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English Language A Level at Cardinal Newman College

Course description

English Language is the study of the spoken and written word and how writers use language to fulfil purposes, target specific audiences, reveal attitudes and evoke emotions. You will analyse a range of texts from news reports, concert reviews, travel writing, sports journalism and many more. The course is highly technical and we will equip you with the tools and vocabulary to deconstruct texts in detail, looking specifically at how words and grammatical structures can affect meaning. The course is also highly creative and allows students to develop their original writing skills. We also look at language in a wider context and study its social, historical and cultural impact.

Course content

You will study a variety of subject areas including the history and development of English, how children acquire language and how gender affects language choices. You will also be asked to produce an analytical essay for your coursework worth 20%.

Entry requirements

At least two Bs and three Cs at GCSE, including at least a 5 in GCSE English Language and Literature (if studied).


Exam: 80%  Coursework: 20%

Future opportunities

English Language is extremely complementary to many subjects and can lead to a variety of degrees and careers. There are more specialised careers you can go into, which include speech therapy, publishing and specialist roles like dictionary building. Many students who study English Language go on to do journalism, marketing, PR, human resources, advertising and teaching.

Further information

26% of students go on to study English or related courses e.g. Journalism at university.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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