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English Language AS Level at Driffield School

Course description

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.

Entry requirements

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.

Last updated date: 13 October 2017

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