Dept - English
Type of Qualifcation - AS/A2
Exam Board - AQA
Additional Entry Requirements -
Grade 6 at GCSE English Language recommended
The course aims to:
– introduce students to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. It also introduces students to the study of children´s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they are able to understand and express themselves through language.
– enable students to explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts. They will explore processes of language change. Students will also be required to study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.
– allow students to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon their own writing expertise.
AS Units – Language and the Individual; Language Varieties
A2 Units – Language, the Individual and Society; Language Diversity and Change; Language in Action (Non-exam assessment – Language Investigation and Original Writing)
Style of Assessment
AS – Two papers (each 50%, both 1 hour 30 minutes)
A2 – Two papers (each 40%, both 2 hours 30 minutes), Non-exam assessment (20%)
Whose kind of course?
Anyone who is interested in reading for English, Law or a Humanities based degree should consider this course. There are also socio-linguistic features of the course which support Sociology and some aspects of Psychology A level courses.
Additionally, anyone who is reading for a humanities-based A level and wishes to improve their skills of analysis and evaluation for enhanced essay writing might also find this course extremely useful.
Beyond the Classroom
Students are encouraged to read extensively beyond the texts studied in lessons. In order to maximize their chances of achieving the highest possible grade, they should read recommended journals and study guides as well as reading a range of texts suggested by teachers. Conference trips and other linked extra-curricular activities are regularly organized by the department.
Any career that involves analysis or high levels of clear communication.