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English Language - A Level (Aqa) at The Cotswold Academy

Course description

About the syllabus: This is a course for those who are interested in all aspects of the English Language. You will learn about different frameworks for the study of language (including grammar!) and will develop your skills in speaking and writing for different purposes and audiences. You will develop the ability to analyse a wide range of spoken and written texts from the past and the present as well as learning to express yourself fluently and competently. The coursework modules in particular will teach you to work independently and to apply the knowledge you have gained to areas of your own interest. At AS, as well as being introduced to the principles of studying language, you will focus in particular on the role gender plays in language, how language reflects and embodies power and how language is influenced by technology. Coursework consists of your own writing in a variety of genres with accompanying analytical commentaries. At A2 you will select an area of language for independent investigation and the examination module will focus on Child Acquisition of Language (speaking, reading and writing) and Language Change (how the English language has changed over time and the factors influencing that change).

Course content

AS units in Year 12

Unit 1 Categorising Texts:

Introduction to the study of language focusing on three specific social contexts: Language and Gender, Language and Power and Language and Technology. 2 hours - 60% of AS Level  - 30% of A Level

Unit 2 Creating Texts:

Candidates produce writing in different genres and for different audiences and purposes with accompanying commentaries. -  40% of AS Level -  20% of A Level

A2 Units in Year 13

Unit 3 Developing Language:

Builds on AS skills with an additional focus on two new areas: Child Language Acquisition and Language Change. 2hrs 30mins - 30% of A Level

Unit 4 Investigating Language:

Candidates produce two pieces: an independent language investigation and a media text on a related topic. -  yes 20% of A Level


Entry requirements

A*-B achieved in GCSE English Language. This course will appeal to those who:

• Have an interest in spoken and written language from the past and present;

• Enjoy detailed analysis, developing justifiable arguments and drawing conclusions;

• Want to keep their options open – English Language is a popular qualification for entry to a wide variety of courses in higher education.  

Entry Criteria for A2 is at least a D at the requisite AS Level

How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact The Cotswold Academy directly.

Last updated date: 07 November 2014
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Key information

  • Start date: Next September
  • Duration: 2 Years


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    • Students benefit from all the new facilities that have been built over the last 4 years: the Sports Hall, the new English and Maths Blocks, refurbished Science labs, to name a few.  Furthermore, we have our own state-of-the-art Sixth Form Centre which provides a superb study room with networked PCs and a popular Common Room – a hive of student activity.