International AS / A-level English Language

A Level English Language

The assessment of this qualification reflects the style of assessment adopted at university level, and so therefore provides an ideal platform for higher education.

These assessment styles include data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing. They help students to become excellent critical readers and evaluators of sources.

They also help students to develop and sustain arguments, as well as adopt a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

This qualification is available for teaching from September 2017 in Bahrain, China, Egypt, Indonesia, Jordan, Kuwait, Malaysia, Oman, Qatar, Saudi Arabia, Singapore, Thailand and the United Arab Emirates.

Units

Unit 1: Language and Context (AS)
Unit 2: Language and Society (AS)

Unit 3: Language Variation (A2)
Unit 4 (exam OR NEA): Language Exploration (A2)

Resits

  • Candidates may re-sit a unit any number of times.
  • The best result for each unit will count towards the final qualification.
  • Candidates who wish to repeat a qualification may do so by re-sitting one or more units.

Syllabus summary

Language and context

  • Section A: Understanding texts
    (Understanding context: audience, purpose, genre and mode.)
  • Section B: Directed writing
    (Writing to a specific brief, involving the transformation of some or all of the material in Section A in order to create a new text.)

Language and society

  • Section A: Language and social groups: texts
    (Understanding the ways in which people use language to: express identities, construct and maintain relationships, mark group membership, claim power and status, and play and entertain themselves and others.)
  • Section B: Language and social groups: writing
    (Developing the skills of academic argument in written language.)

Language variation (A-level only)

  • Section A: Learning language
  • Section B: International English

Language Exploration (A-level only)

  • Written paper (Investigating data)
  • Non-Exam Assessment (Researching an aspect of language use)

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