Varndean College

English Language

Varndean College
In Brighton

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Important information

Typology A Level
Location Brighton
Duration 2 Years
Start Different dates available
  • A Level
  • Brighton
  • Duration:
    2 Years
  • Start:
    Different dates available

During the course, you will have the opportunity to produce a variety of creative writing coursework from short stories, to monologues, reviews and memoir, worth 20% of the final grade. In the second year of the course, you also collect your own data to undertake an Investigation unit, based on a specific linguistic area.

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Surrenden Road, BN1 6WQ, East Sussex, England
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Starts Different dates available
Surrenden Road, BN1 6WQ, East Sussex, England
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To take into account

· What are the objectives of this course?

Written competence and accuracy; speaking and communication skills; the ability to structure and organise arguments; widened vocabulary; improved use and grasp of grammar; analysis of texts; drafting and editing; IT skills.

· Who is it intended for?

English Language students go on to take a variety of degree courses, including English Language and Linguistics, Journalism, Education and Creative Writing. This subject can lead to journalism, PR, teaching, law, speech therapy and any other career where the ability to communicate and use language effectively is valued.

· Requirements

A Grade 5 in English Language GCSE.

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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
English Conversation
English study
English language study

Course programme

If you are interested in the English language itself – how we use language for different purposes, how speech differs from writing, and whether gender makes a difference to language-use, then this will be the right course for you. Using a variety of spoken, written multi-modal forms, you will explore the ways in which language-use is adapted according to different contexts and analyse how a range of writers and speakers use English for their own specific purposes. From adverts, to social media exchanges to articles, we focus on how and why language cannot be separated from the society in which we live.

You will also explore a diverse range of topics, including how we shape our identities according to gender, dialect, ethnicity/diversity & power, occupation and class, while developing the skills of analysis, grammar and writing. Students also learn about how the English language has evolved over the last 450 years and the ways in which children acquire speech and literacy.

Additional information

Our popular Creative Writing enrichment class meets weekly and has produced prize-winning and published writers. It is open to anyone interested in creative work. Course trips have involved taster days at local universities and visits to the British Library and Dr Johnson’s house for language change.

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