English Language at Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School
Why study English Language?
English is the most commonly used language among foreign language speakers. Throughout the world, when people with different languages come together they commonly use English to communicate. Another reason why English is so important is that it is the language of science. To excel in science and other subjects where essay writing is a key component, you need to be proficient in English.
What will I learn about?
At AS, this specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses. Students will explore the study of English Language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others, debate different views and produce a range of own writing using a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.
At A Level, the specification will enable students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. Students will have the opportunity to work independently to research aspects of language in use. Language is seen as a creative tool for expression and social connection, as well as for individual cognition. The study of language as a symbolic system used to assert identity in society is also fundamental to the scope of this specification.
How is it taught?
Students are encouraged through a range of teaching techniques to develop their own ideas and analytical skills. Discussion, group work, reading and individual research offer a varied and interesting approach to the study of English Language.
How will I be assessed?
At AS English Language is assessed by two examinations: Language and The individual & Language Varieties. At A Level, English Language is assessed by two examinations: Language, the Individual and Society & Language Diversity and Change. In addition two pieces of non-exam assessments (Language in Action: investigation and original writing) are required.
Pathways to future careers/ courses
The skills of analysis, evaluation and communication that you will develop by studying English Language are applicable to a wide range of careers and university degrees. Journalism, media, marketing, advertising, management, law, teaching, librarianship, business, administration and banking are a few examples.
5 GCSEs A*- C including a B grade in English Language.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Tuxford Academy Technology College and Training School directly.