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English Language

Subject Area: English
Level: TWO-YEAR A Level
Exam Board: AQA
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What do I need to study this course?

GCSE Grade 6 or above in GCSE English Language.


What will I study?

English Language offers you the opportunity to explore how and why language works. You will be encouraged to look very carefully and systematically at written and spoken English, examining a wide variety of texts, including letters, emails, texts and tweets, using a very diverse range of approaches or frameworks, and from the 1800s to the present day. You will apply theories from academic research to language, which comes from your own observation, and assess the part that context plays in our use of language.

You will apply your skills by writing your own text e.g. a piece of creative writing or journalism. You will learn about how children acquire language skills and how English has changed and developed over the years.

FIRST YEAR OF A LEVEL
Language, the Individual and Society – you will explore questions concerning the ways different writers and speakers represent people and ideas in texts, comparing the methods they use. You will also study how language varies amongst and between different genders, ages, social classes, regions and occupations.

SECOND YEAR OF A LEVEL
Language acquisition, diversity and change – you will learn about how language has changed since 1600 to the present day and how children learn to speak, read and write. You will also build a coursework folder, consisting of a report on a language investigation of your own choosing and a piece of original writing.

There are 3 units to study in the A level course: 2 units are examined and one unit is coursework.


What next?

This course is an ideal qualification for a degree in Journalism, Writing, English Studies or Linguistics or in a Humanities subject where it is important to be able to examine texts closely.