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A Level English Language - Option A at Arthur Mellows Village College

Course description

Why should I study English Language?

To understand the way the world works. English Language enables you to understand the manipulative power of the spoken and written word.

You will have the chance to be a writer instead of just analysing other people’s writing. You will dissect the hidden meanings behind language and learn how those meanings are constructed to achieve different purposes. If you enjoy analysing conversations and texts from rap to recipes this is the choice for you.

Course content

What will I be doing on the course?

You will enjoy the opportunity to experiment with coursework in Year 13 and unpick data in order to appreciate the impact of the language around us. You will explore the fundamental structures and functions of writing and speech to appreciate how language operates in different social contexts. There will be theory lessons, discussions, research and debates but also assignments involving presentations.

Entry requirements

Students will need to have at least a Grade B or above in both English Language and English Literature.


How will I be assessed?

The new A Levels will be linear so the assessment of the student’s work will take place at the end of the two year A Level course. The first assessment of the two year courses that start in September 2016, will take place in the summer of 2017, and the final assessment will take place in summer 2018.

Future opportunities

Where can it lead?

Students of English Language will find their skills valuable in almost any management post. It is especially valuable for a career in Law and is invaluable for any profession that is concerned with people and communication such as Journalism or Public Relations. The course particularly complements Media Studies, Sociology and History.

Language has been a popular choice for Sixth Form students who want a broad linguistic experience which will assist them in all walks of life. It enables you to understand the power and influence gained by choosing the right word for the right occasion. It is useful in all career choices. Language is all around you from your bus ticket home to your emails to friends: learn how to use it to your advantage!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Arthur Mellows Village College directly.

Last updated date: 09 November 2015
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Key information

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