Are you curious about how language works? Do you want to learn about the power of language? On the A Level English Language course you will learn how to analyse a range of different types of texts using a variety of linguistic methods. You will be equipped with your very own linguistic toolkit which will allow you to explore language in use and how language varies in different contexts. It will show you how confident, clever understanding of communication is manipulative. You will have the opportunity to become a confident writer and analyser.
What you will study
The topics you will study on the A Level English Language course include:
Textual Variation and Representation; Language and gender; Language relating to occupation, region, social groups and ethnicity; Child Language Acquisition; Language Change and World Englishes.
External assessment will be undertaken at the end of Year 2. Assessments are as follows:
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society- 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change – 2 hours 30 minutes (40%)
Language in Action (Non-Exam Assessment): Language in Action (20%)
NOTE: The A Level course is 80% exam based and 20% coursework based.
5 GCSEs 9-4, including English Language 6 and maths at grade 4.
A Level English Language is a recognised qualification for entry into higher education, particularly in relation to arts and humanities degrees but also relevant for a number of social sciences and applied science courses. It is also especially appropriate for those wishing to undertake teacher training courses. The College's Careers Advice Service can provide details of entry requirements for specific higher education institutions.
The skills developed by the study of English Language are highly valued by a wide range of employers, and they are particularly appropriate to careers in journalism, arts and media and research and teaching.