Specification: AQA B
Our A level English Language specification offers opportunities for students to develop their subject expertise by exploring key language concepts and engaging with a range of texts and discourses. The specification explores the study of English language both as a medium of communication and as a topic in its own right, with an emphasis on the ability of students to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts produced by others and debate different views.
For the A Level qualification you will study for two more exams and one non-exam assessment:
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 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 and piece of original writing totalling 3500 words.
Paper 1 & Paper 2: 2 exams of 2 hours 30 minutes each = 80% of A Level Language investigation & creative writing = 20% of A Level.
Students can be accepted onto the course if they have passed GCSE at grade 5 or higher in English Language; grade 6 or above is a good indicator of their aptitude for study at this level.
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.
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