A Level English Language
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.
What will you be working towards?
||GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Component 1 [40%]
Language, the individual and society - The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development. This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
Component 2 [40%]
Language diversity and change - The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
Component 3 [20%]
Language in action - The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.
It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research: a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each). Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest.
This course will be taught in a group with access to two different teachers. You will be expected to make an active contribution to classroom debate and participate fully in creating a dialogue of learning. Your assignments will involve a range of tasks, with both analytical and creative elements. Students will be expected engage in wider reading, explore relevant cultural events and participate in practical workshops. There will be a stress upon independent learning as the course progresses, with students taking on greater ownership and control of their studies. The course is designed to enhance the students’ relationship with English language and the study of linguistics.
How will it be delivered?
Component 1 [40%] - Language, the individual and society: This is a 2hr and 30 minute written examination and externally marked.
Component 2 [40%] - Language diversity and change: This is a 2hr and 30 minute written examination and externally marked.
Component 3 [20%] - Language in action: an internally assessed and externally moderated folder of coursework.
GCSE Grade 5 in English Language or English Literature.
Your next steps...
English Language is recognised as a rigorous academic award and highly valued by higher education institutions. It develops your pragmatic approach to tasks and enhances your powers of communication, allowing you to fully understand how and why our language functions. It provides unique insight to appreciate how humans convey information, exploring both the production and reception elements of communication. It is an incredibly adaptive subject, offering development opportunities in business, advertising, the arts, speech therapy, to name but a few.