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English Language A Level at Gordon's School

Course description

The course is examined at the end of Year 12 and as a whole at end of Y13.

Unit 1: Language and the individual
Students will study textual variations and representations. They will also explore methods of language analysis. For Year 13 students will also study children’s language development.

Unit 2: Language varieties
For this unit students will study language diversity and writing skills. Students will adopt a variety of methods of language analysis to explore a range of texts. Pupils will be expected to write discursive essays on each topic. For Y13 this paper includes how language changes over time.

Unit 3: Non-exam assessment: Language in action (Y13 only)
Students are required to produce original writing and an independent language investigation.

Entry requirements

The minimum academic requirements to join the Sixth Form are:

1.     A minimum of three GCSE grades A* to C plus at least a grade 4 in GCSE English Language and Mathematics.
AND
2.     The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.

Note:
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met. 

Assessment

Exam Papers Y12

Paper 1: Language and the individual
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of textual variations and representations. This paper contains three extended writing questions; max 25 marks per question.

Paper 2: Language varieties
50%
Students are assessed on their knowledge, understanding, application and evaluation of language varieties. This paper consists of two questions.

Exam Papers Y13

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society
40%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of textual variations and representations. They will also answer a question on children’s language development.

Paper 2: Language diversity and change
40%
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of language diversity and change.

Paper 3: Non-exam assessment essay
20%
Students produce a piece of original writing and a language investigation for their nonexam assessment.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Gordon's School directly.

Last updated date: 16 May 2017
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