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English Language A Level at The Rodillian Academy

Course description

Year 12:
In this Foundation year students choosing A Level English Language explore how spoken and written language varies in its diversity and representations. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the essential skills which they will need in order to analyse features of language in a wide variety of spoken and written sources.
Topics/Skills
Language and the Individual

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Analysis of a range of different texts

Language Varieties

  • Language diversity
  • Writing skills
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Year 13:
In the second year of the course, students will move on to also learn how language has changed over time and how children acquire language from birth. In addition to this, they will consolidate and expand their learning from Year 12, with further exploration of representations in language from different times and places, while continuing to look at its diversity. Students will complete a coursework component worth 20% of their final mark, which provides opportunities for them to pursue their own areas of linguistic interest and develop personal and independent learning and writing skills. It is important that students are aware of a key change to the way that the new A-Levels will be examined: for those students who take this A-Level, all examinations must be sat at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Paper 2: Language, Diversity and Change

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

  • Language Investigation – topic chosen by student
  • Original Writing

 

 

Course content

Year 12:
In this Foundation year students choosing A Level English Language explore how spoken and written language varies in its diversity and representations. Furthermore, students will be introduced to the essential skills which they will need in order to analyse features of language in a wide variety of spoken and written sources.
Topics/Skills
Language and the Individual

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Analysis of a range of different texts

Language Varieties

  • Language diversity
  • Writing skills
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Year 13:
In the second year of the course, students will move on to also learn how language has changed over time and how children acquire language from birth. In addition to this, they will consolidate and expand their learning from Year 12, with further exploration of representations in language from different times and places, while continuing to look at its diversity. Students will complete a coursework component worth 20% of their final mark, which provides opportunities for them to pursue their own areas of linguistic interest and develop personal and independent learning and writing skills. It is important that students are aware of a key change to the way that the new A-Levels will be examined: for those students who take this A-Level, all examinations must be sat at the end of the two year course.
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Paper 2: Language, Diversity and Change

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills
  • Analytical frameworks used to assess texts

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

  • Language Investigation – topic chosen by student
  • Original Writing

 

Entry requirements

Year 12:
Students must have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs grade C or above from different subjects, including English Language.

Assessment

2 exam papers - Paper 1 is 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40%
                           Paper 2 is 2 hours 30 minutes and worth 40%
Coursework component - Word count is 3,500 and worth 20%

Future opportunities

English Language is a subject which is well regarded by University Admissions Tutors and by employers. Students opting for this subject in the 6th Form frequently go on to study it at university, enjoying potential careers in teaching, the art and entertainment industries, the media or legal professions. Similarly, an A Level in English Language is an excellent support qualification for those wishing to study degrees in Psychology, Sociology, History or Law.
 

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 26 January 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years

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