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English Language AS/A Level ( AQA ) at Allerton High School

Course description

AS English is widely regarded as an excellent means of developing written and spoken communication skills. With its emphasis on close textual analysis and the production of original writing, the qualification provides evidence that you can read critically, write effectively and respond to the rich variety of the English Language. English has become firmly embedded as the lingua franca of the modern world, AS English Language gives you the key to unlock and utilise its potential.

This course is for you if you have ever had these thoughts:

Why do humans have language and animals don't?

Why is English so widespread around the globe?

Why do lawyers and doctors have their own way of speaking?

What do accents and dialects say about the speaker?

Where do new words come from?

How do advertisers and sales people use words to persuade people to buy products and services.

What makes 'good' and 'bad' English?


Course content

In Year 12 you will study:-

Language and the Individual - you will study a range of texts from Shakespeare to a bus ticket!

Methods of of Language Analysis - learn how to analyse any text using a set of linguistic tools.

Language Diversity - learn about dialects, sociolects, language and gender, language and occupational groups.  Gain information about writing skills.  How to write about language in both an academic form and for a "lay" audience.

In Year 13 you will study:-

Language, Diversity and Change - how the English Language changes according to time, place, mode, purpose and audience and how it continues to develop.

Children's Language Development - how children acquire language - both speech and writing.

Language in Action - how to conduct your own small scale investigation into an aspect of language.

Writing Skills - how to present the investigation material for specific audiences, purposes and genres.  Original Writing - writing to persuade, tell a story or inform a specified audience.



Entry requirements

It is essential that you achieve a Grade 6 in English Language.  In addition you should also have achieved a minimum of 5 GCSEs at grade 9-4 or equivalent including Maths.


At AS:-

Paper 1: Language and the Individual (2 hour examination, 50% of AS).

Paper 2: Language Varieties (2 hour examination, 50% of AS).

At A2:-

Non Exam Assessment: Investigation into an Aspect of Language 1500-2500 words coursework project.

Production of a language themed piece of text related to the investigation topic (total 20% of A2).

Paper 1: Language Diversity and Change (examination - 2 hours total: 40% of A2).

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change (examination - 2 hours total: 40% of A2).

Future opportunities

English Language is a useful basis for employment in:

Law; Journalism; Sales and marketing; Advertising; Media and PR: Education.

If you decide to go on to Higher Education, AS English will prepare you for courses in English, Linguistics, Modern Foreign Languages, Law and Teaching.


Further information

Contact Mr Clark at Allerton High School on 0113 2034770 or

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: 13 July 2018
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years
  • Number of planned places: 25

Contact details

    • Contact name:
    • Mr B Harding
    • Contact telephone number:
    • 0113 2034770