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English Language Advanced Level at Budehaven Community School

Course description

To develop methods of exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use; to understand the roles of purposes, audiences and contexts and the impact of these pressures upon language production and reception; to use linguistic methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

Close study of texts in and out of class; note-making, discussion in class; practical work (e.g. recording and transcribing spoken language); use of ICT; oral presentations to the group; background reading and research; written assignments including coursework.

Course content

Over the two year course of study, students will:

• Develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language.

• Explore data and examples of language in use.

• Engage creatively and critically with the subject area.

• Develop skills as producers and interpreters of language.

• Independently investigate language in use.

The Eduqas English Language A level requires students to show a broad knowledge and understanding of language concepts including phonology, the study of how speech sounds are articulated, semantics and grammar. Students will engage with the historical, geographical, social and individual varieties of the English Language as well as how the English Language relates to understanding our identity and how language has changed over time.

Students will also produce a non-exam assessment piece consisting of a written Investigation on an aspect of Language and Identity. This will be supported by a piece of creative writing providing a commentary on their linguistic choices.

Entry requirements

Five GCSE grades at C or above, including a B or above in English; an interest in the English Language, both spoken and written; the determination to get involved and work with discipline and enthusiasm; the preparedness to critically approach everyday texts, independent of teacher direction.

Assessment

Eduqas A Level in English Language. Two year linear course of study. Four Components.

Component 1: Written Exam: 2 hours. Language Concepts and Issues. 30% of A Level.

Component 2: Written Exam: 2 ¼ hours. Language change over time. 30% of A Level

Component 3: Written Exam: 1 ¾ hours. Creative and Critical Use of Language. 20% of A Level.

Component 4: Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 words. Language and Identity. 20% of A Level.

 

Future opportunities

English Language A Level is an increasingly valued subject for admission to Higher Education and various career paths, including: Teaching; English as a Foreign Language teaching; Journalism; Marketing, PR and Advertising; Academic Librarian; Arts Administration; Tourism.

English Language helps prepare students for most Arts subjects and Social Sciences at degree level. Law, English (Linguistics and often Literature too), American/European Studies, Theatre Studies, Film and Media courses. N.B. English Language may be studied at A Level with English Literature, and also combines well with Drama/Theatre Studies and/or Media Studies.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Budehaven Community School directly.

Last updated date: 28 October 2016

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