A Level English Language study will feature some of the following elements across the two years. On this course, learners will be required to show knowledge and understanding of spoken and written language use in a range of contexts, including how texts and discourses are shaped and interpreted.
Component 1 – Language Concepts and Issues – 30% – 2hr exam.
Section A – Analysis of Spoken Lang
Section B – Language Issues essay
Component 2 – Language Change over Time – 30% – 2hr 15 mins exam.
Section A – Language Change Over Time
Section B – English in the 21st Century
Component 3 – Creative and Critical Use of Language – 20% – 1hr 45 mins exam.
2 pieces of original writing from a choice and one commentary
Component 4 – Language and Identity – Non-exam assessment
Language Investigation 2,500 – 3500 words on a subject of your choice – 20% of the qualification.
If you have enjoyed studying English Language at GCSE and are keen to read a wide range of non-fiction and fiction texts and deepen your knowledge of how English Language works then this is a course you are likely to enjoy. If you also enjoy exploring Language Issues such as how children learn a language and how language is used to exert power then this could be a good choice for you. It is also a course which appeals to students with a keen interest in creative writing.
The course is recommended for students who enjoy analysing texts through class discussion and group work.
English Language is a course which combines very well with many other A levels such as History, Classical Civilisation, Government and Politics, Theology and Psychology.
Many students who study one or more of the sciences also enjoy English Language and the challenge of a different academic discipline. An English Language A level will lead onto the study of English Language and or Linguistics at Degree level.
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