A Level English Language Level 3

Full Time

About the course

This A Level is included as either a CORE or a RECOMMENDED subject in one of our 14 suggested A Level pathways. You can find out more about these in our Prospectus or A Level guide. However, if timetabling allows for it, you can undertake any combination of three A Levels.

English aims to develop your awareness of the ways we communicate: how people talk and how authors write for different purposes and audiences. During the course, you will study a range of fiction, non-fiction, poetry and drama in different styles, and from different periods.

You will study texts using integrated literary and linguistic approaches. We will look at the way writers communicate their ideas in a variety of forms, including newspapers, letters, television, the theatre, speeches and advertisements. We will help you to understand the role language plays in your life, and to formulate answers to questions such as:

 What can language do, and how can we use language most effectively?

 How and why does language vary?

 How do we acquire language skills and how do they develop and change?

 What role does language play in our sense of identity and our relationships?

You will study the course for 4.5 -5 hours per week (4.5 hours in the first year and 5 hours in the second) and should expect to spend an additional 4.5 hours per on homework and private study. Mock exams are held during the first year (In Feb/March), but do not count towards the final A Level. Exams for the whole A level are held in May or June of the second year.

Entry requirements

Five GCSEs at a grade 4/C or above, including one grade 5/C in either English Language or English Literature. If you have not previously studied GCSE English Literature, then a grade 5 in English Language will be accepted. A strong interest in how language works, enjoyment of reading, discussion and a desire to develop your writing skills.

Where next?

An A Level in English can lead to a Higher Education course in this or a related subject. An A Level in English is also helpful in any career that needs an understanding of human relationships and social issues alongside good communication skills - media, management, teaching, law, social and probation work are some examples.

Work experience and employability

This course does not contain a specific work experience component but has other activities to help you develop employability skills. If you would like to undertake a work placement alongside your studies, our Employability Team can help.

What additional resources will I need?

The Learning Resource Centre is well stocked to aid your studies with a variety of daily and Sunday newspapers and journals, support materials, past papers and exemplars.

Fees information

This course is free to students aged 16-18 years.

Students aged 19+ will usually be charged a tuition fee, unless they meet certain eligibility criteria for fee remission. For those paying, an Advanced Learner Loan may be available. For further advice on fees, waivers and loans, please contact the Fees Co-Ordinator at Queens Drive.


For queries about the course, please contact the course leader: rachel.buglass@newcollege.ac.uk

For general enquiries, please contact: enrolment@newcollege.ac.uk