- Course Code: 6701
- Duration: 2 years
- Validated by: EDEXCEL
- Study Mode: Full time
A-Level English Language is a wide ranging and constantly changing subject which gives you the skills to analyse every type of communication you may come across. This course encourages you to appreciate and celebrate the unique characteristics of English such as the confusing delight of the sentence:
"A rough-coated, dough-faced, thoughtful ploughman strode through the streets of Scarborough; after falling into a slough, he coughed and hiccoughed."
And the amazing feat that we can all read and make sense of it!
- What will I study?
As a student of English Language you will:
- develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use
- develop understanding of the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception
- use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources
The course breaks down as follows:
Introduction to language study looking at how identity, society and context affect the language we use.
Study of language diversity focusing on child language development, language change since 1600 and language in the media.
- Entry Requirements
In addition to the general Sixth Form entry requirements (5 Cs at GCSE or equivalent i.e. grade 4 in reformed GCSEs), you will also need a minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English Language (or equivalent).
- How will I be assessed?
A-Level students will be assessed by written exam and coursework.
- What can I do next?
Many students studying English Language choose to go onto a related Higher Education course including English and/or Foreign Languages, Linguistics, Journalism etc. Our students have earned places at top universities such as UCL, Sheffield, Edinburgh, York, Aberystwyth and Manchester. A degree in English Language opens up a wide range of career opportunities. You could find employment in areas including journalism and broadcasting, administration, marketing, publishing, management, librarianship, speech therapy, lexicography (dictionary-making) and teaching.
- Your Study Programme