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Building on what students know already from GCSE, our English Language specification is designed to:
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Accredited specification for the new GCE A Level English Language qualification.
Accredited specification for the new GCE AS Level English Language qualification.
An overview of our AS and A Level English qualifications for first teaching September 2015.
This learner resource should be used with the guide on how to plan for transferring from AQA to new OCR AS and A level English Language.
This guide is a suggested overview of year 12 and 13 that has been adapted from the teaching of the old specification AQA specification B.
Some practice texts to help for component one of AS paper.
Some practice texts to help for component two of AS paper.
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A learner response designed to aid teachers and learners in preparing for the third task in Paper 1 of the A Level and the second task of Paper 1 of the AS Level
Indicative candidate answers with Principal Examiner commentary.
Indicative candidate answers with Chief Examiner commentary.
Indicative candidate answers to a range of possible questions with Principal Examiner commentary.
This resource is full of teaching activities and transcripts and is aimed at preparing learners for Component 1, Question 3 of which speech and conversation are an integral part. Some of the featured activities work with any topic involving speech.
This delivery guide is designed to support teachers in the delivery of Component 1, Section B of A level English Language – writing about a topical language issue and both parts of AS component 2 – Texts and Contexts.
DG Language & Power - This resource offers suggestions of different activities to help students develop understanding of different linguistic manifestations of power, and lend themselves to the fostering of a critical consideration of this topic
A guide to help with the teaching of Language Change for Question 3, Component2 of the A Level.
Approaches to textual analysis for Component 1, Question A of the A Level.
This resource provides teacher's with various ideas of helping students with the analysis of multi-modal texts (Question 2 , Component 2 in the A level Language and in Question 2,Component 2 for AS Language.
This Delivery Guide focuses on an issue or concept related to language in use. The relevant exam questions are Question 2, Component 1 of the A Level; and Question 1, Component 2 of the AS exam.
This guide contains advice on co-teaching AS and A Level and includes an example of a schedule of teaching.
Sample scheme of work for the AS Level, taught over one year by two teachers.
Sample scheme of work for the A Level, taught over two years by two teachers.
OCR's guide to some key AS/A level English Language terms and theories with inter-linked definitions.
Guidance on the independent investigation of language in use.
The guide provides a general introduction to the differences in the two models (linear versus modular) across GCSE and A Level and the impact on you as a teaching professional.
A guide with activities for teachers to use with students to develop their understanding of the assessment objectives.
This pack provides three examples of thematically linked texts that can be used for component 01 section C of the A level and component 01 section B of the AS level.
A guide to approaching the teaching of the ‘Academic Poster’ section of the non-examined assessment (NEA).
This pack provides teacher guidance about a range of potential approaches for delivery of this topic.
A range of activities to help learners' understanding of the requirements for C01, section B of AS specification and C01, section C of A level specification.
This pack provides teacher guidance about a range of potential approaches for the delivery of language and power.
This pack provides teacher guidance about how to introduce the topic of speech, and some activities and approaches for this topic.
A range of activities to help learners' understanding of the requirements for C02, section A of AS specification and C01, section B of A Level specification.
This activity focuses on using data to support an argument or point of view in the Language Investigation.
This pack provides teacher guidance on the delivery of Using Data to Support an Argument topic.
This resource focuses on historical varieties of English which are compared in Question 3 of Component 2 of the A level.
The checkpoint task involves a comparison of two instructional texts, one from the eighteenth century, and one from the present day.
Guidance for teachers on the KS5 - HE transition guide - Checkpoint task
Focusing on the topic of reading critically this guide looks at the transition from KS4 to KS5 curriculum.
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Working in partnership with OCR, this Student Book offers clearly defined student progression through targeted support and insightful guidance paired with embedded Assessment Objectives. It provides opportunities to build on the skills acquired at GCSE, while encouraging students to become successful, independent learners.
Publication date: November 2015