English Language AS Level at Driffield School
This course can be studied at both AS (completed after 1 year) and A Level. In year 12 you will analyse and investigate language, both spoken and written, from everyday sources and in many different contexts. You will learn to analyse how language creates meaning and representations, how it is affected by social group, region, occupation and gender and will develop your skills in writing in both an academic and discursive way.
In year 13 these skills are further developed with the addition of language and ethnicity. In addition you will learn about the acquisition of language in young children and how this develops in the early years. Alongside this you will study the whole historical process of the way the English language has changed and consider the current use and how it might develop in the future. Non examination assessment (coursework) also forms 20% of A2 study. This comprises of a language investigation in an area of your own choice as well as a piece of original writing accompanied by a reflective commentary.
The school requires 5 A* - C in any subjects at GCSE. Students on this course should have a curiosity about language and a willingness to partake and involve themselves enthusiastically in their studies.
AS PAPER 1: Language, the Individual and Society. This is a 90 minute exam analysing and comparing texts.
AS PAPER 2: Language, Diversity and Change. This is a 90 minute exam discussing language issues and writing an opinion based article.
How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Driffield School directly.