English Language offers the opportunity to develop your knowledge, understanding and appreciation of language in use and to consider some critical language debates. Together, the creative writing and language investigation components give you the opportunity to develop your particular language specialisms. For example, students interested in journalism might select to write newspaper articles for their coursework, followed by journalism for their investigation.
Students are expected to have at least grade 5 in GCSE English Language or a similar subject.
Learning & Assessment
Modules / Topics
The key topic areas explored include:
- The structure of English
- Regional and global forms of English
- Child language development
- The history of the English Language
- Exploring how aspects of our identity (such as gender identity) are reflected in the language we use
- The key characteristics of different ‘types’ of English (such as instant messaging, journalism, advertising etc)
Learning how to write for an audience and purpose
Trips / Visits / Enrichment
Visits from university lecturers.
Linguistic skills are embedded throughout the course which is 80% written examination assessment and 20% coursework.
Language Variation - written examination 35%
Children’s Language Development – written examination 20%
Investigating Language – written examination 25%
Crafting Language - coursework 20%