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English Language A Level at Woodroffe School

Course description

This course requires students to be interested in language and its role in our society, as well as to enjoy writing for different audiences and different purposes. Texts studied will be from contemporary as well as historical contexts. It will be an excellent grounding for anyone considering an arts based university course or a career which requires a high level of communication skills and an understanding of how texts affect audiences.

Course content

Year 12

In Year 12 students will develop their knowledge and understanding of language methods and how language works In a variety of situations, as well how Individuals and groups use language to represent themselves. They will write to express ideas and opinions.

Year 13

Paper 1 – Language, The Individual and Society. Textual variation and representations and children’s language development
Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change. Language discourses and writing skills
Paper 3 – Language in Action. Language investigation and original writing

Entry requirements

Six GCSEs Grade A* - C including Grades 6 or above in English Language and 5 or above in English Literature.


Year 12

Students will be examined to establish how they are progressing towards their target A Level grades.

Year 13

Two two hour 30 minute exams (each 40% of A Level) + non-exam assessment (20%)
Paper 1 – Language, The Individual and Society
Section A – Textual variations and representations. Two texts, linked by topic or theme. Three questions: Questions 1 and 2 – separate analyses of the two texts. Question 3 – comparison between the two texts
Section B – Children’s Language Development. A choice of two questions requiring a discursive essay

Paper 2 – Language, Diversity and Change.
Section A – An evaluative essay on either language diversity OR language change
Section B – A question requiring analysis of two texts and a directed writing task
Coursework – (non-exam) assessment (20% of A Level)
Language investigation (2000 words)
A piece of original writing and commentary (1500 words)

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 24 March 2017
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