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English Language A Level at Southmoor Academy

Course description

We use language - written, spoken and electronic all of the time, but do we stop to consider HOW language is used and question it? Effective study of language requires curiosity, a keen eye and ear, a questioning approach and awareness of key concepts. The AS and A2 units will provide you with the opportunity to explore contemporary language, branching out from your own language use to wider social implications.

You will develop your skills as a writer for different audiences and purposes - a rewarding and valuable skill, and build up your skills to research, plan, select and shape materials. You will learn to read as writers and to write as readers, developing an enquiring and open mind. language will never be the same again!

language investigation plus original writing and a commentary.

Course content


Paper 1: Language and the Individual • 50% of AS
- Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes
- Textual Variations and Representations
- Two linked texts; 3 questions

Section A: Discursive essay on language diversity
Section B: A directed writing task on attitudes to language

Paper 2: Language Varieties
- 50% of AS
- Written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes


Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society
- 40% of A level
- Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A: Textual Varieties and Representations - two linked texts
Section B: Children’s language Development - A discursive essay on language development with a choice of two questions

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change
- 40% of A level
- Written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

Section A: Diversity and Change - An evaluative essay on either diversity or change
Section B: language Discourses - One analytical question and one writing question, both linked to diversity and change

Coursework - Language in Action
- 20% of A level

Entry requirements

Minimum is a Grade 6 at GCSE. For more information discuss with Miss Kinnair.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Southmoor Academy directly.

Last updated date: 16 November 2016
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    • The Sixth Form at Southmoor is housed in a dedicated wing of Southmoor Academyl, completely refurbished and redesigned for our first intake in September 2014. Sixth formers enjoy their own café, open from 8.00am every morning and manned by our very own team of student Baristas, as well as study areas, a resource room, a computer suite, and classrooms furnished throughout with private study booths. All students have a locker to store their files in, and the newly refurbished toilets are for the exclusive use of Sixth Form students.