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English Language A Level at South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College

Course description

Module 1 Categorising texts:
  • Section A Text Varieties: You will look at spoken as well as written language, and you will be aiming to get yourself a toolkit for describing language. You can't strip down a car engine or look inside a computer without at least a few tools, and the same applies to language. Grammar, phonology, phonetics and pragmatics are just some of the tools you will use to get right inside language and take it apart.
  • Section B Language and Social Contexts (examined):This is where you put some of the tools you've picked up in Module 1 to more detailed use. You look in some depth at the language of these three areas: Technology, Gender and Power.
Module 2 Creating Texts (coursework): You produce two pieces of your own writing, along with a commentary on how you wrote them, and it counts for 20% of your grade. The kind of writing is up to you, as long as it's negotiated with your teacher and meets the exam board requirements. You will also have to provide detailed annotations of style models and further research completed.
 
Module 3 Exploring Comparison & Production: This unit involves a study of two specific areas, Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. You will explore questions such as; 'How does the language of a baby grow into the language of the fluent eleven year old?' You will explore historical and contemporary changes in the English language that have taken place since the 1700s and discover what might have caused these changes. This module is 30% of your total A Level marks and you will be assessed by examination.
 
Module 4 Investigating Language: You will choose an area of language that interests you in this module and in consultation with your teacher, use this as the basis for an investigation. You decide on the focus and how you are going to gather data. In class you will explore how to collect and interpret data successfully. You will be assessed for this unit by coursework and it constitutes 20% of total A Level marks.

Assessment

A combination of examination and coursework.

Future opportunities

The course will also help you develop the skills, understanding and knowledge that many employers across lots of industries are looking. You could take this course with other level three courses to prepare for higher education in English Language and/or Linguistics or any degree that involves language study or social science. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, or Editor. Alternatively, English Language A Level teaches you to analyse and interpret many different kinds of data, so it would be good preparation for jobs where you have to look at trends and process information quickly.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact South Craven School, the Technology and Engineering College directly.

Last updated date: 03 July 2015

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