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English Language A Level (Year 1)
Qualification:
 
Date:
September 
Days:
TBA 
Study Mode
Full Time 
Assessment:
Exams and Coursework 
Level:
Area:
A-Levels 
Course Code:
HDSLA1 
 
Entry Requirements
5 GCSEs at A* - C. Must include English Language and Mathematics. Attendance at an A Level information event.
 
 

English Language A Level (Year 1)

The study of the English Language A Level allows you to refine and develop your powers of reading and writing.


About the Course

You will read and explore the use of language in a variety of texts including advertisements, newspaper articles, short stories, speech transcripts, letters and film scripts.


Key Units

The new Language in Action component gives students the opportunity to develop their own writing skills. The course is also highly creative and you are encouraged to write in different styles to meet the needs of a particular audience and then reflect on the techniques used. There is the opportunity to explore your own interests for the coursework options in inventive and original ways.

You will also study theories concerning language itself, including language change investigating current debates and attitudes to changes within both written and spoken language. Child language acquisition is a more psychological branch of study, which explores how children learn to speak.


The new Language in Action component gives students the opportunity to develop their own writing skills. The course is also highly creative and you are encouraged to write in different styles to meet the needs of a particular audience and then reflect on the techniques used. There is the opportunity to explore your own interests for the coursework options in inventive and original ways. 

You will also study theories concerning language itself, including language change investigating current debates and attitudes to changes within both written and spoken language. Child language acquisition is a fascinating psychological branch of study which explores the different theories relating to how children develop vocabulary and grammar. 

The course content of the new A Level includes an exploration of how people, events, places and cultures are represented in the language of newspapers and television; spoken language and writing skills.

The course is part assessed and examined. The original writing and research of the coursework folder comprises 20% of the final A Level grade.

The AQA syllabus can be found by visiting the examination board website.



Entry Requirements

5 GCSEs at A* - C. Must include English Language and Mathematics. Attendance at an A Level information event.


Assessment

The 2 year A Level consists of two exams and NEA (non-exam assessment):

  • Exam 1 Language, the Individual 
  • Exam 2 Language Diversity & Change
  • NEA: A Language Investigation project (2000 words) and Original Writing and Commentary (1500 words)


Where does this Lead

A good command of the English Language is an invaluable tool for any path you choose in life. In academic terms it gives you an excellent basis for a university degree – a route pursued by many A Level students.

In terms of career, an ability to analyse text and craft your own writing for particular effect will give you the underpinning skills for a diverse range of jobs including teaching, journalism and law.



Tell Me More

Will this subject suit me?
The ideal student would take an interest in developing their reading and writing skills and have a good awareness of culture and issues in the news. You would enjoy the intellectual challenge the subject entails, enjoy creative writing and be prepared to grapple with abstract concepts.

Personal study time:
A Level students are expected to devote as much time outside the classroom to their studies as in lessons. Homework will be set regularly but students are expected to undertake self- directed research as well. Students will receive effective feedback, guidance and help from their tutors.


What students say about this subject:
  • "My written skills have improved hugely"
  • "I loved the child language aspect of the course"
  • "My approach to all written texts is now much more analytical"
  • "I really enjoyed learning about the history of the English language"
  • "Studying English language has really helped me with my other subjects"