English LanguageA Level • Level 3
About the course
Students will look at how both the written and spoken modes are shaped by genre, audience, topic, purpose and important contextual factors. Students will focus on a range of texts, including advertisements, journalism, political speeches, fiction pieces, travel writing and correspondence, among others, to develop both analytical ability and evaluative skills. Students will also be pushed to hone your creative writing craft towards a publishable standard and develop your own strong journalistic written style. Various linguistic theories will be studied, focussing on a range of modules including Language and Gender, Language and Culture and Language Diversity. Students will have the opportunity to explore the origins of the English language and chart its evolution, right up to the rise of social media, as well as examining accent and dialect, spoken discourse and language acquisition.
Type of LearningSchool Leaver
At least six GCSEs at grade 5 or above in a good range of subjects, including both English and Mathematics. Additional entry requirements for this course are: A minimum of a grade 6 in GCSE English Language and grade 5 in GCSE English Literature
Students will gain referencing and research skills, will learn about British cultural history and will also be prompted to consider some profound notions of how language shapes our identity and personality and is responsible for controlling how we see the world around us.
Students will be assessed with both external examination and coursework.
Careers & Progression
English Language is very often a facilitating subject for a number of our students pursuing degree programmes such as Law, Psychology, Sociology, Literature, Journalism and Creative Writing among many others; however, over the years, many students have opted to take their study of English Language and Linguistics at the next level more directly, going into careers such as Forensic Linguistics, Speech Therapy or Translation. The study of English Language can also lead to careers in Journalism, Marketing, Advertising, Legal Professions and Teaching.
Extra curricular activities
Students will have the opportunity to take part in a variety of visits including the 3 day London residential that includes visits to The British Library as well as various other museums and galleries. A large proportion of this trip is dedicated to specialist talks on areas such as accent and dialect, linguistic variation and ways of reading, all designed to aid student understanding of language and its uses.