Unit 1: Language Today
Students will explore how language choices reflect the identity of the user and how language use varies in context across a variety of contemporary methods of communication. Written, spoken and electronic texts will be explored in detail.
Unit 2: Exploring the Writing Process
Students create a portfolio that includes two creative pieces. These will be supported by analytical commentaries of their own work. They will explore the techniques of a variety of genres in order to produce effective texts for specific genres, audiences and purposes.
Unit 3: Language Investigation
Students will identify an aspect of language suitable for a research investigation, decide on the focus of their investigation, collect data, analyse it and draw relevant conclusions relating to the focus of the investigation.
Unit 4: Language Diversity and Child Language Acquisition
Students will learn about origin, development and variation of language. Students will look at how and why English has changed over time, the development of English as a world language and the development of children’s spoken and written language.
Assessment will take the form of internal assessment and written examinations.
Internal assessment will involve a folder of the students’ own writing and an investigation they have chosen.
Written examinations explore the contextual factors of language use in the written, spoken and electronic texts and how people present themselves through language.
Internally assessed coursework of 2,500 – 3,000 words maximum. For assessment, students will present an investigation on a topic of their own choice, utilising a methodology they have selected.
Externally assessed examination: 2 hours 45 minutes. For assessment, students will complete questions from two sections.
METHODS OF STUDY
Class discussion, lectures, group presentation, group investigations, poster work, library research, individual research, written assignments, audio/DVDs and ICT.
Please see page 26 for general entry requirements.
In addition, to study this subject you will need a grade B or above in English or English Language GCSE.
English Language is a recognised and respected A Level qualification, which demonstrates clear understanding of different writing styles. It is, therefore, a useful and worthy qualification in terms of progression to university and/or a career.
Possible career options include journalism, law, media, business management, leisure, and teaching.