AS / A2 English Language
English Language can be studied either as a one year AS course or a full, 2 year, linear course. Language is one of the most powerful tools you could ever hope to possess. If you decide to study English Language you will embark upon the study of linguistics that will empower you and enable you to become a speaker and writer of language beyond compare.
Your course will begin with a venture into the world of linguistic methods – here you will uncover the mysteries of topics such as pragmatics; phonology; lexis; semantics; discourse; grammar & graphology. These magnificent methods will help you to uncover the intricacies of language choices that speakers and writers make.
Once you have mastered these tools of analysis you will be able to deconstruct almost any text and savour the excitement of implicature and syntactical ambiguity that writers and orators employ; skills that you can use in your working life, in your speech and most importantly in your written communication.
There will be two exams at the end of the first year, both 1 ½ hours long and weighted at 50% each.
There will be two terminal exams at the end of the two year Advanced level course, both 2½ hours long and weighted 40% each. You will complete a coursework folder weighted 20% of the total course.
English Language opens up a wealth of university options to students. Last year’s students went on to study a range of single, double or vocational degrees. Students such as Kieran (Newcastle University: English Language); Louise (York St John: Primary Education); Amy (Sunderland: Broadcast & Sports Journalism); Sophie (Northumbria: English and History) and many more that we are so proud of.
Students have gone onto a diverse range of careers after graduation: Eve now works at Tilly, Baily and Irvine solicitors, Beth for the RSPCA, Jess as a teacher here at the college, Rebecca as a primary school teacher, Sophie as an HR assistant for Smiths, and Sara as a freelance journalist and weather reporter for Radio Tees.