Course Outline

English Language will enable you to develop your understanding, appreciation and enjoyment of English.

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

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We will start by exploring and understanding spoken and written language in use, analysing textual variation and representations in everyday spoken and written texts. You will consider the huge linguistic diversity that exists within these texts, as well as what factors contribute to the language varieties seen. One factor that will be prominent is the dynamic and ever changing nature of language. This paper comprises two sections.

Section A consists of three questions. The first two questions will require you to analyse a text each; one of the texts to be analysed will be contemporary and the other will be an older text. The third question will require you to compare the two texts. One of the elements to consider with the older text and with the comparison question will be one of language change, both contextually and linguistically.

Section B requires you to write a discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of questions where the data will focus on spoken, written and multi-modal language.

Paper 2: Language Diversity and Change

You will explore a range of language topics, including occupational groups, gender, social groups, accent and dialect, global English and ethnicity. You will also be exposed to different attitudes held about many different aspects of language in use, focusing on the techniques used by writers to convey their viewpoint on a language topic linked to diversity and change. You will also be given opportunities to consider and voice your own attitudes and opinions.

Section A gives you a choice of two questions, requiring you to write an evaluative essay on either language diversity or language change. For this section of the exam there will be no springboard text for you to use, instead you will be expected to draw upon your understanding of key concepts and theories surrounding language use and recall examples from texts studied in class.

Section B will present you with two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change, and you will be required to analyse how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions. You will also be required to complete a directed writing task linked to the same topic and the ideas in the texts provided.

Non-exam Assessment: Language in Action

You will produce two pieces of writing. In the first you will investigate and analyse a language topic using data through a variety of methods This investigation may be chosen from topics covered during the course. For the second piece you will be given the opportunity to produce a piece of original writing with an accompanying commentary.

Entrance requirements and skills needed

The course suits those with an aptitude for English Language and those who enjoy analysing a wide range of texts from everyday sources. Strong writing and analytical skills are required.

Assessments - AQA qualifications

EngLang A level The AS Level consists of two examination papers, each with a duration of 1 hour 30 minutes. Each paper is worth 50% of your mark.
The A Level consists of two papers, each with a duration of 2 hours 30 minutes. Each paper is worth 40% of the A Level with a non-examination component, which is worth 20%.


Why Study English Language? 

englang3English Language links particularly well with other Arts subjects such as English Literature, Media Studies, Film Studies and Sociology. The breadth of the course means that it complements many other subjects including, for instance: History, Theatre Studies and Psychology . The breadth, depth and diversity of English Language will complement a range of Higher Education courses and may be of value to those seeking employment within Journalism, Publishing and Advertising.

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