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Prince William School

English Language

English Language Overview:

The English Language course is designed to suit students who are scientific, creative and imaginative. Over the two years of the course, the areas of study and investigation are based on analysis, creativity and research into the wider social and political issues raised by language use. There is a considerable amount of freedom to study in fields and write in genres, which suit one’s own academic development and progress to an extent not experienced in GCSE language work.

A Level Course:

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

Section A: Textual Variations and Representations - Students should study a range of texts: about various subjects, from various writers and speakers, for various audiences, for various purposes, in a variety of genres, using a variety of modes (written, spoken, electronic), from different times, from different places (global, national, regional).

Section B: Children’s Language Development - Students should explore how children develop their spoken and written skills.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

Section A: Language Diversity and Change - The aim of this area of study is to allow students to explore language diversity and change over time.

Section B: Language Discourses - Students should study a range of examples of language in use and research data to inform their study of diversity and change.

Non-examination Assessment: Language in Action

Language Investigation - Students may choose to pursue an area of individual interest. For example, this might include studies of: representations of different individuals, social groups or nationalities, regional dialect etc.

Original Writing - Students will produce one piece of original writing based on one of the following three areas: The Power of Persuasion, The Power of Storytelling and The Power of Information.

Assessment objectives:

AO1:  Apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression

AO2:  Demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use

AO3:  Analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning

AO4:  Explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods

AO5:  Demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways

Extra-Curricular Activities/Independent Learning Opportunities:

We place strong emphasis on academic learning beyond the classroom and the prescribed specifications. We expect Sixth Form students to work independently and to take full advantage of the resources that the Library and academic departments provide. The extra-curricular life of Prince William School is varied, from theatre productions, a trip to New York and Washington (which focuses on exploring wider contexts and the construction of identity through language) to visits from authors as well as University visits. All pupils are expected to play a full and active part in the extra-curricular life of the School.

Additionally, the school offers opportunities for students to act as learning mentors for Reading and Literacy with younger students.

Specification:
https://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-7701-7702-SP-2015.PDF

 

 

Cycle 1

Cycle 2

Cycle 3

Cycle 4

Cycle 5

Cycle 6

Year 13 English Lang Non-Exam Assessment Development and Drafting

MOCKS: 26TH NOV – 30TH MARCH

PAPER 1 + PAPER 2

Paper 1 Review: Child Development Analysing and Comparing Texts                  COURSEWORK DEADLINE

Paper 2 Review:

Evaluative Writing

Theory and Concepts

Writing for Different Audiences

MOCKS: 11TH MARCH – 22ND MARCH

PAPER 1 + PAPER 2

 

Paper 1 and Paper 2: Targeted Skill Focus

Paper 1 and Paper 2 Revision

 

20TH MAY AM PAPER 1 A LEVEL EXAM

4TH JUNE AM PAPER 2 A LEVEL EXAM