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English Language A Level at Ponteland Community High School

Course description


Are you interested in the way people use their language?

Do you find it fascinating how language can vary from person to person, region to region, occupation to occupation?

Do you wonder where English came from and what causes the language to change in different ways?

Have you ever considered how you actually learned English?

Do you enjoy producing your own creative writing?

Course content

Component 1 – Exploring Language

Section A – Understanding Language Features in Context Examination of the effect of lexical and grammatical features in a short sample of written text. Learners study a range of texts and genres, exploring how and why particular features have been used in the construction of the text.

Section B – Comparing and Contrasting Texts Exploration of the linguistic connections and comparisons between different modes of texts, for example in spoken and written texts, spontaneous and crafted speech or different forms of spoken English, which may include British regional dialects.

Component 2 – Exploring Contexts

Section A - Writing about a topical language issue Candidates produce a text for real - world purpose, form and audience on an is sue or concept related to language in use. Possible topics include the influence of social media on the English Language, evidence of gender bias in the English Language

Section B - Exploring Language in Context Learners will study the two topics of Language and Gender and Language and Power. They will choose which topic to write about in the exam in response to an unseen text.

Issues include: Are there differences in how males and females speak? Do they speak about different topics? Is the English Language reflective of a male dominated society? How is gender represented in magazines/books? What makes a powerful speaker or writer? How do politicians/advertisers use language to persuade?

In the second year learners will study for the full A Level which will include all of the AS content plus the topics of Language Change since 1600 and Child Language Acquisition. In addition learners will complete a piece of Independent Language Research in the form of written coursework which accounts for 20% of the final grade.

Entry requirements

5 A* - C GCSEs including C in English Language AND Literature


AS is assessed by examination.

A Level is assessed through examination and submission of coursework.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ponteland Community High School directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016

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