When you stop to think about it, using the English language is one of the most complex things you will ever master, and yet you had probably got to grips with it before you had even set foot inside a school. So, why study it further at college? Well, language is integral to practically every aspect of human life. You might explore the dramatic historical events that led to the modern English you use today, or relive the process of child language acquisition. You could engage with the politically-charged problems of racism, sexism and other controversies, or tune in to and map out the rich variety of regional and socialdialects around you. Or you could plot the ever-changing path of current and future language use as English finds its place in the 21st century. Whatever path you take, this course will reward you with a deeper awareness of yourself and your place within the English-speaking world.
Taking A level English language will provide you with a technical understanding of linguistics: the way words, sounds, meanings and structure are interwoven to make the texts you see and hear each day. You will develop your analytical and discursive essay writing, enhance your ability to write originally and to appreciate the craft of the writer, and learn how to engage meaningfully with research and debate. English language is highly regarded by universities for a variety of undergraduate courses across the Humanities, including Modern Foreign Languages, as well as Business and Law, and Social and Human Science degrees.
Grade C or above either in GCSE English Language and GCSE English Literature or in GCSE English.
Grade C or above in a Modern Foreign Language or a Classical Language would be useful, but is not essential.