This AS course introduces students to the field of linguistics and is quite different to GCSE English, although it does build on some familiar concepts. Alongside analytical work on written, spoken and electronic language use, we also study how children learn to use language and how language is used in society to create and maintain attitudes and stereotypes. We do all this by closely examining the grammatical structures and the way they produce meaning in language.
At A2 level, students also engage with how language changes over time, studying texts from the 1600s to today. We also explore how language varies, considering accent, dialect and the effect gender, age and other social aspects have on the language an individual uses.
At both AS and A2 level, the coursework components allow students to investigate areas of language that interest them, and to write about these issues for a range of audiences. Successful English Language students have strong writing skills, enjoy discussion and are interested in how language is used. They read and appreciate a range of texts and are curious about human nature.
We particularly recommend that students wishing to take English Language also consider English Literature, especially if a degree in English or Creative Writing is a possibility. Other subjects that link particularly well with this course include Modern Languages, Psychology and Sociology. Studying English Language alongside Biology is the recommended programme for anyone considering Speech Therapy as a career.
English Language is considered a strong basis for progressing into many careers or university courses. Students with this qualification are valued for their analytical and communication skills. The study of children’s literacy at AS is directly relevant to those interested in Primary teaching.