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English Language A Level at St John Fisher Catholic High School

Course description

AS LEVEL

Paper 1: Language and the Individual
1½ hour exam. 50% of AS level.
Students answer three questions based on two linked texts. Students will be analysing and comparing how language is shaped for purpose, audience, genre, form and context.

Paper 2: Language Varieties
1 ½ hour exam. 50% of AS Level.
Section A – Language Diversity Students complete an essay on language diversity, with a choice of two questions. ‘Language Diversities’ include accent, dialect and also the effect of gender, age, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and occupation on language choice.
Section B – Language Discourse Students complete a directed writing task on attitudes to language.

A LEVEL

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
2 ½ hour exam. 40% of A Level.
Section A – Textual Variations and Representations Students answer three questions based on two linked texts. Students will be analysing and comparing how language is shaped for purpose, audience, genre, form and context.
Section B – Children's Language Development Students complete a discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions. This includes how children learn to speak, read and write.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
2 ½ hour exam. 40% of AS Level.
Section A – Diversity and Change Students choose one question from a choice of two: Either an evaluative essay on language diversity Or an evaluative essay on language change. ‘Language Diversities’ include accent, dialect and also the effect of gender, age, social class, ethnicity, sexuality, disability and occupation on language choice.

Section B – Language Discourses
Students analyse two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change. They analyse how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions. They also complete a directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts.

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action
20% of A Level
Students choose one aspect of language to investigate. They submit a 2000 word investigation and also a piece of original writing based on the topic of their investigation. The original writing must be accompanied by a commentary exploring the language choices the students have made in their own writing.

Entry requirements

Grade B or above in English Language and English Literature or Media Studies at GCSE.

Future opportunities

English Language is viewed as a versatile and valuable course by universities and employers. Common goals for students are Higher Education courses in English, Drama, Arts, Social Sciences, Media and Education. In addition, students also gain the opportunity to go on trips, including a creative writing week with professional writers in Wales.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St John Fisher Catholic High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 July 2015

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