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English Language A-Level at Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College

Course description

You are interested in how variation in meanings and forms in language are influenced by situational, cultural and social factors as well as in developing your own skills as a writer.

Students go on to university study and employment in journalism, the media or public relations, but English language equally provides an excellent basis for a wide range of other careers and courses. You will learn how to analyse the way other writers and speakers use language in a diverse range of genres such as short stories, magazine and newspaper articles, advertising copy, reportage, political speeches and campaigning, charity campaigns, sports commentaries, T.V. chat shows and media interviews.

You will use this understanding of the techniques writers use to improve your own writing and produce work in genres of your own choosing.

You will examine some of the issues and debates surrounding language: is there a correct way to speak? What’s “bad” about bad language? Do men and women use language differently? What is Black English? Lessons involve a wide variety of learning activities. You will engage in individual writing and research involving one-to-one tutorials. You will also engage in discussions, workshops and presentations, working as a whole class and in smaller groups.

Entry requirements

Grade C or better in GCSE Maths and either: grade A* or A in GCSE English, plus at least 3 other C grades or better at GCSE or: grade B in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.2 or better from at least 5 GCSEs or: grade C in GCSE English, with an average GCSE score of 5.5 or better from at least 5 GCSEs.

Subject Specific

To study English language at this level a grade B or better in GCSE English is recommended.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Barrow-in-Furness Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 10 August 2016
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    • 1. Leave the M6 at Junction 36 and follow signs for the A590 and Barrow (33 miles).
      2. After 25 miles pass through Ulverston and then the villages of Swarthmoor and Lindal.
      3. At the third roundabout after this take the first exit, signposted Furness General Hospital and Furness Abbey.
      4. At the next roundabout take the second exit.
      5. Pass Abbey House Hotel on the left and take the first turning on the left into Rating Lane.
      6. The College is 400 yards down Rating Lane on the left hand side.