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English Language AS A Level at Saint Mary's College, Blackburn

Course description

The ways in which we communicate are constantly evolving, from the earliest cave paintings to Facebook and Twitter. This course will explore how the English language has developed and consider its significance in forming our identity as individuals and as members of society. The course will give you the opportunity to explore the role of language in shaping our social interactions. We will focus on the structure of both written and spoken texts, analysing the ways writers and speakers use language to achieve their purposes. We will study a range of texts including adverts, political speeches, newspapers, soap opera scripts and stand-up comedy. You will then have the opportunity to demonstrate your expertise in writing for different audiences and purposes by producing your own piece of creative writing and analysing your language choices as part of your coursework modules. The second year will focus on the social influences on the language we use and how it has changed over time. We will also study how language differs depending on gender, regional background, ethnic background and social status. The course will also explore how your use of language has developed, from when, as a child, you first learnt to talk, through to your use of language today. Both the first and second year coursework modules give you the opportunity to produce an investigation into aspects of spoken and written language.

Entry requirements

English Language grade C.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Saint Mary's College, Blackburn directly.

Last updated date: 15 October 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 Years

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