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English Language at Oaklands Catholic School

Course description

The study of English Language aims to:

  • Explore the links between language and context
  • Promote sophisticated communication skills
  • Develop advanced analytical skills
  • Allow students to develop their own areas of interest throughout the course.

Course content

The course is designed to develop students as independent, critical thinkers. Content is delivered through a variety of different teaching and learning styles which will involve: seminars, group work, class discussion and independent research.

Students will need to keep their own portfolio of texts and will be expected to conduct wider reading and research.

AS
Paper 1 - Language and the Individual

  • Introduction to language study: using a range of methods to explore  and analyse textual variety and how language is used to create meanings.

Paper 2 - Language Varieties

  • Language diversity: language in its wider social and geographical contexts.
  • Writing skills: writing discursively about issues around language.

A Level

Paper 1 - Language, the Individual and Society

  • Textual varieties and representations: how language is used to create meanings in a variety of texts.
  • Writing skills: writing discursively on children’s language development.

Paper 2 - Language Diversity and Change

  • Diversity and change: an evaluative response to how language diversity has led to changes in language.
  • Language discourses: analysing how texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions; and a directed writing

Non-exam Assessment - Language in Action

  • An academic investigation into language use (2000 words).

Entry requirements

  • A minimum of 5 A*-C grades at GCSE including a B or above in English Language or Literature

Assessment

AS Level

Paper 1 - Language and the Individual
50% AS, 1 hour 30 minutes exam

Paper 2 - Language Varieties
50% of AS, 1 hour 30 minutes exam

A Level

Paper 1 - Language, the Individual and Society
40% of A Level; 2 hour and 30 minutes exam

Paper 2 - Language Diversity and Change
40% of A Level; 2 hour and 30 minutes exam

Non-exam Assessment - Language in Action

20% of A Level; 3500 word coursework

Future opportunities

English Language is a stimulating subject which is directly relevant to life today. It is a recognised advanced level subject for entry into University and Higher Education.

English is relevant to any student who wishes to demonstrate advanced communication and analytical skills. Students wishing to pursue careers in education, journalism and media will find it particularly useful.

Further information

English Language may be taken with any other subject. It has strong links with Psychology, Sociology and Media and complements English Literature.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 21 March 2016

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