A Level English Language

Barnsley College
Barnsley, England, United Kingdom
Foundation / Pre-U / A-level
Study mode
2 years
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Entry Requirements

  • If you are predicted to achieve five GCSEs at Grade A* - C (including English and Maths) you will be guaranteed an interview.
  • There are three A Level pathways available and each has different entry requirements, these are detailed below. Some subjects also have their own additional entry requirements which you will see listed on each course page.

Excel (pathway to the Science, Technology, Engineering and Mathematics industries)

  • You will have A* - B grades in Mathematics and Science with an average GCSE score of 6.2 or above – this equates to mostly Bs with some As. You will study four A Levels in your first year (including three Science or Mathematics subjects) and three in year two (all Science or Mathematics subjects).


  • You will have an average GCSE score of 5.5 or above – this equates to mostly Bs with some Cs at GCSE and must include at least a Grade C in English and Mathematics. You will study four A Level subjects in the first year and three A Levels in year two.


  • You will have a minimum of five Grade Cs at GCSE including English and Mathematics. This equates to an average GCSE score of 5.0. You will study three A Level subjects in the first and second years.

How to work out your average GCSE score

  • The score for each GCSE should be added together and then divided by the total number of GCSEs to establish the overall score. Only full GCSEs should be counted and qualifications equivalent to GCSEs (such as BTECs) should not be included.

IELTS - Miniimum of 5.0


In the first year you will begin with an introduction to analysis and text production to develop the range of writing and interpretative skills you will need to explore and create literary and stylistic features in your reading and writing. There will be a language production task and multiple occasions to practise analysing speech and its representation in texts. Other activities will include comparative analysis of unseen and different speech texts. This will develop your skills to examine speech, style and theme within a set text. 

In the second year the focus is on comparison and adaptation. You will learn how to complete a comparative analysis of three types of unseen text, as well as being able to take a text and change the form it uses, adapting other features to fit with its new purpose and audience. You will also complete an individualised piece of writing in the coursework task that is marked by your tutor and externally moderated by the awarding body. This will be a rigorously academic essay in which you will explore an aspect of two texts (at least one poetry) chosen from a list that your tutor will provide. Evidence of drafting is a requirement of this work and you will refine and develop excellent formal writing skills that are highly transferable and will serve you well at university and in employment.

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