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English Language AS Level at Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy

Course description

This course requires students to explore the fundamental structures and functions of writing, speech, conversation how language functions in different social contexts. Students learn to develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use. They will learn and understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception. Students will learn to use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

Course content

This course requires students to explore the fundamental structures and functions of writing, speech, conversation how language functions in different social contexts.  Students learn to develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use.   They will learn and understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception.  Students will learn to use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

Entry requirements

This course is for students who have successfully aquired the skills associated with GCSE English Language or equivalent. More importantly, have successfully achieved grade ‘B’ at GCSE, or higher. A minimum of grade ‘D’ (for Units 1 and 2) in this subject, or its equivalent, is required to move on to study ‘A2’ English Language (Units 3 and 4 of the overall ‘A’ Level).

Assessment

How will I be assessed? 

AS UNIT 1:  — ’Categorising Texts (Worth 60% of ‘AS’ course and 30% of ‘A’ Level) ~ Written examination: 2 hours.  Students study three specific social contexts: [Language and Power, Language and Gender, and Language and Technology] — answers one question from each section. 

AS UNIT 2:  — ‘Creating Texts’ (Worth 40% of ‘AS’ course and 20% of ‘A’ Level) ~ coursework: Written in different genres and for different audiences and purposes. 

Students produce a portfolio of four pieces, total 2500- 3500 words, worth 80 marks.

Future opportunities

English Language helps to develop students’ understanding of key concepts and theories surrounding the study of English Language. Students develop skills and knowledge from the AS studies with an additional focus on two new topics; the acquisition of language by children and changes in English.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy directly.

Last updated date: 20 May 2014
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    • Handsworth Wood Girls' Academy is situated within a large green site with playing fields at the front and back of the main buildings.  Unlike many new schools, classrooms at HWGA are spacious, and most teachers have their own rooms and are accessible to support students.  Much refurbishment has taken place over the last two years.  Recent changes have included a refurbished library, refurbished and extended Sixth Form Learning Area, five brand new Science laboratories with refurbishment of the supporting preparatory rooms, a refurbished MFL department and refurbished Health and Social Care rooms.  In addition, the school is equipped with a modern  IT network including a cutting edge wireless cloud network throughout the school.  All Sixth Form students are supplied with their own laptops for study within the academy and at home.  The school has two dedicated Performing Art Suites, a Dance Studio and a large hall with high quality lighting rigs, and mechanised seating that provides a flexible performance venue.