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A- Level: English Language

Languages, Literature and Culture

Languages, Literature and Culture
Languages, Literature and Culture
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What will you be working towards?

Code 123
Qualification Type GCE A/AS Level or Equivalent
Qualification Level Level 3
Course type Full Time

Overview

Specifications For Year 12

Paper 1: Language and the Individual

What’s assessed: Textual variations and representations Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS level

Questions

Textual Variations and Representations

Two texts, 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)

Paper 2: Language and Varieties

What’s assessed: Language diversity Writing skills Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed: written exam: 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of AS level

Questions

Section A – Language Diversity 

A discursive essay on language diversity, with a choice of two questions (30 marks) 

Section B – Language Discourses 

A directed writing task on attitudes to language (40 marks)

Details

Specifications for Year 13

Paper 1: Language, the Individual and Society

What’s Assessed
  • Textual variations and representations Children’s language development (0-11 years)
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level

Questions

Section A – Textual Variations and Representations 

Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) 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: Language Diversity and Change

What’s assessed:

  • Language diversity and change
  • Language discourses
  • Writing skills Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed: written exam: 2 hours 30 minutes 40% of A-level

Questions

Section A – Diversity and Change 

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 the ideas in the texts (30 marks)

Non-exam Assessment: Language in Action

What’s assessed:

Language Investigation Original Writing Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities

Assessed by teachers, moderated by AQA, 20% of A-level

Tasks

Students produce: 

  • A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) 
  • A piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total)

Entry requirements

Generic A-Level entry requirements plus English Language at grade 5 minimum.

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