English Language - Year 12 and 13
English Language A level - Edexcel
The English Language course enables students to develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language. Students explore an exciting and varied range of written, spoken and multimodal data, allowing them to understand how and why we use language in different situations to create different effects. The varied and interesting components encourage students to engage creatively and critically with our language. Students will explore how children acquire language and how language choices can help to create personal identities. Learners will also explore language variation from Early Modern English to the present day. As well as developing their ability to interpret different forms of language, students have the opportunity to demonstrate their creative writing skills in the independent coursework unit.
Component 1: Language Variation (Exam)
Component 2: Child Language (Exam
Component 3: Investigating Language (Exam)
Component 4: Crafting Language (C/W)
Spring term 2018
Year 12 English Language
Following the Language and Identity unit, students will begin to study Language and Context, identifying how language is adapted for different purposes, audiences and formats. Students will study a wide variety of text types, including adverts, speeches, text messages and menus and applying the language frameworks and theories covered on the course.
On the other side of the course, students will continue to learn about child language acquisition, focusing on how children learn to write. Students will learn key terminology and language frameworks to analyse the different stages of writing development.
Year 13 English Language
Students will begin studying how the English language has changed from c1550 to the present day, identifying the features of Early Modern English and the factors influencing language change. The Language Variation component, which covers both language change and how individuals present a social and cultural identity, will be assessed at the end of the course and forms 35 per cent of the qualification.
On the other side of the course, students will continue their investigation into gender identity, focusing on the pre-release topic of how language is used to represent gender in children’s advertising. The Investigating Language component forms 25 per cent of the qualification.