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English Language A Level at Newcastle Sixth Form College

Course description

A Level English Language offers students opportunities to develop their knowledge, understanding and appreciation of language in use and to consider some critical language debates such as:

• How does language vary according to the place it is used, not only geographically but also socially and culturally?
• How and why has language changed over time?
• What role does language have in making you who you are? Does your language use reflect or construct your identity?

Together, the creative writing and language investigation components give students opportunities to develop your particular language specialisms. For example, students interested in journalism might select to write newspaper articles for their coursework, followed by journalism for their investigation while those with an interest in law might produce speeches for the coursework and investigate language and power for their coursework.

A good linguist is an independent thinker who understands and is able to explain how English Language use reflects social cultural and political changes in societies where English is used.

Entry requirements

5 GCSE at A* - C which should include English and Maths.

Students who have not achieved a grade C or above in English and/or Maths will be required to resit them during their first year.


Learning and assessment

There are 4 components, some of which build on topics you may have studied at GCSE and others which may be new to you. These have been developed with advice from key university departments and represent the latest linguistic thinking and research:

  • Language Variation (examination 35% of A Level)
  • Children’s Language Development (examination 20% of A Level)
  • Investigating Language (examination 25% of A Level)
  • Crafting Language (coursework 20% of A Level)

Linguistic skills are embedded throughout the course which is 80% written examination assessment and 20% coursework.

Future opportunities

English Language can be studied as a single subject in higher education or can be combined with English Literature or a wide range of other subjects. It could form the basis for a wide range of Art/Humanity based degrees, such as Law History and the social sciences and can be highly desirable for studying journalism and primary education. Studying English Language provides you with valuable skills and a firm basis for life-long learning.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Newcastle Sixth Form College directly.

Last updated date: 16 August 2016
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