Duration: 2 years
Course Level: Level 3
Assessment: 80% Exam, 20% Coursework
Entry Requirements: Standard 'A' Level entry requirements apply.
A Level English Language builds on knowledge and understanding developed at GCSE. This course allows you to develop your knowledge of written and spoken English and learn a new ‘toolkit’ of grammatical terminology to help you understand how texts work. If you enjoyed English at GCSE and want to study the subject further, this course is ideal for you.
There are no novels or poems to read on the course. There is, however, a great emphasis on the study of non-fiction and spoken texts and you will read widely. You will also study language diversity, looking at how dialect, accent, gender, age and occupation can affect your language. The work involves a mixture of class teaching, group work and research projects. You will develop your subject knowledge in the second year through further study of language diversity and change, including how English is spoken around the world. You will also learn how children learn to read and write. As part of your coursework, you will have the opportunity to undertake your own individual research and write a creative piece.
On successful completion, you may consider a Higher Education course involving linguistics or language study, but it is also useful if you are considering a course in Teacher Training, Public Relations, Law, Advertising and Journalism.
Standard A Level entry requirements apply.