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A Level English Language at The Samworth Church Academy

Course description

The course is split into Unit 1 Exam and Unit 2 Coursework.
For the first unit you will be introduced to methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use. Particularly focused on your understanding of the way purposes, audiences and contexts impact upon language production and reception.
You will focus on understanding the following terminology and applying it to linguistic analysis: Lexis, Grammar, Phonetics/ Phonology, Pragmatics, Discourse, Graphology, register, mode, idiolect, dialect, and sociolect.

For the second unit, you will develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise. You will produce a folder comprising two pieces of original writing, differentiated by primary audience, purpose and genre, and two commentaries which explore the writing process and assess the success of the individual pieces.

You may write a soap opera script or a dramatic monologue to entertain; an editorial letter writing to persuade; or a guide to texting for novices to instruct or advise.

For Unit 4 (coursework) the aim of the unit is to develop your ability to explore and analyse language data through a variety of methods. It should enable you to build upon the key concepts and ideas gained during the course of your studies, as well as to demonstrate expertise in areas of individual interest.The coursework folder will comprise two individual pieces of writing:a language investigation: a media text.

The course at A2 is designed to build on your AS work, and develop your understanding of the key concepts and theories surrounding language study.
For Unit 3 (exam) you will study topics including:

  • the acquisition of language by children
  • the development of and changes in English over time.
    This unit takes further the study of social contexts, genres of speech, writing and multi-modal texts first explored at AS by embedding questions about language development in particular contexts of use.

    For Unit 4 (coursework) the aim of the unit is to develop your ability to explore and analyse language data through a variety of methods. It should enable you to build upon the key concepts and ideas gained during the course of your studies, as well as to demonstrate expertise in areas of individual interest.The coursework folder will comprise two individual pieces of writing:

  • a language investigation
  • a media text.

  • Entry requirements

    The general entrance requirement for the Sixth Form is 6 or more A*-C grades including either English or Maths and with any BTEC qualifications worth half. A* - B GCSE English Language; A* - B GCSE English Literature.

    How to apply

    If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Samworth Church Academy directly.

    Last updated date: 18 August 2014

    Key information

    • Start date: Next September
    • Duration: 2 years

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