A Level English Language - City of Wolverhampton College

A Level English Language

A Level English Language

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A Level English Language

Are you interested in the way English Language works?

Are you curious to find out how and why new words are formed?

Did you know that the origins of many of the words we use today come from South America, such as coffee, chocolate and potatoes?

Are you keen to learn more about the way toddlers acquire language and learn to develop their vocabulary? Why is 'm' the first sound babies utter - and no, it is not because they spend most of their time with mum! In our study of English Language we explore peoples' attitudes to accent and dialect, gender roles and ethnicity. Students explore how language is used to represent celebrities or social groups in the media - essential knowledge if you are not to believe all you read in the press!

A Level English Language opens up many career opportunities such as marketing, journalism, speech therapy, translation and interpreters as well as teaching.

The A Level is a two year course. We have a 100% success rate on this course with excellent feedback from our past students and a dedicated and enthusiastic team to support learners. In fact, some of our past students have gone on to become teachers, speech therapists, social workers, teachers and lecturers.

While you are on this course you will get to visit local nurseries to observe child language development and the Tower of London to observe examples of language change in action.

We also have guest speakers who we invite in to college to enhance your learning. These have included David Crystal - the world expert on English Language.

To access this course you are required to have:

  • Five or more GCSEs at Grade 4 or above including English and maths
  • The required QoE score

During this course you will study:

  • Seeing through language
  • The language of representation
  • Language explorations-language variation and change-language discourses
  • Language interventions and investigations

By studying this course you will:

  • Develop your understanding of the way language is used to represent individuals and groups in society
  • Learn how English grammar and punctuation works to make sense of the written word
  • Develop an appreciation for the variety of accent and dialects in the British Isles and the vitality they bring to the English language
  • Develop your confidence in presenting and communicating your ideas to specific audiences
  • Understand how English language is a valuable qualification to possess in a variety of careers
  • Improve your written, debating and presentation skills
  • Gain valuable team working and communication skills by taking part in group presentations, enrichment activities and producing subject specific booklets for your peers

You will be continually assessed throughout the programme through essays, tests and group discussion and debates. External assessments will be through exams and coursework.

The skills you will learn from this course will enable you to:

  • Pursue a career in marketing, journalism, speech therapy, primary and early years teaching, secondary education and lecturing
  • Progress on to university or vocational training


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