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English Language A Level at Calderstones School

Course description

You will learn linguistic methods and sociolinguistics to analyse English language in a range of texts and contexts. You will learn about the diversity of spoken language within the British Isles. In addition, you will learn how babies and young children acquire language and you will also learn about how and why language has changed and developed over time to be the language that we speak today. You will develop your creative writing skills and become confident writers who can write for a range of target audiences, purposes and contexts. You will also learn about concepts of power and representation in your study of language. At A-Level, you will complete a Language Investigation consisting of 2000 words and focusing on an area of your choice which may include: representation, language and gender, the language of communication technologies, children’s language use, the language if the media or historical changes in English over time to name a few.

Entry requirements

Grade B in GCSE English, English Language or English Literature.

Future opportunities

Studying A-Level English Language will open a wide range of career opportunities to you. Many employers look for potential employees with an A-Level in English, as it shows that you have good communication skills. At degree level, you can choose to study English Language, Linguistics or a whole range of courses which combine English with other subjects. There are aspects of psychology (psycholinguistics) and sociology (sociolinguistics) in your A-Level language studies which might inspire you to study those subjects at university. English Language students sometimes branch into criminology and specialise in criminal linguistics. A-Level Language is also an ideal route into careers such as journalism, teaching and law.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Calderstones School directly.

Last updated date: 24 November 2016

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