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English Language A Level - Level 3

Overview

Whilst working towards an English language A Level, different variations of the English language will be analysed to develop your understanding and appreciation of English in all its contexts. You will  be encouraged to explore how it is used to communicate through a wide variety of spoken and written texts, ranging from marketing and television to children’s books and gendered adult texts such as ‘lads mags’.  There will also be a considerable focus on developing your own writing skills for specific audiences and purposes.

You will build on the skills and knowledge you have already gained at GCSE level. You will investigate and analyse a wide variety of texts from Instagram posts, Tweets, opinion pieces, spoken dialogue and magazine articles; amongst others. You will be able to develop your creative and analytical writing skills also.

Based at the new Mansfield and Ashfield Sixth Form College, Chesterfield Road from September 2021.

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Entry requirements

Five GCSEs with at least grade 4/C including English language, English literature and maths.

You will need to supply a written reference from your school/college teacher and/or a current school or college report with an indication of your attendance pattern and achievements. This will need to be uploaded to your myVISION account by the end of May.

Following your application you will normally be offered a place to study A Levels subject to achieving the entry requirements and attending a welcome taster.

Start dates and fees

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September 20211963Apply online

How long is the course?

A Level qualifications last two years.

How will I be assessed?

This course is assessed primarily by examination scheduled for May/June at the end of the second year with some additional coursework assessment.

The variety of assessment styles used such as data analysis, creative writing and research-based investigative writing allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These skills include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

There are only 2 exams and a coursework element worth 20%.

Success rates

A Level pass rate 2020- 100%

What does the course lead to?

An English Language A Level provides a solid grounding for continued study at degree level.

Your career options include work in publishing, advertising, law, media and teaching (with further study or teaching abroad).

What will I study?

Key topics will include children’s language development, language diversity and change, original writing and textual variations. Spoken and written texts using different dialects, idiolects and sociolects will be studied along with examining the process of globalization of English. As well as analysing spoken and written texts as part of your A Level study, you can also expect to develop your skills as a writer and take part in language research in an area that is of interest to you.

This course will allow you to reflect on topics such as:

  • Why do we swear?
  • What are the different types of swearing?
  • Has political correctness meant we shouldn’t use terms like postman?
  • How is the language of social media different from written texts?
  • How have we learned to speak?
  • Is grammar important?

Plus many more!

Study programmes

It is an entry requirement for some courses to have gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths (see entry requirements). If the entry requirements to a course do not require A*-C in these subjects, and you haven’t already gained GCSEs A*-C in English and maths before joining us, you will continue to study English and maths as part of your programme and take appropriate qualifications in these subjects with the aim of achieving A* to C grade. In addition, to help you gain essential skills for employment, every student aged under 19 and studying a full-time course at college will take part in our study programmes alongside their main subject qualification. Find out more.

What can I go on to study?

An English A Level is highly regarded by universities, providing a solid grounding for continued study at degree level. Degree programmes in English language or literature, linguistics, creative writing, history, politics, journalism, and media and communications, are all possible routes into Higher Education.

How do I apply?

You don’t need to apply for each subject area you are interested in. Once we have received your application form we will invite you into college for an interview or audition where we will be able to discuss every aspect of the course you have chosen, as well as any alternatives you may be considering. You will also have the opportunity to visit the areas of the college used for your programme choice.

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Why choose West Notts?

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100% A Level pass rate in 2020

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Best A Level provider in Mansfield and Ashfield for student progress*

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One of the top colleges in the UK for student satisfaction**

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An extensive bus service across Mansfield and the surrounding area

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*Value added is a measure of a student’s progress against their starting point
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