A-Level English Language

Course Title

English Language

SPECIFIC ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

GCSE Grade 6 or above in English language and grade 5 or above in English literature.

CONTENT OF COURSE

Paper 1: exploring language
Component A: language under a microscope
Component B: writing about a topical language issue
Component C: comparing and contrasting texts

Papers 2: language diversity and change
Dimensions on linguistic variation
Component A: child language acquisition
Component B: language in the media
Component C: language change

Non-examinaed teacher assessment (20%):
A language investigation (2,000-2,500 words)
An academic poster (750-1,000 words)

EXAMINATIONS AND ASSESSMENTS

A level:Two x 150 minute exams plus: non-examined teacher assessment (20%)

SKILLS, LINKS AND PROGRESSION

Although there are some careers (journalism, advertising, media work, public relations, teaching) to which English language is obviously more directly applicable, it is a valuable qualification in its own right which will provide a sound basis for access to a variety of courses and careers through the skills which this course develops. The ability to employ and respond to language knowledgeably and to be aware of its power and how this power is achieved are becoming increasingly important in the language-rich world we live in today. Students of language gain insights into that fundamental behaviour of human beings which will be valuable throughout their lives and their careers.