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AQA ENGLISH LANGUAGE A Level (first year of course at Plymouth College)

Course Outline:

  • Develop confidence and fluency in using and discussing vocabulary, grammar, sentence structures and text types. Become an authority amongst your social group on how to use language accurately and effectively.  
  • Learn to sharpen your creative writing skills so that you can imply ideas subliminally and encourage or discourage attitudes in your readers.
  • [Description: j0282914] Learn how children develop language skills and why other animals don’t.
  • Gain specialism in conducting social science investigations, overlapping with skills in sociology and psychology, studying the everyday speech of those around you.
  • Learn how language has changed through history and how it varies across the world.  This includes those fascinating facts about where words come from and what their Greek and Latin roots mean – the kind of knowledge that you can drop into a conversation and gain instant respect for your intellect!

How will I be assessed?

  • One coursework task investigating spoken language (10%)
  • One coursework task of creative writing (10%)
  • One exam (2 hours 30 minutes) with four essay questions (40%):
    • One question analysing an unseen text;
    • One question analysing a second unseen text;
    • One question comparing the two unseen texts;
    • One question on the ways children learn language.
  • One exam (2 hours 30 minutes) with three essay questions (40%):
    • One question on way language has changed across time or varies across regions;
    • One question on theories and attitudes to language change and variation;
    • One question writing journalistically about language issues.

What are the course entry requirements?

You will need at least a B grade in  GCSE English Language 

Who should apply for the course?


  • People who like getting technical about words and grammar
  • People who enjoy creative writing
  • People who like to have “impressive” knowledge
  • People who like a course with a semi-scientific approach
  • People who are interested in exploring how stereotypes are made and how they can be broken

Career Paths:

  • Journalism is an obvious career path.  However, you get technical competence with language that opens doors to everything.  If you can think of a job where you don’t need to speak, listen, read or write well, then you have thought of a job that you wouldn’t want anyway.  
  • You get language skills that make all other learning easier, especially for handling the complex language demands of university courses.  Study of foreign languages especially is much easier with a technical command of your own language.
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English Literature A Level

Reading Literature is an act of empathy: an imagining of what it is like to be someone else. Therefore, as critical readers, we can have a bigger and richer experience of the world.

That is the beauty of all literature. You discover that your longings are universal longings, that you’re not lonely and isolated from anyone. You belong.

F Scott Fitzgerald

If you want answers, don’t study English Literature; there are no ticks and crosses. If, however, you want to question and debate and never be quite sure, you’re picking the right subject.

Books transported her into new worlds and introduced her to amazing people who lived exciting lives…she travelled all over the world while sitting in her little room in an English village.

R Dahl

At Plymouth College, we follow the OCR course. The table below indicates what our current students are studying –texts may be subject to change.

Paper 1

Closed text examination (2hr30mins)

Section A: Hamlet

Section B: Paradise Lost and The Duchess of Malfi


Paper 2

Closed text examination (2hr30mins)

The Gothic: Dracula, The Bloody Chamber



Literature Post 1900

Task 1: The History Boys

Task 2: Lord of the Rings, Beowulf




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