Exam Board: Eduqas
- Language is the greatest achievement of humankind; it is the means by which we think, feel and understand ourselves and our world.
- This course develops your ability to analyse and use English by teaching you both the science and art of language in use.
- It will allow you to explore the written and spoken language of a huge range of people from writers, politicians and celebrities, to children, family and friends.
You must have achieved at least 5 GCSEs at grade 4 or above including Maths and English Language.
Is this course for me?
- You want to explore and discuss language issues such as differences in how men and women use language, why and how language changes and attitudes to regional accents.
- You want to study how other people use language, both written and spoken.
- You want to improve your analytical skills.
- You want to learn how to write clearly and effectively.
Where does it lead?
Many students go on to study English courses at University. English Language A Level is also relevant to a number of other University courses such as Media Studies, Communication Studies and Languages. The analytical and communication abilities that an English degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ which are useful in almost any occupation. Because of this flexibility, English students find careers in a wide range of fields such as law, publishing, teaching, advertising, human resources or management in various public and private organisations.
What will I learn?
Language Concepts & Issues
You will analyse a range of Spoken Language genre and their contexts. In addition you will explore a series of issues that help us to understand how language affects many aspects of our lives. These issues include ideas concerning the use of Standard and Non-Standard English; language and power; language and situation; and language acquisition.
Language Change Over Time
You will consider how and why language use has changed over time, exploring both linguistic and ideological influences that have shaped English
Creative & Critical Use of Language
You will study a range of literary and non-literary texts and develop your creative expertise by developing your own texts in a variety of genres. You will also evaluate your own work by writing analytical commentaries on the material.
Language & Identity (Coursework)
This unit considers a range of topics relating to identity, including gender, diversity and self-representation. You will find your own material to analyse, research the context and then write a 3000 word essay on your data.
How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed both through terminal exams (80%) and coursework (20%).
What activities can I get involved in?
You will have the opportunity to explore issues or topics studied during department visits.
The College has lots of exciting enrichment and CV building opportunities including the chance to earn the Duke of Edinburgh’s Gold Award, learn a new skill, learn a language, join a club, take up or develop a sport or take on a new challenge. See the College Prospectus for further information about what is on offer.