A-level English Language

Overview

  • 16-18, Adults, International Students
  • 18-21 hours per week

Details

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

Over the two years you will learn how to analyse both written and spoken language in all its forms: planned and unplanned, and how to compare written and spoken texts. You will also learn various theories about how language is used to exert power in a range of situations and how to apply these theories to a sample text – written or spoken. Similarly, you will study theories about language and gender – both about how language is used to represent the genders differently, and how language is used differently by the genders.

In addition to this, you will study how language has changed and continues to change over time, and the different attitudes to these changes.

You will also learn about how children acquire language – the various theories about this, and how to describe the various features that appear in their language at different stages up to the age of 7.

For coursework, you will conduct an independent investigation in an area of language which particularly interests you and present your findings in report form to include written analysis and charts or graphs. This will also be adapted for a different audience and presented in academic poster form.

To succeed in this subject, you should have an avid interest in English language usage in all its forms - from slang to Shakespeare. You should also have an interest in reading and have a good general knowledge about the world around you, reading widely from broadsheet newspapers and blogs, to websites like UrbanDictionary.com, and publications like The Economist and Private Eye.

What subjects does it combine with?

This subject combines well with Media Studies, English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, History, or Government and Politics.

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

This course has led to careers in speech therapy, journalism, Communications, legal, publishing, creative and media, and academia.

How will I learn?

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

How will I be assessed?

Assessment is by examination (80%) at the end of the second year, and by coursework (20%).

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

A minimum of 5 hours independent study per subject is required at A level.

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 customer.services@cwc.ac.uk or come to one of our Open Days.

What qualification do I get on completing this course?

A-level English Language

Where have students gone to after completing this course?

University, Higher Education study

Is there additional work required by the student?

A minimum of 5 hours independent study per subject is required at A-level.

What are the expected employment areas with this course?

Journalism, Creative Arts, Media, Publishing

Awarding Body

Entry Requirements

All A-level candidates must have a minimum of 6 GCSEs – including grade 6 or above in English and grade 5 or above in Maths.

English level

GCSE English Language must be a grade 6 or above and candidates should have at least grade 6 in related subjects e.g. History, Sociology, Psychology or English Literature.

Mathematics level

GCSE Maths grade 5 or above.

Support

Free Meals in FE

If you are aged between 16 and 18 on the 31st August 2018 and received free school meals when you were at school, you may be eligible to receive a free meal at College

Eligibility

To be eligible for free meals you must be enrolled on a full time course, funded by the EFA and you or your parents must be in receipt of one or more of the following benefits:

  • Income support
  • Income based Jobseekers Allowance
  • Income related Employment and Support allowance( ESA)
  • Support under part IV of the Immigration and Asylum Act 1999
  • The guarantee element of State Pension Credit
  • Child tax credit (provided your parents are not claiming Working tax Credit) and have an annual gross income of no more than £16,190 as assessed by HMR&C
  • Working tax Credit run-on paid for 4 weeks after a person stops qualifying for Working Tax Credit
  • During the initial roll out of the benefit, Universal Credit
Evidence
  • Evidence of family income being within the threshold of £16,190 per annum. This may be evidenced by presentation of a Tax Credit Award Notice or documentation from HMRC showing actual income for tax year 2017-18
  • Parent or nominated guardian’s evidence of Child Benefit & DWP Letter confirming receipt of a means tested benefit.

All applicants will be required to provide evidence dated within four months of the application, showing that they are in receipt of a qualifying benefit.

Applications for Free meals in F.E.

A student is only eligible to receive a free meal when they, or their parent/ guardian have made a successful application to City of Westminster College.

Exceptional age group for Free Meals in F.E.

Students aged between 19 and 24 on 31st August 2015 who are subject to a Learning Disability Assessment (LDA) or Education Health and Care Plan (EHC Plan) are entitled to a free meal if they meet the eligibility criteria.

Getting your meal at College

Students must attend their classes to continue to be eligible for free meals at College.

Students will be allocated £2.50 for each day they are timetabled to be in college. There is no cash alternative. Credits will be loaded onto the Student ID card. Students must have their College ID card to get their meal. Students cannot get a meal with temporary ID cards.

Credits not spent at the end of each day will be withdrawn.

Students are advised to purchase nutritious meals. The credits cannot be spent on items such as: cookies, cakes, fizzy drinks or confectionary.

