English Language is an exciting, dynamic and contemporary subject to study at A Level, alongside other arts subjects, or as a contrast to a different mix of disciplines. Alongside some detailed work on the mechanics of language, involving development of a detailed linguistic skill set, students will study current and historical texts, evaluating how meaning is created and why people make specific choices when communicating.
At AS, English Language focuses on personal and immediate language contexts; the subject involves the study of grammar, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, lexis and graphology; students will also have the opportunity to investigate how children go through the initial phases of child language acquisition and how children develop writing skills. The course aims to develop a student’s technical understanding of English language texts. At A2, language is placed in its wider social, historical and global contexts and independent study is required; students will be required to study the history of the English language and how age, gender, class, geography and ethnicity can influence language.
- Studying English Literature in the Sixth Form at Hampshire Collegiate School will be a challenging and rewarding experience, an opportunity to encounter language and communication in its highest form.
- It will link the thrill of close textual analysis with the freedom of small group discussion. We will study carefully selected texts in detail, we will suggest wider reading and we will encourage meticulous research.
- ·Above all, we aim to foster an enthusiastic, original and academic approach to the subject, building on skills used at GCSE and providing a foundation for university study.
As a grounding in a traditional discipline, English Literature is a useful foil for creative subjects, humanities, languages, even Maths and sciences. It also offers a perfect opportunity for academic study of the performing arts.
An A Level in English Literature will equip you for a variety of different careers. The most obvious paths open to you will involve speaking and writing: journalism, the media, teaching, public relations, law, politics, advertising and the civil service. More broadly, an enthusiasm for literature, added to an understanding of communication and human behaviour will be invaluable, whichever path you choose to follow.
For full English Literature course specification visit: http://www.wjec.co.uk/index.php?subject=53&level=21