Course overview

English Language A Level City of Bristol College

This course is part of a two-year, full-time A Level programme of three different subjects. Speech and writing are central to human society. On this course you will explore the ways we use words to establish an identity, relate to others and adopt the many roles society demands of us. You will also develop your own creative and journalistic skills by writing for a variety of audiences and purposes.

This course is an option within our creative and humanities A Level pathways.

  • Creative Pathway course code: ALCREATIVE
  • Humanities Pathway course code: ALHUM

Find out more about our A Level pathways and how to apply

Additional information

Who is this course for?

This course is for 16-18 years olds looking to study A Levels.

What you'll learn

You will explore how people speak and write in a variety of situations. This could be anything from a magazine to a menu, a poem to a political speech, a football commentary to a casual conversation. In the first year you will explore many different varieties of English, such as the secret gay slang language from the twentieth century called Polari, the Bristolian dialect, Jamaican Patwa and the online sociolects of young people. In the second year there’s a chance to show of your skills as a creative writer, and also to explore the fascinating social and cognitive processes by which humans learn to use language from birth.

Course entry requirements

To join the course you will need 6 GCSEs at Grade C (4) or above, including English and Maths.

How is the course delivered and assessed?

You will be assessed throughout the duration of the course via a combination of coursework, practical work, observation and presentations.

Future career and study opportunities

You could progress to university to study literature, journalism, creative writing, teaching or any other course which requires excellent oral and written communication skills. Employers respect the academic nature of this qualification.

Additional costs

This course is free to anyone aged 16-18. There is no formal list of additional costs. However, if you are on a limited income, you may be eligible to receive help with these costs from our Learner Support Funding Bursary.

To keep everyone safe, we’ve reduced the number of people in our buildings at one time. Most of our courses include sessions taught at the college supported by online learning. 

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