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English Language A Level at Ferndown Upper School Sixth Form

Course description

This course is for students who read widely, are interested in current affairs, how language works and the effect that it has upon those who speak and receive it. Students will learn extensively about the building blocks of language, how language use is affected by purpose, audience and reception and examine language in 3 social context topics: Power, Gender and Technology. Students will study both spoken and written texts. Although much of the written work will be analytical there will be, in the  production the coursework portfolio, the opportunity for writing creatively. Much of the reading/writing on this  course will be undertaken independently, so students will need to be self-motivated


Entry requirements

Candidates should have ideally B grade and above in English Language at GCSE


Language, the Individual and Society - Weighting 40%, One 2 hour and 30 minute examination - Section A: Three questions examining textual variations in two texts, one contemporary the other older.
Section B: A descursive essay on children’s language development.
Language Diversity and Change - Weighting 40%, One 2 hour and 30 minute examination
Section A: One question from a choice of two on language diversity or change.
Section B: One question requiring analysis of how two texts present ideas, attitudes and opinions and a directed writing task linked to the same topic.
Unit 3 (Coursework) - 20% - Teacher assessed coursework
A portfolio of two pieces of writing (no more than 3,500 words), includes a language investigation of students own choice and a piece of original writing and commentary.


Future opportunities

An advanced English qualification is recognised as an excellent indicator of one’s ability to communicate successfully and to be an innovative thinker. Many of our students go on to take this subject at degree level. Both Higher Education institutions and employers value English A levels and, as such, students can use this qualification in a variety of careers ranging from law, media and medicine to teaching, leisure and tourism. In your analysis of the building blocks of the English Language you will develop a skill that will stay with you for life and be invaluable in almost all professions

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 12 September 2016
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      At Ferndown Upper School we believe that all Sixth Formers are entitled to a full range of activities that include the opportunity to:

      • Participate in main school life and run their own Student Union which organises social events, parties, charity fundraising and improvements to the college block.
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      Every student’s future is important to us, therefore we organise dedicated sessions to provide detailed information on all option choices after Sixth Form. Our Head of Year 13 is also the UCAS co-ordinator at FUS and arranges workshops for students to guide them through the application process to gain entry to university, apprenticeships or employment.

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      The Sixth Form is very much a social community and relations between students and teachers are relaxed and friendly. No two experiences of the Sixth Form are the same, but everyone has much to gain and much to contribute.

      We welcome committed students with ambition. Our most gifted and talented students often progress to the country’s top universities and training establishments, and to promote this students are encouraged to take part in mock interviews with local dignitaries. Our emphasis on taking control and becoming independent learners and thinkers promotes personal growth in all our students. The student community that results is distinctly colourful and energetic.