A-Level English Language Course at Varndean College

 

HOW WILL THIS COURSE HELP ME?
CAREER PATHWAYS

English Language students go on to take a variety of degree courses, including English Language and Linguistics, Journalism, Education and Creative Writing. This subject can lead to journalism, PR, teaching, law, speech therapy and any other career where the ability to communicate and use language effectively is valued.

TRANSFERABLE SKILLS

Written competence and accuracy; speaking and communication skills; the ability to structure and organise arguments; widened vocabulary; analysis of texts; research and IT skills.

WHAT WILL I STUDY?

If you are interested in the English Language itself – how we use language for different purposes, how speech differs from writing, whether gender makes a difference to language-use, then this will be the right course for you. Using a wide variety of texts, ranging from crisp packets, to social media exchanges to sports commentaries, we learn to analyse language and to understand why language and development cannot be separated from the society in which we live. You will also collect your own data, produce your own analytical writing and look closely at how other writers and speakers use English for their own specific purposes.

On this course, you will explore a range of spoken and written texts, analysing the ways in which language-use is adapted according to different contexts. You will study a diverse range of linguistic topics including: Gender, Accent/Dialect and Ethnicity/ Diversity & Power/Occupation, developing your analytical, grammatical and writing skills as you learn. You will also learn about how the English language has changed over the last 400 years and the ways in which children acquire speech and literacy. In addition, you will produce some coursework, including your own original writing and a language investigation based on a linguistic area of your own choosing.

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COURSE ESSENTIALS

COURSES AVAILABLE:


A Level

ENTRY REQUIREMENTS:


Standard advanced course requirements plus
Grade 5 in GCSE English Language. An enjoyment of reading is also a great advantage

EXAMBOARD:


Edexcel

OTHER INFORMATION:


Our popular Creative Writing enrichment class meets every week and has produced prizewinning and published writers. It is open to anyone interested in creative work.

Course trips have involved taster days at local universities and visits to the British Library and Dr Johnson’s house for language change.

ENQUIRIES TO:


Tess McGivney

“I chose to study English as I wanted to explore the way we use language and how it reflects and influences human behaviour and society. The teachers are very enthusiastic about the subject and uncover fascinating facts about everyday language that we often take for granted. I enjoyed the second year’s focus on language evolution and the freedom to choose our own topics to investigate. Studying this course is the reason I discovered a passion for linguistics which I am very excited to study at Corpus Christi College, Cambridge.”
ROSEMARY LITTLE – PREVIOUSLY STUDIED OVERSEAS