English Language

Entrance Requirements

A G5 in English Language.

You will study Language, the Individual and Society. In this module you will learn how to analyse spoken, written and multimodal language from an amazing variety of texts. You will develop a keen understanding of how these texts are structured and how the writer or speaker uses language to create meaning.

The module Language Diversity and Change is taught alongside the first module. From the start of the course you will explore topics such as Representation, Accent and Dialect and Language and Gender. Moreover, in the second year you will also study how language changes and how children acquire spoken language and learn to write. You will write about your findings in a variety of ways, from academic essays to articles and blogs.

The A level is assessed through two examinations, each counting for 40% of the A level, plus a Non-Examination Assessment worth 20%.

The Non-Examination Assessment will ask you to write a short piece that shows off your own writing skills, combined with an analysis of your own writing. You will also undertake a Language Investigation in which you will discuss spoken language data and evaluate linguistic theories and ideas.

 ‘Language is a city to the building of which every human being brought a stone.’ Ralph Waldo Emerson

The course will challenge your perceptions about language and help you to look beyond the widely held beliefs we so often encounter. It will furnish you with an excellent understanding of how the English language works and how its speakers and writers use it.

You will develop your own writing and communication skills, making English Language an excellent preparation for future study and further employment. Students who are considering a career in Law, teaching, management, or any other job in which higher understanding of language and excellent communication skills are imperative, will find this course invaluable.

Students who have completed this course have gone on to be: journalists, teachers, lawyers, prison warders, doctors and scientists – you name it!