An English lesson is one in which ideas are shared and
views about texts and linguistic issues are thought through and discussed. We consider the contexts, purposes and audiences which shape texts. You will need to listen to others thoughtfully and be prepared to discuss your own views. You will be expected to read and write extensively, both in lessons and independently.
Grammar and other technical tools of analysis will be taught as a means of analysing various types of text, both spoken and written, as well as topics such as child language development and how gender is represented in speech.
The first year involves the study of the following:
- Linguistic analysis of authentic texts
- Analysis of how children acquire language
- Language in the media and in technology
The second year will include:
- Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue
- How language changes over time
- A language investigation into an area of each learner’s particular individual interest
In addition to the standard College entry requirements (see below) this course also requires students to have achieved grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature. Entry to the second year is dependent on the standard achieved in the first year.
Students who have successfully completed English Language A-level go on to study many different disciplines at university. Students who read for English degrees similarly enter a wide number of professions, such as teaching, marketing, the media and banking. There is an increasing need in commerce, industry and the professions for people who are accomplished communicators, and the best preparation for this is the study of English.
What does the course combine well with?
English Language combines well with subjects such as History, Geography, Modern Foreign Languages, Theatre Studies, Art, Philosophy, Business Studies, Economics, Law, Mathematics, Media Studies, Sociology and Psychology. It also makes a good third subject for students studying predominantly science courses.