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English Language AS/A2 Level (AQA) at The North Halifax Grammar School

Course description

English Language A level Examining Board AQA - AS and A2 Level Specification: AQA English Language B

Do women speak differently to men? Do men speak more than women? How are new technologies affecting the way we write and speak? How can language be used to exert power? How can language be used to persuade? How did you first learn to speak? Where did the language you speak come from? Where is the language you speak going? How did you learn to read? What exactly is “reading”? Does it matter if you don’t “speak proper”? These and many other questions are raised and discussed on this course. We study language from all walks of life and from all times. From a Mars Bar wrapper to a sixteenth century recipe, and from your last text message to subway graffiti, we study them all. We achieve good results and English Language has a number of useful applications for a range of careers. You will discover more about your own language and learn to use it more effectively. Good ways to be ready for this subject and find out if you’re suited to it?  Read some online articles about attitudes towards accent, dialect and language in general. Go to the Universal Teacher website which gives an excellent insight into A level Language. English Language Advanced Level At NHGS we study the new AQA English Language A-Level AS Component 1: Language and the Individual 50% Exam Looks at how texts vary and how different ideas and people are represented. Component 2: Language varieties 50% Exam Considers regional and social variations in language use and attitudes to language. A-Level Component 1: Language, the Individual and Society 40% Exam Looks at how texts vary and how different people and ideas are represented. Also looks at how children acquire language. Component 2: Language Diversity and Change 40% Exam Considers how language changes and develops over time, regional and social variations in language use and attitudes to language. Component 3: Language Investigation and Original Writing 20% Non-exam assessment Students carry out their own investigation into an area of interest and have a go at producing their own original writing. SPEC AQA 7702

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Last updated date: 22 September 2015
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 1 year