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English Language A Level at St Joseph's Catholic Academy

Course description

You will study a wide range of spoken, written and multimodal texts. As observers, readers and writers, you will learn about spoken and written language from real and imagined worlds and engage with the craft of writing to create your own texts. At AS the focus on language today will provide a familiar and engaging area for study.

You will acquire a terminology toolkit to enable you to explore language used in a variety of contexts. There is also a practical emphasis placed upon finding out about language and using it effectively.

At Advanced level, you will study areas of development, diversity and change and choose your own topic for your language investigation.

Course content

AS LEVEL Content summary: The study of varieties of contemporary language. You will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context, using a terminology toolkit.

 

A2 LEVEL Content summary: The study of varieties of contemporary language. You will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context, using a terminology toolkit. You will learn about the origin, development and variation of language. You will also look at how and why English has changed over time, the development of English as a world language and the development of children’s spoken and written language. You will also conduct research on a chosen topic.

 

Entry requirements

C in English Language at GCSE Level.

Assessment

Assessment: Two externally assessed examination (3 hours total) worth 100% of the AS level

External Assessment: Externally assessed examinations (5 hours total) worth 80 % of the A level. Coursework: You will produce a piece of original writing (and potentially a research project) worth 20% of the A level (around 3000 words).

Future opportunities

English Language is all around us – in adverts, in conversations, in the media, in every classroom. This subject is ideal to combine with many other AS/A2 or degree choices including History, Media Studies, Philosophy, Law, Politics or Languages and, in the future, a career choice involving communication.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact St Joseph's Catholic Academy directly.

Last updated date: 12 June 2015

Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 - 2 Years

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