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A Level English Language at St Anselm's Catholic School

Course description

Course Overview

The new English Language specification will enable students to build on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.  The course is studied over two years with a mix of examination and non examined units. Examinations are taken at the end of the two year course.

 

Assessment

AS Assessments

Paper 1:

Language and the Individual

Textual variations and representations

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes - 70 marks - 50% of AS Questions

Textual Variations and Representations

Two texts, linked by topic or theme.

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)

 

A Level Assessments

Paper 1:

Language, the Individual and Society

Textual variations and representations

Children's language development (0-11 years)

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes - 100 marks - 40% of A-level Questions

Section A - Textual Variations and Representations

Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.

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:

Language Varieties

What's assessed

Language diversity and change

Language discourses

Writing skills

Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes - 100 marks - 40% of A-level Questions Section A - Diversity and Change

One question from a choice of two: Either: an evaluative essay on language diversity (30 marks) Or: an evaluative essay on language change (30 marks)

Section B - Language Discourses

Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change.

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

What's assessed

Language Investigation Original Writing Assessed Word count: 3,500 100 marks 20% of A-level Tasks A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)

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

Future opportunities

Law, Journalism, Teaching (both primary and secondary), Social Work, Librarian, Research, Media

An A Level in English Language is beneficial to many language based degree courses.

Further information

The course is studied over two years with a mix of examination and non examined units. Examinations are taken at the end of the two year course.

 

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How to apply

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Last updated date: 08 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year

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