Why study English Language?

English language is all around us, always changing, never static and incredibly powerful. It can be used to bring communities together, it can be used to incite violence, and it can be used to paint striking images.

This course will enable you to understand where the English language has come from, how it has changed over time, how we learn it and how it is used. It will also give you the tools needed to become a skilled writer and allow you to use language to persuade, inform, instruct and entertain – skills necessary for whichever career path students decide to take.

To be successful you will have a genuine interest in language, a spirit of adventure and inquiry, and show a real keenness for learning something new.

What will I study?

With exciting text and data-based sources of language, the course introduces the study of
English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of communication.

Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, A Level English language allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps.

There are a variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, which enables students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Future pathways and careers

  • Media
  • Journalism
  • Law
  • Academia
  • Literature

Entry requirements

GCSE grade 5 in English language.

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