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AS/A2 English Language

English Language in the Sixth Form

AS/A Level English Language

The AS/A2 English Language course at Altrincham College exposes our students to the study of English language in various forms, including: reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills.

The course will introduce students to an array of analytical techniques and help them to develop their writing skills, which are essential abilities for pursuing a range of careers and higher education courses.

Entry Requirements

Five or more A* - C (9-4 under the system) grades at GCSE including English Literature and Maths.

Grade B (5/6) is required in English Language

Course Content
Unit 1 Language, The Individual and Society: Textual variations and representations; Children's language development (0-11 years); Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities. Students will be expected to study two texts and analyse how language variations are used, as well as writing a discursive essay on language development of children.
Unit 2 Language Diversity and Change: Language diversity and change; Language discourses; Writing skills; Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities. Students will be expected to write three essays on the examination paper; one on either language change or language diversity; one responding to texts provided and one piece of directed writing showing language change in action.
Non exam Assessment Language in Action - Language Investigation; Original Writing. Students produce a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total).
Learning Methods and Assessment
  • Papers One and Two will be externally assessed through examinations. Each exam will constitute 40% of the total marks for A- level, making a total of 80%.
  • Non-exam assessment: this coursework piece will be internally assessed and externally moderated and will constitute 20% of the total marks for the A-Level.
In order to prepare for the units, students will analyse and write a broad range of texts covering various purposes and intended audiences.