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English Language A Level at Samuel Ryder Academy

Course description

In this course we are offering our students the chance to look at the English language in many different ways which both staff and students find incredibly interesting and rewarding; the English staff see it as an exciting opportunity for the English Faculty and the students.

English Language is an interesting, yet challenging subject, teaching students to engage critically with language in all manners of texts from a range of contexts. In addition students get the opportunity to analyse, investigate and discuss the ways in which the English language has changed over time and how children learn to speak, read and write.

The study of English Language will test your ability to build on the ideas of others and develop your own independent thought. You will investigate, independently; different aspects of language use and in doing so will develop your own skills of written communication through analytical writing.

For the full A-Level, there are 4 units; although you can choose to study English Literature for 1 year only and obtain an AS level by completing the first 2 units.

Unit 1: An introduction to English Language study

  • You will learn to use the key English frameworks to analyse and group texts according to their language use. In addition you will analyse the impact gender and technology have had on language and how power is exerted through language use.
  • You will be assessed in a 2 hour written examination

Unit 2: Creating texts

  • You will study and then create two pieces of coursework: Writing to entertain and writing to persuade. You will then evaluate your own language use through a short commentary.
  • You will be assessed through 2 pieces of written coursework.

Unit 3: Language Development

  • You will study two topics: Child language acquisition and language change since to 18th Century.
  • You will be assessed through a 2 hour written paper.

Unit 4: Investigating Language

  • You will conduct your own language investigation and then create a media text linked to the topic of your investigation.
  • You will be assessed through 2 pieces of written coursework.

Entry requirements

A minimum of five GCSE grades A* to C including English and Mathematics is required in addition to the subject specific requirements for those subjects intended for study at Advanced Level or BTEC.

Candidates are also invited to attend an interview. On the basis of their interviews and in the case of external applications, a report from their current school is also required. An offer of a conditional place may then be made but the offer remains provisional until the students’ results are known.

Five GCSE grades at A*-C,Grade C in English GCSE.

To continue onto the A2 course a D grade or above at AS is required.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 23 March 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1-2 years