A-level English Language

The English Language is one of the most fascinating and expressive mediums the world has ever known. Deepen your understanding with this A-level English Language course.

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Overview

Whether you're writing a blog, reading a film script, or analysing advertising copy, you need to understand and use language with its intended audience in mind. With our dynamic and engaging AQA-awarded A-level English Language course, you will gain invaluable communication and analysis skills that will last a lifetime.

The English Language is a fascinating subject that will encourage you to think more deeply about everyday communication, as you develop a broad range of skills including the ability to read more critically, analyse data and evaluate and discuss different viewpoints. A-level English Language is a fantastic subject to prepare you for university or careers in which strong communication skills are vital such as teaching, marketing, or journalism.

What you'll learn

Unit 1 - Methods of language analysis
  • Phonetics, phonology and prosodics
  • Graphology
  • Lexis and semantics
  • Grammar, including morphology
  • Pragmatics
  • Discourse
Unit 2 - Textual variations and representations
  • The textual range (various subjects, writers, audiences)
  • Functions of the texts
  • Identity and representations
  • How audiences are addressed and positioned
  • Structure and organisation of the texts
Unit 3 - Children's language development
  • Phonological, pragmatic, lexical, semantic and grammatical development
  • The development of written language
  • The functions of children’s language
  • Theories and research about language development
Unit 4 - Diversity and change
  • Language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts
  • Processes of language change
  • Social attitudes to language diversity and change
Unit 5 - Language discourses
  • Studying texts that convey attitudes to language diversity and change
  • Methods of conveying views and opinions about language issues: representations, identities and positioning.
  • Connecting to discourses about language
  • The directed writing task
Unit 6 - Language Investigation (NEA)
  • Choosing an investigation focus
  • Carrying out the investigation (including ethics, record keeping and referencing)
  • Organising and analysing the data and interpretation of findings
  • Concluding your investigation
Unit 7 - Original writing (NEA)
  • An overview of the assessment and marking criteria, including organising and referencing work
  • Choosing your area of original writing (power of persuasion, storytelling & power of information)
  • Choosing and analysing style models
  • Producing a reflective commentary
Unit 8 - Preparing for the English A-level examinations
  • Revision Tips
  • Exam Techniques
  • Preparing for Paper 1
  • Preparing for Paper 2

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This course carries UCAS points. This means that it can be used to gain direct access to University courses and other Higher Education, through the UCAS system.

Course Outcome

Upon successfully completing this home learning course, you will receive the qualification: AQA A-level English Language, issued by AQA (7702). 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 AQA examinations for Summer 2024.

You will be required to complete the three AQA A-level English Language assessments:

Written Exams:

  • Paper 1: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 100 marks.
  • Paper 2: 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of A-level, 100 marks.

Non-Exam Assessment (NEA):

  • Coursework Task 1: 3,500 words, 20% of A-level, 100 marks.

Entry requirements

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.

FAQs

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Can I sign up for a Student Beans account and get Student Discounts?

Yes! One of the many benefits of being an Oxbridge student is that you get access to great discounts with a Student Beans account! Eligibility criteria apply and acceptance is made at the discretion of Student Beans. Find out how to sign up.

Can you provide a reference for my UCAS application?

Oxbridge is able to provide an academic reference for you however, we cannot provide a personal reference as this needs to be someone who knows you personally.

Can I get predicted grades for my UCAS application?

Absolutely! We can process a predicted grade for you once you have completed a total of four assignments – this can be sent over to you via email or letter which can then be passed on to UCAS for your application.

Exam Results: I need to resit my exams, can I enrol with Oxbridge?

At Oxbridge, we take enrolments all year round. Once you’re enrolled, you’ll be able to get started right away. Studying online means your work and revision fit around you and your lifestyle. For example, if you have a part-time job or need to study alongside other subjects, you’ll be able to find time to fit our online courses into your schedule.

Enjoy flexible, convenient, affordable learning, fully supported by expert tutors who are passionate about their subjects. We pride ourselves on the quality of our course tutors and know that they hold the key to success. Whatever your goals, dreams or aspirations, Oxbridge is here to help you facilitate them.

Exam Results: When will I receive my certificate?

Oxbridge students who sat their exams through our partnership exam centres will usually receive their certificates in November. Certificates will be sent out by recorded delivery.

Wondering what to do next? There are so many options available, it’s important to get the right advice. Whether your choice is to continue onto further education, go into job training or get an apprenticeship and whether your grades are high or low – there are always options! Speak to an adviser today to see how we can support you on your next steps…

Exam Results: I didn't pass English or Maths, what do I do next?

First of all, don’t worry – everything will be okay. Unfortunately, if you didn’t get a grade 4 or higher (equivalent to a C or above) in your English and Maths, you will have to re-take it in order to pass. Oxbridge is ready and available to support you with this. Get in touch via live chat, phone or email.

Exam Results: I have individual unit marks, but no overall grade. What should I do?

Check for a cash-in code on your statement of entry. If there isn’t one, cash-in may not have been applied for. Cash-in can be applied for retrospectively from your exam centre and once entered you can expect an overall grade in one week.

