– You will need to achieve the pathway criteria, please see the prospectus for further information
– You will need to achieve a Grade 5 or above in GCSE English Language.
AS Assessment Two examinations each worth 50%
A Level Assessment Two examinations each worth 40% and one coursework element worth 20%.
Awarding Body/Specifications: AQA
Advanced Level (A Level):
Language is an ever-changing means of communication, which evolves as we do. Whether it is the influence of William the Conqueror in
1066 or the latest teenage buzzwords, our range of vocabulary and means of expression move with the times. If you are interested in exploring how your language
has come about and what influences it, then this course is for you. In a world where communication in a range of media is enormously important, this course makes
a real contribution to developing an understanding of why ‘language is power’.
The following units will be covered on this course:
AS – Year 12 Unit
Unit 1: Language and the Individual
The aim of this unit is to introduce students to language study, exploring
textual variety. This unit introduces students to methods of language
analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and
Unit 2: Language Varieties
The aim of this unit is to allow students to explore language variety. Students
will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and will
explore language in its wider social and geographical contexts. Students will
study varieties of English within the British Isles. This unit will also require
students to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language, diversity
A Level – Year 13 Unit
Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society
You will be introduced to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of
audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation and the study of children’s
language development, and explore how children learn language and how they
understand and express themselves through language.
Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change
You will study the key concepts of audience, purpose, genre and mode and
exploration of language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts
including the processes of language change. You will study social attitudes to, and
debates about, language diversity and change.
Language in Action
You will explore and learn to analyse language data independently to develop and
reflect upon your own writing expertise, requiring you to carry out individual
research, a language investigation and a piece of original writing and commentary.
Advanced Subsidiary (AS):
If you choose to study this subject for one year only you will be awarded the AS Level. You will cover AS unit content for papers 1 and 2 and sit public
examinations in Year 12.
Understanding how language works as a system and having the ability to manipulate language is a life skill. The course could lead to Language Studies at Higher Education, Teaching, Social Work, Journalism and other Media Work, Local Government or the Civil Service: in fact, to any area where communication and people are important.
Opportunities: Regular background reading is encouraged throughout the course. The A Level coursework is a brilliant opportunity to follow up a personal linguistic interest in detail.
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