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English Language *FEES PAYABLE* at Clifton College

Course description

English Language A Level (AQA) is available at both AS and A Levels. The Department plans to follow the new AQA specification. Requirements for entry to the course are at least a B in English Language IGCSE/GCSE.

English Language is a challenging but absorbing subject. It is not an opportunity for development of one’s general ability to use the language: it is the study of how others use language, both written and spoken, and the chance to explore areas of personal interest through writing.

Course content

AS Level offers an introduction to the building blocks of our language- lexis, grammar/syntax, phonology, discourse structure- and students are required to analyse language precisely and systematically. They are also given opportunities to explore areas of sociolinguistics, such as the influence of gender, power and technology on the language that we use. 

At A Level students undertake an extended independent language investigation. They also study the history of the English language and some of key influences on our language, as well as attitudes to language change. The second component in the A Level course focuses on children’s language development – how and in what ways children develop the skills of speech, reading and writing. 

There are also plenty of opportunities for creative writing on the course.

Assessment

We follow the AQA English Language Specification B which is assessed through the following modules:

AS Modules

1. Language and the individual

Examination, written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS

2. Language varieties

Examination, written paper, 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS

 

A Level Modules

3. Language, the Individual and Society

Examination, written paper, 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A Level

4. Language Diversity and Change

Examination, written paper, 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A Level

5. Language investigation and original writing

Coursework, 20% of A Level

Financial information

**FEES PAYABLE**

Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.

Future opportunities

The course would lend itself to the study of Linguistics at university, or it would complement Modern Languages or English Literature courses. Career paths would include journalism and the media, law, politics, publishing or other jobs in which the use of language and an understanding of how it works are a prerequisite.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Clifton College directly.

Last updated date: 02 June 2015
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Key information

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

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    • ATTENTION: Please ensure that you understand that course fees will be payable before submitting your application.