Accessibility links

English Language AS & A Level at Outwood Academy Newbold

Course description

Language is constantly changing and evolving which makes it an interesting focus for study. In particular the wider contextual aspects that have led to these changes. This course will challenge you to question the foundations of English Language and the acquisition of language. This course is not heavily essay based, but will allow you to develop the skills that you may require for further study beyond A-Level.

Entry requirements

C grade at English Language and English Literature.

English Language A-Level is perfect for those students who have an interest in our language and enjoy communication in an oral and written form.

This subject particularly complements other courses such as History, Performance Studies, Psychology and Sociology as they all focus on how and why language is used in different contexts. However, it is actually an incredibly versatile course as, through its emphasis on analysing how and why specialist texts have been written, along with considering their purpose and audience, it combines well with most other courses.

Assessment

AS Level
Textual variations and representaions, language diversity and writing skills

Assessments

  • Paper 1: Language and the individual
    What’s assessed: Textual variations and representaions, and methods of language analysis
    Assessed: 50% of AS written exam: 1½ hours
  • Paper 2: Language Varieties
    What’s assessed: Language diversity, writing skills, and methods of language analysis
    Assessed: 50% of AS written exam: 1½ hours

A Level

Assessments

  • Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
    What’s assessed: Textual variations and representaions, children’s language development (0-11 years), and method of language analysis
    Assessed: 40% of A-Level written exam: 2½ hours
  • Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
    What’s assessed: Language diversity and change, language discourses, writing skills and methods of language analysis
    Assessed: 40% of A-Level written exam: 2½ hours
  • Non-exam assessment: Language in action What’s assessed: Language investigation, original writing and methods of language analysis
    Assessed : 20% of A-Level word count 3,500 Tasks Students produce: a large investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
    A piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Future opportunities

As well as leading to further, degree-level study, success in English Language demonstrates skills of accurate, subtle and sophisticated communication skills. These skills are in demand by employers in almost any field where effective communication is required.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Outwood Academy Newbold directly.

Last updated date: 11 October 2016
Provider logo

Key information

Venues