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A Level English Language at St Bartholomew's School

Course description

This is a new two-year linear A Level course. There will be an option for students to complete an AS qualification at the end of Year 12. The AS exam is not, however, part of the full A Level course.

Course content

A Level English Language is particularly attractive to students looking to enhance some of the key skills and approaches they have begun to study and develop at GCSE, in language analysis and creative writing. There is strong emphasis on close analysis of language, especially using a grammatical basis.

It is an excellent preparation for those students wishing to continue their studies in this subject and/or Linguistics in Higher Education. English Language combines very well with many other subjects at A Level, including English Literature as a separate subject.

During the A Level course students will study two exam units and one Non-Examined Assessment, which is worth 20% of the final A Level grade.

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society. Section A will be data-based linguistic analysis and comparison. For Section B on Children’s Language Development the questions will be data-led and students will evaluate this in the light of a particular view.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change. Section A will be a discursive essay on either change or diversity. There will be no data for this question. Section B will involve data for analysis in one question and as a stimulus in the second question which is a directed writing task requiring students to evaluate ideas and present their own argument.

Non-Exam Assessment: This will be in two parts. One will be a Language Investigation of the student’s choice of about 200 words. The second piece of about 1,500 words in total will be in two parts, one part second part is the student’s own writing and the other is a commentary on this.

Entry requirements

From September 2015 in all Sixth Form English courses there will be a Non-Examined Assessment (the new term for coursework) only in the second year of the A Level. All other assessments will be done via examinations at the end of the second year of study for the full A Level and/or at the end of Year 12, if students wish to gain the AS qualification only.

Financial information

The department does arrange some trips to support study in this subject. These are strongly recommended to students following this course.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Bartholomew's School directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015

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