English Language
ENGLISH LANGUAGE
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English Language A-Level

A challenging course that exposes students to the exciting world of language and the ways in which it forms our society, our culture and our identities. It also explores the development of children's oral and written language aquisition.

In this exciting and challenging two-year course, students develop an in-depth understanding of the science of the English language, the ways in which the English Language is used in a variety of different forms, and how individuals present themselves through language.

WHAT WILL YOU STUDY?

In Year 6 you will study:

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society

Non-exam assessment: Language in action

In Year 7 you will study:

Paper 2: Language diversity and change

Non-exam assessment: Language in action

ABOUT THE EXTERNAL EXAMINATION

At the end of year 7 you will take 2 exams. Paper 1 is worth 40% of the total A-Level qualification. The exam for paper 1 will cover Language, The Individual and Society which explores textual variety and how to analyze texts via concepts such as audience, purpose, genre, representation and mode. It also explores how children learn language – both understanding and self-expression.

Paper 2 is worth 40% of the total A-Level qualification. The exam for paper 2 covers Language Diversity and Change which looks at language diversity and change over time. Language is explored in social, geographical and time-related contexts (from 1600 to the present day).

For coursework there will be a language investigation as part of the non-exam assessment: Language in Action. This is worth 20% of the total A-Level qualification.

WHAT CAN ENGLISH OFFER ME?

The English Language A-Level is designed to enhance students’ linguistic skills and to develop an appreciation of the English Language and its role in both personal and professional communication. The course encourages analytical and critical thinking skills, scientific methods of investigation and linguistic creativity. All these skills are transferrable to a variety of disciplines, including science, business, humanities and law.

ASSESSMENT

Assessment is varied to provide opportunity for students to maximize their performance based on their strengths and to encourage students to develop a range of skills:

  • 2 tests per semester
  • Essays (classwork / homework)
  • Research topics and creative projects
  • In-class presentations on selected topics

MAIN DIFFERENCE TO THE GCSE

At A-Level students apply the analytical, critical thinking and written skills acquired at GCSE and take them to a level that equips them for the rigors of university demands. The science of the English Language and the theories that are related to it are also studied. A higher emphasis is placed on the importance of autonomous learning through research and investigation.

SKILLS GAINED

  • An ability to analyse and evaluate the underlying meanings of language
  • To produce language for different purposes, spoken and written
  • To conduct individual research and present findings
  • To be able to use English confidently and competently in both personal and work environment

CAREER OPPORTUNITIES

A highly regarded qualification which is useful in any field e.g. Education, Sociology, Business, Law, Psychology, Journalism, Forensics, Speech Therapy, Politics, Media and the Arts. It links to scientific theories, scientific investigation and the research equips students for careers in the sciences as well as preparing them for the world of business. There are no limits as it is a flexible qualification to have and a valuable asset in today’s world.

For further advice, please see Mrs. C. Mosfiliotis, Head of the English Faculty

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