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English Language (A Level) AQA at The Robert Napier School

Course description

This 2 year course offers the opportunity for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own process of production, while analysing the texts produced by others.

Students must be willing to read all of the course material as well as other critical material relating to course theories. As part of this course students will be required to work independently and undertake research to broaden their knowledge.

Course content

Paper 1 - Language, the Individual and Society

Students will be introduced to language study exploring textual variety and the study of children’s language development. Students will look at how children learn to speak and how they are able to understand and express themselves. This unit also includes the exploration of concepts such as audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation.

Paper 2 - Language, Diversity and Change

Students will study key concepts within language and explore its wider social and geographical contexts. They will also explore the process of how language has changed over time.

Coursework– Language Investigation

Students may choose to pursue an area of language dependent on their individual interests. For example:

* The representation of different social groups and nationalities.

* The differences in the way men and women speak.

* How technology has influenced language.

* How children use language to communicate.

* How language is used in the media.

Coursework– Original Writing and Commentary

Students will produce one piece of original writing based on one of the following three areas:

1. The Power of Persuasion

2. The Power of Storytelling

3. The Power of Information

Students will choose extracts from fiction and non-fiction texts. They will annotate their choices by identifying specific language techniques within the writing. Once this has been completed students will create their own piece of writing along with a commentary which explains their language choices

 

Entry requirements

To apply for this course all students should have obtained a grade C in English Language at GCSE.

Students must be willing to read all of the course material as well as other critical material relating to course theories. As part of this course students will be required to work independently and undertake research to broaden their knowledge.

Assessment

2 examinations – each worth 40% of your overall grade.

2 pieces of coursework – combined worth 20% of your overall grade.

Future opportunities

English Language helps you acquire high-level skills in communication which will be very important in your future career. The programme prepares students for a wide range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include advertising, journalism and professional writing, media, the law, public relations, marketing and sales, publishing, teaching at all levels, company training, broadcasting, and the civil or diplomatic services.

Further information

Contact Mrs G Dacey

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Robert Napier School directly.

Last updated date: 13 October 2015
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