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English Language - AS/A at Haydon School

Course description

The AS Level and A Level qualifications have now been decoupled, which means that the mark achieved in the AS exam will not contribute to the A Level. However, the curriculums for both qualifications have been designed so that the AS specification and the first year of the A Level specification can be taught alongside each other.

Course content

AS LEVEL

UNIT 1: LANGUAGE AND THE INDIVIDUAL
The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety in subjects, writers, time periods, audiences, purposes, genres, modes, and relationships between writers/speakers and audiences.

UNIT 2: LANGUAGE VARIETIES
This area of study allows students to explore language varieties of English within the British Isles. It also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity.

A2 LEVEL

UNIT 1: LANGUAGE, THE INDIVIDUAL AND THE SOCIETY
The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development. 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.

UNIT 2: LANGUAGE DIVERSITY AND CHANGE
The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

UNIT 3: LANGUAGE IN ACTION - COURSEWORK
The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently. It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research: a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

Assessment

AS-Level: (100% Externally Assessed Exams)

A-Level: (80% Externally Assessed Exam, 20% Internally Assessed Coursework)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 19 September 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 or 2 years

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