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English Language A Level (AQA) at Brigshaw High School and Language College

Course description

Not just story writing, although there is a bit of that. You will explore how we judge peoples language, how the media uses language to persuade and mould, how and why language varies, as well as other topic areas that show you how language has the power to shape our lives. You will deepen your understanding of the way we learn language as children and why our language constantly changes. You will also be given the opportunity to work more independently on a research project.

Course content

Paper 1 – Language, the Individual and Society

Here you will study how groups, places, people and ideas are represented in a range of texts, with a focus on audience, purpose, field, genre and mode. The exam involves analysis and comparison of unseen texts and lasts for 2 hours and 30 minutes.

Paper 2 – Language Diversity and Change

You will study the language of a variety of social groups for this paper, and how to tailor your own writing about language issues to suit specific audiences. The exam is 2 hours and 30 minutes and involves an essay, an analytical response and a creative response to stimulus material on a language issue.

Entry requirements

English Language and English Literature at grade 5. For more information please speak to your English teacher. Alternatively see Ms Knox-Renshaw for further details

Assessment

Paper 1 and paper 2 are assessed through a 2 hour 30 minute examination.

There is a non-examined coursework element (NEA) worth 20% of the final mark, where you produce a piece of writing demonstrating skills in the power of storytelling, the power of persuasion or the power of information and conduct your own investigation into a topic area agreed with your teacher.

Future opportunities

Careers and university courses in journalism, communications, teaching, law, management and many others. 

Further information

For more information please speak to your English teacher. Alternatively see Ms Knox-Renshaw for further details

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: 29 November 2017
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