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English Language

English Language

Our Subject

Studying for an English Language A-level at Bilborough Sixth Form College will give you a thorough grounding in the ways language is used and described. You will develop your skills in writing in a variety of ways for a range of audiences, through reading, speaking and listening. You will be encouraged to develop your own interests and skills by taking part in writing competitions and events both nationally and locally.  Our previous English Language students have won the prestigious Nigel Pickard prize and the national Poetry by Heart competition.

You need a minimum grade C/4 or above in English Language at GCSE to study English Language at Bilborough.

Our links with HE

A qualification in English Language provides a valuable grounding for an infinite number of academic avenues and career paths.  We have students who continued with their English studies – in forensic linguistics, secondary, primary and early years teaching, journalism and playwriting.  Other students have used their skills in areas that require considered use of language – for example, writing university essays and dissertations or writing publicity material. Whatever your future may hold, having expertise in understanding and using language will be a vital skill.


Course Structure

At Bilborough we study with the WJEC board. From the start of the course, you will explore a variety of texts to examine how writers or speakers use language to convey their ideas, attitudes, opinions and values. You will learn the language concepts and linguistic terms required for a scientifically precise study of language use. The course will also include the study of reading and writing fictional texts. You will produce an extended piece of fictional writing for coursework, accompanied by an analysis of your work. The second piece of coursework will be a self-directed study of public spoken language involving independent research, the transcription of data and the production of a well-organised and detailed report. The examination will test your knowledge through the analysis of unseen non-fiction texts.

To develop your experience and understanding in the second year of the course, you will study a wide range of themes and areas related to language use such as language from the past, language acquisition, language and gender, accent / dialect and language and political power. For your coursework you will collect your own data, analyse your texts and write up your findings and conclusions in a well-organised and detailed report. The second part of the coursework is non-fiction writing, aimed at a specific audience. You will be able to choose your own genre, audience and context and support this with an analysis that demonstrates expertise and creativity in the use of English language. For the final examination you will expand your study of spoken language in a range of contexts and examine the contexts and processes of language in written texts, exploring how and why language changes over time.


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