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English language - AS/A level

AS level

What will I learn?

AS English language is very different from GCSE though many skills learnt at this level are very useful. The aims of the course are: to increase awareness of the kind of language that surrounds us in both written and spoken form; to develop your written English for a variety of audiences and purposes; to closely analyse written and spoken language.

What skills do I need?

The ability to form a personal response to what you read and hear; enjoy personal reading; a willingness to do research and background reading; commitment and enthusiasm!

Students who do well in English language typically have A*- B GCSE grades in English literature and language.

How is the course graded?

AS English language is a stand-alone one year course.

Component 1

Section A (spoken language of media) - one question is based on the reading of unseen transcripts (50 marks).

Section B Analysis of unseen text (50 marks).

Component 2

Section A (investigating data) - one question based on a corpus of data. The question is presented in several parts (50 marks).

Section B (creative writing) - one original writing task from a choice of two. One commentary (50 marks).

A level

What will I learn?

The aims of the course are to increase awareness of the kind of language that surrounds us in both written and spoken form; to develop your written English for a variety of audiences and purposes; to closely analyse written and spoken language.

What skills do I need?

The ability to form a personal response to what you read and hear; enjoy personal reading; a willingness to do research and background reading; commitment and enthusiasm!

Students who do well in English language typically have A*- B GCSE grades in English literature and language.

How is the course graded?

A level English language builds on the skills and knowledge attained during study of AS level English language. Study will include the following:

Component one: Language concepts and issues

Written exam: Two hours / 30% of qualification

Section A: Analysis of spoken language – one question requiring analysis of at least two transcriptions.

Section B: Language issues – one question from a choice of three based on the study of four topic areas.

Component two: Language change over time

Written exam: 2 ¼ hours / 30% of qualification

Section A: Language change over time – one multi part question and one essay question analysing language change over time.

Section B: English in the 21st Century – one question based on the ways language is used in the twenty-first century.

Component Three: Creative and critical use of language

Written exam: 1 ¾ hours / 20% of qualification

One question, from a choice of two, requiring two original writing responses and one commentary. Language and Identity Non-exam assessment: 2500-3500 word folder (80 marks) 20% of qualification.

What is next for me after this course?

This subject is applicable for just about everything you may want to do. You could go on to many degree courses which could then lead into careers such as: teaching, media, advertising, PR, PA, writing, administration, management, journalism, local government work, website production.