English Language is an academic course with more than a few surprises. It is not a more advanced course of GCSE English, but a study and exploration of language itself. In English Language we focus on language as a living thing, a constantly evolving process that provides a unique and insightful view of people and society. Students who take the course won’t take things for granted – we aim to analyse the building blocks of language and investigate the situations that influence how we use it. The range of language that we study is immense because we focus on speech just as much as writing – everything from text messages and conversations in the street to written legal documents and how Gordon Ramsay controls his kitchen.
This is a rewarding course and will appeal to thoughtful and perceptive individuals looking for a new challenge. It is compatible with practically any other course, scientific or artistic. It is well regarded by universities, and because the course has both practical and analytical content, it is suited to a wide range of careers – journalist, writer, teacher, barrister to name but a few.
Across the course students will learn new methods for language analysis. Students will study a range of texts with a wide variety of influences such as those from different times, places or in different modes. The course will also explore the ways children acquire and develop language skills as well as the way language has changed over time and varies by region, ethnicity, gender and age. Coursework takes the form of an independent investigation in to a particular aspect of language of the student’s choice. Students will also create a piece of original writing and write a commentary on the creative process as part of their coursework.
Where will it lead to?
The course is especially suited to journalists and people with an interest in the media, those working in law or politics and teachers. The nature of the course means that it is practically suited to almost any kind of career.