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English Language A Level at Parkstone Grammar School

Course description

During lessons students are involved in developing and using methods of language analysis to study a wide variety of texts in written, spoken and electronic modes. They participate in workshop activities to explore how language is used to construct meaning and
representations and to develop relationships with others. They produce creative pieces in a variety of different forms to communicate their ideas about language issues and debates, as well as writing academic essays. Students also learn through participating in discussions and debates, independent research and making presentations, with a varying emphasis on class, individual, pair and group work. A variety of resources are used to stimulate and enhance learning. Students are provided with various resources and support materials as required, but are also expected to find their own examples of a wide range of real data for investigation and analysis, such as recipes, media texts, letters, pamphlets, blogs, websites and so forth. They need to provide themselves with a robust A4 ‘lever arch’ folder, paper, plastic wallets and file dividers to keep their notes well organised. They will need to be particularly aware of which assessment objectives are targeted in the different parts of the course. Homework assignments will include reading, preparing notes (sometimes in chart or display format), preparing presentations, writing essays and other genres of writing Non Examination Assessment requires independent study and research with guidance from the teacher. Work is assessed according to the examination board’s criteria and marking guidelines. Students are provided with detailed information about specific Assessment Objectives targeted for each component of the examinations, with related grade descriptors and criteria. This is used to support assignment setting, planning and feedback for individual improvement and development, enabling students to take greater responsibility for their learning

Course content

Section A - Textual Variations and Representations (70 marks)
Students apply concepts of language study and methods of language analysis to linked texts from different time periods. There
are three questions:
A question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks)
A question requiring analysis of a further text (25 marks)
A question requiring comparison of the two texts (20 marks)
Section B - Children’s Language development (30 marks)
Students will study children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
one discursive essay question based on data provided. (30 marks)


Paper 1 – Language, The Individual and Society - 2 hours 30 mins -100 marks (40% of A Level)
Paper 2 - Language Diversity and Change - 2 hours 30 mins - 100 marks (40% of A Level)
Students carry out an independent research project investigating language use in an area of their own choice, and develop and reflect on their own original writing expertise.
There are two separate parts to the coursework:
a language investigation (2,000 words, excluding data)
a piece of original writing based on one of the following: the power of persuasion, the power of story telling or the power of information, and an accompanying commentary (750 words each)



How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Parkstone Grammar School directly.

Last updated date: 29 September 2016
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    • We are a heavily oversubscribed 11-18 selective girls’ school offering outstanding education to the girls of Poole and its surrounding area. Founded in 1905 Parkstone has continued to provide excellent academic results within a warm, friendly and vibrant community. We are a six form entry school with 1250 students including 370 in the sixth form.

      Girls at Parkstone are not only encouraged to succeed academically, but to enjoy the wide range of musical, theatrical, sporting, speaking and charitable opportunities.