The course places an emphasis on analysing the social, cultural and creative factors related to the English Language. You will learn to analyse spoken and written language and the language of occupational and other social groups. You will begin to develop an understanding of how power and gender influences the language choices we all use in our day to day lives.
At A2, you will develop your language analysis skills further, applying these skills to the study of Child Language Acquisition, Language in the Media and Language Change over Time. You will conduct a written investigation into language and produce an academic poster based on the topics learned in class, further developing your ability to analyse language.
Exploring language - both will assess your ability to analyse spoken and written language.
- Section A: Understanding language features in context.
- Section B: Comparing and contrasting texts.
- Section A: Writing about a topical language issue – students will produce a piece of original writing for a real-world purpose on a topical language issue (gender/power based).
- Section B: Exploring language in context – an analysis of how issues relating to language and gender or language and power influence texts.
- Language under the microscope, writing about a topical language issue, and comparing and contrasting texts.
- Assessment will be through the linguistic analysis of authentic texts and original writing on a topical language issue.
Dimensions of linguistic variation - this unit will be assessed by an examination on the following three topics:
- Child language acquisition
- Language in the media
- Language change.
Average number of hours per week
Day and time of study will be confirmed before the start of your course.
Teaching & assessment
You will be taught by lecturers who are specialists in their subjects. Teaching is classroom based and involves group work and individual work. Independent study is essential outside of the classroom and frequent homework will be given. You will sit monthly in-class assessment for which you will receive extensive feedback, as well as other assessments throughout the academic year, which will help you track your progress.
You will be assessed through analysis of how children acquire language, how language is constructed and used in the media, and how language changes and develops over time.
Coursework in year 2 will be worth 20% of the marks from final year. Terminal exams will be in May/June.
Independent language research - Coursework (20% of total marks):
The coursework is an internally assessed and externally moderated component of independent research into an area of language study which is of particular interest to the student. You will be required to produce a research essay of 2000-2500 words on a language topic of their choosing. You will also be required to complete an academic poster giving an overview of the research completed by the student.
Maths and English
Maths and English skills are essential for the workplace and university.
Work placements are an important part of the programme and all learners will be given assistance in finding a suitable position.
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You will be invited in for a tour of the College, and a one-to-one interview with one of our lecturers. A conditional offer may then be made subject to you meeting the entry criteria.
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You will hold a minimum of 5 GCSEs at 9 to 4 (A* to C) which must include maths and English, with English Language ideally at grade 5.