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A Level English Language

Course Level: 

Level 3

Job opportunities after this course: 

With English Language you could go onto work in public and private sector such as the National Health Service (NHS), educational institutions, local and national government, financial and legal firms.
Other typical employers include publishing companies, advertising, marketing and public relations agencies and media organisations. The retail, leisure and tourism sectors also typically recruit English Literature students.

Overview of the course: 

AS Level- Language Today/ Exploring the Writing Process.
A2 Level- Language investigation/ Language Diversity and Child Language Acquisition.

Entry requirements: 

Five 9-4 GCSE grades (6 or above in English Lit and/or English Lang). Entry onto any course at East Durham College is subject to final approval from the Assistant Principal. Where relevant, the term ‘entry requirements’ also includes DBS checks, references, fitness to practice, etc.


AS Level- Language Today- Students will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context across a variety of contemporary methods of communication. Written, spoken and electronic tests will be explored in detail. The second unit is called 'Exploring the writing process'- students create a portfolio that includes two creative pieces. These will be supported by analytical commentaries of their own work.
In A2 students will complete an independent investigation into language, as well as studying language diversity and child language acquisition.

How is the course assessed?: 

AS- Internally assessed coursework of 2000-2500 words maximum. For assessment, students will submit a coursework folder comprising two pieces of their own writing: one for a reading audience and one for a listening audience, both accompanied by commentaries. Exam: 2 hours 15 minute exam.
A2- Internally assessed coursework of 2500-3000 words maximum. For assessment, students will present an investigation on a topic of their own choice, utilising a methodology they have selected. Externally assessed examination: 2 hours 45 minutes.

Further study options after this course: 

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Length of the course: 

2 Years, Full Time.


Peterlee Campus

When does the course start: 

September 2019

More important information about this course:


*We make every effort to publish correct fees, however all fees are subject to change. Fees are correct as at the current time (24 Jun 2019 15:09) and are subject to change up to the date of enrolment. Fees quoted are payable annually

What our students say: 

We regularly work with QDP, the UK’s largest independent provider of questionnaire based feedback services to the education sector, so that any results can be benchmarked against other colleges and the voices of over 600,000 learners QDP gathers feedback from over the course of an academic year.
Our feedback scores consistently place us in the top quartile of colleges in the country, indicating that we not only meet but often exceed student expectations. Some results from the 2015/2016 on programme and exit surveys and the 2016/17 induction survey can be seen below.
98% stated it was easy to apply for the course
96% said the teaching on my course is good
99% felt that their teacher knows their subject well
97% told us they felt safe at college
98% said expected standards of behaviour were made clear
95% told us they felt they had developed the skills they needed to get a job/take their next step
95% agreed the teachers consistently challenge them to do their best
97% said teacher feedback told them what was going well and where to improve

Real student comments:

'When studying English Language you get to explore various topics in a lot of depth including child language acquisition - which I found fascinating.' Beth L.

'English Language is an extremely interesting subject that allows you to see past common language and explore further into its history.' Rhiannon P.

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