A Level English Language

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Course programme:
A Level Courses
Area of study:
English and Modern Foreign Languages
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Course Requirements: 

At least five GCSE grades 9 to 6, including English Language.

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Why study this course?

English Language is an introduction to the study of linguistics. On this course, you will study a mixture of topics that explore language development and use, the diversity of the language in society and how it changes over time. English language is a captivating area of study with so much variety. If you are fascinated by language and grammar, and are keen to discover how children learn language so quickly and if you have ever wondered why accent and dialect matter, then this is the subject for you. Learning more about the way language is used in everyday interactions will empower you to communicate more effectively with those around you, whatever you do in the future.

What will I study?

You will study a range of texts, both contemporary and historical, to see how text producers have used language to achieve their aims and suit their audiences. You will explore how children learn to speak and write, using theory and data. You will analyse a wide range of varieties of English, including accents and dialects, genderlects, world Englishes, occupational jargon and consider how and why language varies, as well as how this can lead to discrimination and prejudice. You will study how English has developed across time and what factors have driven these developments, as well as scrutinising attitudes to change. You will develop your own writing skills and conduct your own investigation into an aspect of language, choosing an area that interests you, collecting data and analysing how and why language is being used.

How is this course assessed?

Two 2 hour and 30 minutes exams worth a combination of 80% and coursework worth 20%.

What can I study with this course?

A Level English Language complements many other subjects. It can be studied alongside English Literature and Film studies, as well as other humanities and social science subjects. However, it works equally well with sports or health and social care, as well as the sciences, art, business or IT.

Where does this qualification lead?

English Language is a traditional A level, highly respected by universities, apprenticeship providers and other employers. It is a perfect choice for those planning a career where linguistic skills are valued. It is ideal for those aiming to pursue further study in English, journalism, law, psychology and the humanities.

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