Exam Results: I haven't done as well as I expected in my exams. Is there anything I can do?

Yes! There are a number of post-result services available. Your entering centre will be able to provide you with further information and will process any requests for you. If you’re not sure where to turn, our friendly learning advisers are on hand and ready to help you.

Can I study this AQA A-level course if I do not live in England?

Yes! All of our learning is online, however, you will need to sit your exams in England. Find out more about exams.

What can I do with my A-levels?

A-levels are a universal way to demonstrate academic competency in a multitude of disciplines. A-levels are subject-based qualifications that lead to either university, further study, training, or work. A-levels serve as a standardised way to demonstrate your academic ability and are very common entry requirements to most higher-level courses.

Why study an online A-level course from home?

A-levels can be studied from home with Oxbridge, using our online platform. On average we find that students receive 20% higher grades and pass around 30% more quickly than in a traditional college.

How many UCAS points is an A-level course?

A-levels are the most common way to access university in the UK. The system in which this is done is called UCAS. This stands for: “the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service”. See the A-level UCAS tariff points breakdown below:

  • A* – 56
  • A – 48
  • B – 40
  • C – 32
  • D – 24
  • E – 16
What A-Level courses should I take?

If you’re planning on going on to a degree, your chosen university will usually publish their entry requirements for each course on their website. See how these subjects feel and decide if you would enjoy them as they will form much of the base knowledge for your degree.

If you’re not entirely sure what to study, there are some standard subjects that many students choose to help them secure a place at a prestigious university, such as one of the Russell Group universities. These courses are known as the ‘facilitating courses’ and include Biology, Chemistry, Physics, English Literature, Geography, History, Maths, Further Maths, Modern Languages and Classical Languages.

Generally speaking, taking two facilitating subjects will allow you to keep your progression options open. For further help and guidance, we have written a detailed guide on How to Choose A-Levels.

How long does it take to study an A-level?

It’s possible to study an A-level course both full-time and part-time. Normally students would study for two years, but with Oxbridge, you can also fast-track your course to complete it in one year.

What are A-Levels?

A-levels (also known as Advanced level qualifications) entail in-depth study of a chosen subject in order to open doors to further study including University, training, and work.

A-levels courses tend to focus on specific academic subjects such as Mathematics, English and the Sciences: Biology, Chemistry and Physics. The course material and the exams you take will be the same everywhere.

Are online language courses effective?

Yes, they are; we have tons of success stories from students who have gone on to achieve their goals after studying with us. So whether you want to work overseas, communicate better when you travel or even improve your cognitive performance, there are many advantages to learning a new language.

Why study a language course?

Whether you: want to improve your understanding of the English language, require an A-level qualification in a specific language to progress on your chosen career path or, want to learn a new tongue as a hobby, taking language classes online is an effective way to learn without disrupting your lifestyle.

They say that the easiest way to learn a new language is to speak it regularly. When you enrol in one of our online language courses, you will have access to a personal tutor to help you every step of the way. You can learn to speak, read and write French or Spanish fluently at GCSE or A-level when you study with us.

Why invest in one of our online language courses?

Our courses are created by industry experts and taught by experienced and passionate tutors through our award-winning learning platform. You’ll gain all of the advantages of traditional education and so much more when you study with us.

Rather than learn at a specific time, place and pace of an entire class, you’re given total control when you enrol on a language course with us. You can study whenever and wherever is easiest for you, which is perfect if you’re navigating a full-time job or have family commitments that must take precedence.

Not only that, you have a whole team on hand to support you, from our learning advisers to personal tutors, who you can schedule one-to-one time with whenever you need additional help or support.

Browse through our language courses and speak to one of our learning advisers if you have any questions.

Will I have course assignments?

Yes, you’ll be required to complete 11 assignments during your course. These do not contribute to 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. You will also complete a Non-Exam Assessment (NEA). This will be one coursework task, making up 20% of your overall mark.

Why study A-level English Language online?

Studying this online A-level English Language course will allow you to fit your studies around the other important elements of your life. As you complete this engaging, interactive course in your own time and at your own pace, you’ll have the unlimited support of your expert tutor to guide you. You’ll receive a clear induction and well-structured assignments to help you develop the skills and knowledge needed to prepare you for the exam.

Who should study this AQA A-level English Language course?

A-level English Language is a fantastic foundation for anyone interested in exploring an English-based career. There are a number of further courses that you can take, from English Literature to Journalism and Writing. With this qualification as a base, you can work towards writing blogs for websites, proofreading, creating copy, exploring journalism and far more.

How much do exams cost?

Many of our courses do not require exams however, A-levels, GCSEs and some other courses do require exams to complete the qualification. Exam fees are additional to the cost of the course and prices vary depending on the course and where you sit them – find out more.

Planning on studying A-levels or GCSEs with us? We can add your exams during enrolment and blend them into your monthly payment plan if you wish. If you’re not ready to book your exam(s) yet, you can book them at a later date – all of the information is available on MyOxbridge under NEAS and Exams.

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