Why should I study this course?
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 A Level 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!
If 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, this course is for you. You will get to indulge your interest in speech and writing and discover how language works.
This subject unlocks entry onto a wide range of university courses.
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What will I study?
- Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts of language using terminology to investigate the methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
- Explore data and examples of language in use
- Engage creatively with creative original writing tasks
- Explore language critically through the analysis of spoken
language and non-literary texts
- Explore language and meaning, attitudes conveyed, a range of modes and genres
- Develop independent learning skills
- Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
- Explore data and examples of language in use
How is the course assessed?
Component 1: Language Concepts and Issues
Written examination – 2 hours - 30% of qualification
Section A - Analysis of Spoken Language
One question requiring analysis of at least two transcriptions
Section B - Language Issues
One question from a choice of three based on the study of four topic areas
Component 2: Language Change Over Time
Written examination – 2 1/4 hours - 30% of qualification
Section A - Language Change Over Time
One multi-part question and one essay question analysing language change over time
Section B - English in the Twenty-First Century
One question based on the ways language is used in the twenty-first century
Component 3: 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
Component 4: 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.
What will the course prepare me for?
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.
What materials will I need to provide?
Standard stationery items: a pen, a pencil, a ruler, and a notepad.
How will I be taught?
Your teachers will guide you through the texts using a combination of individual study, group work, quizzes, essays, discussions and presentations.
This course is for you if...
...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.
- Indulge your interest in speech and writing.
- Discover how language works.
- This subject unlocks entry onto a wide range of university courses
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What are the course requirements?
You will need an average GCSE score of 5.3 with at least five GCSEs at grade 9-4, including a 4 in GCSE English Language or Literature.
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; however, the College may need to make some changes in light of student demand, staff availability and external factors beyond the College's control.
What skills do I need?
- Flair and imagination
- Good reading skills
- A mixture of creative and analytical thinking
- A willingness to work both in a team and independently