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English Language at The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College

Course description

AS Level
Categorising Texts: exam worth 60% of AS, 30% of A Level
Students are given a booklet of between eight and ten texts from a choice as wide as adverts, conversation transcripts, legal documents, recipes, play-scripts, speeches, and children’s stories. In the first part of the examination, students group them and analyse the language features used for their different purposes and audiences. In the second part of the examination, students discuss the social context of the text given, in terms of language and power, language and gender, and language and technology.

Creating Texts: coursework worth 40% of AS, 20% of A Level
Students produce a portfolio of writing which will include two pieces of writing for different purposes and audiences, with their own commentary on their writing.

A2 Level
Investigating Language: exam worth 30% of A Level
Two main topics of language are studied: Language Acquisition, which is how children learn to read, write and speak, and Language Change, which is how and why language has changed and evolved in the past three centuries.

Developing Language: coursework worth 20% of A Level
There are two parts to this coursework. Firstly, students have the opportunity to investigate an aspect of language study of interest to them. They must present their investigation as a piece of research, analysing and evaluating their findings. For the second piece, students produce a piece of media writing which arises from their investigation, but which is for a non-specialist audience.

Entry requirements

GCSE grade B in English Language and GCSE grade B in English Literature.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Hertfordshire and Essex High School and Science College directly.

Last updated date: 03 February 2015
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