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English Language - A Level

Wolfreton School and Sixth Form College

Well Lane, Willerby, HU10 6HB

GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Level 3
W4
Languages, Literature and Culture

Course Summary

English language is attractive to students who:

  • Have a genuine interest in the possibilities afforded by a structured knowledge of language within society
  • Have been successful in the subject at GCSE level
  • Enjoy critical debate
  • Are interested in any career which involves English Language, such as Journalism, law, teaching and more

Learning is through:

  • Teacher led activities and interactive teaching introducing new material
  • Regular homework tasks to consolidate new material
  • Independent learning sessions
  • Independent research and data collection
  • Use of past examination questions and mark schemes
  • Taking part in debate and discussion
  • Working in groups including making and delivering presentations
  • One to one coursework tutorials
  • Application and evaluation of critical interpretations

Enrichment activities and independent learning

  • Visits to facilitate linguistic research
  • Revision activities outside of regular lessons, both in school and at university

Course Details

You will study the following on the course:

Exploring Language

  • Language under the microscope
  • Writing about a topical language issue
  • Comparing and contrasting texts

Dimensions of Linguistic Variation

  • Child language acquisition
  • Language in the media
  • Language change

Independent Language Research

  • Investigation (2000-2500 words)
  • Academic poster (750-1000 words)

This course looks at English in its various forms and contexts. It will develop a variety of skills including critical reading, data analysis, evaluation and the ability to develop and sustain arguments.

How will it be delivered?

Component 1: Exploring Language

  • Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Component 2: Dimensions of Linguistic Variation

  • Written exam - 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 40% of A Level

Component 3: Independent Language Research

  • Internally assessed coursework
  • 20% of A Level

Your next steps...

Future opportunities to follow English related degree courses at university or college include English language, linguistics, journalism, teacher training and joint English.

Future opportunities for work in the field of English language include publishing, media, law, speech therapy, teaching, journalism and more.


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