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A Level English Language

Course Codes

OSC1436 / OSC1437

Do you want to earn UCAS points for university qualification? Then this A Level English Language course could be perfect for you.

  • The method of language analysis you will be studying is widely applicable and can be transferred to a number of further education pathways.
  • You will gain critical thinking skills which is a prudent quality to have in the workplace.
  • The analytical skills that can be developed through studying this course have proven value in a range of contexts.
  • Gain an official A Level English Language qualification from AQA.
  • Achieve up to 56 UCAS points to help you land your dream place at university.
  • Nationally recognised accredited A Level qualification that is the same course offered in schools and colleges.
  • No waiting around for term to start, you can enrol today and start studying as soon as you are ready.
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Course overview

By studying this A Level English Language qualification, you will be introduced to a wealth of knowledge pertaining to the analysis of a wide range of texts and discourses.

The course explores the study of English Language with emphasis on the ability of students to debate different views, investigate various lines of enquiry, and independently research aspects of language use.

The specification draws upon a range of fields within the English language and linguistics subject area, including phonetics, accents and dialects, and socioeconomic impacts on audience perception.

You will be encouraged to explore language diversity and change whilst considering race, religion, age, gender, class, and more as influential factors.

Textual variations and representations are an important aspect of this qualification, giving you an insight into audience, purpose, genre, mode, format, function, and so on.

In this course, you will be given texts to critically analyse to put the knowledge and skills learnt into practice.

What next?

Upon successful completion of this course, you will earn up to 56 UCAS points, with other A Level qualifications, you will be able to apply for university.

Here are some job roles that often require proficiency in the English Language, making this qualification valuable:

  • Content writer
  • Editor
  • Journalist
  • Public relations officer
  • Copywriter
  • Translator
  • Teacher/tutor
  • Proof-reader
  • Technical writer
  • Publishing assistant

Course Duration

Up to two years.

Course Outcome

Upon successful completion of your exams and coursework, you will be awarded an A Level English Language qualification issued by AQA. You will also receive the UCAS points relevant to the grade you achieved to support your university application.

Entry Requirements

We recommend that you have at least a grade 5/B in English Language, however, this is not essential.


Two written exams and coursework assignments.

Course content

Extra info

Course duration

Once enrolled, you have up to two years to complete your studies.

Study method

You will study this course through distance learning, which will enable you to learn when and where you want. You can study from home or at work, it is completely up to you. The course materials can either be emailed online or posted to you as a study pack depending on which you select at enrolment. You will receive your tutor support by email.

Choosing to add the exam package

If you choose to add your exams to your enrolment, all you need to do is contact us when you are ready to sit your exams, we will book and pay for them on your behalf. Please note that the A Level exam timetable typically takes place during May and June each year. You are advised to contact us well in advance of when you intend to sit your exams so that we can confirm your place with the exam board – cut-off dates apply.

Please note, our A Level exam centre locations for this course are as follows:

  • Birmingham
  • Coventry
  • Doncaster
  • Bolton
  • Wimbledon
  • Taunton
  • St Neots, Cambridgeshire
  • High Wycombe
  • Romford
  • Bristol
  • Belfast


This qualification is assessed through exams and coursework.

Course outcome

Upon successful completion of this course, you will receive an A Level qualification in English Language.

Awarding body

AQA (Assessment and Qualifications Alliance) is a leading examination board in the UK. It offers a wide range of qualifications, including GCSEs, A Levels, and vocational qualifications. AQA are known for their vigorous assessments that evaluate students’ knowledge and skills. They provide comprehensive resources to students and educators, ensuring high-quality education. AQA’s qualifications are widely recognised and accepted within the UK and internationally, making it a trusted and respected examination board.

Exam details

Paper 1 - Language, the individual and society

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Weighting: 40% of total
  • Total marks: 100

Section A – Textual variations and representations

Two texts (one contemporary and one older text) linked by topic or theme.

  • 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 2 - Language diversity and change

  • Type: written examination
  • Duration: 2 hours 30 minutes
  • Weighting: 40% of total
  • Total marks: 100

It includes:

  • Language diversity and change.
  • Language discourses.
  • Writing skills.
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

Section A – Diversity and change

One question from a choice of two, either:

  • An evaluative essay on language diversity (30 marks).
  • An evaluative essay on 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 texts (30 marks).

Coursework - Language in action

  • Word count – 3,500
  • Weighting: 20% of total
  • Total marks: 100
  • Assessed by – your tutor

What’s assessed?

  • Language investigation.
  • Original writing.
  • Methods of language analysis are integrated into the activities.

You will produce:

  • A language investigation (2,000 words excluding data).
  • A piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total).


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