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GCE A Level in English Language

Cottingham High School and Sixth Form College

Harland Way, Cottingham, HU16 5PX

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

Course Summary


Currently delivered by Hessle and Wolfreton Sixth Form

Who is the course aimed at?

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

How will you learn?

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

What will you learn?

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 (2,000 - 2,500 words)

Academic poster (750 - 1,000 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 you be assessed?

Component 1: Exploring Language - 2 hour 30 minute exam 40% of A Level

Component 2: Dimensions of Linguistic Variation - 2 hour 30 minute exam 40% of A Level

Component 3: Independent Language Research - Internally assessed coursework 20% of A Level

Enrichment activities and independent learning?

Visits to facilitate linguistic research

Revision activities outside of regular lessons, both in school and at university

What or where next?

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.

More information

For more information about this course please contact the sixth form team.

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