English Language: AS and A Level | Loughborough College

AS and A Level in
English Language

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AS and A Level English Language involves looking at language in a very different way to GCSE English. It is the technical study of language: the way in which language works.

During the course, you will learn about a number of systems used to decode and classify language. You need to enjoy close analysis. If you have an interest in language for its own sake, you should enjoy this course.

Course Content

Year 1 covers the following units:

Categorising Texts: This module is a general introduction to the study of language and how to categorise language by focusing on a variety of texts, both written and spoken. The following topics are studied: Language and Gender, Language and Power, and Language and Technology.

This unit is assessed through an exam weighted at 60%.

Creating Texts: Students develop their own writing skills, producing two pieces of writing for different purposes and audiences. Each piece is accompanied by a commentary in which students reflect on their language choices.

This unit is assessed through a piece of coursework weighted at 40%.

Year 2 consists of the following units:

Language Development: In this synoptic module, students focus on two specific areas of language study: Language Change and Language Acquisition. This unit is assessed via an exam weighted at 60%.

Investigating Language: In this module, students apply their knowledge to a small research project of their choice. They write a report on their research and an informative piece of media text, for example a newspaper article or a press release, about the same topic. This unit is assessed via coursework weighted at 40%.


Teaching is by open discussion and lectures but there is a great deal of emphasis on students carrying out research, engaging with texts, and producing responses independently.

This course is very culturally based and it may not be suited to overseas students or those with only a limited knowledge of the UK.

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.

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.

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Key Facts


  • September 2018

Mode of Attendance:

  • Full or Part Time



Course Duration:

1 Year

Programme Costs:

  • The fees for this course are currently being confirmed.

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College Course Code:

  • 18/19ASOELN

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