We use our language skills daily and hear languages all around us. This course will help you think more carefully about the sights and sounds you may have previously taken for granted.
Designed to develop a range of academic skills, this course will challenge you to: read more critically; analyse a range of data, both spoken and written; assess bias in different viewpoints; develop language for a range of purposes such as to argue, persuade, advise and entertain. For your non-exam assessment, you will conduct a piece of language-based research of your choosing, utilising skills and knowledge developed throughout the course.
The skills offered by this course will prepare you well for further study or future employment.
Comprising 6 units, this course will prepare you for your end-of-unit assessments, each of which reflects modules of the final Edexcel examination to leave you fully equipped to take your final qualification. Assignments will help you measure your progress against Edexcel marking criteria and allow you to gain vital feedback from your subject tutor so you can reflect, revise and grow in confidence.
You will also be provided with information to support your exam skills, essay writing and revision hints and tips.
What you'll learn
Unit 1 - Introduction
- Introduction to English language
- Language levels
Unit 2 - Language Variation
- The individual
- Geography & dialect
- Global English
Unit 3 - Child Language
- Witten language acquisition
- Spoken language acquisition
Unit 4 - Language Change
- Changes to modern language
Unit 5 - Crafting Language (Non-Examined Assessment)
- Crafting language
- Putting together our NEA
Unit 6 - Preparing for the Exams
- Paper 1
- Paper 2
- Paper 3
- Analysing pre-release material
- Revision and exam tips
Edexcel is the UK’s largest awarding organisation offering academic and vocational qualifications in schools, colleges and workplaces in the UK and abroad. Edexcel is a multinational education and examination body covering A-Level Courses and GCSE Courses.
Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: A-level English Language issued by Edexcel (9EN0). This syllabus has been chosen specifically because it is best suited to distance learning. Your certificate is identical to that issued to students at any other school, college or university.
How is this course assessed or examined?
You can enrol now for A-level English Language examinations for Summer 2024.
Paper 1 - Language Variation: 2 hours 15 mins, 60 marks, 35% of the A-level.
- Section A - Individual Variation: One question on two unseen 21st-century linked texts/data.
- Section B - Variation over Time: One question on two unseen texts/data, from two different periods
Paper 2 - Child Language: 1 hour 15 mins, 45 marks, 20% of the A-level.
- Students answer one question based on a set of unseen data – either spoken or written. Students produce an extended response.
Paper 3 - Investigating Language: 1 hour 45 mins, 45 marks, 25% of the A-level.
- Section A: One question on unseen data. Students must answer the question on the subtopic they have researched (AO1, AO2, AO3 assessed.)
- Section B: One evaluative question. Students must answer the question on the subtopic they have researched and also make connections with data from their investigation.
NEA Coursework (Non-Examined Assessment):
The NEA coursework consists of two assignments with a combined total of 50 marks worth 20% of IGCSE. These assignments are internally marked and externally moderated. The collective word count for both assignments is equal to 2500-3000 words. The advisory word count breakdown can be found below:
- Assignment 1 - (1500-2000 words, 30 marks): two pieces of original writing from the same genre, differentiated by function and/or audience (AO5 assessed).
- Assignment 2 - (1000 words, 20 marks): one commentary, reflecting on the two pieces of original writing produced and making connections with research undertaken
We provide a guaranteed exam space in one of our partner exam centres around the UK. Check where your closest exam centre is.
During your course, you will also be required to complete various assignments. These do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course. There is no coursework to complete.
It is strongly recommended that you have studied the English Language to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course. This A-level English syllabus is a difficulty level three: the equivalent difficulty of an A-level or BTEC, usually suitable for most learners of all ages.