English Language A Level at Colston's Girls' School
Why study English Language?
The course will provide you with an in-depth understanding of how we use language and how this usage differs across age, gender, social groups, contexts and forms. You will develop your knowledge of how texts are constructed, investigate the areas of language study that interest you and create your own texts.
You will need to find your own data, for example, interviewing people, recording and transcribing conversations, reading a variety of magazines, newspapers and work by different authors, looking at websites, adverts, text messages and tweets. You will consider the audience, purpose and form of these texts, explore the differences between speech and writing and discuss and present your ideas on how the writer has crafted a text.
You will also discover theories about language acquisition, development and change. There are many opportunities to take an individual approach to the areas of language that you study, especially at A Level.
Component 1: Language, the Individual and Society (2hr 30mins examination worth 40%)
Section A (Textual Variation and Representations): Three compulsory questions on two texts based on a common theme, one modern and one from a different period.
Section B (Children’s Language Development): A choice of two questions which will include data which is either spoken, written or multimodal.
Component 2: Language Diversity and Change (2hrs 30mins examination worth 40%)
Section A: A choice of two questions drawing on case studies and personal language investigations, weighing up different perspectives.
Section B: Two questions, one on data analysis and one directed writing question (an opinion based article on language change).
Component 3: Investigation (Non-Exam Assessment worth 20%)
Two written pieces: A Language Investigation on a subject of the student’s choice (2000 words) and a piece of original writing on the same topic (750 words).
You must have achieved a B grade in English Language at GCSE.
A Level: Two 2 ½ hour examinations worth 40% and one 2750 word coursework piece worth 20%
AS Level: Two 1 ½ hour examinations worth 50% each
Studying English Language is a particularly good preparation for any career direction that includes the need to communicate clearly in speech or writing and where you will need to demonstrate ability to understand complex texts. The focus on how people use language means this course is well suited to a career where social interaction with others is important - e.g. business management, teaching, speech therapy, or leisure and tourism.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Colston's Girls' School directly.