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English Language A Level at St Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School

Course description

The English Language is one of the new A Levels.  The reforms involve a reduction in marks available for the coursework, and terminal examinations in the summer of Year 13.

Course content

It provides students with a natural progression from their GCSE study of the subject.  It encourages students to develop their interest in and appreciation of English through learning about its structure and its functions, its developments and its variations.  It allows students to develop their ability to express themselves in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres.

Students should be interested in reading and write non-literary material and studying media texts.  You should also be interested in examining how we acquire language, and how we use spoken the language to interact.  You will learn to use new technical vocabulary effectively so that your discussions and written work are more precise.

The course content requires students to complete two pieces of original writing worth 20% and a language investigation in preparation for one of the examined modules.  There are also examinations in the use of language in society, child language acquisition and the history and diversity of the English language, worth 80%.

This course is particularly suitable for those students who wish to study English Language, Linguistics or English Studies in Higher Education.  It encourages students to take responsibility for their learning and gives them a strong grounding in the academic principles relating to working with data.  The style of teaching and learning gives students academic confidence, as well as knowledge of the English language.

Component 1 - Language variation.

External assessment. 2 hours and 15 minutes. 35% of total qualification

Component 2 - Child Language.

External Assessment.  1 hour.  20% of total qualification

Component 3 - Investigating Language.

External assessment. 1 hour and 45 minutes.  25% of total qualification

Component 4 - Crafting Language

Internally assessed. Externally moderated. 20% of total qualification  

Entry requirements

Entry requirements: Minimum of a level 5 at GCSE, level 6 preferred.

Future opportunities

This is an excellent A Level for people who are interested in the power of language; how written and spoken language achieves different purposes.  Anyone interested in Writing, Media, Business, Advertising, History or Psychology would find this course illuminating.  Many students have gone on to specific Journalism or joint English degrees; others have taken up speech therapy.  Quite a few have gone into teacher training or other aspects of education.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Edward's Roman Catholic/Church of England School directly.

Last updated date: 17 August 2017

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