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English Language AS/A2 at Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School

Course description

This course has been developed to include relevant, engaging and up-to-date content that reflects contemporary language study. You will be introduced to 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.

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

AS course content

Paper 1: Language and the individual (50% of AS/70 marks)

Textual variations and representations Assessed by a written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes Two texts, linked by topic or theme. One question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks) A further question requiring analysis of a second text (25 marks) A question requiring comparison of the two texts (20 marks)

Paper 2: Language varieties (50% of AS/70 marks)

Language diversity and writing skills Assessed by a written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes Section A – A discursive essay on language diversity, with a choice of two questions (30 marks) Section B – A directed writing task on attitudes to language (40 marks)

A level course content

Non-exam assessment: Language in action (20% of A-level/ 100 marks)

Students produce 2 pieces of coursework which are assessed by teachers and moderated by AQA A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) A piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total )

Entry requirements

Grade B in both English Language and English Literature is recommended

Assessment

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society (40% of A-level/100 marks)

Textual variations and representations

Assessed by a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A – Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.

One question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks)

A further question requiring analysis of a second text (25 marks)

A question requiring comparison of the two texts (20 marks)

Section B – Children's language development

A discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language (30 marks)  

Paper 2: Language diversity and change (40% of A-level/100 marks)

Language diversity and change and writing skills

Assessed by a written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A – Diversity and change

One question from a choice of two: either: an evaluative essay on language diversity (30 marks) or an evaluative essay on language change (30 marks)

Section B – Language discourses

Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change.

One question requiring analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions (40 marks)

A directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts (30 marks)

Future opportunities

All jobs are to do with communications and relationships. Analysing detail and organising ideas are crucial skills in many areas of work.

The study of English is recognised as not only furnishing students with skills in communication, interpretation and debate, it also provides a springboard into a wide range of university and career choices, including teaching, journalism, advertising and the public sector.

Further information

The course is a traditional style A level, as favoured by many high tariff universities. It focuses on the underlying theory behind the English language.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Caludon Castle Business Enterprise School directly.

Last updated date: 08 February 2016
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