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Further information

English Language is a very contemporary course which seeks to develop students’ knowledge about the contexts which influence the style of how we communicate in today’s world. It does not consider literature in the more traditional sense, but instead takes as its focus the shorter texts such as newspaper articles, advertisements, historical journals, emails and transcripts of everyday speech. In this regard this is a course for students who are keen to further their understanding of contemporary English without wishing to read novels, poetry and plays.

However, the course requires a rigorous approach to textual analysis and a commitment to deepening an understanding of how specific structures and parts of the language work in both written and spoken modes. There are opportunities to learn more about a range of issues which are not explored at GCSE as well as producing creative texts and, at A2, conducting independent research that is wholly original.

Over the course of the two years, students study topics such as Language and Gender (identifying and explaining the differences between male and female speech), Language and Technology (how we adapt our writing when using forms such as text, twitter and email), Child Language Acquisition (how children develop the ability to speak from the moment they are born), and Language Change (examining the influences that have and continue to affect the development of the English language). Students also gain the opportunity to write creatively in a journalistic style as they complete their coursework for AS.

Where the course leads

The course supports the following range of careers: any career where spoken and written communication skills are valued. Although journalism and media careers are obviously related to this qualification, those aiming for a future in Law or a great range of professional careers will find this a much respected and valued A Level.

Entry requirements

Students will need to be eligible to follow the Route A Pathway

Desirable qualities include an interest in media and current affairs and some commitment to reading independently. Exam board and syllabus: AQA B

For further advice contact: Mr Holmes