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English Language A Level at Cedars Upper School

Course description

You will complete two exams and one coursework unit.

Exam 1: Language, the Individual and Society
Section A: Textual variations and Representations
Exploring the effect of lexical choices and grammatical features in a short sample of two written texts and then making comparisons and connections between the two and exploring how changed over time.
Section B: Children’s Language Development A discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language.

Exam 2: Language Diversity and Change
Section A: Diversity and Change
An evaluation of either how language has changed or how diverse it is drawing in knowledge and reading of texts and key theorists.
Section B: Language Discourses Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change. A response about how the texts use language to present ideas, views and attitudes and a written task linked to the same topic and ideas in the texts.

Coursework; Language in Action
Students produce:
 a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
 a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Course content

Through a rich and varied programme of study, you will develop a deep knowledge of how English language works and a secure understanding of the language system. You will explore texts and examples of language in use and apply concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language. You will learn to apply specialist terminology appropriate to the descriptions and analysis of language.
You will learn to organise and conduct an independent investigation in an area of particular and individual interest, and through this you will develop your skills as a producer and interpreter of language.
You will engage creatively with topical issues relevant to language in use and develop an interest in and enjoyment of English.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language, preferably achieved a grade 6.


Two exam papers of 2 hours 30 minutes at the end of the two-year course. (40% each)
A coursework submission (20%) which involves the completion of a language investigation and the presentation of the conclusions.

Financial information

Recommended Textbook(s) £18-30
Printed articles £3
Conferences £30 approximately

Future opportunities

This qualification is a good foundation for a variety of subjects at Higher Education level as well as careers involving creativity in text production. It is regarded by employers as a good indicator of advanced literacy, which would be relevant in any career involving communication.

Further information

Students must enjoy reading and writing as pastimes as well as in the pursuit of a qualification, if they are to get the most from this varied and intellectually taxing course. They must, in particular, be interested in how the English language has developed geographically and over time, how it continues to change and develop and in the huge variety of uses to which it can be applied.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Cedars Upper School directly.

Last updated date: 03 November 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years