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English Language A Level at Don Valley School and Performing Arts College

Course description

This course will provide students with a natural progression from GCSE English. Students who embark upon this course will have the opportunity to:

  • explore the power of language and communication in an ever-changing world
  • analyse language in a range of contexts
  • create and develop their own texts
  • undertake language investigations linked to areas of personal interest

Course content

Categorising texts

This unit introduces students to methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use. Students will explore the impact of language in society, including issues of language and power, language and gender and language and technology. This unit is assessed by examination

Creating texts

This unit gives students the chance to develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise for a variety of audiences and purposes often linked to their own particular interests. This unit is assessed by two coursework assignments and commentaries. If they are successful at this level, students will be able to continue into Year 13 where they will study for the full A2 examination. This consists of two further units which are:

Developing language

This unit covers the ever-popular topic of child language acquisition and also enables them to study the impact of language change over time. The assessment of this unit is by examination.

Investigating language

In this unit students are able to choose their own areas for study and are provided with an opportunity for enquiry-based learning. They also produce their own media based text linked to their investigation. Both these pieces are coursework assessments.


This course encourages students to take responsibility for their own learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles of working with data. This makes it particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English or Linguistics at a higher level. The workshop style of teaching and learning gives students academic confidence as well as knowledge about the English Language.

Entry requirements

A minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade C or better. No more than two applied courses can count towards this total and each applied course counted has the equivalence of only one GCSE, regardless of its nominal size. In addition, students must achieve the specific entry requirements which may apply to this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Don Valley School and Performing Arts College directly.

Last updated date: 30 June 2015

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