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English Language AS/A2 (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

Key skills developed through studying English Language. These specifications provide opportunities for developing and generating evidence for assessing the following key skills: - Communication, IT, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

Course content

The A level specifications cover knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

Year 1 - Skills to be covered:

  • Language methods
  • Language meanings and representations (spoken, written and multimodal texts)
  • Language Varieties (sociolects and dialects)
  • Directed Writing (on attitudes to language, e.g. write an opinion article)

 

Year 2-further skills to be covered for full A level:

  • Investigation
  • Original Writing and Commentary
  • Language Change (from 1600)
  • Ethnicity
  • International varieties of English
  • Child Language Acquisition

Language methods to assist with the systematic study and alalysis of language include: phonology, phonetics and prosody, lexis, grammar, graphology, discourse, pragmatics and semantics.

Entry requirements

Students should have a grade 5 or above at the Higher Level in English Language and English Literature GCSE. 

 

(See Option Blocks on our website)

Assessment

AS - How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Language and the Individual

The texts which will appear on this paper can come from any source but will have a theme in common. The texts will be different in genre, mode and audience. Your task is to explain how these texts convey their messages.

Method of Assessment: written exam

  • 1 hour 30 mins written exam
  • 70 marks (50% of total)

Paper 2: Language Varieties

Section A - Language Diversity

You will be required to answer a question from a choice of two options. Both will be about different areas of sociolinguistics (the relationship between language use and social factors), e.g. Language and Occupation, Language and Gender, accent dialect.

Section B - Language Discourses - directed writing task (e.g. an opinion article)

You will write about a specific topic and will be given a writing brief with clear instructions about the task. This offers an alternative type of assessment where your writing skill is assessed as well as your subject knowledge.

Method of Assessment: written exam

  • 1 hour 30 mins written exam
  • 70 marks (50% of total)

A Level - How will I be assessed?

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

What's assessed

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children's language development (0-11 years)
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Method of assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 monutes

  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

What's assessed

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Method of Assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Non-exam assessment: Language in action

What's assessed

  • Language Investigation
  • Original Writing
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Method of Assessment

  • Word count: 3,500
  • 100 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

Tasks - Students produce:

  • a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
  • a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Future opportunities

There are over 1,700 degree programmes in English and the following are some of the other courses which list A level English as a preferred or required subject: - American Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media, Theatre Studies.

Further information

Key skills developed through studying English Language. These specifications provide opportunities for developing and generating evidence for assessing the following key skills: - Communication, IT, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

Other subjects which combine well with this subject are English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Art, History, Drama, Music and Government and Politics, as well as languages.

There are over 1,700 degree programmes in English and the following are some of the other courses which list A level English as a preferred or required subject: - Law, Journalism, American Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media, Theatre Studies.

How to apply

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Last updated date: 10 October 2017
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