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English Language A Level at Salisbury 6th Form College

Course description

A Level English Language will see you continue to delve into the fascinating subtleties and intricacies of the world of language around you.

Where previous study of Language has led you to analysing the effects in articles or exploring the way that celebrities develop their own language styles, at A Level you will begin to see English from a host of new perspectives and in a whole new light.

You will continue to build your understanding and analytical vocabulary as well as begin to see the world through the eyes of a linguist, where every word, image and utterance tells us something.

English Language at A Level will offer you a new insight into the world around you and provide you with a wide range of skills that are valuable in a huge number of employment opportunities.

The coursework modules in the linear course will see you writing in a more mature and technical manner than you have previously done so, as well as committing yourself to an extensive investigation into your own area of linguistic interest. Not only does this introduce you to the skills required at university, but also gives you the freedom to follow your own line of enquiry into an area of the two year course that interested you most.

There are always opportunities for students to attend local or national talks or seminars by some of the leading linguists in English Language studies including Henry Hitchins and David Crystal.

Course content

Unit 1:  Language the Individual and Society

The first unit, Language and the Individual, will introduce you to linguistic study; exploring textual varieties and allowing you to investigate the ways in which the language of texts is manipulated and organised to create meanings, represent ourselves and construct personal identity. You will study a wide array of contemporary, highly relevant material produced for a range for different purposes, audiences and genres.

Part of your study will also include analysing and replicating written texts including those from journalistic and literary genres. You will explore language in different modes and start to open your mind to the subtleties and pragmatics of written texts, speech and electronic forms of communication.

Unit 2: Global Language Varieties and Change

You will have the opportunity to study and explore key concepts of English language within wider social and geographical contexts including linguistic analysis of English within both the British Isles and the global, English speaking community.

You will have the opportunity to discuss, debate and consider social attitudes and issues relating to language diversity considering society in relation to representations of gender, construction of power in occupational contexts and the wider function of language in communication in social media and digital interaction.

You will investigate and study dialects of English including Jamaican, South African and American English, as well as some of those that are closer to home such as Geordie and Cockney.

The key area of focus for this unit is in considering how language varies as a result of personal, social and geographical contexts, why it varies so significantly and how this develops identity and diversity in English.

Entry requirements

To study this course you will need a grade B or above in GCSE English Language.

Future opportunities

Possible career prospects include Child Language Psychologist, speech therapy, marketing in business, advertising, law, editing and publishing, journalism.  Possible further study (including university) includes Language and Linguistics, Law, History, Journalism, Teaching (including primary), Social Studies, Media and Film Studies, Business.

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What our students think

“I have found English language an incredibly interesting subject. Analysing how people communicate has helped open my eyes to new perspectives.”

Robben, previously Stonehenge School

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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