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English Language A Level (See Option Blocks on our website) at Notre Dame High School

Course description

Key skills developed through studying English Language. These specifications provide opportunities for developing and generating evidence for assessing the following key skills: - Communication, IT, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

Course content

The A level specifications cover knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

Year 1 - Skills to be covered:

  • Language methods
  • Language meanings and representations (spoken, written and multimodal texts)
  • Language Varieties (sociolects and dialects)
  • Directed Writing (on attitudes to language, e.g. write an opinion article)

 

Year 2-further skills to be covered for full A level:

  • Investigation
  • Original Writing and Commentary
  • Language Change (from 1600)
  • Ethnicity
  • World Englishes
  • Child Language Acquisition

Language methods to assist with the systematic study and alalysis of language include: phonology, phonetics and prosody, lexis, grammar, graphology, discourse, pragmatics and semantics.

Entry requirements

Students should have a grade 5 or above in English Language and English Literature GCSE. 

 

(See Option Blocks on our website)

Assessment

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society1

 

What's assessed:

• Textual variations and representations

• Children's language development (0-11 years)

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level

 

 

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

 

What's assessed:

• Language diversity and change

• Language discourses

• Writing skills

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

• 100 marks

• 40% of A-level

 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

 

What's assessed:

• Language Investigation

• Original Writing and Commentary

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment

• Word count: 3,500

• 100 marks

• 20% of A-level

• Assessed by teachers

• Moderated by AQA

 

Tasks - Students produce:

• a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)

• a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Future opportunities

There are over 1,700 degree programmes in English and the following are some of the other courses which list A level English as a preferred or required subject: - Law, Journalism, American Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media, Theatre Studies.

Further information

  • Key skills developed through studying English Language. These specifications provide opportunities for developing and generating evidence for assessing the following key skills: - Communication, IT, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

  • Other subjects which combine well with this subject are English Literature, Sociology, Psychology, Health and Social Care, Art, History, Drama, Music and Government and Politics, as well as languages.

  • There are over 1,700 degree programmes in English and the following are some of the other courses which list A level English as a preferred or required subject: - Law, Journalism, American Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media, Theatre Studies.

How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 07 November 2018
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