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English Language A Level at Consett Academy

Course description

At AS and A level, English Language gives students the opportunity to explore the underlying ways we communicate and make meaning in both spoken and written language.

The course will allow students to explore – in a linguistic, grammatical and sociolinguistic way – the world in which we live and communicate.

Students will also engage with the intellectual thoughts, ideas and views of linguistic theory.

The study of Language also enables students to analyse the development of our language over time and to understand how we evolve from nonspeaking infants to expressive adults – what one critic refers to as “the articulate mammal”.

The course will develop the skills of close analysis, explore contextual influences, and develop explanations, independent ideas and arguments.

It provides students with the opportunity to acquire many skills which will be of use to them in Higher Education, or indeed, all types or employment.

Course content

Students will explore the ways in which contexts and identities affect language production and reception.

They will also be asked to apply critical and creative skills in the production of texts.

Students will also cover modules in Child Language and Language Variation as well as an investigation from a choice of five topics:

  • Global English
  • Language and Gender Identity
  • Language and Journalism
  • Language and Power
  • Regional Language Variation.

Entry requirements

You must show evidence of a good GCSE pass in English Language (grade B and above)

Students need to have a hungry and enquiring mind, write in an academic style and develop their own voice.

Language is a subject that rewards individuality of thought and YOUR interpretation.

An interest in writing as a future career is also an advantage.

We need individual minds, not passive learners in the English classroom. An open and enquiring mind is essential!

Future opportunities

If you do not wish to follow an academic path on completing your AS or A2 level, Language can still be extremely useful as it requires you to become skilled at seeing life from different points of view and perspectives.

If you are considering any of the following careers or related jobs you should seriously consider this subject:

  • social services
  • publishing and advertising
  • law
  • journalism
  • civil service
  • counselling
  • teaching (particularly with younger children at primary level)

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Consett Academy directly.

Last updated date: 01 June 2016

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