English Language involves the study of linguistics rather than literature. There is a small amount of creative writing. At the heart of the course is the analysis of written and spoken language texts. There are no set texts. There are four Components ( 3 exams/1 coursework = 80%/20%) to the A-level:
You will be introduced to a range of short textual material - both written and spoken - and develop the skills to analyse these, using linguistic terminology. We aim to provide a varied range of learning activities from watching stand-up comedy to reading extracts from novels. There will be small group work, whole class discussion and individual tasks. You will learn to apply linguistic terms, develop knowledge of phonetics and child language acquisition and practise new skills such as transcribing spoken language into written forms. Classes will involve, in addition to some direct teaching of new linguistic concepts and terms: presentations, listening to and making recordings, quizzes, group and individual research tasks, watching television and film excerpts and, of course, reading texts and analysing them.
Linguistic talk at University of the West of England, Bristol
Guest tutor in creative writing
Small costs for course handbooks/textual resources
English Language at grade 5.
You may study English Literature A-level at the same time but you cannot choose English Language and Literature (the combined course).
You can study English at University but you are only really equipped to do courses that are predominantly language-based, such as Linguistics. If you want to study literature at University, you should take English Literature A-level.
Your writing will either be production work (you write a review of a film, for instance, with a commentary on your own writing) or analysis (you analyse how language is used in an advertisement, for instance). You will do an assignment every two weeks.