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English Language (A Level) at Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18

Course description

This course will be of relevance to anyone who is interested in the development and use of the English language and how it reflects and shapes attitudes.


  1. 1: Language, the Individual and Society Written exam (2 hours 30 minutes) 40% of A Level Students are introduced to language study, developing their analytical skills by analysing a variety of texts (from 1600 to the present day) and the use of language to create representations. Students also study the topic of children’s language development, examining how children acquire language and are able to understand and express themselves through speech and writing up to the age of 11.


  1. 2: Language Diversity and Change Written exam (2 hours 30 minutes) 40% of A Level Students explore language diversity – how and why we vary our language according to factors including regional identity, ethnicity, gender, social class and occupation. Students will also explore processes and theories of language change – how and why spoken and written English has developed over the last 400 years - and attitudes towards these changes from 1600 to the present day. A range of academic and journalistic writing skills are developed through the production of opinion articles and evaluative essays.


  1. Assessment: Language in Action Coursework element worth 20% of A Level Students will explore and analyse language independently in an area of their choice, to develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. Two pieces of coursework are required: • a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) • a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

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Entry requirements

General entry requirement:

Students should achieve GCSE grade 5 in English Language and Mathematics plus 3 further GCSE grades 9-4 (or grade C in non-reformed qualifications) AND meet the individual subject specific requirements.



Future opportunities

The analysis of texts, critical reading, discussion and written expression developed in this subject would be ideal for many degree courses, including English Studies, Drama, History, Media Studies, Sociology, Psychology, Law and Journalism, to name but a few.

Further information


To discuss this course, please contact our Team Leader of English, Mr T Ashworth.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Roundhay School All through education from 4 to 18 directly.

Last updated date: 08 November 2018
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