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English Language AS and A level **FEES PAYABLE** at Blackheath High School

Course description

This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English Language, Linguistics or English Studies at university.  

This specification is designed to encourage candidates to:

  • develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use
  • understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception
  • use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

Course content

At AS, this specification enables candidates to explore the fundamental structures and functions of writing, speech and conversation and how language functions in different social contexts: 

Unit 1 Categorising Texts

60% of AS, 30% of A level: 2 hour written examination.

Introduction to the study of language, focussing on three specific social contexts: Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology.

Unit 2 Creating Texts

40% of AS, 20% of A level: Coursework - internally assessed, and externally moderated by AQA

Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes (2500 - 3500 words).

At A2, the specification explores the nature and functions of language, how its key constituent parts have developed under the influence of a variety of contextual factors and how these changes may be analyses and evaluated creatively.

Unit 3 Developing Language - historical and contemporary changes in the English Language from Late Modern English (1700+) to the present day

Written paper - 2 hours 30 minutes - 30% of total A level marks

Section A - Language Acquisition - the nature and functions of language acquisition and social development of children from 0-11 years

Section B - Language Change - historical and contemporary changes in the English Language from Late Modern English (1700+) to the present day

Unit 4 Investigating Language - analysis of data and data collection methodology

Coursework - 20% of total A level marks

  • written investigation
  • media text
  • 2500-3500 words
  • candidates choice of study area

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 August 2016

Key information

  • Start date: Next September

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