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AQA Level 3 Advanced GCE in English Language

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture

What will you be working towards?

Code La
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Our  A-level English Language specification will enable students to build on the skills they've developed at GCSE, by engaging creatively and critically with a wide range of texts and discourses.

We'll use exciting and relevant text and data-based sources to inspire your study of English Language.

Details

                                               

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society 

• Textual variations and representations

• Children’s language development (0-11 years)

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities


Paper 2: Language diversity and change

• Language diversity and change

• Language disclosures

• Writing skills

• Methods of language and analysis are integrated into the activities


Tasks

Students produce:

• A language investigation (2000 words excluding data)

• A piece of original writing and commentary (1500 words total)



How will it be delivered?

Paper 1

Assessed

• Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes 

• 100 marks 

• 40% of A-level 

Questions 

Section A - Textual variations and representations 

Two texts (one contemporary, one older) linked by topic or theme. 

A question requiring analysis of one text (25 marks) 

A question requiring analysis of a second text (25 marks) 

A question requiring comparison of the two texts (20 marks) 

Section B - Children’s language development 

A discursive essay on children’s language development, with a choice of two questions where the data provided will focus on spoken, written or multimodal language (30 marks)

Paper 2

Assessed

• Written exam 2 hours 30 minutes 

• 100 marks 

• 40% of A-level 

Questions 

Section A - Language diversity 

One question from a choice of two: 

either: an evaluative essay on language diversity (30 marks) 

or: an evaluative essay on language change (30 marks) 

Section B - Language discourses 

Two texts about a topic linked to the study of diversity and change 

• A question requiring analysis of how the texts use language to present ideas, attitudes and opinions (40 marks) 

• A directed writing task linked to the same topic and ideas in the texts (30 marks) 

Non-exam assessment: Language in Action 

• Language investigation 

• Original writing 

• Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities 

Assessed 

• Word count: 3500 

• 100 marks 

• 20% of A-level 

• Assessed by teachers 

• Moderated by AQA

Entry requirements

  GCSE English Language grade 6

Your next steps...

Career Opportunities: Journalism, Law, Teaching, Public Relations, Media, Civil Service, Business, Marketing.

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