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A-level English Language

  • Fee
    16-18 Free  /  19+ £2,172 per year*
  • Duration of course 72 Weeks (Over 2 years)
  • Course type Full-time
  • This course is suitable for 16-18; Adults

To apply for A Levels

Please choose an initial A Level you would like to apply for, then follow the on screen instructions on the online application form.  Add the names of the additional A Levels you would like to study into your personal statement, indicating why you have selected those options.

Will the course give me what I want?

Course content

The first year (AS) includes: a submission of a coursework folder of two pieces of work: an analytical comparison of two texts (one written, one multimodal e.g. email, advert, website), and adaptive writing plus commentary (where you adapt one of the texts from part 1 into a new text with a different audience or purpose. As well as two exam units: ‘Speech and Children’ and ‘Speech Varieties and Social Groups’

The second year (A2) year will develop your AS knowledge through two units: ‘Language and the Media’, where you will be required to submit a coursework folder of 3,000 words and a "Language, Culture and Identity" exam unit which focuses on the study of texts in three modes: spoken, written, and multimodal, and a compulsory module on Accent and Dialects in Britain, which includes technical linguistics and the study of "notions of correctness in language usage", helping you develop an evaluative insight into language use by different social groups in a variety of social contexts.

To succeed in this subject, you should have an avid interest in English language usage in all its forms - from slang to Shakespeare, and you should also have an interest in reading and language use and you should be someone who reads widely – from newspapers to novels.

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject combines well with Media Studies or Communication and Culture.

What have students who have taken this course in the past progressed to?

This course will lead you into journalism, publishing, creative and media careers.

How will I learn?

A-levels are taught in the classrooms and workshops of Paddington Green Campus

How will I be assessed?

Assessment in AS is by end of year examination (100%): In the second year, assessment will be by coursework (20%) and examination (80%)

How much time should I be expected to spend on assignments, projects, field trips etc.?

Several hours per week

Which awarding body is the course validation by?


What qualifications or skills do I need to show I have before I can enrol?

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of Six GCSEs – and all candidates must have GCSE English and Maths at C or above.

Expected prior knowledge


English level

GCSE English Language must be a Grade B and candidates should have at least Grade B results in related subjects; eg – History, Sociology, English Literature.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths Grade C or above.

Equipment and other costs

Students must provide their own pens, pencils and stationery, all other equipment will be provided.

For further information please call 020 7258 2721, email or come to one of our Open Days.

* Fee information

Fees shown are set against the current year (August 2017 to July 2018​) and are subject to change when Government funding changes are announced.

All our full time further education courses (Entry to Level 3) are free if you are 16-18 years old and meet UK residency requirements. Depending on your circumstances, you may also be eligible for financial support to help with other costs associated with your course such as free school meals and travel.

If you are  enrolling onto a Level 3 or 4 course and aged 19 or over, you may be required to pay fees depending on your residency status, educational background and personal circumstances.