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A-Level - English Language

A-Level English Language 

Course Information


Course Level
 – 3
Course Type – A-Level
Specific Entry Requirements
GCSE English at Grade 5
Duration – 2 Years
Student Age – 16-18

About The Course

A level English Language is unlike what you will have studied at GCSE. The study of English language allows for an exciting and dynamic exploration of how language is a powerful tool for communication and, using technical linguistic terminology, you will discover how it works in society, politics and everyday use, in addition to its many creative purposes. Some of the issues explored on this course include:

  • Why are some accents and dialects viewed more favourably than others?
  • How have technology and social media changed the way we use language?
  • How do people in positions of authority use language to influence others?
  • How do children learn to speak?

You will be able to engage creatively and critically with a range of sources such as spoken, written and electronic texts for a range of audiences. Over the course of two years, you will examine English language under the microscope, compare and contrast texts and study important topics such as child language acquisition, language change and language in the media.

This course will help you develop key skills that can be applied in the real world, including clarity of thought and expression, critical thinking and analytical skills, team working and cultural awareness.

How Is The Course Taught?

You will be taught by subject specialist teachers using a range of materials and sessions will be delivered to you to encourage discussion and debate on various topics. You will need to be an avid reader of non-fiction texts and make use of the ICT suites and the LRC.

How will I be Assessed?

The course comprises 2 examined units at the end of the second year. You will also produce two pieces of coursework, totalling 3,500 words making up 20% of the qualification.

What does it lead to?

The course is ideal for those who wish to study English further at university or other subjects that involve critical analysis of texts. The analytical and interpretive skills will be ideal for jobs in the media, journalism, film, teaching or the arts. The analytical and interpretive skills will be ideal for jobs in media, journalism, film, teaching or the arts with top salaries up to £60,000

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