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English Language A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School

Course description

English Language

A Level

AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language

Skills that will be developed:

The A level course enables you to develop and apply your understanding of the concepts and methods appro­priate for the analysis and study of spoken and written language. It will also develop your skills as writers by focusing just as much on the process of writing (e.g. drafting, redrafting, editing) as well as the finished product.

What will you learn?

Unit 1: Language, the Individual and Society

This unit covers the basic introductory aspects of language, using a variety of spoken and written texts for study. This study will cover textual variations and representations, children's language development (0-11 years). Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.  You will analyse texts on a number of levels such as purpose, audience, genre, gram¬≠mar, lexis, phonology, semantics and pragmatics.

Unit 2: Language Diversity and Change

This unit covers the topics: Language diversity and change, Language discourses and writing skills.  In this unit you are encouraged to develop your own analysis and writing skills, studying and producing writing in different genres for different audiences and purposes. For example, you may study fiction, soap opera or film scripts, information leaflets, magazine articles, texts for young children or persuasive speeches.  You will evaluate such texts and write your own.

Unit 3: Language in Action (Coursework (20% of A level)

In this unit you investigate an area of language of your choice.  Studies may include the language of Rap, chat shows, the Bible, graffiti, the impact of text messaging, reality television and the development of writing skills in children.  Students also produce some original writing of their own.

Entry Requirements:
You must achieve a Level 6 or higher at GCSE in English.





Entry requirements

You must achieve a Level 6 or higher in GCSE English Language.

Financial information

There will be a charge for trips and visits etc.

Future opportunities

As well as excellent preparation for a degree in English Language or Linguistics, former English language students have gone on to study a wide range of subjects at degree level, including Politics and Government, Sports journalism, History, Archaeology and Media/Film studies. English language students have access to a wide range of career opportunities, but the subject would be particularly useful for careers in law, teaching, journalism, speech therapy, local government, advertising, publishing and retail management.

Further information

To find out more about this qualification, contact us, ask your school/college careers staff.

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: 11 October 2017
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 years