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English Language A Level at The Bishop Wand Church of England School

Course description

English Language allows students to combine creative writing with critical analysis.

Students access a wide range of topics, critically assessing them through data and texts. English Language allows students to recognise and understand more about the diversity and changes in our language’s 1,000-year-old history.

Course content

Textual Variations and Representations: investigates the differences between written and spoken language, considering new types of communication.

Language development: explores how children learn language, examining many examples of child language data and different theories.

Language Diversity: language variation exploring the effects of geographical, social and personal factors.

Language Discourses: a directed writing task on attitudes to language.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language and English Literature 5/4


Paper 1: 2 hour 30 minutes written examination (40% of A Level)
Paper 2: 2 hour 30 minutes written examination (40% of A Level)
One extended essay of 2,000 words excluding data
One piece of original writing and commentary 1,500 words in total (20% of A Level)

Future opportunities

The course is acceptable to a wide range of humanities/language degree courses.  It is also valuable when considering careers as diverse as journalism, publishing, management, creative and media.

Further information

The Department offers trips to St Mary’s University for Enrichment Days and opportunities for practical engagement when acquiring child language acquisition data.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Bishop Wand Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 21 December 2016

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