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A-level English Language

English Language students explore ways of analysing texts and spoken interaction systematically using new frameworks of technical terminology.

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Exam Board: AQA

English Language

At Bosworth, English Language students explore ways of analysing texts and spoken interaction systematically using new frameworks of technical terminology. Students do not spend time looking at ‘set texts’ but, instead, focus on everyday language and interaction in a variety of forms.

Entry Requirements

Students have usually studied English at GCSE (or equivalent) and achieved a grade 5/6 or above. Lessons involve both individual and group work, so students are expected to be willing to become actively involved in discussion and even lead debates on occasion.

Course Content

In Year 12, students will develop knowledge of key linguistic theory and concepts covering a range of topics: these include Gender, Dialect and Accent, Political Correctness and Social Values, amongst others.

In Year 13, the course continues with the study of the Acquisition and Development of Children’s Language, the History and Diversity of English Language, along with the social and cultural influences that cause it to change. There is also a coursework component that requires one piece of independent creative writing and another piece containing a language investigation.

Where Does it Lead?

Studying English Language can be challenging but it is also immensely rewarding. It not only provides students with a widely respected A-level but is an enjoyable experience that enriches their minds.

This subject combines well with others such as Psychology, Law, Sociology, History, Media, Modern Foreign Languages, Business, Economics and even Computer Science.

Assessment

A-level (Years 12-13)
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There are two written examinations:

Paper 1: Language and the Individual: Students explore methods of language analysis, along with textual variations and representations. Paper 1 is a written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

Paper 2: Language Varieties: Students again explore methods of language analysis, assessing language diversity and demonstrating writing skills. Paper 2 is a written exam lasting 1 hour and 30 minutes.

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