Start Date: Duration: Level: Study mode: Course location: Course Type:
September 2 Years 3 Full-Time Bede Campus A-Levels

What’s it all about?

Ever wondered why people speak like they do? Do you think that men and women speak differently? Do you know that makes a good communicator? English Language allows you a chance to actively engage with everyday language and understand how it works. You will study spoken, written and electronic forms of communication, phonetics, how language links to identity, early child spoken language acquisition, the development of reading and writing in children, language diversity and how the language has evolved through time.

You will need five GCSEs at grades 5-9, including English.

Study level Cost Additional fees
16-18 FREE You will need to provide your own stationery and you will be given the opportunity to take part in trips and visits.

You will be taught using a variety of styles and methods and will be encouraged to become involved in debate and discussion about the power of meaning and the skills writers use to put ideas across.

In a typical week you will be given a range of tasks to complete. However, the major form of assessment will involve writing essays. An overview of content you will study:

Language Variation (assessed via exam):
How language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience.
How language choices can create personal identities.
Language variation in English from c1550 (the beginnings of Early Modern English) to the present day.

Child Language (assessed via exam):
Spoken language acquisition and how children learn to write between the ages of 0 and 8.
The relationship between spoken language acquisition and literacy skills that children are taught, including the beginnings of reading.
Appropriate theories of children’s language development.

Investigating Language (assessed via exam):
You will select a research focus from five topic areas (Global English/Language and Gender Identity/Language and Journalism/Language and Power/Regional Language Variation)
You will develop your research and investigation skills.

Crafting Language (assessed via coursework):
You will demonstrate your skills as writers by crafting texts for different audiences and/or purposes

English and Maths are important life skills that will help you to achieve your best in your studies and progress to your dream career. If you have not already achieved grade 9-4 in GCSE Maths and/ or English at school, we will support you to improve your skills.

Mon-Fri, 9am-4pm. Days and times of study are subject to change. Timetables are confirmed at the start of term.

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What’s next?

One of the greatest advantages of strengthening your English language skills is perhaps the effect this can have on your career prospects. English is renowned for being the number one language in business, so a good command of this key language is a very valuable tool for those seeking to enter the international marketplace, as well as those who choose to work within the country. During the course, you will also gain expertise in analysing language and applying theories and ideas to your critiques. A skill that will come in very useful if you intend to go on to university.

Popular jobs for English graduates include Journalist, Writer, Blogger, Editor, Translator, private English tutor, Linguist and Publisher. Further professions which are directly linked to an English Language qualification are Lexicographer, Speech and Language Therapist and Teacher of English as a Foreign Language (TEFL). However, a command and a better understanding of the English Language would be valuable for any career path you choose to follow.

Suggested subject combinations include essay based choices such as History, Sociology, English Literature, Law and Media/Film Studies.

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Why college is different to school

A fresh start

Sometimes you just need a clean break to become the person you were destined to be. Starting college is the perfect opportunity to break free and become that new person!

New people

Our diverse student community means that you will meet lots of new people of different ages, backgrounds and interests, so you can enjoy making lifelong friendships!

Specialist Staff

Most of our lecturers are industry savvy and are experts in teaching 16-18 year olds. They have lots of valuable experience and knowledge to pass onto you.


College is a more mature and relaxed environment than school and you are treated like an adult. You’ll be on first name terms with your lecturers so no more Sir and Miss! You can also start to make your own decisions.

Free time

Your timetable will be very different to school. You will have a lot more free time to take part in extra-curricular activities, study, or get extra money and work experience with a part-time job.

Different environment

College is a very different learning environment to school. You may even become more inspired and have a new motivation to work towards your future goal in a college environment.

More choice

A college can offer a much wider choice of A-Level subjects, plus vocational courses in lots of different subjects and at different levels.

More opportunities

You will have the opportunity to take part in lots of different activities outside of the classroom to boost your confidence and help you develop your skills and personal qualities.

Specialist facilities

A college can invest in an extensive range of industry-standard facilities to give you the skills and knowledge to prepare for university or employment, and can also offer subjects that need specialist facilities.

99.1% overall pass rate for A-Levels

(*Summer 2019).

Why choose Sunderland College for A-Levels?

We have a 100% pass rate in 20 A-Level subjects.

(*Summer 2019)

We offer the widest range of A-Level subjects in the region.

Our teaching staff are A-Level experts and specialise in teaching 16-19 year olds.

Our High Achievers programme supports gifted and talented students to reach their full potential by developing their skills and talents.

We have excellent pastoral and academic support from our dedicated sixth form staff.

We have an extensive enrichment programme and links with universities.