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English Language A Level at Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys

Course description

Skills developed during the course

  • Explore and understand the spoken and written language in use.
  • Use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of texts and develop an understanding of the ways in which particular groups in our society are represented through language.
  • Devise and research your own language investigation.

Course content

AS Level

Paper 1– Language and the Individual:

  • Introduction to the methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use.
  • Use of linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of texts taken from everyday sources.
  • Study how spoken and written texts reproduce ideas about cultural values and assumptions.

Paper 2– Language varieties:

  • To understand how different groups use language
  • Study how language varies because of personal, social and geographical contexts
  • why language varies, developing critical knowledge and understanding of different views and explanations
  • how identity is constructed
  • how language is used to enact relationships
  • Understanding how to write creatively for an audience and purpose

A Level

Paper 1— Language the Individual and society. Develop the skills and knowledge from AS studies, with an additional focus on two new topics:

  • the acquisition of language by children • the development of and changes in English over time.

Paper 2—Language Diversity and Change

Develop the skills and knowledge from AS studies, with an additional focus on two new topics:

  • the development of and changes in English over time.

Non-Exam assessment: Language in Action Coursework

Entry requirements

B Grade in English GCSE

Assessment

AS Level

  • Paper 1– Language and the Individual: 1hr 30 mins. written examination/ 70marks. 50% of AS)
  • Paper 2– Language varieties: 1hr 30 mins. 70 marks (50% of AS)

A2 Level

  • Paper 1— Language the Individual and society. 2hr, 30 mins. written examination/ 100 marks.
  • Paper 2—Language Diversity and Change- 2hr, 30 mins. written examination/ 100 marks.

Non-Exam assessment: Language in Action Coursework- internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA – 100 marks 20% of A-Level

Future opportunities

English Language is an excellent companion to most A level subjects, especially Arts based subjects.

Students who have studied English A level often go on to study English, Law, Journalism or Media at degree level.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Woolwich Polytechnic School for Boys directly.

Last updated date: 08 June 2016
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