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English Language A Level at Archbishop Blanch C of E High School

Course description

A-Level English Language consists of three modules which foster creativity and independent learning.

Unit 4.1: Language, the individual and society (40%)

Unit 4.2: Language diversity and change (40%)

Unit 4.3: Non-exam assessment: Language in action (40%)

Course content

English Language is engaging and uses up-to-date content that reflects contemporary language study. With exciting text and data based sources of language, the specification introduces the study of English in its various forms and contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language underpinning all elements of the course. Offering clear skills progression from GCSE, this course allows students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps. The variety of assessment styles used, such as data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing, allows students to develop a wide range of skills. These include critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

Entry requirements

You should have achieved a minimum of two B grades in English and English Literature.


5 X 1 hour lessons, per week shared between two members of staff.

Unit 4.1- This is assessed by a 2.5 hour written examination and will consist of the study of the following modules:

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children's language development (0–11 years)

Throughout both, methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

Unit 4.2- This is assessed in a 2.5 hour written examination and will consist of the following modules:

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills

Throughout all modules, methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

Unit 4.3- This is non-exam assessment and will be marked by your teachers. It will consist of a Language investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing with commentary (1500words). Total 3500 words.

Future opportunities

This subject is valued by many course admission tutors and personnel managers because it produces articulate and emotionally literate people who are adept at analysis yet also very creative.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Archbishop Blanch C of E High School directly.

Last updated date: 01 September 2016

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