On this course, you will examine the different types of language that are used around you, from formal prose to political speeches, to chatting to friends, to 'new' emerging areas of communication, such as language used in social media. You will study how language varies from one place to another, as well as between different social groups and situations. The course includes textual analysis, and understanding the structure of English, how English emerged and how it is changing. You will develop your analytical skills to enable you to understand various spoken and written texts. You will also examine how language is acquired from birth and how words develop various meanings over time.
In this course you will study:
AS (Year 1) English Language (100% exam)
Paper one: Language and the individual (1 hr 30 mins)
Paper two: Language diversity (1 hr 30 mins)
A-level (Year 2) English Language (80% exam, 20% NEA)
Paper one: Language, the individual and society (2 hrs 30)
Paper two: Diversity and change (2 hrs 30)
NEA component: Original writing and language investigation (20% of final grade)
How will I know how I am doing?
What do I need to join?
To study this course, you will need 5 GCSEs at grades 4–9, including English and Maths. A grade 5 in English Language is preferred.
What can I do next?
English Language is a useful A-level that can be applied to a number of career routes and university courses. It is essential if you are hoping to progress into journalism or publishing.
It is also beneficial for other essay-based subjects, such as history, law or the social sciences.
Course information last updated: Friday 10th July 2020 @ 8.41am (17 hours ago)