The aims of this course are to encourage you to develop your interest in and enjoyment of English Language as you:
- Develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
- Explore data and examples of language in use
- Engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English
- Develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language
- Independently investigate language in use
COURSE CONTENT & ASSESSMENT
The AQA A level in English Language qualification will build on the knowledge, understanding and skills established at GCSE, introducing you to the discipline of advanced language analysis and requires reading of short, non-fiction texts, all types of media texts and articles and books on topical language issues.
You will apply language concepts and methods of analysis to data, as well as applying critical and creative skills in close reading, description, evaluation, analysis, interpretation and production of texts as well as accurately using a range of terminology associated with the study of language. The term `data’ in the context of English Language A level refers to any source of English language that can be analysed. This may mean written texts, multi-modal texts or transcriptions of speech. In the course of study this may also include speech or media sources which are experienced and explored without transcription. In addition, you will be expected to critically evaluate attitudes towards language and its users and undertake independent investigations of language.
Exploring language (Component 01) offers you the opportunity to develop your ability to apply the analytical tools to texts in varying modes, as well as to engage with current debates around language use.
Dimensions of linguistic variation (Component 2) explores language use in particular contexts across time and place.
Independent language research (Component 03) allows you to pursue an independent language investigation, developing skills most valued by Higher Education and employers.
English Language offers a wide range of potential future careers including: publishing, media, journalism, public relations, teaching, university lecturing, public sector, librarianship, archiving, information and research, tourism, events management, social work, human resources, retail management, sales.
Course-specific Entry Requirements: 5 good GCSEs (C+/4+) including English Language at grade 6