A-Level English Language

Course Information

  • Course Code: 6701-Y1
  • Duration: 2 academic years
  • 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

To study A-Level English Language you will need 5 x C/4  grades at GCSE,  however you will need a grade B/5 in GCSE English Language.

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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Career Options

Secondary School Teacher

As a secondary school teacher you will  help to prepare young people for a fulfilling life after school. You will also have plenty of opportunities to develop your career.

To be a secondary school teacher you will need excellent communication skills and the ability to inspire and motivate your pupils to learn. You will also need to work well with people from a wide range of backgrounds, and have patience and a good sense of humour.

There are several way to train as a teacher but before you can start, you will need GCSEs in English and maths or equivalent qualifications. You will also need clearance by the Disclosure and Barring Service.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Speech And Language Therapist

As a speech and language therapist (SLT), you would assess and support people with communication problems. You would also use your skills to help people who have difficulties with eating, drinking and swallowing. In this role you will need to be able to communicate well with a range of people. You need to be sensitive and understanding with clients, and to motivate them to complete their course of treatment. If you are interested in science and health, and you have a patient and caring personality, then this job could be for you. To get into this job you will need a degree in speech and language therapy or human communication. For entry onto a degree course, you will usually need to have done some voluntary work to gain an understanding of the role.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Speech And Language Therapy Assistant

As a speech and language therapy assistant, you would support a registered speech and language therapist during their treatment of someone who has difficulties with communication, or with eating, drinking or swallowing. In culturally diverse communities where English might not be the first language, this role may be known as a bilingualco-worker. If you are interested in speech and language difficulties and you want to help others, this job could be ideal for you. In this job you will need to be caring and understanding. You will also need to be able to create good working relationships with people, to gain their confidence. There aren't any specific entry requirements to get into this work, but some employers may ask for several GCSE passes.?

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Newspaper Journalist

Newspaper journalists investigate and write up stories for local, regional and national newspapers. If you're interested in current affairs and you'd like a career using your excellent writing skills, this might be a career you’ll enjoy.

You’ll need to have an enquiring mind and enjoy researching and investigating your story. You’ll also need to be determined and persistent, to make sure you get all the facts and to see your story published on time.

You can get into newspaper journalism by training at college or university, or by joining a local or regional newspaper and training on the job.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Newspaper Or Magazine Editor

Newspaper and magazine editors manage the style and content of printed publications. You may oversee the overall editorial direction of a publication, or you can be responsible for an individual section. If you’ve got an excellent command of English and are good at planning things, this job could be for you.

You’ll be using your creative skills to produce a magazine or newspaper that appeals to its readers. You’ll also need financial, commercial and legal skills and knowledge, and the ability to manage staff.

Most editors have substantial experience as a journalist and a good understanding of the newspaper or magazine industries. To be the editor of a specialist publication, you will usually need knowledge or experience in that subject area.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

Broadcast Journalist

As a broadcast journalist you would research and present news stories and factual programmes for television, radio and the internet. If you have an enquiring mind and enjoy working with people then this could be the job for you.

Excellent communication skills are something you would need in this job. You’ll also need to be a good researcher and know where to find reliable sources of information.

You would usually need a degree to get into broadcast journalism. You could also move into this job from print journalism.

Job Opportunites in Lancashire

University Plus

For all students looking to progress to university after completing their studies in The Sixth Form, we have introduced a 'University Plus' programme. This includes university interview techniques, the opportunity to take part in an extended project, pre-degree courses in Business, Medicine and Teaching, and an excellent partnership with the UK top 10 Lancaster University, who guarantee interviews for students who meet the entry criteria on their course.

All these options, paired with tutorial activities, could give you an additional 180 UCAS points, giving you the best opportunity to achieve your place at your first choice university and your dream degree.

Learn more by clicking here

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.