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English language

Studying English language at A level includes opportunities to develop creative writing skills whilst also investigating why certain features of language exist. The context covered is a relevant and up-to-date reflection of contemporary language study, exploring ways in which language can be manipulated, as well as considering how people adapt their language according to who they are speaking to.

Choosing English language at A level has given me a fascinating insight into how language is used in a variety of contexts, which will benefit me in my future career path.
Year 13 students

With text and data-based sources of language, students explore English in its various forms of contexts, with the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis of language. These key skills underpin all elements of the course.

In the study of Language, the Individual and Society, students study textual variations and representations, exploring how writers use language to position the audience. In addition, students also study children's written and spoken language development.

In the study of Language Diversity and Change, students explore the connections between language and age, language and occupation and language and gender. Additionally, students study language change along with accent and dialect. 

During the course, students have the opportunity to produce their own original writing and undertake a language investigation on an area of personal interest involving language.

 

YEAR 12

 

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.
  • Students will demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.
  • Students will analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.
  • Students will be able to explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.
  • Students will demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Topics taught

  • An introduction to linguistic terminology.
  • Representations of texts and audiences.
  • Language and gender.
  • Writing for different purposes including storytelling, to inform etc.
  • Language and occupation.
  • Accent and dialect.

 

YEAR 13

 

Learning outcomes

  • Students will be able to apply appropriate methods of language analysis, using associated terminology and coherent written expression.
  • Students will demonstrate critical understanding of concepts and issues relevant to language use.
  • Students will analyse and evaluate how contextual factors and language features are associated with the construction of meaning.
  • Students will be able to explore connections across texts, informed by linguistic concepts and methods.
  • Students will demonstrate expertise and creativity in the use of English to communicate in different ways.

Topics taught

  • Child language acquisition.
  • Language and age.
  • Language and occupation.
  • Investigations.
  • Retrieval, revision and consolidation of Year 12 topics.
  • Exam preparation.

 

Link to exam specification

 

 

http://filestore.aqa.org.uk/resources/english/specifications/AQA-7701-7702-SP-2015.PDF