English Language places emphasis on creativity, analytical skills and theoretical/grammatical knowledge. It enables students to improve and adapt their own command of English as well as identifying and articulating language variety through independent research.
This subject links well with English Literature. It also goes well with foreign languages and Media Studies and will fit almost any combination of subjects.
Are you fascinated by the ways we use language to communicate verbally and in writing? Are you interested in learning how and why the English language has changed over the centuries? Do you find yourself wondering what has impacted on someone’s use of the language and to what extent, for example, does their social background, geographical location or occupation shape how they speak?
Studying English Language at A level will allow you to study the different varieties of English, both in the British Isles and globally, examining how the English language has evolved over the centuries. Integral to the course is the exploration of attitudes to language diversity and change and how these attitudes are expressed in society.
Studying how children acquire speech will also be a key part of your course.
The course includes the following areas of study:
• Textual variations and representations
• Children’s language development
• Language diversity and change
• Language discourses
• Writing skills
• Language investigation
• Original writing
You will develop a range of technical skills to enable you to discuss levels of meaning in texts and to evaluate ideas and issues in language study. For the Non-Exam Assessment aspect of the course (20% of the final grade), A level students will conduct a language investigation and produce a piece of original writing.
Day schools at local universities.
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society (40% of your A level grade)
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (40% of your grade)
Paper 3: Coursework (20%) – assessed internally by your teacher and moderated externally.
This course could lead onto higher education in English Language or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, Editor, Copywriter or work in Advertising,
Marketing, Media and Public Relations.