English Language - Year 12 and 13
English Language A level - Edexcel - specification code 9ENO
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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)
Year 12 English Language
Following an interesting introduction to the course, where students think in depth about their own language use, they will begin to study Individual Variation. They will explore how the way we speak creates an identity through a range of texts, including adverts, speeches, text messages, menus, interviews and blogs.
On the other side of the course, students will be introduced to the fascinating and varied topic of Child Language Acquisition. Students will focus on how children learn to speak as well as write and apply theoretical knowledge to these studies.
7 - 15 January 2019 - Mock exam period
23 April - 1 May - Mock exam period
Year 13 English Language
After completing their Crafting Language courswork on both sides of the course, 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 move on to Investigating Language. They will get the opportunity to explore a particular strand of language, such as the Power of Gender, which will focus on the January pre-release. This component is worth 25 per cent of the qualification.
Exam dates (provisional)
Paper 1 - Language Variation - 2 hours 15 minutes - 20 May 2019
Paper 2 - Child Language - 1 hour - 4 June 2019
Paper 3 - Investigating Language - 1 hour 45 minutes - 6 June 2019