English Language is the study of the spoken and written word and how writers use language to fulfil purposes, target specific audiences, reveal attitudes and evoke emotions. The course is highly technical and we will equip you with the tools and vocabulary to deconstruct texts in detail, looking specifically at how words and grammatical structures can affect meaning. The course is also highly creative and allows you to develop your original writing skills, providing the opportunity for you to write both literary and non-literary pieces.
We look at a variety of text types such as narrative, travel writing, advice writing, reviews, television and radio interviews, as well as entertainment programmes. You will analyse both written and spoken language, as well as being able to create your own examples.
The focus of study then looks at the social, cultural and historical impact of language. You will study topics such as gender, powerful and political language, the significance of Standard English, as well as child language development. You will also look at how the English language has developed and changed from the past and how it continued to develop in the 21st Century.
English Language is extremely complementary to many subjects and can lead to a variety of degrees and careers. There are specialised English Language and Linguistic courses which can lead to a career in speech therapy, publishing and specialist roles like dictionary building. Many students who study English Language go on to do journalism, marketing, PR, human resources, advertising and teaching.
At least two 5s and three 4s at GCSE, including at least a 4 in GCSE English Language.
If you are considering studying English in the broad sense at university, we encourage students to take both English Language and English Literature as two separate subjects. History, Sociology, Media Studies and Modern Foreign Languages.
26% of students go on to study English or related courses e.g. Journalism at university.