GCE A Level English Language

Duration:

One Year for AS, two years for A Level (A2). 

Specification:

AQA Specification.  Further details are available from the AQA website.

Entry Requirements/Student Suitability: 

Students are required to reach the Wadebridge Sixth Form Level 3 entry criteria.  In addition you should relish reading independently and you should enjoy creative writing. The course will build on skills from the English Language GCSE. 

Course Content:

AS Level

Paper 1: Exam 1 hour 30mins - Language and the Individual (50% AS)
Analysis of two texts linked by topic/theme and a comparison of the two.

Paper 2: Exam 1 hour 30 Language varieties (50% AS)
Essay on language diversity.
Directed writing task on attitudes towards language.

A Level
Paper 1: Exam – 2 hours 30 minutes – Language, the Individual and Society (40%)
Comparison of how texts use language, e.g. in advertising/websites.

Examination of language development in children e.g. Primary school students’ writing.

Paper 2:Exam – 2 hours 30 minutes – Language Diversity and Change (40%)
Essay on how language varies according to the speaker and the context.

Comparison of 2 texts in terms of how they use language, followed by an opinion article.

Coursework  3500 words (20%)
Investigate an area of language use e.g. Genre/function/attitudes/user-based.

Original writing: either to persuade, story-telling or information.

For further information and example question papers see the AQA website
Paper1 Exam 1 hour 30mins Language and the Individual ( 50% AS)
Analysis of two texts linked by topic/theme and a comparison of the two.

Methods of Study:

  • Classroom discussion.
  • Group work.
  • Independent Research.
  • Practice exam papers.
  • Textual analysis.

Independent Study Time:

A successful English Language student will enjoy reading a range of non Fiction genres and be prepared to read independently for homework, prepare notes on sections studied and discuss findings in class. Collating support material from   websites and study guides will help develop an    understanding of the socio/historical contexts in which texts were produced.

Progression and the Future:

The English Language course provides students with a wide range of skills which will help to prepare them for progression into higher education.  The course is also useful for a wide range of careers including:  journalism, teaching and law.
The English Language course provides students with a wide range of skills which will help to prepare them for progression into higher education.  The course is also useful for a wide range of careers including:  journalism, teaching and law.

Subject Contacts:

Mrs Langton and Mrs Coles

How to Apply:
The Application Process begins in February of each year.  Please contact Sarah Fisher, Sixth Form Administrator, for further information or to request an application form.

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