English Language 

English Language is an exciting, dynamic and contemporary subject to study at A Level, alongside other arts subjects, or as a contrast to a different mix of disciplines. Alongside some detailed work on the mechanics of language, involving development of a detailed linguistic skill set, students will study current and historical texts, evaluating how meaning is created and why people make specific choices when communicating. Delivered in an enthusiastic and practical manner, you will be challenged and motivated to succeed in this subject.

Course content

Year 12
English Language focuses on personal and immediate language contexts; the subject involves the study of grammar, semantics, pragmatics, phonology, lexis and graphology. The course aims to develop a student’s technical understanding of English language texts, textual variations, language diversity and writing skills.

Year 13
Language is placed in its wider social, historical and global contexts; students will be required to study the history of the English language and how age, gender, class, geography and ethnicity can influence language. Students will investigate how children go through the initial phases of child language acquisition and how children develop writing skills. There will also be a language investigation based on language in action.

Course requirements

Ideally, students need grade 7 or above in GCSE English Language, an enquiring mind and an interest in this relevant and exciting subject.

Why study A Level English Language?

The rigour and skills imparted by the subject are well recognised by employers and it is excellent preparation for the demands of a wide variety of university courses.

For full course specification visit: http://www.aqa.org.uk/subjects/english/as-and-a-level/english-language-7701-7702

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