English Language A Level (AQA) at Crawshaw Academy
First year: Language and the Individual (worth 50%); and Language Varieties (worth 50%), both assessed by exam.
Year 2: Language, the Individual and Society (worth 40% of A Level and assessed by exam); Language Diversity and Change (worth 40% of A Level and assessed by exam); Language in Action (worth 20% of A Level and assessed via coursework portfolio).
Non Exam Assessment: Language in Action
Students produce a portfolio of two pieces of work, a language investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing with commentary (1500 words).
Paper 1: Language and the Individual
Students will learn the key concepts and main methods of language analysis and will apply these to a range of texts. Skills of text analysis and comparison are tested in the exam, worth 50%.
Paper 2: Language Varieties
Students will investigate and discuss examples of and issues concerning language diversity, and will also investigate attitudes to language. Discursive essay and directed writing skills are tested in the exam, worth 50%.
Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
In addition to a deeper study of the course content for AS Unit 1, students will learn about children’s language development from 0-11years. Skills of analysis, comparison and discursive essay writing about these topics are tested in the exam.
Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
This unit builds on the learning for AS Paper 2 and, in addition, students will learn about the process of language change. Skills of analysis, evaluation and directed writing about these topics are tested in the exam.
Non-Exam Assessment: Language in Action
Students produce a portfolio of two pieces of work: a language investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing with commentary (1500 words).
Entrants to the course must have achieved at least 5 x 9-4 grades in GCSE subjects, including English Language and English Literature. GCSE English Language grade 6 is preferred.
First year assessment is via two external, written exams of one hour and thirty minutes each.
Second year assessment is via two external, written exams of two hours and thirty minutes each, and one portfolio of coursework of up to 3500 words.
Students can go on to study a wide variety of academic and vocational courses in HE with this qualification, and/ or go into a wide variety of careers in which communication skills are important, for example business, management, media, law and education.
For further information on this course, speak with a member of the English Department at school, or check the A Level specification on the AQA website:http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-a-2700
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