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English Language A Level at Liverpool College

Course description

We follow the AQA English Language B specification. If you choose to study English Language you will have the opportunity to explore the words we use while building on your creative skills. You will do some creative writing but many of the topics will be completely new to you. You will discover how young children learn to speak, how and why men and women speak differently and look at the history of the English Language. During the course you will develop your own written skills, through both creative and analytical writing. You will also improve your ability to discuss and present your ideas. We hope that you will grow more confident in communicating your opinions and in decoding the hidden meanings in the language used all around you.

You will enjoy this subject if you have enjoyed English Language at GCSE. You should be someone who likes both creative writing and analysing texts. We won't be reading books or poems but instead looking at a wide variety of media texts, different kinds of writing and even speech. You will learn about all the different ways in which people communicate with each other and, in the process, improve your own communication skills. English Language combines well with most other subjects and is popular with universities and employers as it shows that you can express yourself clearly in both speech and writing. The course offers a unique insight into the way that we communicate and the power of language.

Course content

Unit 1: Categorising Texts

Introduction to the study of language, focussing on three specific social contexts: Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.

Unit 2: Creating Texts

Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes (2500-3500 words).

Unit 3: Developing Language

Builds on AS knowledge and skills, with an additional focus on two new areas of language study: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change

Unit 4: Investigating Language

Candidates produce two pieces: a language investigation and an informative media text (2500-3000 words).

Assessment

At AS level we will start by exploring texts - are they spoken or written, formal or informal and how are they affected by audience, purpose and context? You will need to learn lots of new terms and get to grips with grammar! You will also produce a coursework folder of original writing based on topics that you choose. At A2 level we will study the history of the English Language and look at how young children learn to speak. The coursework is a research project into an area of language that interests you, giving you the chance to explore an area of personal interest and preparing you well for the more independent style of work which you will encounter at university

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 25 June 2015

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