You will develop your understanding of concepts and methods. From the structure of language to grammar, across spoken language as well as language over time. You will work critically and creatively enabling you to read a wide range of texts, inform and improve your writing effectively and coherently, and allowing you to understand grammatical terminology and linguistic conventions.

Modules include Spoken Language of the Media, Written Language, Investigating Data, and Critical and Creative Thinking.

Spoken Language of the Media

This component is focused on spoken language and its use across a range of contemporary media, such as television, film, radio and the internet. You will learn a wide variety of levels for analysis and associated terminology, dealing with real-life data from a range of contexts. It is designed to introduce you to the ways in which speakers use language and interact with receivers.

Written Language

This component is based much more on the study of written language at GCSE; you will explore texts from any written genre, from newspapers to blogs, short stories to flyers. The component encourages learners to demonstrate their knowledge and understanding of language in any genre, giving you the opportunity to apply your analytical and creative skills.

Investigating Data

This component is an exciting new addition to the course; you will collect and be presented with ‘data’ from a variety of sources, from a selection of 10 newspaper headlines to mini-transcripts of voicemail messages. The component is based on the study of a corpus of data, designed to encourage you to use your knowledge of the language levels to explore language in use. There will be a number of mini-texts linked by genre and/or topic, in either spoken, written or mixed modes.

Critical and Creative Writing

This is another new and exciting addition to your first year of Language study; you will produce one original piece of writing and a commentary in exam conditions. It is designed to give you the opportunity to demonstrate your creativity and expertise in the use of English in any written genre; you will spend a whole half term practising your creative skills to set criteria.

for 2018/19 entry

  • Modern, specialist language rooms
  • Trips to China, France and Spain
  • Theatre visits including The Crucible and foreign language cinema
  • Visiting speakers from universities, including renowned linguists, writers and former students
  • Only college outside London to work with Arts Emergency - a charity providing students with access to Arts and Humanities professionals
  • Enrichment including Creative Writing, Japanese Language and Culture, Italian
  • University visits to Manchester and Huddersfield
  • Support and extension classes
  • External examiners are part of the team who pass on their expertise

Course Key Details

Course Type : A-Level
Exam Board : EDUQAS
Pass Rate : 100%
Assessment : 80% exam 20% non examined assessment

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