Qualification type: AS Level and A Level
Entry criteria (GCSE grades)
English Language 5 and English Literature 4
Students have the opportunity to explore the English language in use. You will develop an understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language, applying this knowledge both to spoken and written forms. You will engage creatively with language, developing your ability to produce your own original writing. You will also study how we acquire language and how our language is affected by the situations we find ourselves in. This course also examines the history of the English language and will culminate in an independent investigation looking at how language shapes identity.
Component 1: Analysis of Texts in Context (two-hour exam, 50% of qualification)
Section A: Spoken Language of the Media.
Section B: Written Language.
Component 2: Using Language (two-hour exam, 50% of qualification)
Section A: Investigating Data.
Section B: Critical & Creative writing.
Component 1: Language Concepts and Issues (two-hour exam, 30%)
Section A: Analysis of Spoken Language.
Section B: Language Issues.
Component 2: Language Change Over Time (two-hours 15 minutes exam, 30% of qualification).
Section A: Language Change Over Time.
Section B: English in the 21st Century.
Component 3: Creative and Critical Use of Language (105-minute exam, 20% of qualification).
Component 4: Language and Identity (coursework, 20% of qualification).
How the course is assessed
AS: 100% written examinations
A Level: 80% written examinations, 20% coursework
English A Levels are always well considered by universities and this course combines detailed analysis of language with the development of skills as both a producer and interpreter of language. The course offers opportunities in media work and journalism, law and teaching.
Teacher responsible: Mrs K Carrick