English Language

In the study of language variation and representation, you will explore how language is shaped according to audience, purpose, genre and mode.
  • Pathway:
  • A Level
  • Exam Board:
  • AQA

What Will I Study?

You will learn and apply the frameworks of language analysis such as lexis, grammar and pragmatics, using them to investigate three key elements of language study: variation and representation; language diversity and change; and language in action. In the study of language variation and representation, you will explore how language is shaped according to audience, purpose, genre and mode. With language diversity and change, you will look at how people in different occupations use language, how men and women use language differently, and how the English language has changed over time. The Language in Action module is an NEA portfolio (coursework), where you will independently work on a language investigation of your choosing and create a piece of original writing with commentary and language analysis.

How Will I Be Assessed?

You will be assessed by two exams in Year 12 and then two exams and an NEA portfolio (coursework) in Year 13. Previous examples of coursework titles include ‘The didactic use of language in children’s story books’, ‘An analysis of the changing language of chocolate advertisements through the 20th Century’ and ‘A comparative study of language and interaction in TV comedy duos’.

What Could I Do Next?

There are a range of higher education courses which can lead on to a number of careers for instance in journalism, public relations or teaching. It is also a complement to science subjects, showing advanced written and critical thinking skills.

Where Can I Get More Information?

Contact Mr S Parker, Head of English and Communications Faculty

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