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A level English Language

A level English Language provides a unique opportunity to develop analytical skills that will advance your use of language significantly; opening doors to a wide range of different career opportunities whilst enhancing the skills required for a vast number of professions.

You will study a range of texts and mediums, including song lyrics, excerpts from Facebook or Twitter, media, online communication, film, TV and newspaper articles. You will also explore how language is used in the media to influence and inform the public and develop an understanding of how and why language is used in various contexts.

When will I start the course and how long will it take?

This qualification starts in September and will take two years to complete.

You will attend college for 3 hours per week during the evening. In addition, students will be expected to commit to at least another 2 hours of independent study in order to cover the content effectively.

What will I study?

During this A level, you will cover a wide range of texts and speech acts, from local and national newspapers to both fictional and nonfictional works of literature.

The course will also include exploring aspects of popular media: Television, Film, Music and Radio, including: famous movie scripts, song lyrics and politically related transcripts like televised interviews and current debates.

You will delve into the ever-expanding 'twittersphere' of online communications and interactions and explore the interesting aspects of 'text speak'. You will also explore language of the individual and their interaction with Society. This is achieved via the exploration of compelling topics, such as: Gender, Sexuality, Ethnicity, Individuality, Child Language Development, Identity, Power and many more.

During this A level, you will cover the following:

  • Language, the individual and society - You will consider the different techniques writers use and evaluate whether they are effective and how they create meanings. You will also study how children acquire language, look at the various stages of development, and make links between social interaction and language acquisition.
  • Language varieties, diversity and change - You will explore varieties of English, including attitudes to language diversity and language in social and geographical contexts. This will include looking at accent and dialect as well as how factors such as age, gender and occupation can affect language use. You will consider language diversity and change over time and language in different contexts from 1600 to the present day.
  • Language in action - You will explore and analyse language data and carry out two pieces of individual research - a language investigation and a piece of original writing with a commentary.

How is it assessed?

Throughout the year, you will be formatively assessed through regular formal internal assessments to test your knowledge and skills.

At the end of the two years, you will be assessed by two external examinations in order to achieve the full A level.

Do I need any previous qualifications to start this course?

You should have achieved at least a grade 5 or 6 (equivalent to a grade B) in English Language at GCSE or equivalent.

Please note that this course will only run subject to adequate student numbers.

What are the course fees?

The total cost of this course is £500 per year.

There are a number of flexible payment options available including an interest-free payment plan with a monthly direct debit payment.

What can I go on to do once I have completed this course?

Studying English Language at A level demonstrates to universities and employers that you have excellent reading and writing skills, the ability to communicate effectively and concisely and an in-depth understanding of one of the most common languages in the world.

Ref: Darren Arnold/Claire Swanwick