English LanguageA Level • Level 3
About the course
You will look at how writing is shaped by the genre, audience, subject topic and the purpose of a range of texts and analyse travel writing, journalism, advertisements, political speeches, autobiography and biography, journals and correspondence, developing their analytical ability and evaluative skills. You 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
Study ModeFull Time
Location ByBurnley College
31/08/2021, 31/08/2021, 31/08/2021
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.
You will be assessed through external examinations (80%) and coursework (20%).
Careers & Progression
The study of English Language can lead to careers in journalism (print, online/digital and broadcast), teaching, legal professions (solicitor, barrister etc.), forensic linguistics, speech therapy and translation.
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. To support study of the Language Over Time module a 6 day trip to New York will also be on offer, where students will get the opportunity to explore the evolution of American English and examine the diverse range of dialects across the city.