The course offers opportunities for students to develop analytical expertise by engaging critically with a diverse range of texts; this includes texts from different media that students might encounter in their everyday lives as well as texts from less familiar ages, contexts and genres. Lively debates around language issues will be a springboard for students to articulate their own opinions. Students will work autonomously to investigate a language-based topic of personal interest. They will also have the scope to create narrative or journalistic texts in genres which inspire them and reflect critically on their own processes of production.
A Level English Language focuses on:
- How individual and social contexts shape language use, including variations due to gender, power and occupation;
- How children learn to speak, read and write English between the ages of 0 and 11;
- The diversity of the English language, including its different dialects and sociolects;
- Changes in language use from 1600 to the present day.
Paper 1 - 40%
- Textual variations and representations
- Children's language development
Paper 2 - 40%
- Language diversity
- Language change
- Writing skills
Non-Exam Assessment (Coursework) - 20%
- Language investigation
- Original writing
A minimum of five GCSEs at Grade 9 - 4. This MUST include Grade 4 in Mathematics AND Grade 5 or above in English Language AND English Literature for entry to this course.
Studying English Language allows students to develop their ability to express themselves both in speech and writing with increasing competence, sophistication and independence. Students will undertake a varied programme of reading and develop skills of listening critically and attentively to spoken English. They will learn to analyse texts in detail, investigate linguistic concepts and develop skills of independent study. These are skills highly valued in the job market and essential in higher education.
A Level English Language complements essay based A Levels including Sociology, English Literature and History. It also has clear connections with Psychology and Politics. As a discipline which demands thorough analytical skills, it enhances all programmes of study.
The course leads to a qualification which not only facilitates access to a higher education, but also a wide range of career opportunities, including Teaching, Writing and Journalism.