English Language

Head of Department: Mrs A Gorman
Exam board: CIE
Qualification name: English Language
Qualification codes: International A Level 9093

What you will study
The linear course consists of four key areas of study and development covered throughout the two-year course.
Component 1: Passages
Students are required to comment on the language used in a wide range of contemporary texts which are thematically linked.
Component 2: Writing
Students are required to write two pieces of factual or imaginative writing of approximately 900 words which are thematically linked for a specific audience.
Component 3: Text Analysis
Students are required to analyse a piece of text, identifying features such as attitude, bias or prejudice.
Component 4: Language Topics
Students are required to write about two topics from a choice of three. The three topics cover spoken language and social groups, English as a global language and child language acquisition.

How you will be assessed
Component 1: A two-hour-and-15-minute written paper (25% of IAL)
Essay questions.
Component 2: A two-hour written paper (25% of IAL)
Essay questions.
Component 3: A two-hour-and-15-minute written paper (25% of IAL)
Essay questions.
Component 4: A two-hour-and-15-minute written paper (25% of IAL)
Essay questions.

Why choose English Language?
Cambridge International A Level English Language offers learners the opportunity to study the English language and its use in contemporary communication. The syllabus explores the psychology of language and how it is used in a variety of forms that embrace the spoken and digital as well as the printed word. The course develops skills in textual analysis, writing creatively, identifying and using appropriate styles and registers for different contexts, and understanding how language is used to inform and persuade.

Course requirements
It is recommended that students have attained literacy skills at a level equivalent to grade C in GCSE English Language.

Related subjects at Sixth Form
Subjects that relate well to this course include English Literature, History, Ethics and Philosophy, Politics, Psychology and Modern Languages.

Where could this lead?
English Language fosters skills in communication and leads to a wide range of career opportunities including: writing, journalism, broadcasting, personnel management, teaching, social work, copywriting, marketing and advertising.

Further important information
The English Language course requires students to write for a wide range of audiences and there are many opportunities for these skills to be fostered outside the classroom in writing for school publications and for competitions.