What’s English Language and Philosophy and Ethics like?

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Quite a self-explanatory title. I’m about to start sixth form and I have chosen the following a-level subjects: English Language, Sociology and Philosophy and Ethics.

I’m quite set with English and Socioloy but for English I don’t actually know what I’m in for. Is there a speaking exam? Is it really different to GCSE English Language?

And for Philisophy and Ethics, I chose this purely because I like debates and because I did somewhat well on the RS exam. What’s it like? Is it actually as hard as people say it is? What jobs can you get from studying it? This is the subject that I didn’t even think about until someone suggested it to me on the day of applying for sixth form, it was a rather spontaneous decision which I am not so sure, looking back, was a good one.

All insight would be appreciated x
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Quite a self-explanatory title. I’m about to start sixth form and I have chosen the following a-level subjects: English Language, Sociology and Philosophy and Ethics.

I’m quite set with English and Socioloy but for English I don’t actually know what I’m in for. Is there a speaking exam? Is it really different to GCSE English Language?

And for Philisophy and Ethics, I chose this purely because I like debates and because I did somewhat well on the RS exam. What’s it like? Is it actually as hard as people say it is? What jobs can you get from studying it? This is the subject that I didn’t even think about until someone suggested it to me on the day of applying for sixth form, it was a rather spontaneous decision which I am not so sure, looking back, was a good one.

All insight would be appreciated x
Hey!

I study RS at A-Level, and studied English Language last year at AS too so hopefully can be of some help!

No speaking exam in A-Level Lang no, one paper is fairly similar to GCSE in that you have to analyse a text and write about how that text creates meanings and representations. (Effect on the reader basically!). The other paper is completely different in that you adopt almost a scientific approach to the study of language. You will have to remember theorists studies into areas such as how you age, gender, sexuality or occupation affect the way in which you speak. In Y13 you'll then also look at language acquisition (how babies learn to speak) and language change (historical approach, how language has changed over time). This is for the AQA exam board, but other boards will be similar too.

You'll definitely have plenty of debates in Philosophy and Ethics as it is a largely subjective subject. Your ethics units will basically be looking at different ethical systems (different ways of making decisions). E.G. Situation Ethics - Do the most loving thing. You'll go into detail on some theories, and need to remember quotes from critics of the theory too. Your philosophy units will then be looking at ways in which people have tried to answer the questions Does God Exist? Finally you'll study a religious component in which you look at the core beliefs, scripture etc. of one set religious group. Philosophy is a demanding subject as it is essay based, and you will need to remember quotes. However, I personally find it entirely manageable.

Hope this helped. Any questions feel free to reply and ask!
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Hey!

I study RS at A-Level, and studied English Language last year at AS too so hopefully can be of some help!

No speaking exam in A-Level Lang no, one paper is fairly similar to GCSE in that you have to analyse a text and write about how that text creates meanings and representations. (Effect on the reader basically!). The other paper is completely different in that you adopt almost a scientific approach to the study of language. You will have to remember theorists studies into areas such as how you age, gender, sexuality or occupation affect the way in which you speak. In Y13 you'll then also look at language acquisition (how babies learn to speak) and language change (historical approach, how language has changed over time). This is for the AQA exam board, but other boards will be similar too.

You'll definitely have plenty of debates in Philosophy and Ethics as it is a largely subjective subject. Your ethics units will basically be looking at different ethical systems (different ways of making decisions). E.G. Situation Ethics - Do the most loving thing. You'll go into detail on some theories, and need to remember quotes from critics of the theory too. Your philosophy units will then be looking at ways in which people have tried to answer the questions Does God Exist? Finally you'll study a religious component in which you look at the core beliefs, scripture etc. of one set religious group. Philosophy is a demanding subject as it is essay based, and you will need to remember quotes. However, I personally find it entirely manageable.

Hope this helped. Any questions feel free to reply and ask!
Hey, yeah it helped massively, thank you!

I’ve got just a few questions. In English Lang is there any creative writing involved? My spec is either AQA or Edexcel, I can’t rememeber what they told me. And if you have an idea, what job are you hoping to do in the future? Because right now I have no clue what I could do with these A-Levels besides journalism.
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Hey, yeah it helped massively, thank you!

I’ve got just a few questions. In English Lang is there any creative writing involved? My spec is either AQA or Edexcel, I can’t rememeber what they told me. And if you have an idea, what job are you hoping to do in the future? Because right now I have no clue what I could do with these A-Levels besides journalism.
Hey!

So for AQAs Specification there is creative writing involved. At AS Level you have to write an opinion article about one of the language topics (language and age, gender etc.), including theorists. This changes at A2 and the creative writing becomes NEA (Non-Exam Assessment, Coursework if you like) on any topic of your choice. You have to choose yourself a style model that you try to mimic in certain ways (use similar techniques, styles structures etc.) and write a commentary on how your article is similar to your style model.

I'm either wanting to go into the Civil Service or into Teaching at the moment. Humanities based A-Levels like Lit/P&E can lead to a range of degrees leading to employment (or direct employment) in areas such as law, journalism, PR/Communications, teaching, charity sector, local government sector, politics. Many graduate schemes in accountancy, consultancy, the civil service and the charity sector are open to all graduates, regardless of degree subject.
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