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A Level Language at Wadebridge School

Course description

AS Level

Paper 1: Exam 1 hour 30mins - Language and the Individual (50% AS)
Analysis of two texts linked by topic/theme and a comparison of the two.

Paper 2: Exam 1 hour 30 Language varieties (50% AS)
Essay on language diversity.
Directed writing task on attitudes towards language.

A Level
Paper 1: Exam – 2 hours 30 minutes – Language, the Individual and Society (40%)
Comparison of how texts use language, e.g. in advertising/websites.

Examination of language development in children e.g. Primary school students’ writing.

Paper 2:Exam – 2 hours 30 minutes – Language Diversity and Change (40%)
Essay on how language varies according to the speaker and the context.

Comparison of 2 texts in terms of how they use language, followed by an opinion article.

Coursework  3500 words (20%)
Investigate an area of language use e.g. Genre/function/attitudes/user-based.

Original writing: either to persuade, story-telling or information.

Entry requirements

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria.  In addition you should relish reading independently and you should enjoy creative writing. The course will build on skills from the English Language GCSE. 

Assessment

  • Classroom discussion.
  • Group work.
  • Independent Research.
  • Practice exam papers.
  • Textual analysis.

Future opportunities

The English Language course provides students with a wide range of skills which will help to prepare them for progression into higher education.  The course is also useful for a wide range of careers including:  journalism, teaching and law.
The English Language course provides students with a wide range of skills which will help to prepare them for progression into higher education.  The course is also useful for a wide range of careers including:  journalism, teaching and law.

Further information

Independent Study Time:

A successful English Language student will enjoy reading a range of non Fiction genres and be prepared to read independently for homework, prepare notes on sections studied and discuss findings in class. Collating support material from   websites and study guides will help develop an    understanding of the socio/historical contexts in which texts were produced.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Wadebridge School directly.

Last updated date: 20 April 2015

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