A-Level English Language

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6701
  • Duration: 2 years
  • Validated by: Oxford, Cambridge & RSA.
  • Study Mode: Full time

A-Level English Language is a wide ranging and constantly changing subject which gives you the skills to analyse every type of communication you may come across. This course encourages you to appreciate and celebrate the unique characteristics of English such as the confusing delight of the sentence:

"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."

And the amazing feat that we can all read and make sense of it!

What will I study?

As a student of English Language you will:

  • develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use
  • develop understanding of the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception
  • use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources

The course breaks down as follows:

Year One

Introduction to language study looking at how identity, society and context affect the language we use.

Year Two

Study of language diversity focusing on child language development, language change since 1600 and language in the media.

Entry Requirements

In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language (or equivalent).

How will I be assessed?

A-Level students will be assessed by written exam and coursework. 

What can I do next?

Many students studying English Language choose to go onto a related Higher Education course including English and/or Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Journalism etc. Our students have earned places at top universities such as UCL, Sheffield, Edinburgh, York, Aberystwyth and Manchester. A degree in English Language opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You could find employment in areas including journalism and broadcasting, administration, marketing, publishing, management, librarianship, speech therapy, lexicography (dictionary-making) and teaching.

Your Study Programme

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A-Level Study Programme

Our study programme is set to help our students get the most out of their time at Blackburn College Sixth Form Centre. Alongside an outstanding education, students will also receive:

  • an A-Level qualification
  • Employability skills
  • Enrichment activities
  • Performance and study skills

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The Sixth Form Centre

Offering our students an academic environment for studying, The Sixth Form Centre is an excellent location for those looking to excel in their A-Level studies. You have access to:

  • Large Lecture Theatre - built to enable students to get used to university-style learning
  • Common Rooms - a great place for students to enjoy downtime, catch up with friends or hold small revision sessions
  • Industry-standard laboratories - 4 professional laboratories set up for Biology, Chemistry and Physics. Our laboratories have helped microbiologists, doctors, pharmacists and veterinary surgeons get into their chosen careers
  • Starbucks - attached to the Sixth Form Centre is Courtyard Cafe, one of three Starbucks Cafes on campus that serve the famous coffee, and at 40% cheaper than the high street

Sixth Form Guarantee

As a Sixth Form student at Blackburn College, you can expect:

  • Independent thinking - where your own experiences and observations mould your education
  • Enrichment activities - that enable you to receive a great education, as well as having fun whilst doing so
  • Support - a vast amount of support from all staff to ensure you get the results you deserve
  • A Learning Environment that is academic, friendly and safe.
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