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The English Language A Level is a key asset if you're interested in any career that involves written and spoken communication and requires a comprehensive grasp of the English language. English is the number one language in the world of business; knowing how to convey your thoughts effectively and having the skills to understand nuance and subtleties in English can set you apart in the jobs market.

Throughout the course you'll improve on your existing fluency with the language and learn to identify the way it changes depending on audience, intent and context. You'll examine a variety of texts and develop your own writing skills across a range of genres. Creativity will be highlighted, along with the need to write for a specific target and purpose.

You'll also learn about the development of the English language, including how children learn to speak and the evolution of English over time. And you'll explore the role of English in the media, and the ways it's used to convey specific messages in different contexts.

Please note that you can only sit the exams for this course in the UK.

This course will prepare you for the AQA English Language A Level syllabus (7702) exams. Please note that as this course involves marked coursework, it's now too late to sit the Summer 2018 exams; you should aim for Summer 2019. 

A Level English Language is structured into three themes:

  1. Language, the individual and society
  2. Language, diversity and change
  3. Language in action

Study Units

Theme 1: Language, the individual and society

The aim of this theme is to introduce you to language study, exploring textual variety and children’s language development.

This area of study will introduce you to methods of language analysis to explore concepts of audience, purpose, genre, mode and representation.

It'll also introduce you to the study of children’s language development, exploring how children learn language and how they're able to understand and express themselves through language.

Theme 2: Language diversity and change

The aim of this theme is to allow you to explore language diversity and change over time.

You'll  study  the  key  concepts  of  audience,  purpose,  genre  and  mode  and  will  explore language in its wider social, geographical and temporal contexts.

You'll explore processes of language change. You'll also study social attitudes to, and debates about, language diversity and change.

Theme 3: Language in action

The aim of this theme is to allow you to explore and analyse language data independently and develop and reflect upon your own writing expertise. You'll carry out two different kinds of individual research:

  1. a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data)
  2. a piece of original writing and commentary (750 words each).

You can choose to pursue a study of spoken, written or multimodal data, or a mixture of text types, demonstrating knowledge in areas of individual interest. In preparation for this, you'll study how to:

  1. identify an appropriate investigation topic and research questions
  2. select and apply a methodology for data collection and analysis
  3. work in greater depth and with greater range
  4. transcribe spoken data where appropriate
  5. use language concepts and ideas
  6. evaluate and draw conclusions on the findings of the investigation
  7. present findings in an appropriate and accessible way
  8. reference reading materials correctly
  9. evaluate the structures and conventions of a variety of genres
  10. plan, draft and redraft as part of the writing process
  11. reflect on the writing process using methods of language analysis.

The A Level English Language course is perfect if you're looking to fill gaps in your school education or prepare for college or university. It's the essential foundation if you're thinking about studying English Language at a higher level.

As English is the primary language of business, a firm grasp of its subtleties and nuances is invaluable to many employers and will enhance any business career.

You don't need any previous experience or qualifications to enrol in our A Level English Language online course. That's because we believe in making learning - and a rewarding future - as accessible as possible. However, GCSE English Language at C level is recommended.

You can study this course from outside the UK, but you must travel to the UK to sit your final exams.

If you have any disabilities which you believe may impact your studies or assessments, please inform your Course Advisor before enrolment so that we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

An A Level English Language can be the first step towards college or degree-level study of English Language, English Literature, and many other subjects.

The study of English Language is key to many jobs and industries, such as:

  1. Journalist
  2. Writer
  3. Editor
  4. Teacher
  5. Translator
  6. Linguistics
  7. Publishing
  8. Media

It will also benefit a wide variety of jobs that require effective communication. As English is the predominant language used in international trade, comprehensive English language skills are essential to many business roles.

In the workplace, you'll find your A Level English Language will demonstrate to employers that you have the ability to commit to learning, and have acquired good communication, reasoning and analytical skills - essential in practically every walk of life.

Your A Level in English Language can count towards entry to college or university for many subjects. You should contact the institution you're interested in attending to find out their entry requirements.

