You will study a range of language topics and learn how to analyse different texts, including conversations generated by modern technology. The course covers thought-provoking topics such as gender, accent and dialect, and occupational English.
You will learn to adapt your writing skills to suit various formats, such as articles, essays and analyses. Analytical skills are essential to further study in all subjects and you will develop these by critically comparing texts.
Core topics on this A level include Language Change and Language Acquisition. Language Change includes the history of English from its beginning around 500 A.D, while Language Acquisition details how children learn to speak, read and write. As part of the Language Acquisition modules, you will look at work from linguists such as Noam Chomsky and B.F. Skinner.
Students with an A level in English Language study a wide range of subjects at university, as the skills developed are transferable. You could go on to study humanities, social science, English, journalism or creative writing.