This course explores both spoken and written language in use in a wide range of professionally written texts and transcripts.
You will learn a large amount of technical linguistic terminology in order to analyse systematically how language works.
To prepare you for an unseen texts exam, you will explore a variety of texts such as advertisements, speeches, magazine and newspaper articles, short stories and extracts from novels and plays.
You will investigate many important language issues in society, addressing questions such as:
You will develop your own written skills, producing texts for a number of purposes, audiences and genres.
The course covers the following examination topics:
Component 1: Language Variation (35%)
How language choices can create personal identities and how language has changed over time.
Component 2: Child Language (20%)
How children acquire language, learn to read and to write.
Component 3: Investigating Language (25%)
A research focus from one area such as:
Coursework: Crafting Language (20%)
Two pieces of original writing from the same genre, differentiated by function and/or audience. One commentary reflecting upon the pieces produced.
Visits to lectures and external events are offered.
Academics and professional journalists also visit throughout the year.
English Language is relevant to all academic and vocational subjects.
You can go on to take a specialist degree in English language, language and communications or linguistics, or other courses such as law, drama, education, history or any of the social sciences.
Career possibilities include journalism, publishing, teaching and speech and language therapy.
I am at university studying Primary Teaching and have found the A Level English Language course extremely useful. Not only is it handy to have the knowledge when sitting in the lectures, but I have an assignment solely on language development - an area we covered in depth on the A Level course. I chose the English Language course by chance, knowing I needed to choose relevant subjects for my university course but didn't realise the positive impact it would have.
Many people, from different colleges, regret not taking the course now, so I am glad I was someone who did!