Course Duration: 2 years
Course Level: A Level
Why study English Language?
- I want to know more about components of the English language – its grammar, vocabulary and sounds – and how we use it
- I want to explore the power language can have to create meanings and influence people
- I enjoy analysing written and spoken texts
- I enjoy group work and contributing to discussions
- I want to develop my written English skills to a high level.
What does the course consist of?
- Studying topics such as how and why English changes; how children learn to speak and write; how English is used around the world; and why there are regional and social differences in speech
- Analysing written, spoken and electronic texts, including texts from earlier times. You will build upon your GCSE skills to analyse texts in greater depth and detail
- Exploring important issues about language, power and representation
- Investigating an aspect of English that interests you and writing a piece of original writing such as a story or film review (both pieces contribute to the coursework component).
How is this course assessed?
- Two examinations (worth 40% each) at the end of the second year
- Two pieces of coursework (worth 20% in total).
What might this course lead on to?
- Many students go on to study at university in subjects such as English, law, history or education
- This subject is well-regarded in careers where a good understanding of the English Language is important (Law, Journalism and Broadcasting, Teaching, PR, Media, Publishing, Libraries and Management, for instance).