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English Language A level at Edgbarrow School

Course description

This course is a natural progression from English Language GCSE.  The course allows students to continue to develop their interest in English through learning about the structure of English, its varieties, different functions and through their analysis of different types of, largely, nonfiction writing.  Students will write for different audiences and purposes.

Course content

A wide range of skills are developed including research skills using books, magazines, the internet  and primary research  Independent learning is an essential part of this course .   Students are expected to give presentations as part of the course and to write analyses of texts.  Students need to be capable writers and to enjoy exploring the nuances of language.

Component 1 – Language, the Individual and Society  Assessed by examination: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; 100 marks; 40% of A-level

•         Textual Variations and Representations

•         Children’s Language Development

Component 2 – Language Diversity and Change  Assessed by examination: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes; 100 marks;  40% of A-level

•         Language Diversity and Change

•         Language Discourses

Component 3 – Language in Action  Assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA Coursework assessment:   Word count: 3,500;  100 marks; 20% of A-level

•         Writing skills

•         Language Investigation  (2,000 words excluding data)

•         a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

This is a two year course


Entry requirements

Students must gain at least a B in GCSE English and at least a C in English Literature.

Future opportunities

Advanced Level English Language is widely accepted as an entry qualification to university. Students can follow a wide range of career opportunities after their studies such as journalism, the media, law, politics and teaching.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Edgbarrow School directly.

Last updated date: 07 October 2016

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