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English Language

  • A level (Pearson)
  • 2 years

This fascinating course will help you develop your understanding of how language works in our society, how to analyse it closely and how to write various challenging texts with a high level of skill and expertise.

You will study a range of topics, including how children learn language, how language and power are interlinked in society and how language is affected by, and impacts upon, socio-economic background. You will also look at regional differences in language and at language theory – exploring the ways in which such theories are part of an ever-changing intellectual landscape.

Dissecting texts as varied as 17th century legal documents, contemporary bogus charity leaflets, the children’s classic “The Gruffalo”, and a rousing political speech, you’ll be on the path to becoming an expert linguist. You won’t just study texts but will learn to write skilfully within the same criteria, whether it be creative, documentary or transactional.
Learning takes a variety of forms, from group projects to individual reflected study. You’ll also have the opportunity to hone your skills outside the classroom, with a number of real-life studies. 

This subject is for you:
if you are interested in the way we communicate with one another, and the complex games we play in our language choices. The subject is an excellent choice if you’re interested in a career in a number of industries, including: Business, Marketing, Journalism, Law and Public Service. 

20% coursework
80% exam