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English Language at Brighouse High School

Course description

Are you interested in how we use language, manipulate language, change our language, where our language came from and where it is going? Are you inquisitive, analytical and want to discover how society shapes language and how it shapes us?

English Language will challenge you to think about how the English language has developed and how we both use language and how we respond to language in different contexts.  You will develop your skills of analysis, perception and interpretation and you will learn how to develop your thinking through a thorough exploration of studies and theories focusing on the use of language in a variety of contexts.

English Language is a qualification which fits in with and complements almost any line of academic study and will equip you with the skills to appreciate how our response to the world around us is shaped  by language, as well as giving you a good basis for going on to a wide range of professions.

Course content

Year 12 Course Content:

Unit 1: Language and the Individual

You will study textual variations and representations as well as methods of language analysis which are integrated into the activities. There will be two texts, linked by topic or theme followed by a question requiring analysis of one text, a question requiring analysis of a second text and a question requiring comparison of the two texts.

If you complete the AS standalone qualification you will be assessed by a written exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes focusing on questions exploring textual variations and representations.

Unit 2: Language Varieties

You will study Language diversity, writing skills and methods of language analysis which are integrated into the activities.

If you complete the AS standalone qualification you will be assessed by a written exam of 1 hour and 30 minutes  focusing on questions exploring language diversity, with a choice of two questions and Language Discourses with a directed writing task on attitudes to language.

 

Year 13 Course Content:

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society

You will study textual variations and representations, children's language development (0-11 years) and methods of language analysis which are integrated into the activities. The assessment will be by a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes focusing on questions exploring textual variations and representations. There will be two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme with a question requiring analysis of one text, a question requiring analysis of a second text and a question requiring comparison of the two texts.

Paper 2: Language diversity and change

You will study language discourses, develop writing skills and explore methods of language analysis which are integrated into the activities. The assessment will be by a written exam of 2 hours and 30 minutes focusing on questions exploring diversity and change. There will be one question from a choice of two in section A: either an evaluative essay on language diversity or an evaluative essay on language change. In section B, Language Discourses, there will be two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change with a question requiring analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions and finally a directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts.

Non-exam assessment – Language in action

This part of the course involves the production of a portfolio covering language investigation. You will be required to produce a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total).

Entry requirements

Entry Requirements: A minimum of 5 GCSE A*-C grades including Mathematics and English language.

 A minimum of a B grade is required in English language.

Assessment

Assessment: 2 exams and 1 coursework submission at the end of two years of study in May/June 2018.

How to apply

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

Last updated date: 06 January 2016
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: This is a two year linear course. The AS is a standalone qualification if taken, and does not count towards the full A2.

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