Students who complete this course often go on to study an English Language, Literature or Journalism degree. 

We believe in making learning accessible and affordable for all, so you'll have the option to pay for your course through an interest-free payment plan. You'll be able to get started right away with a small deposit and pay the rest by monthly direct debit. Our plans are flexible, so you can pay your balance off sooner if you choose.

If your company will fund your course, we can help you arrange this.

Speak to our course advisors for more information on our payment plans.

Extensive Resources

Once you enrol, you’ll have access to our Student Community, which will allow you to see your course materials, contact your tutor, submit your assignments and connect with your fellow students. 

Your course materials have been specially designed for online learning by experts in the field. You'll work through step-by-step units so you can easily keep track of your progress.

You'll have the opportunity to join a live induction webinar when you start your course. It's designed to help you navigate your way around the student community, to offer you help and support, and most importantly to give you a warm and friendly welcome to ICS Learn. We usually hold one a week, and you can attend any one that suits you.

You’ll have access to a huge range of resources that will aid your studies, including:

  1. Interactive Resources
  2. Progress Checks
  3. Peer Discussions
  4. Personal Journal
  5. Awarding Body Resources

Unlimited Support

You’ll be assigned an expert academic tutor who'll be with you from enrolment to graduation. Their support is unlimited and you can contact them by phone or via the Student Community. They’ll answer any questions you have about coursework, study materials, and assessments, and help you work through any part of the course you’re stuck with.

They’ll also give you test papers and mock exams to ensure you’re ready to pass your exams. All your papers will be given constructive feedback so you know exactly what your strengths are and what you can improve.

Our dedicated student support team will be on hand to assist you with administrative tasks, using the Student Community, and any other non-academic queries you may have.

ICS Learn Assessment

There are test papers within your study materials which you should complete to monitor your progress and see where you can improve. These don't count towards your final exam grade.

External Assessment

Exams are held in summer every year. Please note that as this course involves marked coursework, it's now too late to sit the Summer 2018 exams; you should aim for Summer 2019. 

The final exams for this course can only be sat in the UK. If you're an international student planning to travel to the UK for exams, please note that exams for the same course may be held on different days, sometimes weeks apart.

You'll complete 2 written exams for your A level English Language:

  1. Unit 1 - ENGB1:   2 hour written examination
  2. Unit 2 - ENGB2: coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA. Writing in different genres for different audiences and purposes (2,500-3,500 words).
  3. Unit 3 - ENGB3:   2 hours 30 min written examination 
  4. Unit 4 - ENGB4: coursework, internally assessed and externally moderated by AQA. Language investigation and an informative media text. (2,500-3,500 words).


Important Exam Information

Please note that you're responsible for making your own exam arrangements. We'll remind you when it's time to do this, and you'll arrange to sit your exams as a private candidate at a local school or college. The school or college will charge a fee for this.

Find out more about arranging your exams here.

As this A Level involves marked coursework, it involves coursework fees as well as exam fees. Both will be charged at point of exam entry.

As a recognised AQA centre, we'll supervise, authenticate and mark your coursework, as well as act as the 'entering centre' for your exams. However, you'll sit your exams in person at the host exam centre you've chosen, usually a local school or college. This means that your assessment fees will be split between us and your host exam centre.

Fees paid to us

You'll pay your coursework fees to us. This covers the cost of your candidate entry fee to AQA (£78.85), marking your coursework (£50), and transferring you to the host exam centre you've chosen (£34.55) (applicable fees for the 2018 exams). This totals £163.40 in additional fees to be paid to us.

Fees paid to your host exam centre

In addition to the coursework fees paid to us, you'll pay exam administration and marking fees to the host exam centre. The fees vary depending on the exam centre so we can’t specify exact costs for these.

Why are the fees split this way?

Coursework and exams have always had associated costs but previously a single centre would have taken all fees. Due to new Non-Exam Assessment (NEA) regulations, fees are now split between the entering centre which will mark the NEA/coursework (us), and the host centre which will host the exams.

If you have any questions about the additional fees, speak to our A Level advisors. We're happy to help!