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English Language A Level at Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form

Course description

What is English Language?
Language is an ever-changing means of communication, which evolves as we do. Whether it is the influence of William the Conqueror in 1066 or the latest teenage buzzwords, our range of vocabulary and means of expression move with the times. If you are interested in exploring how your language has come about and what influences it, then this course is for you.

Why study English Language?
In a world where communication in a range of media is enormously important, this course makes a real contribution to developing an understanding of why ‘language is power’.

Course content

AS Modules

Paper 1: Language and the Individual
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety. This unit introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation.

Paper 2: Language Varieties
The aim of this unit is to allow students to explore language variety. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social and geographical contexts. Students will study varieties of English within the British Isles. This unit will also require students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity.

A2 Modules

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development. This unit introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
The aim of this unit is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This unit also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

Non-Examination Assessment: Language in Action
The aim of this unit is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research:
- A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data).
- A piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

Entry requirements

We advise that you will need GCSE English Language at Grade B or above.

Future opportunities

Understanding how language works as a system and having the ability to manipulate language is a life skill. The course could lead to Language Studies at University, Teaching, Social Work, Journalism and other Media Work, Local Government or the Civil Service: in fact, to any area where communication and people are important.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Thorpe St Andrew School and Sixth Form directly.

Last updated date: 14 October 2015
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