In this course we will study English both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right. Using a multitude of texts, we will consider the roots of English, explore theories about its influence on our attitudes, and evaluate different views of its power and usage - both positive and negative! There are no set texts to study and students are encouraged to apply skills learned in lessons to everyday material.
Language is more than a tool for communication, it shapes our thoughts and in doing so it shapes our world.
We study the way groups such as young people, those with ethnic backgrounds and those with a disability are represented in the media. To do so, we will use key theories of language to better understand how and why language can influence society’s attitudes towards these groups. We will also explore how children learn to speak, read and write language and debate how education and society affects children’s development and social status.
Skills developed include writing for a non-specialist audience, discursive essay writing, detailed analysis and evaluation of data, and applying a variety of theories and concepts to answers confidently.
Students will sit two exam papers at the end of Y13 which together make up 80% of the grade.
Students will also do a non-examined component (worth 20%) which is an independent language investigation and a piece of original writing. Past examples include:
• Does gender affect the language used in social network posts.
• The semantic change of the word ‘like’.
• The language of a specific social group.
• The dialect of my South Yorkshire family
• How is language used by a political group?
• How a child with autism communicates with close family members.
The A Level will assess ALL content from both years of the course and will be examined in June of the second year of study. Continuous assessment will be used to inform the students' progression in both years.
Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and English Literature.
English Language can lead to a higher or further education course in English or communications, as well as careers in journalism, teaching, the media, public relations, marketing, broadcasting, linguistics and law. It is a useful qualification for all courses, developing analytical skills and providing evidence of the ability to use language successfully