English Language

English Language

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An introduction to English Language
A Level English Language FAQs

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.

To study English Language at Bilborough you need a grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature, and a grade 4 in GCSE Maths.

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, playwriting and may other related areas. 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 for a two year course with final external examinations at the end of the second year. 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.

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 under the general topic of ‘Language and Identity’ analyse your texts and write up your findings and conclusions in a well-organised and detailed report. For the final examination you will expand your study of spoken language in a range of contexts, discuss language issues using your own ideas and examples, examine the contexts and processes of language in written texts, exploring how and why language changes over time and produce your own writing followed by an analysis of your creative choices.


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