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English Language at Queen Mary's High School

Course description

The A’ Level reflects contemporary language study. Using text and data based sources of language, the specification introduces the study of English in its various forms and situations, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps.


Course content

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
This unit introduces students to language study, exploring different types of texts and
children’s language development, and will look at methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, text type and how ideas are represented. 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
Students will explore the diversity of the English language and change over time, studying language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires
students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, the diversity of English and how it changes over time. Students will also develop skills in writing discursively about language issues in an academic essay, writing analytically about texts about l
anguage and writing about language issues in a variety of forms to communicate their ideas to a non-specialist audience

Non-Exam Assessment (coursework): Language in Action Students will explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. They will 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

The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Future opportunities

The skills developed in the English Language course are marketable in most career areas. Jobs related to the course may include teaching (in primary or secondary schools, or teaching English abroad as a foreign language), media (journalism, publishing, copywriting), marketing, advertising, linguistics, speech therapy, computing, law, government, forensics: there are very few jobs in which an understanding of the workings of the English language would not be helpful!

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Mary's High School directly.

Last updated date: 15 September 2016
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