytical and communication skills you learn provide a good basis for higher-level study in a wide range of subjects. The majority of our learners decide to take the following career paths: journalism, creative writing, teaching, academic career, web design, marketing and advertising, public relations, law.

6th Form FAQs

DO YOU OFFER THE EXTENDED PROJECT QUALIFICATION (EPQ)?

  • Yes, but only to Year 2 students who have demonstrated in Year 1 that they have the academic ability to cope with this extra research project.

HOW MANY A LEVEL SUBJECTS DO I NEED TO TAKE?

  • You will need to choose three subjects minimum with a maximum of 4. See page 5 for more details on subject choices.

I’M INTERESTED IN A LEVELS BUT I’M NOT SURE WHICH ONES

  • That’s okay! We know that deciding on A Levels can be a long process and that you can change your mind—a lot.

    When you initially apply, we’ll ask you for your options, but you’re not tied down to these subjects. We’ll confirm your final choices at a later date.


DO I HAVE TO STUDY THE SUBJECT I WANT TO STUDY AT UNIVERSITY AS AN A LEVEL?

  • Not always; it depends on your chosen university course. Subjects like Medicine and Architecture have very specific entry requirements, whereas you can study Psychology or Law at university without having studied them at A Level. Check university entry requirements to see if they are asking for specific subjects.

ARE A LEVELS THE ONLY ROUTE INTO UNIVERSITY?

  • No. We also offer Level 3 BTEC Extended Diplomas, which are the equivalent to three A Levels and many universities accept them as an alternative.

CAN I STUDY 3 A LEVELS AND BE A PART OF THE ACADEMY OF SPORT PROGRAMME?

CAN I STUDY A DIPLOMA IN SPORT AND ONE A LEVEL?

  • Yes, but it is only recommended for high-performing students due to the demands that both courses will place on timetable and ability. We will need to ensure that your combination is suitable for future progression and doesn’t clash on the timetable.

Disclaimer

Whilst every effort is made to ensure that the information contained on this website is correct, the College accepts no liability for any errors or omissions. Please note that details are subject to change without notice with regard to the provision of courses, course times and dates and the fees and charges levied.

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Key Facts

Level:

3

Course Duration:

2 Years

College Course Code:

  • 20/21A1OELN
This start date has passed. Please contact us for more information.

Awarding Body:

Oxford Cambridge & RSA Examinations

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