English Language A Level (See Option Blocks on our website)

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
We are only accepting one application per candidate.

What will you be working towards?

Code ND10
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Key skills developed through studying English Language. These specifications provide opportunities for developing and generating evidence for assessing the following key skills: - Communication, IT, Working with Others and Improving Own Learning and Performance.

Details

The A level specifications cover knowledge and understanding of the following areas:

Year 1 - Skills to be covered:

  • Language methods
  • Language meanings and representations (spoken, written and multimodal texts)
  • Language Varieties (sociolects and dialects)
  • Directed Writing (on attitudes to language, e.g. write an opinion article)

 

Year 2-further skills to be covered for full A level:

  • Investigation
  • Original Writing and Commentary
  • Language Change (from 1600)
  • Ethnicity
  • World Englishes
  • Child Language Acquisition

Language methods to assist with the systematic study and alalysis of language include: phonology, phonetics and prosody, lexis, grammar, graphology, discourse, pragmatics and semantics.

How will it be delivered?

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society1

 

What's assessed:

� Textual variations and representations

� Children's language development (0-11 years)

� Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

� 100 marks

� 40% of A-level

 

 

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

 

What's assessed:

� Language diversity and change

� Language discourses

� Writing skills

� Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes

� 100 marks

� 40% of A-level

 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

 

What's assessed:

� Language Investigation

� Original Writing and Commentary

� Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

Method of Assessment

� Word count: 3,500

� 100 marks

� 20% of A-level

� Assessed by teachers

� Moderated by AQA

 

Tasks - Students produce:

� a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)

� a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Entry requirements

Students should have a grade 5 or above in English Language and English Literature GCSE. 

 

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Your next steps...

There are over 1,700 degree programmes in English and the following are some of the other courses which list A level English as a preferred or required subject: - Law, Journalism, American Studies, Creative Writing, Cultural Studies, Film Studies, Media, Theatre Studies.