Are you curious about how language works? 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.
The topics you will study on the A Level English Language course include:
Textual Variation and Representation Language and Gender
Language and Occupation
Language and Region
Language and Social Groups
Language and Ethnicity
Child Language Acquisition
In Year 2, you are also given the opportunity to independently investigate an area of language as part of your A Level Non-Exam Assessment.
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 at 9-4, including English Language at a 6, and Maths at a 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 to a number of social sciences and applied sciences 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.