English Language A Level at New Mills School and Sixth Form
English Language truly is an amazing focus for study! In some ways, it is still seen as a 'new' A Level, perhaps not possessing the 'seal' of tradition in the same sense as Literature. However, as the years pass by, the study of linguistics becomes ever more fascinating and complex, simultaneously achieving the value it deserves. It may be that you are hoping to pursue 'Language' for language's sake, but it may also be that you recognise the many advantages that knowledge in this particular field can facilitate.
Communication is the basis of life; all careers and indeed aspects of living will demand communication. In leaming how language works, doors are unlocked for you. In this subject, not only will you team how words are used to create texts of every type, but you will also come to understand how language is manipulated for specific audiences and purposes in many respects.
'Language and Power' is a key area of focus, where you will consider how politicians, teachers, friends, advertisers etc. all employ verbal and non-verbal communication in order to control situations and people around them.
'Language and Gender' raises awareness of how men and women literally seem to speak different languages at times, whilst consideration of your own language traits will teach you about your own highly individual 'verbal fingerprint!
You can track the development of your lexical heritage in 'Language Change', discovering the etymology of the words you use daily, understanding your linguistic links to the rest of the world whilst 'Language Acquisition' will show you how we leam to speak in the first place.
Finally, you will be able to take all that you have discovered and move your own personal writing from classroom level towards a standard worthy of publication. Linguists and wordsmiths — this is the place for you!
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact New Mills School and Sixth Form directly.