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English Language A Level at Burnley College

Course description

A Level English Language is the study of both contemporary and historical forms of written communication and how we use language verbally on a day to day basis. Students will look at how writing is shaped by the genre, audience, subject topic and the purpose of a range of texts: students will analyse travel writing, journalism, advertisements, political speeches, autobiography and biography, journals and correspondence, developing their analytical ability and evaluation skills.

Students will also look at how sociolinguistic factors such as gender, class and race shape our speech patterns. A Level English Language is also the study of where words come from, how they are coined, how our language has come to resemble today’s form and whether it has always been this way. Students will also learn to hone their original writing skills in both creative, fictional forms and in a more functional journalistic style as well.

English Language is an ideal humanities subject to study for a range of reasons: students will become an experienced reader of a variety of different text forms, it helps to heighten the ability to read subtext in an argument, the ability to understand the nuance of spoken language and also to a master a sophisticated written and spoken style of communication.

Students will be pushed to hone their creative writing craft towards a publishable standard and to develop their own strong journalistic written style. Students will gain referencing and research skills, will learn about British cultural history and will also be prompted to consider some profound notions of how language shapes our identity and personality and is responsible for controlling how we see the world around us.

Entry requirements

To take four AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three or four A Levels in Year 2): At least six GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. To take three AS Levels in Year 1 (leading to three A Levels in Year 2): At least five GCSEs at grades A to C, including both English and Maths. A minimum of a grade B in GCSE English Language. Entry criteria for all qualifications are subject to a reference from your previous school or place of study.

Future opportunities

This subject enables entry to university for Arts or Social Science degree courses. It is a useful qualification for pursuing careers in Teaching, Journalism, PR, Marketing, Publishing and Media.

Further information

Recognised as best practice by Ofsted, our ALZs promote independent learning through cutting-edge technology combined with traditional books and journals and online learning resources. Students have access to high specification PCs with the latest Microsoft applications and multimedia and innovative technologies including iPads, Kindles and portable consoles. Each of the 8 ALZs provides the most up to date and relevant equipment for the subjects they serve.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Burnley College directly.

Last updated date: 19 February 2016
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