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English Language Level 3 - AS Level/A Level at Exeter College

Course description

On this course you will be introduced to linguistics - knowledge about language - enabling you to analyse and investigate features of spoken and written language produced for specific audiences, purposes and contexts. You will investigate and analyse different kinds of spoken and written language, as well as related topics, using a ‘model’ of language, which you will acquire over the duration of the course. This means gaining knowledge of the terminology and concepts that make it possible to describe and analyse how language works with accuracy and precision. The key constituents of language study include: phonology, morphology, lexis, grammar, syntax, semantics and pragmatics.

You may also have the opportunity to develop skills and expertise in your own creative writing. Reading a wide assortment of texts will support your studies and you are advised to develop a glossary of terms as you progress on the course.

As well as being taught as part of a group, you will be involved in small group projects and individual assignments.

Course content

The course covers the study of written, spoken and multi-modal texts, so you will study a range of texts and you will need to be an enthusiastic reader of both non-fiction texts, including magazines and newspapers, and literary genres. You should also be curious about the nature of conversations, speeches and spoken interactions in different contexts.

Some elements of the course will also require you to develop expertise as a writer and to have a clear understanding of linguistic frameworks for analysis of your own creative work.
Investigations into language will include topics such as language change over time, language and gender, identity and power. These may be explored in some depth and there may be a non-exam assessed piece of work based on one of these topics.

Entry requirements

You need at least five GCSEs at Grade C with English and Maths at C or above and you will also need three GCSEs at grade D or above. It is sensible to discuss A Level English Language with members of the College's English Language team as there are misunderstandings about it - it is not a simple continuation of GCSE English. If you enter the course with a Grade C you will be supported in your transition from GCSE to AS level study by attending additional sessions in Core Academic Skills for English. This is a compulsory requirement.

Future opportunities

You could go on to higher education where English Language is widely recognised as a good general qualification for a number of courses. Most higher education colleges recognise it as a separate qualification from English Literature A level.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 28 January 2016
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