English Language A Level at The Thomas Hardye School
This is a modern and vibrant course which gives students the practical ‘tools’ to become independent, critical readers of real-world language use in the 21st century. Building upon earlier study, students will be taught how English is constructed, so that they can identify how the constituent parts of language enable speakers and writers to exert influence and construct identities.
Students will engage with current language debates about the changing nature and status of the English language and its place in a global society; the use of technology and its impact upon the pace of language change is an exciting element. As linguists, students will become collectors of language and will learn how to sample, research and investigate language concepts and varieties.
Students will learn the skills every linguist needs to explore the language system, including grammar and the construction of meaning, and the differences between spoken and written language. Students will then be equipped to examine a wide range of texts to establish how speakers and writers can create identities, exert power and represent gender. They will learn how to write persuasively to showcase their knowledge of current language debates, whilst offering a critical perspective.
Students will undertake their own choice of investigation based upon their particular area of interest. They will also study the process of children’s language acquisition, how current technologies are impacting upon the development of language and how the English language has changed over time. Students will also study the language of the media and how it has shaped and is shaped by society.
There are two exams, each two and a half hours long. They are equally weighted and offer opportunities for students to provide extended exploratory responses. The coursework component (worth 20%) allows students to pursue an independent language investigation and to create an academic poster – developing the skills most valued by higher education and employers.
The excellent communication skills which students acquire make them suitable for a wide range of careers such as journalism, marketing, education, the legal profession and careers in the public sector. Some of our students have read language and linguistics at university and have trained as speech and language therapists. Lexicography and publishing are also options for our students.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Thomas Hardye School directly.