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English Language A level AQA Specification B at Bradford College

Course description

If you are interested in how the English language works, this course is ideal for you.

The course is 40% coursework and 60% examinations.

In Year One, you will be introduced to some of the main branches of linguistics.

You will analyse a wide range of texts, using the language frameworks, and look at language in social contexts. The range of texts could include stories, advertisements, menus, contracts, speeches, plays or even food labels and much more. One of the two AS examination questions will require you to analyse six or seven small texts and categorise them according to areas such as grammar, semantics, graphology, discourse, lexis, context, pragmatics, phonology, genre, audience and other appropriate headings such as humour. The other examination question will include language and gender, power or technology.

The coursework requires two different pieces of original writing that are influenced by an analysed style model and followed by a commentary that explains the techniques used - for example, a speech for professional adults in a work context and piece of travel writing aimed at backpackers.

If you are interested in how the English language works, this course is ideal for you.

Year Two coursework is a language investigation that follows a format with an introduction, methodology, analysis, conclusion and bibliography etc. You could have a hypothesis and prove or disprove something or investigate something that is language related. Examples could be around language change through advertisements, recipes, policies or `do women gossip more than men?` or `boys swear more than girls?` etc. Other examples may include analysing song lyrics, the way a character is portrayed in a book or how children learn to spell. There will be a requirement to write a media text , which is an offshoot of the investigation but based on the content of the investigation.

Also, in the second year, you will extend your knowledge by studying language change and child language acquisition. These two topics will be included in the final examination and can be used as language investigation topics.

Course content

Year One comprises two Units:

Unit 1 - (examination)
Categorising texts
Language and Social Contexts (gender, power and technology).

Unit 2 - (Coursework)
Creating Texts.

Year Two comprises a further two Units:

Unit 3 - (examination)
Developing Language (language change and child language acquisition).

Unit 4 - (coursework)
Language Investigation.

Entry requirements

GCSE English Language at Grade B or above.

You may be invited for an interview and may be asked to complete a short written assignment.

If you are over 19 and do not have the standard qualifications, you are encouraged to apply.


The course is 40% coursework and 60% examinations.

Future opportunities

  • You will be given the opportunity to develop the knowledge, skills and concepts associated with the study of English Language
  • You will gain an informed awareness of contemporary debates about language
  • The coursework Modules will enable you to develop your writing skills and investigate topics in which you are interested.

Further information

For further information please visit our website or contact our admissions department on 01274 433333.

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact Bradford College directly.

Last updated date: 26 January 2016
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