The study of how English works as a language and how context affects spoken and written use of English. There are no set texts to study and students are encouraged to apply skills learned in lessons to everday material. Language is more than a tool for communication, it shapes our thoughts and in doing so it shapes our world.
This is the focus of English Language A Level
The course covers the variations and representations created through language in a wide range of texts. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode. They will be able to apply a variety of linguistic terminology to explore how meanings, representations and contextual factors are created in these texts.
They will explore the processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change. Students will also explore speech varieties in the British isles and the variety within global English.
Students will study children's language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
Students will develop skills writing for a non-specialist audience, discursive essay writing, detailed analysis and evaluation of data, and the ability to apply a variety of theories and concepts to their answers confidently.
- An original piece of creative writing and a commentary exploring their language choices.
- Investigating Language: Coursework involving the application of linguistic knowledge and concepts to an area of language of the student's own choice.
Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.