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English Language, AQA at Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre

Course description

Why do we use the words ‘princess’ and ‘madam’ to describe someone who is being a nuisance, when the words ‘prince’ and ‘sir’ have only positive connotations?

Can you explain the grammar of text messaging? Do you ever read the back of shampoo bottles and wonder who picked those words and why?

Course content

English Language is a challenging and dynamic course that explores the links between language and gender, occupation technology and power as well as giving you the basic tools of analysis that you need in order to understand how the English works all around us.
You will be learning about grammar, phonology, semantics and pragmatics and making links across texts and theories in order to deepen your understanding of language. You will learn how children learn to speak, why we don’t speak like Shakespeare anymore, and even begin to imagine how our language might change in the future. This course engages with the science behind our language, constantly asking how, why, when, where and what

Entry requirements

To secure a place at our Post 16 Centre five passes or more GCSE passes at grade C or above and a minimum of a C grade in both English Language and Mathematics.  All students will also need a B Grade GCSE in any subject they are wanting to study at A Level.  If it is a new subject for example Sociology or Psychology students must have achieved a grade B in both Mathematics and English Language. 


You will learn about:
 How the purpose, audience and genre of a text influences what is written
 How texts can be compared and contrasted 
 How society influences language
 Different writing styles and techniques and how you can recreate them
 Child Language Acquisition
 How do children learn to speak, read and write?
 What are the links between reading and writing?
 What influence do parents have on the way children learn to talk?
 Language Change

Future opportunities

You could take this course to complement other advanced level courses or to prepare for the A2 part of an Advanced GCE in English Language, which could lead onto higher education in English Language or more general higher education courses. With further training, you could go into a job related to English Language such as a Teacher, Journalist, or Editor. 

Further information

Ms Beth Goodliff - Subject Learning Leader




How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Penistone Grammar Advanced Learning Centre directly.

Last updated date: 12 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: AS 1 year, A2 2 years
  • Course code: AQA B