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A Level: English Language at Loughborough College

Course description

Our A Level qualification in English language provides students with a deep knowledge of how the English language works and encourages them to engage creatively within areas of topical debate. Learners will explore language use in various contexts and will carry out an independent investigation in an area of particular interest to them.

Upon the completion of the course students will gain a solid understanding of how the English language works in a variety of contexts. It is advised that students who are considering to sign up for the course should have an interest and find enjoyment in analysing the linguistic features of both written and spoken texts. In return, they will develop essential skills in linguistic analysis and a working knowledge of English language concepts.

Studying English Language at A level is very different from GCSE. The course takes a theory based approach to analysing language, it challenges students to observe language use around us in context.

Studying with us will give you the opportunity to find answer to questions such as:

  • To what extent would language use be gender specific? 
  • What linguistic techniques might the media, advertisers and politicians use in order to influence our way of thinking? 
  • To what extent might our language have changed due to technology and is this change beneficial or harmful to the English language? 
  • How do children learn to speak?

The details of the course specification can be found at: http://www.ocr.org.uk/qualifications/as-a-level-gce-english-language-h070-h470-from-2015

Course content

Year 1 in the new specification covers the following units:

Paper 1 - Exploring language (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes examination, 50% of total AS level)
Task 1
- A linguistic analysis of an unseen text
Task 2 - A comparison of the linguistic features of two unseen texts.

Paper 2 -  Exploring contexts (60 marks, 1 hour 30 minutes examination, 50% of total AS level)
Task 1
- Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue
Task 2 - A linguistic analysis of how issues relating to language and gender or language and power influence particular authentic, unseen texts.

Year 2 in the new specification covers the following units:
 
Paper 1 - Exploring language (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes examination, 40% of total A level)
Task 1 - A linguistic analysis of an unseen text
Task 2 - Original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue
Task 3 - A comparison of the linguistic features of two unseen texts

Paper 2 -  Dimensions of linguistic variation (80 marks, 2 hours 30 minutes examination, 40% of total A level)
Task 1
- Analyis of how children acquire language
Task 2 - Language in the media
Task 3 - A linguistic analysis of how language changes over time

Non examined assessment (coursework) is submitted during the second year of the programme (40 marks, 20% of the final A level grade)
Course work content:
Task 1 - An investigation into an area of each learner's particular individual interest
Task 2 - Designing an academic poster

Entry requirements

  • GCSE English Language at grade 6
  • All Loughborough Sixth Form College courses have minimum entry requirements of at least five GCSEs at grade C/4 or above, including English Language and Maths.

Future opportunities

English Language provides excellent preparation for the workplace and for university.

The analytical and communication skills you learn provide a good basis for higher-level study in a wide range of subjects. The majority of our learners decide to take the following career paths: journalism, creative writing, teaching, academic career, web design, marketing and advertising, public relations, law.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, come and visit us at one of ourOpen Days at Loughborough College or contact us at StudentRecruitment@loucoll.ac.uk.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 02 October 2018
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