About the course…

Do you have a passion for discovering how language works? Do you thrive on interrogating the science of words and enjoy thinking analytically about the ways language is used in a variety of contexts?

On this course, you will develop a linguistic terminology and explore language usage in different situations and social contexts through gender, power, technology, accent, dialect and age – to name a few!

You will study the difference between speech and writing and study child language acquisition, as well as having the opportunity to pursue your own linguistic passion by choosing your own areas to study for coursework.

Why study with us…

  • You will have the exciting opportunity to take part in reporting and representing the First Light Festival, where you will work alongside industry professionals in marketing, journalism and PR.
  • You will meet visiting academics and linguists from prestigious universities. You will learn how to manage your time effectively and work independently in preparation for further study at university.
  • You will benefit from being taught by expert, committed and experienced teachers, who have a passion for language in all its forms.

Where English Language can take you…

English Language is the perfect A Level to take if you want to pursue a degree in English language or linguistics, either as a single subject or combined with English literature, creative writing, linguistics or journalism.

Careers in fields as diverse as public relations, teaching, social work, speech therapy, marketing, the civil service, publishing and film and television all welcome an academic qualification in English Language.

Entry requirements…

  • Must meet overall entry criteria for A Level study
  • Grade 5s in GCSE English Literature and GCSE English Language
  • All course texts are available from the English Department or LRC on long term loan – you may wish to buy your own copies