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English Language A Level

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Website

https://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

 

Units

1 Textual Meanings and Representations

You will receive a thorough grounding in grammar and syntax, allowing you to decode the subtle ways language is used to communicate, influence and manipulate in spoken and written texts.  Why do we say ‘climate change’ not ‘global warming ?  How do adverts get inside our heads?

2 Language Diversity

Why the way we speak is a sign of who we are. People speak different types of English in different parts of the UK and around the world.  But do men and women speak differently? What about teenage slang? How does ethnicity, sexuality or even social class affect the way people speak?

3 Language Change

Where English comes from and how Language changes.  From Proto- Indo European words spoken 8000 years ago to new words like ‘selfie’ and ‘pwned’, you will discover  how and why English constantly evolves

4 Child Language Acquisition

How our amazing infant brains acquire language. How do tiny babies manage to learn English from zero words to fully fluent in a few short years? Are they ‘pre-programmed’ to pick up a language, or do they learn from the adults around them? And how do mistakes like ‘I goed home’ help us answer these questions? 

5 Investigation Coursework

Your chance to contribute to the intellectual discussion on English. Choose any of the theories from the four topics above.  Create a hypothesis based on the theories you have learnt, then record friends, family and others in conversation to test it! This is then written up as a scientific report.

6 Original Writing Coursework

  • The Power of Information
  • The Power of Persuasion
  • The Power of Storytelling

Choose a ‘model text’ from one of the options above, then write your own version, inspired by the style of your model. 

 

Textbook(s)

We ask students to purchase the Cambridge A Level English Language textbook. You can buy a copy in advance of the course, but there is no need to do so, as we buy in bulk to secure a discount and sell them on to students in September of year 12.

A/AS Level English Language for AQA Student Book (A Level (AS) English Language AQA

ISBN-13 : 978-1107465626

 

Sample papers

Paper 1

Paper 2