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English Language A Level at Tytherington School

Course description

‘In the beginning was the word….’ Language is central to our lives both individually and socially, politically and globally. The ability to use language at a sophisticated level - whether it be speaking, reading or writing - is a highly desirable skill.

The English Language course offers students the opportunity to:
- explore and develop their own writing skills
- study the history of the English language
- investigate the diversity of the English Language, and
- find out how children learn to speak, read and write

Students must be keen to write and read - and to discuss spoken and written language in its many forms. English Language complements many AS/A2 courses and greatly assists students who will be writing essays, preparing presentations or engaging in close analysis in their other subject choices.

Course content

AS Level
Paper 1: Language and the individual This paper involves analysing and comparing different texts; students will be introduced to the skills of language analysis using linguistic frameworks

Paper 2: Language varieties This unit of work involves studying the diversity of language and looking at the language used by different social groups. It also includes the study of national and regional varieties of English.

A Level
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
This paper involves analysing and comparing two different texts from different time periods; students will be introduced to the skills of language analysis using linguistic frameworks. It also focuses on children’s language development in terms of spoken English and acquiring literacy skills.

Paper 2: Language, diversity and change
This unit of work involves studying the diversity of language and looking at the language used by different social groups. Language change involves the study of changes in the English Language from 1600 to the present day.

Non-exam assessment: Language in action
Students produce a language investigation and a piece of original writing with a commentary.

Entry requirements

Grade C at GCSE English. B Grade preferred.

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1: Language and the individual
1 hour 30 minutes exam
50% of AS level

Paper 2: Language varieties
1 hour 30 minutes exam
0% of AS level

A Level
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
2 hours 30 minutes exam
40% of A Level

Paper 2: Language, diversity and change
2 hours 30 minutes exam
40% of A Level

Non-exam assessment: Language in action
3,500 words
20% of A Level

Future opportunities

English Language will equip you with high level communication skills, an ability to analyse oral and written texts closely, and the experience of writing competently for a wide range of audiences and purposes. English Language students frequently go on to pursue careers in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, marketing, and the creative industries.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 29 June 2015

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