English Language A Level

Please note, this course information is for September 2021 entry.
The new admissions cycle for September 2022 entry will open in October 2021, and we recommend you check back for updates to course information.

On this course, you will be introduced to linguistics (the study of language), enabling you to analyse and investigate features of spoken and written language produced for specific audiences, purposes and contexts including: children’s language development, textual variations and diversity, such as gender and cultural change.

Being curious about language, and how we create meaning and understanding of the world around us through the words we use, you will have the opportunity to gain knowledge of specialist terminology and concepts that make it possible to analyse a range of texts; from fictional genres, such as stories to non-fiction advertisements and media scripts with accuracy and precision. The key constituents will include: phonology, morphology, lexis, grammar, semantics and pragmatics.

English Language is a dynamic course and you will be encouraged to develop skills and expertise in language investigation and your own creative writing. The coursework element of the course allows you to choose an area of language
for investigation related to identity (language and self-representation, gender, culture and diversity). The coursework can be adapted to your particular area of interest and is an excellent companion for any A Level subject, and may appeal to mathematicians and scientists due to its analytical approach.

How will I be assessed?

The course is assessed through examinations and a Non-Exam Assessment: Language in Action – 3500 words (20% of the A Level), which consists of: A Language Investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing and commentary (1500 words)

What do I need?

You will need to have achieved at least 5 GCSEs – 2 at Grade 6 and 3 at Grade 5 including English Language and/or English Literature.

Where can it take me?

You can progress to an exciting range of higher level courses including Teaching, or a range of degrees including English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, Journalism, Media Screen Writing, Teaching, Humanities, Creative/Performing Arts, Science and Mathematics.

Additional information

English Language A Level combines well with any A Level subject but especially with English Literature, Modern Foreign Languages, Social Sciences (Sociology, Psychology), Humanities (History), Maths and Science.

This course is ideal if you are interested in a career in Teaching, Publishing, Journalism, Expressive & Performing Arts and the Public Sector.

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