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English Language AS/A level (AQA) at Benton Park School

Course description

English Language is a subject which is very well regarded by higher Education Institutions and, becasue it is the study of the language used across the united Kingsom and beyond, it compliments any educational course that a student might follow and provides a new perspective on most professions.


Course content

What will the student study?

Language, the individual and Society: an introduction to language analysis and textual variety, exploring concepts related to audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation. In Year 13, there is also and exploration of how children learn language.

Language Varieties, Diversity and Change: An exploration of varieties in English, including attitudes to diversity and exploring language in its social and geographical contexts. In Year 13, there is also an exploration of ho languagehas changed over time.

If continued to A leverl, there are two pieces of coursework; an investigation into a chosen aspect of language and a piece of original writing with commentary worth an overall 20%.


Entry requirements

Access to the Sixth Form is based on prior academic achievement, behaviour and attendance records. Students nust attain at least 5 A* - C grades including Maths and English. Some subjects may have specific criteria.


At As Leve, there are two exams worth 50% each.

Paper 1: Language and the individual: textual variations and representations.

Two texts, linked by topic or theme.

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

Paper 2: Language Varieties

  • Section A - Language diverstiy
  • Section B - Language discourses

If continued to A Level your grade will be achieved from 2 exams worth 40% of rhe course and two pices of coursework worth 20% overall.

Paper 1: Language, The Individual and Society

  • Section A - Textual Variations and representations
  • Section B - Childrens Language Development

Paper 2: Language, Diversity and Change.

  • Section A - Diversity and Change
  • Section B - Language Discourses

Non-exam assessment (coursework): Language in Action.

A Language investigation (200 words) and a peice of original writing and commentary (1500 words)


How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS Progress. Add this course to your favourites so you can start making an application.

Last updated date: 10 December 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September