English Language A Level

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English Language A Level2019-05-28T08:10:51+00:00

Why Choose English?

There are very few, if any, areas of our lives that do not involve using language. Studying English Language at A Level will enable you to learn about the structures and functions of the language we use, and to become aware of the social, historical and psychological issues which shape the ways we think, speak and write. English Language underpins much of what we do in education and employment. Expect something very different from GCSE!

Course Content

You will learn how to analyse spoken and written language; discuss and analyse how conversation works; investigate the mysterious processes through which children learn to talk; and learn about the relationship between the language we use and our social values. You will engage with debates about English Language and learn about how and why the English Language has changed over centuries. You will discuss questions such as: why do many people dislike the Brummie accent, but love to hear a Geordie speak? Could the English Language die out in the next few hundred years? How has the internet changed language use? Do men and women speak the same language? You will also have the opportunity to investigate aspects of language independently in your coursework, as well as to produce some creative writing.

Teaching and Learning Styles

Teaching is active; we make much use of discussion and group work which students use to explore their own views about language as well as those of others. Active research through investigative project work is also an important part of language study. Students are encouraged to take advantage of the work experience programme in language related areas, and to explore the links between English Language and their other academic subjects.

Assessment

The A Level is assessed by two external exams which will require you to analyse unseen texts, test your knowledge of spoken and written language, evaluate theories and debates and write an article on attitudes to language variation and change. There are two pieces of coursework, one analytical and one creative.

Maisie McGovernBlessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic CollegeEnglish LanguageI chose to study English Language because I am fascinated by linguistics, and the science behind language. I enjoyed English throughout secondary school, and at A Level I gained a much further insight into how language relates with a wider range of areas. This includes how language is linked with psychology and sociology, as well as learning how we acquire language as children and how language has changed over time.I am also studying Fine Art and Business Studies, which both contain aspects of analysis. Studying Business will also improve my ability to evaluate in essay writing, which is crucial in English Language.After College, I hope to attend the University of Reading to study English Language and Linguistics.

Maisie McGovern

English Language - Blessed Edward Oldcorne Catholic College
I chose to study English Language because I am fascinated by linguistics, and the science behind language. I enjoyed English throughout secondary school, and at A Level I gained a much further insight into how language relates with a wider range of areas. This includes how language is linked with psychology and sociology, as well as learning how we acquire language as children and how language has changed over time.I am also studying Fine Art and Business Studies, which both contain aspects of analysis. Studying Business will also improve my ability to evaluate in essay writing, which is crucial in English Language.After College, I hope to attend the University of Reading to study English Language and Linguistics.

Progression Opportunities

Many students go on to study English Language related courses such as Linguistics or Communication Studies at university. English Language is also a very useful qualification for anybody wishing to go into primary teaching, speech therapy or journalism.

Course Specifics / Entry Requirements

Qualification NameMaths GCSE Req.English GCSE Req.Other Req.Desirable QualificationsSkills & Attributes Required for SuccessGuidance on Costs or Commitments
English Language4GCSE English at grade 5 or above.Interest in linguistics and language.Optional visits approx. £30

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