English Language
Faculty of English, Languages and IB
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English, Languages and IB Level 3 - A Level Hele Road 2 years

What is it like to study this course and how will I be assessed?

On this course you will be introduced to linguistics - knowledge about language - enabling you to analyse and investigate features of spoken and written language produced for specific audiences, purposes and contexts. You will investigate and analyse different kinds of spoken and written language, as well as related topics, using a ‘model’ of language, which you will acquire over the duration of the course. This means gaining knowledge of the terminology and concepts that make it possible to describe and analyse how language works with accuracy and precision. The key constituents of language study include: phonology, morphology, lexis, grammar, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

You may also have the opportunity to develop skills and expertise in your own creative writing. Reading a wide assortment of texts will support your studies and you are advised to develop a glossary of terms as you progress on the course.

As well as being taught as part of a group, you will be involved in small group projects and individual assignments.

What topics will I study?

The course covers the study of written, spoken and multi-modal texts, so you will study a range of texts and you will need to be an enthusiastic reader of both non-fiction texts, including magazines and newspapers, and literary genres. You should also be curious about the nature of conversations, speeches and spoken interactions in different contexts.

Some elements of the course will also require you to develop expertise as a writer and to have a clear understanding of linguistic frameworks for analysis of your own creative work.
Investigations into language will include topics such as language change over time, language and gender, identity and power. These may be explored in some depth and there may be a non-exam assessed piece of work based on one of these topics.

What are the entry requirements?

English and maths entry requirements: Grade 4 in English and 4 in maths.
Plus standard entry requirements: Six GCSEs at grade 4 or above.

It is sensible to discuss A Level English Language with members of the college's English Language team as there are misunderstandings about it - it is not a simple continuation of GCSE English.

What can I study alongside this course?

This course can be combined with other courses to make a full programme.

What facilities are there?

You will have access to a learning resource centre and a popular student restaurant.

What can the course lead on to?

You could go on to Higher Education where English Language is widely recognised as a good general qualification for a number of courses. Most Higher Education providers recognise it as a separate qualification from English Literature A Level.

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources – click here to find out more.

What do our students think?

"I enjoy being at Exeter College and I've met lots of new people. Studying both English and German made me realise that I want to do linguistics at university.

My tip for future students would be to be organised in your work. I hope to study German and linguistics at university and then work in European broadcasting."


This further education course is free for all 16-18 year olds who are resident in the UK and the European Economic Area for the last 3 years. (You must be under 19 on 31st August in the calendar year that you start your course). For any fee-related queries or further information, please contact the Advice and Recruitment Team on 01392 400444.

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