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English Language (A Level) at Minsthorpe Community College, A Specialist Science College

Course description

With exciting text- and data-based sources of language, the specification introduces the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course.
Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps.
 
The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Course content

Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society
(Exam- 40%)
Students will complete a detailed linguistic analysis of two texts (one contemporary and one older), including a comparison of two texts of different genres, linked by theme. 
 
The second part of the exam requires a discursive essay based on the issue of Child Language Development in spoken and written texts. 
 
Unit 2: Diversity and Change
Exam- 40%
Language Change/ Diversity
Students will complete an evaluative essay on the issue of Language Change or Language Diversity, tracing how language has changed and developed from 1600 to the present day.
 
Language Discourse
Students will complete an analysis of how texts use language to convey ideas, attitudes and opinions. 
 
Students will then complete a writing task, requiring them to adapt their writing to suit a specific purpose and audience. 
 
Unit 3: Language in Action
(Coursework- 20%)

Entry requirements

Min 6 In English Language +  4 other Grade 9-4 or A*-C GCSEs

Assessment

20% Non Exam Assessment (Coursework) and 80% Examination

Future opportunities

The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Further information

Students will be expected to complete regular homework, attend revision sessions and complete additional reading outside of lesson times. 

How to apply

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Last updated date: 02 October 2017
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    • Minsthorpe Community College is a large successful 11-18 college committed to lifelong learning for all its students and community, within a supportive and friendly environment.  We hope that this information will help you make important decisions about your future and that we can offer you the right course for you. The number of Post 16 Students studying at Minsthorpe has risen impressively over recent years, with between 280-300 enrolling on courses between Year 12 and 13 every year.  We believe that at Minsthorpe we can offer a first rate Post 16 education, which will lead students to achievements and qualifications. 

      As part of the Wakefield South East Learning Community (WSELC), Minsthorpe is committed to enhancing the opportunities for all learners in the south east of the district and to that extent, have strong links with Hemsworth Arts and Community College, with whom we offer joint courses.  We have also recently expanded our provision to include courses delivered at our brand new Wakefield South East Training and Enterprise Centre.  This is a new building including state of the art facilities in Beauty and Construction to name but two. 

      We have a wide range of academic and vocational courses on offer all with good success rates.  Students enrol on either a two year 'level 3' programme or a one year level 1 or 2 programmes.  Many of our level 2 students then re-enrol on a level 3 programme.  At level 3, we offer AS/A2 levels, BTEC Diplomas (equivalent to 1 or 3 'A' Levels) and NVQ's. At level 2, we offer BTEC First Diplomas, NVQ's, and GCSE resits in Maths and English. Some subjects will be familiar to students whilst others offer the opportunity to embark on a completely new field of study.  Familiar staff who have already guided and pushed students through GCSEs are the course leaders for Post 16 subjects.