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English: Key Stage 5 Language

English Language

Students will sit the AQA English Language A level 

Recommended Text Books:

  • AQA English Language- Dan Clayton - Oxford University Press
  • A/AS Level English Language for AQA Student Book- Cambridge University Press
  • Cambridge Topics in English Language- Various Authors



Students will sit two examinations at the end of year 13 as well as completing two independent NEA. 

Paper Title

Paper Break Down

Paper One


Language, the Individual and Society



2 Hours 30 Minutes

Section A- Textual variations and representations

Two texts linked by theme or topic

(One contemporary and one older text)

- 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 Two


Language diversity and change



2 Hours 30 Minutes

Section A- Diversity and change

One question from a choice of two about language diversity and 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 text (30 Marks)


Non- exam Assessment- Language in Action



Task One:

A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)


Task Two:

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


Curriculum Plan: