Course Overview

This course is ideal for learners who are interested in the ways that language is used and how language develops. Students will look at topics such as how language varies depending on mode, field, function and audience; and how language choices can create personal identities.

You could complement your studies with enrichment activities including work experience or Creative Writing society.

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Who is this course aimed at?

This course is aimed at students who:

  • Would like to know how language works;
  • Read and analyse non-fiction; (e.g. newspapers, biographies, blogs, magazines etc).
  • Are interested in why people speak the way they do;
  • Love to write non-fiction (journalism, etc) and or fiction texts (short stories, dramatic monologues etc).

What will you learn?

This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%). The following language topics will be studied:

  • Analysing a whole range of spoken, written and multi-modal texts (eg. newspaper articles, blogs, etc);
  • Apply a range of language theorists to spoken and written data;
  • Exploring how contextual factors (age, gender, ethnicity, media, technology, religion, culture, etc) affect language choices;
  • Child language acquisition in speaking, reading and writing.
  • Language and identity;
  • Language change from circa 1550 to the present day.

What skills will you develop?

Skills students will develop on this course include:

  • Analysing and evaluating fiction and non-fiction texts/genres.
  • Creative writing skills for fiction and non-fiction genres.
  • Critical reading and annotation  behaviours
  • Essay writing
  • Effort
  • Resilience
  • Meeting deadlines
  • Literacy and oracy communication skills
  • Teamwork
  • Problem solving
  • Self-motivation
  • Analysing and evaluating Early Modern to Present Day English texts.
  • Analysing and evaluating 21st century technological texts.
  • Researching different texts and language theories, issues and concepts.

Progression Routes

There are a variety of different progression routes you can follow with this course. This can include different pathways to achieve numerous careers through Higher Education, Apprenticeships or directly into Employment. Here are some progression routes:

  • Teacher
  • Journalist
  • Broadcast Journalism
  • Creative Writing
  • Librarian
  • Speech and Language Therapist

A Level

Course Leader:
David Green

Course Length:
Two Years

Entry Requirements:
GCSE Grade 5 in English Language with an average points score of 4.6 or above.

How is the course assessed:
This course is assessed by coursework (20%) and exams (80%).