English Language A Level
Qualification: GCE A Level in English Language
Exam Board & Specification Code: AQA; 7702; Specification
Course Entry Requirements: C/4 in English Language GCSE.
Please make sure that you have understood the overall entry requirements to study at BHASVIC. These are available here and outline the GCSE grades you need to take up one of the Programmes of Study at the college.
Length and size of qualification: 2 year single course
Timetable hours: 4.5 hours per week
Assessment method: 2 x 2.5 hour exams plus coursework
BHASVIC Department: English
What will I study?
A wide range of everyday spoken and written texts along with the linguistic and grammatical concepts we need to analyse and explore how people are using their language to present their thoughts, feelings, values and identities in any situation. You may discover, as George Bernard Shaw writes, that "the majesty and grandeur of the English language [is] the greatest possession we have."
Is this course right for me?
If you find yourself listening in to conversations on the bus, analysing the headings to advertising posters or wondering at the words used in social media exchanges, you are a budding English Language expert and should do this course.
A good grasp of the English language, literacy and communication is essential in many careers. This subject will help to develop your critical and interpersonal skills. Every business, whether in the publishing industry, marketing or financial sectors, needs staff to present products and services in a professional and attractive manner. If you enjoy writing, you may find that you already have a number of the skills that employers are looking for. More and more businesses are increasing their online presence, and need articulate individuals to promote their products and services to a global audience. Roles can include apprenticeships in legal services, journalism, recruitment, digital marketing and social media amongst others. For students who wish to continue their studies to degree level there are a large number of options available, these include Digital Copywriter, Editorial Assistant, English as a Foreign Language Teacher, Web Content Manager. Possible future careers where English Language would be useful include: Academic Librarian, Advertising Account Executive, Arts Administrator, Information Officer, Primary School Teacher, Public Relations Officer etc. Useful websites to research careers and wider progression options could include NCTJ, All About Careers and The Apprenticeship Guide.