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

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

Language is a powerful tool. It can be used to inspire, influence and change the world. This course focuses on sociolinguistics which means that we will study and analyse the ways in which society and language influence one another. This could be in the form of key concepts and issues such as power or gender, or looking at how children learn to talk, read and write. Our course is incredibly varied and will provide you with opportunities to further develop your own interests – if it has language in it, we can study it!

This course is ideal if you are interested in popular culture, current affairs and the development of the English Language in society.
Assessment will be through external examination and a small component of non-exam assessment in the second year.

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 related to Global English, Gender Identity, Journalism, Power and Regional Variation.

What experiences will I get?

We offer a wide variety of events and talks with visiting speakers to enhance your learning experience. World renowned linguist David Crystal is an annual fixture on our events calendar and we are always adding more speakers to the list.

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.

While this is an English Language course, it is not the same as GCSE English Language. While there are some similar and transferable skills, the A Level is much more focussed on independent learning and discussion. There are opportunities for you to develop your own interests and ideas while covering topics such as popular culture and current affairs. There are also numerous opportunities for cross-curricular learning as we look into subject areas such as the media, art, history, creative writing, sociology, psychology, philosophy, politics, law, biology, literature, creative writing, classics, business, IT, geography, music, the influences of modern foreign languages, religious studies, etc. The course is very versatile but it is worth noting that while we do cover these topic areas, we are discussing them specifically in relation to their influence on the English Language.

What can I study alongside this course?

A Level English Language also goes well with most other subject areas. This subject goes particularly well with English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Classics, and Humanities based subjects.

What facilities are there?

Our teaching rooms have a wide variety of books and resources available for you to use. We also have access to an excellent university-style lecture theatre which we use for revision lectures, film screenings and events. Our learning resource centres include access to books, articles, journals and electronic resources to help you with your studies.

What can the course lead on to?

A Level English Language is an incredibly versatile qualification. Students have gone on to work in some of the following careers but it is not limited to these fields: teaching, advertising, public relations, marketing, TV and radio, journalism, publishing, copywriting, editing, law, speech and language therapy, and many more…

Are there any additional costs?

There are some costs of materials and resources, for an indication of what these might be please click here to view the fees for September 2018.

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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