English Language

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  • GCSEs to include at least a Grade 4 in English
  • Minimum Average GCSE Score required for this course: 4
  • Popular course which examines many fascinating aspects of our language
  • Core academic subject which aids career progression and combines well with other courses.

Course summary

“If you haven’t got language, you can’t be conscious.”
Alan Moore

Language is not just a string of words! Studying English Language at Barton Peveril will open your eyes, ears and mind to the many facets of the language; from the sounds of speech to syntactic structure, society’s views on slang to the subtleties of ‘under the surface’ implication. On the course you’ll explore a number of methods for deconstructing written, spoken and multi-modal texts, always in relation to the context in which they were produced, for whom and for what purpose.

You’ll study theoretical approaches to evaluating communication and apply them to a range of genuine texts, each a product of real-world interaction. When producing the coursework folder in your second year you will write both creatively and analytically, exploring a language issue you find personally intriguing.