English Language A Level 3 at Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School
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, grammar, 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.
You must achieve a Level 6 or higher at GCSE in English.
You must achieve a Level 6 or higher in GCSE English Language.
There will be a charge for trips and visits etc.
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.
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How to apply
If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Queen Elizabeth's Grammar School directly.