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English Language A Level at Trinity School

Course description

The course enables students to build on the skills developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts as well as introducing students to a wealth of new technical and grammatical understanding. You’ll use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources that enable you to look at how language works in the real world and its impact.

Course content

20% of the A-Level is coursework-style assessment which provides opportunities for students to pursue their own areas of interest through a language investigation and develop personal and independent learning skills. In addition, there is a piece of original writing which encourages students to develop their own sense of style and creativity. In addition, there are two separate examinations each contributing 40% to the final A2 grade:

Paper 1 is based on Textual Variations and Representations and Children’s Language Development.

Section A – Textual Variations and Representations
Students are given two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme. Students are then expected to answer questions requiring analysis of the texts both individually and comparatively.

Section B – Children’s Language Development
Children’s Language Development Students are expected to write a discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language.

Paper 2 is based on Diversity of Language and Language Change as well as Language Discourses.

Section A – Diversity and Change
Diversity and Change Students are asked to write an evaluative essay on either language diversity or change.

Section B – Language Discourses
Language Discourses Students are provided with two texts that are linked by topic. Students must answer two questions – one of which requires analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions. The other of which is a directed writing task linked to the same topic.

AS course
The AS course incorporates the majority of the topics covered at A-level, however, it does not include children’s language development or Language Change. In addition, there is no coursework-like element to the course – it is 100% examination.

Future opportunities

The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, and the ability to develop and sustain which are invaluable for both further study and future employment. The course demonstrates that you have an ability to think quickly, write cogently and are adept in your ability to evaluate the use of grammar.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 18 September 2017

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