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A Level English Language (Linguistics) at Meadowhead

Course description

A Level English Language (Linguistics)

Course content

It is interesting, stimulating and gives you a chance to analyse and understand everyday language and think about how it works. You will study a wide range of texts from spoken transcripts to literary extracts. Part of the course involves analytical skills, looking at technical aspects of language such as grammar and how texts are written. You will also have the opportunity to explore the meaning, context, purpose and intended audience of a range of texts. Other parts of the course allow you to study how language works in everyday life such as learning how children speak, gender differences in language use, regional varieties or how language has changed over time. You will also have the opportunity to develop your own writing skills. 

Entry requirements

Minimum of a GCSE Grade 5 in English and English Literature.

Assessment

How will I be assessed?

 

AS LEVEL

Paper 1:

This is a written exam (1 hour 30 minutes) which is worth 50% of your AS grade.

You will be given two texts, linked by topic or theme.  You will be given 3 tasks:

·         A question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks)

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

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

 

Paper 2:

This is a written exam (1 hour 30 minutes) which is worth 50% of your AS grade.

Section A: Language Diversity

You will be asked to write a discursive essay on language diversity (e.g. gender or dialect), with a choice of two questions (30 marks).

Section B: Language Discourses

A directed writing task on attitudes to language (40 marks)

 

 

A LEVEL

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

This is a written exam (2 hours 30 minutes) which is worth 40% of your A level.

Section A: Textual Variations and Representations

You will be given two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.  You will be given 3 tasks:

·         A question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks)

·         A 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

This is a written exam (2 hours 30 minutes) which is worth 40% of you’re a level.

Section A: Diversity and Change

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

Section B: Language Discourses

You will be given two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change.  You will then be asked to:

·         Answer a question which requires analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions (40 marks)

·         Complete a writing task linked to the same topic and the idea in the texts (30 marks)

 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

This unit is worth 20% of your A level and is assessed by your teachers.  You will produce:

·         A language investigation (2000 words, excluding data)

·         A piece of original writing and accompanying commentary (1500 words)

Future opportunities

Progression

A Level English can be used as part of the entry requirements for any degree course. People who study it often go on to careers in journalism, Law, teaching and business.

Further information

For further information you can talk to Mrs Parker, Mrs Hills, Mr Sheppard or anyone in the English department

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 16 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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