Specification: AQA B
Qualification: A Level
English Language is the study of how and why we communicate effectively. Our specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject knowledge by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of different texts. The specification explores the study of English language both as a medium of communication, as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to explore existing research, analyse texts produced by others, and debate different views. Topic areas include childrens’ language development; language and gender and how English has changed over the last 400 years.
Paper 1 (Language, the individual and society): two sections.
Section A: Textual variations and representations – two questions on unseen texts (one contemporary and one older) and one question comparing the two texts.
Section B: Children’s language development – a discursive essay on children’s language development.
Paper 2 (Language diversity and change): two sections.
Section A: Diversity and change – choice of two evaluative essays on either language diversity (gender, occupation, regional variation etc) or language change.
Section B: Language discourses – two texts linked to diversity/change topic, one analysis question and one directed writing task linked to the same topic.
Non-exam assessment – a language investigation (2000 words) and a piece of original writing with a commentary totalling (1500 words in total – 750 words each).
Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes each = 40% of A Level
Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes each = 40% of A Level
Language investigation & creative writing = 20% of A Level
Studying English Language can lead to a wide variety of careers, including teaching, speech and language therapy, journalism, writing, marketing, PR, script writing, law, politics, research and the civil service. It can also indirectly support other careers by improving written and verbal communication, as well as referencing/research skills.
Grade 5 or better in English Language GCSE
There are no set texts for this course, although students will be encouraged to buy a course textbook and reference materials like language encyclopaedias. These will cost between £15 and £20 each.