English Language

Course Type: GCE Advanced Level

Department: English

Why Should I Study This Course?

English Language provides you with skills that allow a greater understanding of the world around you. The course covers a wide and interesting range of topics such as an exploration of the wide varieties of English that are used by different genders, geographical locations and social groups as well as child language acquisition. Above all, it gives you the opportunity to understand how language is used to create meaning in the world. The analytical skills gained from this course are highly transferable and are appropriate for a wide range of careers.

What Would I Study?

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society - introduction to the study of language and an exploration of the ways in which children develop language skills.
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change - exploration of factors that create diversity in the English language, how language has changed over the past 500 years, and the driving forces behind these changes.
Language Investigation - 2,000 word investigation into any area of language you choose.
Original writing - You will study a range of writing styles and use one of these as a stimulus for creating an original piece of creative writing.

How and When is it Assessed?

80% of the A Level is assessed through 2 examinations at the end of Year 13.
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
20% of the course consists of 2 Non-Examination Assessment pieces that will be completed in lessons and in students' personal study time over the two years; a Language Investigation and a piece of original writing.

Where Can This Course Take me?

English Language requires many transferable skills that are appropriate for a wide range of careers - it is highly useful for careers in journalism, media, public relations or advertising - any career that involves analysis and the ability to use language to convey a message effectively. It also allows access to both secondary and primary teaching as careers and can lead to further academic study in the field of linguistics.