English Language (A Level)
Why study English Language?
A Level English Language studies how language is used in everyday life: in newspapers, magazines, in conversation, and on social media. The course will help you understand how language can affect people and the ways in which they are perceived. Professor David Crystal says: “The more we know about language the more chance we shall have of success, whether we are advertisers, politicians, journalists, doctors, lawyers – or just ordinary people, trying to understand and be understood.
In addition to our general entry requirements, you must have:
- GCSE English – grade 4
Studying English Language at A Level involves looking at how language is used in different ways, including seeking answers to the following types of questions:
- How do writers use language to suit different audiences and purposes?
- How does the media use language to represent different groups (e.g. teenagers)?
- Is language used differently electronically (e.g. texting, websites, social media)? Why?
- How do children learn to speak?
- Why does language change (e.g. why do we speak differently to people in the past?)?
- What types of things affect the way we use language (e.g. social groups, age, ethnicity etc)?
- Do males and females use language differently?
- What, if anything, does your accent suggest about you?
English Language also enables students to develop their writing skills.Students learn to write in a variety of different forms
Students learn through a variety of activities including games, videos, learning grammar, analysing texts, writing, discussions, group work and independent research. Students are expected to do a minimum of 4.5 hours each week of independent study. In this time you will be revising what you have done in class, reading, preparing work for your next lesson or doing homework or coursework.
Career and Progression Opportunities
English Language skills are required by most employers and are essential for most university courses so an advanced qualification can really set you apart from other potential candidates or employees. English Language is highly regarded by employers and universities because of its analytical nature and emphasis on using language for a variety of purposes. Our students have gone on to take a wide range of degree courses including English, Linguistics, Teaching English as a Foreign Language, Journalism and Speech Therapy. English Language degree courses have been combined with other courses such as Psychology, Philosophy, Media and Film Studies, Criminology, Law and Business.
Course Structure and Assessment
This is a two-year course. Both examinations will take place in June of the second year.
|Module title and content||Assessment|
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
Section B: Language Discourses:
Coursework: Language in Action
This subject can be combined with A level English Literature, but this is unusual, and most students choosing this combination would be committed to studying English at university. This subject CANNOT be combined with A level English Language & Literature.
Examination Board: AQA (7702)