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English Language A Level at Ursuline High School

Course description

This course covers language variation: how 21st century language varies according to identity and use, and how language has changed over time from 1550 to the present day. Students study how children between the ages of 0 and 8 learn to speak and write. Later in the course they submit a creative writing folder choosing between fiction or journalism genres, together with a reflective commentary. Finally they select a specialist language topic such as English dialects or language and power, and conduct their own linguistic investigation in preparation for examination.

Course content

- Extend GCSE skills, comparing how writers convey identity considering different genres, purposes and audiences

- Learn specific linguistic terminology to identify, label, sort and analyse language

- Link to History, Geography and foreign languages by understanding how English has developed over time

- Cross-over with Psychology and Sociology in the research, data gathering and experimental nature of a real language investigation, as well as the psycho-social reasons for using specific types of language. • Develop their own creative writing.


Three examinations on:
Language Variation – 2 hour 15 mins examination (35%);

Child Language – 1 hour (20%); Investigating Language (pre-release) 1 hour 45 mins (25%).

A ‘Crafting Language’ coursework folder is also submitted consisting of two pieces of original writing plus an analytical, reflective commentary (20%).

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ursuline High School directly.

Last updated date: 30 March 2017
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