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A Level English Language at The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy

Course description

A Level English Language involves the detailed, in-depth study of a range of language issues, such as how technology affects the form and structure of language, how men and women communicate differently, how we learn to speak as children, and various academic theories and concepts. You will acquire key analytical skills, learn a variety of new terminology, and investigate the research of various linguists. The course is suitable for anyone who wants to learn about the mechanics of language and enjoys experimenting with words to achieve different effects.


There are two sections to the paper, Categorising Texts and Language and Social Contexts. You will learn about how different ways of analysing and grouping spoken and written texts, using various linguistic methods such as lexis, grammar, phonology, discourse structure, pragmatics and graphology. You will also learn about how gender, technology and power relationships influence spoken and written language use, and related concepts and theories.

Creating Texts (coursework, 2500 to 3500 words)

Using the knowledge acquired in your preparation for the categorising texts examination, you are expected to produce two texts which have different purposes and target audiences. For each text you are expected to write a commentary, explaining how your language choices reflect the purpose and target audience, and evaluating your finished piece.


Developing Language (examination, 2 hours 30 minutes)

Child Language Acquisition involves the in-depth study of the ways in which children develop the ability to speak, read and write.

For Language Change, you will learn about the ways in which the English Language has changed since 1700, and the reasons for these changes, such as technological development and changing social attitudes towards writing and speech.

In both topics, you will build upon the analytical skills acquired at AS-Level and learn about relevant ideas and theories from language study.

Investigating Language (coursework, 2500 to 3000 words).

You must choose a language topic which interests you and conduct an investigation into your chosen topic, using appropriate methodology and data analysis skills, and evaluating the effectiveness of your research. You must also produce a media text which presents your findings in a suitable format for a particular audience. For example, if you have investigated the development of children’s speech, you could create a related magazine article for a parenting magazine.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Ridings Federation Winterbourne International Academy directly.

Last updated date: 14 August 2014

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years