Five A* – C grades at GCSE including a 5/C in GCSE English Language
If you are interested in joining the College we will arrange a meeting with an experienced subject counsellor who will help you to choose courses that best suit your ambitions and achievements.
All entry requirement details are correct at the time of publication, September 2017, however, the College may need to make some changes by September 2018 in the light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College’s control.
Why are words so powerful? If you’re captivated by language, from text messages to textual analysis, this course will develop your interest in speech and writing.
Studying English Language will radically change your perception of written texts and spoken interactions, developing broad-ranging skills in analysis and evaluation. You will look for hidden meanings in advertisements, discover why your favourite TV show makes you giggle and even study the magic behind online dating ads!
Language Concepts and Issues
Written examination – 2 hours – 30% of qualification
Language Change Over Time
Written examination – 2 1/4 hours – 30% of qualification
Creative and Critical Use of Language
Written examination – 1 3/4 hours – 20% of qualification
One question from a choice of two, requiring two original writing responses and one commentary
Language and Identity
Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 words – 20% of qualification
2500-3500 word language investigation based on the study and research of a topic related to language and identity. Learners are required to choose a topic from the following list: language and self-representation; language and gender; language and culture; language diversity.
It will prepare you for a wide range of exciting career paths, including journalism, law, teaching or any profession where communication is essential. Holding an A Level in English Language could also boost your chances to bag a place at your chosen university, as it is a highly rated and prestigious course.
Approximately 5 hours of independent study each week. Typical homework tasks include researching YouTube clips, analysing newspapers and noting linguistic techniques used in TV adverts.
Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil, a ruler, and a notepad.
Your teachers will guide you through the texts using a combination of individual study, group work, quizzes, essays, discussions and presentations.
…you enjoy reading a range of fascinating and engaging texts, have an interest in writing creatively and wish to learn more about spoken interactions in everyday life.
…you don’t enjoy creative writing or analysing texts