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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?

A level English Language is recommended for those who are curious about how and why language works and would like to discuss this with others. It encourages you to look at written and spoken English meticulously and systematically, examining a wide variety of texts dating from the 1800s to the present day, including letters, emails, texts and tweets. You will use a very diverse range of approaches or frameworks and apply theories from academic research. In the examination, you will analyse texts and examine the role language plays in society, including language from different regions and language used by different groups of people. You will also put language theories to the test in a language investigation of your own choosing.

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 between 1600 and 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 three units to study in the A level course; two units are examined and the third is coursework-based.


What next?

This A level is an ideal qualification for degree courses such as Journalism, Creative Writing, English Studies, or Linguistics, or in a humanities subject where it is important to be able to examine texts closely.