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English Language A level at Philip Morant School and College

Course description

To complement our other A Level English courses: English Literature and English Language/Literature combined, we are very pleased to add English Language to our subject portfolio.

Do you enjoy writing creatively? Do men and women speak differently? Are we judged by our accent? Investigate the world of written and spoken language, from how children learn to speak, to how English has changed over time and continues to change. Discover how language is used to influence people and how the English language has gone global.

Language is the most powerful tool there is in society. In an information rich world, it is increasingly essential to be aware of how language can be used to achieve effects and influence us. English Language enables you to develop the skills to analyse how writers and speakers manipulate language to achieve their
desired impact on the reader or listener as well as discuss how language represents individuals, social groups and nationalities.

This course builds on the skills of writing, reading, understanding and response developed at GCSE level. It is ideally suited for those who wish to develop their analytical skills as well as writing skills. You will study a variety of non-literary texts (including newspaper articles, diaries and transcripts) both historic and modern.
This is a good English course to choose if you enjoy writing as well as investigating different perspectives on the changing English Language, and you are interested in the way that language works in society.

You will be involved in discussing and developing views on a wide range of topics as diverse as: history, psychology, religion, politics and sexuality; in other words all the aspects of life that writers have written about!

Complementary Subjects:

English Language combines well with almost any other subject and can introduce breadth to a science or mathematics based curriculum.

Course content

Students following the course will study a range of texts from different modes and contexts. The analysis covers language levels such as lexis and semantics, grammar (including morphology), pragmatics and phonology. Students will look at language in society, its diversity, the varieties of English language, and how children acquire language.

Entry requirements

At least Grade 5 in GCSE English Language


Exam Board: AQA

Assessment will take the form of mainly examinations.

A Non-Examination Assessment which constitutes 20% of the overall grade is completed in the second year of the course which includes creative writing as well as analytical writing. This will offer an opportunity for students to develop an extended piece of analytical work over a period of time.

External examinations will then count for 80% of the overall grade.

Future opportunities

All of the A Level English courses are very well regarded by universities and employers, and English Language is an ideal subject for those wishing to pursue careers in journalism, advertising, publishing, copywriting, public relations, marketing and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Philip Morant School and College directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017

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