English Language

Exam Board                                    AQA A LEVEL ENGLISH LANGUAGE

 

Description  

A Level English Language is a Linear course

 

Skills developed by the course encourage you to deepen your interest and enjoyment in the use of English as you:

 

Ø  develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language

 

Ø  undertake independent investigative work related to language in use

 

Ø  engage creatively and independently with a varied programme for the study of English from the past to the present day

 

Ø  develop your skills as producers and interpreters of language

 

 

Course content

 

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

What’s assessed

  • Textual variations and representations
  • Children’s language development (0-11 years)

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Section A – Textual Variations and Representations

Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.

  • A question requiring analysis of one text
  • A question requiring analysis of a second text
  • A question requiring comparison of the two texts

Section B – Children’s Language Development

A discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language (30 marks) Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

 

 

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

Assessed

  • written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • 100 marks
  • 40% of A-level

Section A – Diversity and Change

One question from a choice of two:

Either: an evaluative essay on language diversity

Or: an evaluative essay on language change

 

Section B – Language Discourses

Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change.

  • A question requiring analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions
  • A directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts

 

 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action

 

What’s assessed

  • Language Investigation
  • Original Writing
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed

  • Word count: 3,500
  • 100 marks
  • 20% of A-level
  • Assessed by teachers
  • Moderated by AQA

 

Tasks

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

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

Enrichment opportunities  

1.      Creative writing workshop

2.      Emagazine Language Conference

3.      British Library exhibition workshops

4.      Sounds Familiar and Exploring texts workshops at British Library

 

Assessment  

Students are assessed in school using exam questions, knowledge and understanding tests language levels, group research and presentation activities as well as regular homework tasks.

 

Students sit two exams at the end of Year 13 and submit one component of coursework.