English Language A level at Ellesmere Port Catholic High School
Advanced English Language is very different from GCSE English. You will be expected to do so much more than read and write competently. The course is a scientific study of how language works in many different contexts and a lively interest in reading all kinds of texts, and listening to different types of spoken material, would be a great advantage.
In Year 12 you will prepare for an examination and carry out an extended piece of coursework of your own choice.
Unit 1: ENGB1
There will be an examiation in the June of Year 12.
This module is called 'Categorising Texts'. It will require you to explore and understand spoken and written language in everyday use and situations.
You will also consider the roles of the purpose, audiences and contexts which govern how language is produced and received.
All of this will be underpinned by an increasing knowledge of technical terms which will help students explain how language is put together to make sense.
You will study, analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources and you will also focus on three specific social contexts—'Language and Power', 'Language and Gender' and 'Language and Technology'.
Unit 2: ENGB2
This coursework will be submitted in the June of Year 12.
This is a coursework module called 'Creating Texts' which requires you to produce two pieces of writing totalling between 1500-2500 words.
You will need to address two different audiences and write in two different genres for two different purposes. In addition, you need to write two commentaries, totalling 1000 words which analyse your own language use and which reflect on the effectiveness of your work.
In Year 13 you will study a further two units leading to one examination and one extended personal study (coursework).
Unit 3: ENGB3
There will be an examination in the June of Year 13
This unit is called 'Developing Language' and you will study two different areas of language development.
Section A of the paper will focus on the nature and functions of language acquisition and the social development of children from 0—11 years.
Section B considers the historical and contemporary changes in the English Language from late modern English (1700+) to the present day.
Unit 4: ENGB4
This coursework will be submitted in the June of Year 13
In the final unit called 'Investigating Language' you will choose an area of language study that interests you.
You will be required to collect your own data and then explore and analyse it, writing up your findings in your project.
You will then be required to produce a media text such as a newspaper or magazine article, focusing on the language ideas and issues surrounding your topic.
All the exams are data based and require you to identify aspects of language in given short texts. If you can grasp quite complex concepts about such things as word formation and the rules governing the way we vary language in given situations, then you should be able to make a good start on the course.
The skills developed in this course are text handling, writing for many purposes and in different styles, and being aware of the elements of language and how they can be used in any situation.
Former students have gone on to Language and Linguistics courses, Communications courses, Media Studies, Journalism, Advertising, Law and teacher training as well as Business courses and Management.
Being a good communicator is an asset in almost every occupation.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Ellesmere Port Catholic High School directly.