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King Edward VI High School English Language A Level AQA (Block B) at The Stafford Partnership

Course description

The course looks at the English language in all its various form and contexts. The analysis of language underpins the whole course and you will learn how writers use language for a variety of purposes and for different audiences. This will help you to become a more confident and able writer yourself.

Course content

Unit 1:


Textual variations and representations. You will learn how to analyse a variety of texts and be able to see how language is represented in various contexts. You will understand how writers try and influence their audience as well as informing, entertaining and persuading them. You will look at how gender, technology and power influence language production.

 You will also look at Language Acquisition and child language development (0-11 years old)



Unit 2:

Language diversity and change. You will study how language has changed, what are the reasons for change, and how modern English continues to change

Language discourses. You will study the various debates around language change .


Methods of language analysis are an essential component of both Unit 1 and Unit 2

The non-examination unit consists of a language investigation and a piece of original writing of 3.500 words in length which is marked internally and moderated by AQA. You will choose data to analyse and then you will choose a topic for your piece of original writing.

Entry requirements

A*-C in at least five different subjects, including English and mathematics which would usually be at grade 5 or above (equivalent to grade C in previous years).To study other subjects already taken at GCSE you must achieve at least a grade 5 or C grade or above in that subject.


Assessment is covered by data analysis, discursive essays, directed writing, original writing and research based investigative writing. There are two examinations and at the end of the A level and a  language investigation and piece of original writing will be submitted.

Financial information

There are no financial implications as all resources will be supplied by the centre but students will be encouraged to purchase revision guides.

Future opportunities

Students will be exposed to a wide variety of skills such as critical reading, the ability to evaluate, the ability to sustain and develop an argument as well as the skill of developing different writing skills.

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: 27 January 2017
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