English Language A Level
IN THE FIRST YEAR STUDENTS STUDY:
Component 1: Language: Context and Identity:
This component introduces students to how language is used in data from a range of sources. Students will explore how the contexts of production and reception affect language choices. Students will also explore how writers and speakers present themselves to their audiences, constructing identities through their language choices.
Component 2: Child Language
In this component, students will explore the development of both speech and writing in children between the ages of 0 and 8. Students will focus on the spoken language acquisition of children and will explore how children learn to write. Students will be able to analyse child language and apply appropriate theories of children’s language development, in both creative and essay responses.
IN THE SECOND YEAR STUDENTS STUDY:
Language variation over time (language change)
Reading child language acquisition
Language investigation skills
Internally assessed coursework portfolio
3 written exams and a coursework portfolio:
Component 1: Language Variation 2 hours and 15 minutes;
Component 2: Child Language 1 hour;
Component 3: Investigating Language 1 hour 45 minutes;
Coursework: crafting Language (internal assessment)
Four GCSEs Grade 6 or above including Grade 6 in English Language. We are looking for evidence of being able to write, so Grade 6 in History, Sociology or English Literature are key more than maths and sciences.
In Year 2, students will produce a coursework portfolio which will include:
Assignment 1: two pieces of original writing from the same genre, differentiated by function and/or audience
Assignment 2: one commentary, reflecting on the two pieces they have produced.
The word count will be 2500–3000 words. The coursework is only available in Year 2.
More information – See Ms El-Darsh or Ms Hunt.