Further Education Fees

All our Further Education (FE) courses (Entry to Level 3) are free to EU residents who are under 19 years old on the 31st August 2018. For a few courses you may be expected to contribute towards the cost of specialist materials and resources. However, depending on your circumstances, you may be eligible for financial help from the College’s Learner Support Fund. You should apply for any such financial support as soon as you have been offered a place. If you are aged 19 or over on 31st August 2018 and you are a UK/EU resident you will normally be required to pay a course fee.

How much will my course cost?

The cost of your course will include tuition fees and examination fees, where applicable. Where a course requires additional specialist materials, there may be an additional cost. Some courses are cheaper than others because they are part funded by the government; some of these courses may also attract concessionary fees for some people.

19+ Advanced Learning Loan

If you are aged 19+ or over and studying a Level 3 course, you may be eligible for an Advanced Learning Loan. To be eligible for this loan, you must have been living continuously in the UK for 3 years immediately before the start date of your course. You must also be undertaking a course of study that is at Level 3 or above, e.g. National Diploma/Certificate etc. For more information click here.

Fee remission/concessionary rates

Concessionary rates are now available for learners that meet the following criteria:

  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 2 course for the first time.
  • You are aged 19-23 years old and are studying a Level 3 course for the first time.
  • If you are in receipt of a means tested benefit  or on a low income you maybe entitled to fee remission/concessionary rates.

Discretionary Learner Support Fund

If you are on a low income you may be eligible for financial support towards tuition fees from the Discretionary Learner Support Fund. 

For further information click here.

Childcare

Financial support to help with childcare

Care to learn - childcare support for young people aged 16-20

If you are aged under 20 at the beginning of your course, or moving to the 2nd year of a level 3 course, and are caring for your own child you may be entitled to £175.00 maximum per week, per child through Care to Learn. 

Please ensure you register on the Care to Learn website even if you haven’t chosen your childcare provider or the course you want to study.  Once you have registered Care to Learn will confirm financial support in principle.

For further details and help with making an application please visit https://www.gov.uk/care-to-learn or speak to a Student Advisor.

Childcare support for people aged 20+

Financial support towards the cost of nursery, childminder, breakfast clubs and after-school clubs.

If you are aged 20+ when you start a course and need financial support to help with the cost of childcare while you study the college may be able to help.

You will be required to make use of any government NEF or 2+ Funding before requesting any financial support from the college.

It is essential that you speak to a Student Advisor prior to enrolling on a course to discuss your personal circumstances, childcare needs and to find out if there are funds available.

Eligibility for help with childcare costs is based on your personal circumstances.

General eligibility criteria:

  • Aged 20 and over
  • Considered a home student for fee purposes
  • Fully enrolled on a programme of study funded by the Education and Skills Funding Agency  or in receipt of a 19+ Advanced Learning Loan
  • Discussed and had confirmation of funding for childcare support before enrolling

Financial eligibility:

 You need to have evidence that you meet general discretionary Learner Support Funds or 19+ Advanced Learning Loan bursary fund criteria:

  • on a low income / a dependent of someone who is on a low income or in receipt of a means tested benefit e.g. Income Support / Jobseekers Allowance, Employment Support Allowance, housing benefit etc.

When looking for childcare please be aware:

  • all childcare providers must be OFSTED registered
  • any 2+ or 3+ government funding must be used by the student. Only additional hours needed for study will be funded by the College.
  • childcare will only be paid for days when you are attending College or a mandatory work placement.
  • students on full-time courses will be a priority for childcare funding.
  • childcare places will be subject to a contract between College/student/nursery.
  • childcare payments are made subject to students reaching 85% attendance on a monthly basis.

All childcare applicants approved for funding will be required to sign our Terms & Conditions and MUST inform the College immediately should they stop attending lessons for any reason.

Email learner.services@cwc.ac.uk to put your name on the childcare waiting list.  You MUST speak to a member of the Student Advice or Learner Services team before you enrol on a course.

Financial Support for 16-18 Year-olds and Continuing Learners aged 19

The Education Funding Authority has allocated money to colleges to support students who are on low incomes or the dependent of parents on a low income, and need support towards their course-related costs or essential living costs or are facing financial difficulty.

For further information click here.

For further information on financial support for Looked after Children, Care Leavers and estranged young people, click here