Whether you're writing a blog, reading a film script, or analysing advertising copy, you need to understand and use language with its intended audience in mind. With our dynamic and engaging AQA-awarded A-level English Language course, you will gain invaluable communication and analysis skills that will last a lifetime.
The English Language is a fascinating subject that will encourage you to think more deeply about everyday communication, as you develop a broad range of skills including the ability to read more critically, analyse data and evaluate and discuss different viewpoints. A-level English Language is a fantastic subject to prepare you for university or careers in which strong communication skills are vital such as teaching, marketing, or journalism.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Methods of language analysis
- Phonetics, phonology and prosodics
- Lexis and semantics
- Grammar, including morphology
Unit 2 - Textual variations and representations
- The textual range (various subjects, writers, audiences)
- Functions of the texts
- Identity and representations
- How audiences are addressed and positioned
- Structure and organisation of the texts
Unit 3 - Children's language development
- Phonological, pragmatic, lexical, semantic and grammatical development
- The development of written language
- The functions of children’s language
- Theories and research about language development
Unit 4 - Diversity and change
- Language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts
- Processes of language change
- Social attitudes to language diversity and change
Unit 5 - Language discourses
- Studying texts that convey attitudes to language diversity and change
- Methods of conveying views and opinions about language issues: representations, identities and positioning.
- Connecting to discourses about language
- The directed writing task
Unit 6 - Language Investigation (NEA)
- Choosing an investigation focus
- Carrying out the investigation (including ethics, record keeping and referencing)
- Organising and analysing the data and interpretation of findings
- Concluding your investigation
Unit 7 - Original writing (NEA)
- An overview of the assessment and marking criteria, including organising and referencing work
- Choosing your area of original writing (power of persuasion, storytelling & power of information)
- Choosing and analysing style models
- Producing a reflective commentary
Unit 8 - Preparing for the English A-level examinations
- Revision Tips
- Exam Techniques
- Preparing for Paper 1
- Preparing for Paper 2
AQA qualifications are internationally recognised and taught in 30 countries around the world, highly valued by employers and universities and enable young people to progress to the next stage of their lives. AQA qualifications suit a range of abilities and include GCSE courses, IGCSE courses and A-level courses.
Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: AQA A-level English Language, issued by AQA (7702). This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level English Language AQA examinations for Summer 2024.
You will be required to complete the three AQA A-level English Language assessments:
- Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 100 marks.
- Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 100 marks.
Non-Exam Assessment (NEA):
- Coursework Task 1: 3,500 words, 20% of A-level, 100 marks.
It is strongly recommended that you have studied the English Language to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course. This A-level English syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.