5 A*-C GCSEs, including a grade C in English Language GCSE.
You need to be organised, analytical and methodical and to have a good standard of written expression and be able to explain your ideas clearly in your written work.
You should be con dent to share your ideas in a discussion and be willing to explain your thinking.
You must be able to apply new terminology to texts you analyse and use this accurately. You must also be able to work independently, re ecting on advice from your teacher, in order to improve your coursework.
English Language will help you to:
- Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
- Explore data and examples of language in use
- Engage creatively and critically to a variety of texts
- Develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language.
In addition, this subject aims to encourage students to develop their interest in and enjoyment of English as they independently investigate language in use.
What will I study?
You will explore many examples of prose – novels, formal and informal speech, newspapers as well as different readers and audiences. You will do your own original writing and study literary texts including Shakespeare. Group discussion forms a large part of this course, and you will have plenty of scope for your own creative work.
The course includes exploring novels, poems and drama to inspire your own creative writing, the close study of one novel and the study of spoken language.
Why study English Language?
This qualification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.
You will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others.
English Language students develop excellent written and verbal communication skills, the ability to present ideas, analytical and investigative skills and individual study and research skills.
Where will this course lead me?
You could go onto university to study English Language at degree level or another related subject. Skills developed through the study of English language can be relevant for many areas of employment including law, politics, business, advertising, media and teaching.
You can continue to study English Language at university level on courses such as teaching english as an international language, linguistics, socio-linguistics, literature or media studies.
You will take two exams at the end of your second year:
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society – written exam 100 marks (40% of A Level).
Paper 2: Language diversity and change – written exam – 100 marks
(40% of A Level).
You will also complete a non-exam assessment: Language in action – 100 marks (20% of A Level).
Extracurricular activities related to this course
Creative writing, school newspaper and debating.