Award Crest
York College

Entry requirements

Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students should have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language.

What will I study?

We follow the AQA English Language specification which builds on GCSE. The content and approach examine new, more varied aspects of the subject.

Year One

Students will explore methods of language analysis using a range of texts, learn to identify language features in written and spoken text and explore various types of language, considering audience, purpose, genre for different social groups and language from different regions.

Year Two

Students learn to analyse language on varied topics from various contexts. They also explore how children acquire language and study how language changes over time according to region and context, and attitudes to this change. Students also develop their own academic and analytical writing skills.

Language in Action

A non-examined assessment involving a 2,000 word investigation into an aspect of language which interests the student personally and a piece of creative writing with commentary, totalling 1,500 words.

Good course combinations

This course combines well with most A Levels, particularly Modern Languages, Sociology, Religious Studies, Politics, Psychology and History.

What could it lead to?

Degree level study in areas such as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law etc. It leads into linguistics degrees and is popular among students who are planning to become primary teachers. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester and other top universities.

Need some help?

If you have any further questions about this course, or would like us to help you with your application, please contact the Schools Liaison team on 01904 770239 or email This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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