English Language AS & A Level at Scarborough Sixth Form College
This course consists of the study linguistics and socio-linguistics. It is very different from English GCSE. It develops analytical skills, oral communication skills and writing skills. Students are encouraged to write for a range of different purposes and audiences and are assessed in the second year on their ability to replicate different genres of writing.
Students study the English Language through a range of different frameworks. This prepares them for the analysis of short texts in the exam. These texts can range from adverts and leaflets to blogs and websites. They also study a range of socio-linguistic topics to help them discuss how language works in society. This involves studying varieties of English such as regional language, global English, occupational language, and language and gender. In the second year students will also take units on Children’s Language and Language Change.
The non-examined assessment in English Language comprises of a piece of original writing (maybe a piece of travel writing or a short story) and an investigation into an area of language study. Students have undertaken research into diverse areas, for example ‘Do twins learn language at the same rate?’, ‘How are immigrants represented in the British press?’, ‘How does a child’s writing develop between the ages of 5 and 7?’, ‘Do TV sports commentators using language differently when commentating on men’s and women’s sports’, ‘How have children’s toy adverts changed over time?’.
In addition to the A Level entry requirements you need a minimum of a grade 5 in GCSE English.
This is a 2 year, linear course but there is an opportunity to take it for 1 year and to achieve an AS Level instead of the full A Level. The A Level is assessed through 2 exams and a non-examined assessment (coursework).
English Language is highly regarded by universities and employers. Past students have gone on to have careers in journalism, broadcasting, publishing, academia, teaching, law, social work, politics, marketing and industry. A number of past students are working as writers and have had work published.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Scarborough Sixth Form College directly.