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English Language at Rivington and Blackrod High School and Sixth Form

Course description

A-level English Language offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses. Students will create texts and reflect critically on their own processes of production, while analysing the texts produced by others. Throughout the course, students will explore the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, debate different views, and work independently to research aspects of language in use.

Course content

Language, the individual and society

'Language, the individual and society' focuses on individual and immediate social contexts for language. The aim of this part of the subject content is to introduce students to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development.

Paper 1 examination:

Two texts to read, linked by topic / theme

Language Diversity

'Language diversity and change' working outwards to consider larger-scale public discourses about change and variety, drawing on regional, ethnic and national contexts. The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time. Students will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. This part of the subject content also requires students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

Paper 2

Section A- Language Diversity

Section B- Language discourse

Language in Action: Non-exam assessment (coursework)

The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise. It requires students to carry out two different kinds of individual research:

  • a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
  • a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

Students can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest.

Entry requirements

Grade 6 in GCSE English Language

How to apply

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Last updated date: 19 October 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: Two Years

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Sixth Form
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 01204 333266
    • Email address:
    • sixthform@rbhs.co.uk

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