The aims of this course are to encourage you to develop your interest in all aspects of the English language – from language and gender, to the history of English, to how social media influences our language use. You will:
- Engage with exciting text and data-based sources of language from all around the world
- Read widely and independently a range of texts from newspapers and magazines to conversation transcripts to texts written 250 years ago.
- Learn to identify and analyse the data of language
- Carry out surveys on family and friends about their language use
- Build on your GCSE skills to write discursive texts, directed writing, original writing and research-based investigative writing
- Learn to evaluate and sustain arguments
COURSE CONTENT AND ASSESSMENT
AQA English Language AS
Two papers of 1h30 mins each. Paper 1 examines your ability to analyse and compare 2 unseen texts. Paper 2 requires you to write a discursive essay on language diversity and a directed writing task on attitudes to language
AQA English Language A Level
Two papers of 2 hours and 30 minutes each. Paper one examines your ability to analyse and compare two unseen texts, as well as a discursive essay on Children’s Language Development. Paper 2 requires you to write an essay on either language diversity or language change and analysis of two unseen texts.
Non-exam assessment: Language in Action
You will have to produce a 2,000 word investigation into an area of your choice. This is accompanied by a 1,500 word piece of original writing and commentary to accompany your language investigation.
English Language offers a wide range of potential future careers including: journalism, teaching, language therapist, social worker, marketing and PR, human resources, media. The reading and writing skills acquired are also helpful for other A level subjects.
5 good GCSEs (4+) including English Language and/or English Literature at grade 6+