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English Language

Course Title

English Language

Qualification

A LEVEL (7702), AS (7701)

Exam Board

AQA

Website

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

General Course Description

 

 

 

 

 

 

This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate language in all its varied and exciting forms. It also allows to recreate language and write creatively for a specific audience and purpose.

You will be expected to learn the terminology, methods and processes that you need to analyse the language of English.

You will be exploring data about language and transcripts of dialogue as well.

You will be preparing to use these skills in examinations and coursework pieces.

Course Content and Teaching Units

 

 

 

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society

You will study a range of texts, audiences and genres. You will learn comprehensive methods of language analysis in areas such as:

  • Grammar
  • Lexis
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse

You will explore how representations are produced and you will also study child language development.

Paper 2: Language diversity and change

In this unit you will identify, research and explore how language has changed, the process by which the changes occur and how diversity is created.

You will explore areas such as dialect, sociolect and idiolect. Areas such as age and gender are always particularly interesting for students in this unit.

This unit will build on your methods of analysis introduced in Unit 1 and also allows you to debate issues in greater depth.

In the exam, you will also be required to write creatively in response to some of the texts you have analysed and evaluated.

Coursework

You will complete two pieces of coursework totalling 3500 words.

Your first piece is an Original Writing assignment, which allows you to write creatively at length, expressing many of the ideas you have analysed over the duration of the course.

Your second piece is a Language Investigation. You will explore an area of language which particularly interests you, collect data and research, before writing your findings and conclusions. This is always an individual and fascinating task in which you get to express your ideas about something that personally interests you.

Entry Requirements

 GCSE English Language - High Grade 5 or better

Assessment

 

 

 

 

Paper 1: Language, the individual and society (2 hour 30 minute exam) 40%

Paper 2: Language diversity and change (2 hour 30 minute exam) 40%

Coursework (2 pieces: 1 language investigation, 1 creative writing) 20%

Progression Opportunities

 

 

 

 

As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas.

In 2016, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham and Durham University:

English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing.

Further Information about our courses including results

 

 

 

At A2 in 2016, for the outgoing A Level English Language course (not the one being offered from 2015 onwards), 47% of students gained A*-B.

For the new course, beginning in September 2015, our AS results were 33% A*-B, which represents a solid performance in the first year of specifications and these examinations in particular. In English Language in general, our results improved significantly in 2016, reflected at KS4 in particular as well with 89% of our students gaining an A*-C grade and 40% achieving an A or A*. You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching.

As a department, we also offer A Level English Literature.

English Literature

Course Title

English Literature

Qualification

A LEVEL (7717) AS (7716)

Exam Board

AQA

Website

http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-literature-b-7716-7717

General Course Description

 

 

 

 

This course allows you to explore, discuss, analyse and evaluate a range of literature of all genres.

You will be expected to read at length, bringing your own insights to modern and classic texts, as well as exploring the texts from various literary theory perspectives.

You will be preparing texts for examination and for coursework.

Course Content and Teaching Units

 

 

 

Literary Genres: Tragedy

In this unit you study 3 main texts linked to the genre of tragedy: King Lear (or another related Shakespeare play), Death of a Salesman and poetry by John Keats. You will be assessed on these texts via examination in Y13.

Texts and Genres: Political and Social Protest

In this unit you will study three main texts for assessment via examination in Y13: Songs of Innocence and Experience by William Blake, The Kite Runner by Khaled Hosseini and The Handmaid’s Tale by Margaret Atwood. You will also be taught how to respond to a variety of unseen pieces of literature in preparation for an unseen passage in the examination.

Coursework

You will complete two pieces of coursework which explore potential meanings in literary texts using critical theory and ideas (e.g. Marxist criticism, feminism…). Currently, we teach The Bloody Chamber by Angela Carter as our first coursework text, but due to the ever changing nature of literary theory and contemporary literature, we have a free and flexible choice in these pieces. This gives our students the chance to be really individual and give original and personal insights into fascinating texts.

Entry Requirements

 GCSE English Literature - High Grade 5 or better

Assessment

 

 

Paper 1: Aspects of Tragedy (2 hour 30 minute exam - closed book) 40%

Paper 2: Texts and Genres (3 hour exam - open book) 40%

Coursework (2 essays) 20%

Progression Opportunities

 

 

 

 

As with all Arts subjects, English courses offer entry to a huge range of further course and careers. Whether you are interested in courses and careers such as teaching, law, journalism or civil service roles, or you are seeking an alternative to your other courses to provide variety to your CV, you could not select a better course than English Literature. It provides you the opportunity to develop higher level thinking, discussion and writing skills, as well as exploring a huge variety of topics, contextual settings and wider ideas.

In 2016, students who studied our English courses have progressed to study some of the following courses in universities such as University of Sheffield, University of Birmingham and Durham University:

English Language and Literature, Law, Sociology, Criminology, Journalism, Psychology, Creative Writing, Medical Anthropology, History, Accounting and Finance and Nursing.

Further Information about our courses including results

 

 

 

At A” in 2016, for the outgoing A Level English Literature course (not the one being offered from 2015 onwards), 57% of students gained A*-B.

For the new course, beginning in September 2015, our AS results were excellent: 54% A*-B, but with many students being targeted a grade C, this gave us an ALPS grade of 2, which is outstanding. This supports our improving trend of results, reflected at KS4 as well. You will be studying a course in a department which has a proven record of outstanding teaching.

This improvement is also reflected in the increased participation for A Level English Literature, with double the number of students taking the course in 2016 than were studying a year previously.

We also offer A Level English Language.