Please see our Entry Requirements page for general entry requirement guidance. Students should have achieved at least a grade 5 in English Language.
What will I study?
We follow the AQA English Language specification which builds on GCSE. The content and approach examine new, more varied aspects of the subject.
Students will explore methods of language analysis using a range of texts, learn to identify language features in written and spoken text and explore various types of language, considering audience, purpose, genre for different social groups and language from different regions.
Students learn to analyse language on varied topics from various contexts. They also explore how children acquire language and study how language changes over time according to region and context, and attitudes to this change. Students also develop their own academic and analytical writing skills.
Language in Action
A non-examined assessment involving a 2,000 word investigation into an aspect of language which interests the student personally and a piece of creative writing with commentary, totalling 1,500 words.
Good course combinations
This course combines well with most A Levels, particularly Modern Languages, Sociology, Religious Studies, Politics, Psychology and History.
What could it lead to?
Degree level study in areas such as English, journalism, creative and media industries, public relations, museum work, civil service, law etc. It leads into linguistics degrees and is popular among students who are planning to become primary teachers. Past students have gone on to study English at Oxford, Cambridge, Birmingham, Manchester and other top universities.
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