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English Language A Level at George Stephenson High School

Course description

YEAR 1:
Paper 1: Language and the Individual

The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety. This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. For the exam, two texts linked by topic or theme are chosen from a range and are analysed and compared.

Paper 2: Language varieties

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language variety. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social and geographical contexts. Students will study varieties of English within the British Isles. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity. Students are expected to study a range of examples of language in use and be able to interpret data and refer to research methods such as tables, graphs and statistics.

YEAR 2:
Paper 1: Language, the individual and society

The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development. This area of study introduces students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.

Paper 2: Language diversity and change

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

Coursework: Language in action

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research:
- A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
- A piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).
Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest.

Assessment

Year 1:

The AS exam leads to a stand-alone qualification and does not contribute to the final A Level grade.
You will sit 2 exams:
Paper 1: 1hr 30 mins, 70 marks, 50% of AS Level
Paper 2: 1 hr 30 mins, 70 marks, 50% of AS Level

Year 2:

Students will sit two written exams.
Paper 1: 2 hrs 30 mins, 100 marks, 40% of A Level
Paper 2: 2 hrs 30 mins, 100 marks, 40% of A Level
Non-exam assessment: Total word count 3,500, 100 marks, 20% of A Level, assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact George Stephenson High School directly.

Last updated date: 06 February 2017

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