English Language A Level at Gordon's School
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.
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.
2. The grade criteria for individual subjects as outlined on the last page in this booklet.
Following the publication of GCSE results in August 2017 students may appeal to governors in the event of academic
requirements not being met.
Exam Papers Y12
Paper 1: Language and the individual
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
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
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
Students are assessed on their knowledge understanding, application and evaluation of language diversity and change.
Paper 3: Non-exam assessment essay
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.