AQA AS and A Level English Language

SFcopy8Studying English Language can involve exploring almost any use of words. Students will have the opportunity to study the ways English language is used in a variety of forms and contexts. For example, students may study the use and functions of language within real conversations, in social media sites such as Facebook and in a variety of written texts. At AS Level, students additionally study the exciting area of Language and Gender. Students explore how gender is represented in a range of written texts, how the English language is gendered, and how women and men speak differently. Finally, students complete two pieces of creative writing as the coursework component of the course.

There are four units in A-level English Language. You will study how to categorise, create, develop and investigate language from the past to the present day.

This course will develop students’:

  • interest in English, through learning about its structures and functions, developments and variations
  • ability to express oneself in speech and writing, producing texts for different audiences, purposes and in different genres
  • understanding of linguistic concepts and methods to analyse and investigate a variety of extracts taken from everyday sources.

At A Level, students explore how language has changed over time. Students study the history of the English language from its origins to modern day English. Students also study Child Language Acquisition, exploring how children learn and develop language. Students will culminate the course with a language investigation into a topic that they are interested in.

This course encourages you to take responsibility for your own learning and provides a strong grounding in the academic principles related to working with language data. English is a highly regarded subject that will stand you in good stead for whatever subject you choose to study at higher education level or  indeed for whatever career you choose to pursue. Universities and employers value the analytical reading skills and clarity and coherence in writing they can expect from former English Language students.

Qualification equivalence: AS/A Level
Course contact: Mr Hamilton
Assessment: Coursework and exams
Additional entry requirements: 2 Grade 6s in GCSE English Language and Literature
Suggested combinations: History, Geography
Link: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702