The English Language AS Level Course examines the English language and how this is used in different instances. This course is an ideal chance for students to improve their language skills and gain a greater understanding of spoken and written language.

This home study course follows the new linear AS Level syllabus. If students want to complete the full A Level Course then this can be purchased from the A Level section of our website.

Each lesson begins with a set of clearly stated objectives and an explanation of its place in the overall programme of study. Effective learning is encouraged through frequent activities and self- assessment questions. There are 8 Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs). 

The course is divided into the following modules:

  • Module 1: Introduction to Language Analysis: Language Frameworks

The following topics are covered: Modes of address: Lexis and Semantics; Modes of address: Grammar and Graphology; Modes of address: Analysing spontaneous speech – phonetics, phonology and prosodics; and Modes of address: Pragmatics and discourse.

  • Module 2: Textual Variations and Representations

The following topics are covered: Variations in spoken, written and multi-modal texts; Representations - Texts in Time; Representations – Texts in Context; and Language, Power and Identity.

  • Module 3: Language Diversity

The following topics are covered: Sociolects – Social and Occupational groups; Sociolects – gender and ethnicity; Accents and Dialects – Regional varieties; and Global English – National and International varieties.

  • Module 4: Language Discourses

The following topics are covered: ‘Standard English’ : Caxton’s Eggs and historical attitudes; Attitudes to diversity and change – constructing identity; Attitudes to diversity and change – positioning and influencing the reader; and Attitudes to diversity and change – future discourses.

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA English Language 7701 AS Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2019 or later years.


  • Paper 1: English Language 1 - Language, the Individual & Society (1 Hours 30 Minutes) is 70 marks in total (50% of AS level).
  • Paper 2: English Language 2 - Language Diversity & Change (1 Hours 30 Minutes) is 70 marks in total (50% of AS level).

Practical Skills/Coursework:

There is no coursework with this syllabus.


We will admit Candidates for AS Level Courses who have a minimum of 4 GCSEs at grade C and above. For English Language this should include English Language GCSE at grade B or above. Students are required to have a good level of spelling and grammar.

Please Note: We cannot accept students who are under 18 years old on this course.  

Additional Reading:

The following books are required to work alongside your course materials:

  • AQA A Level English Language Student Book by Dan Clayton (ISBN: 978-0198334002)

Additional non-essential recommended reading is detailed in the course materials for students who would like further resources whilst completing their studies. We recommend purchasing any books after receiving your course materials to make sure there have been no revisions.

Student Support:

Every student receives a personal tutor with whom they should keep in regular contact. All tutors are fully qualified experienced teachers holding either a Postgraduate Certificate in Education or a degree in education. Most work from home and are able to offer flexible contact times. The tutor will contact students with an introductory letter and a telephone call to help decide on a study plan. They will also let the student know the best ways and times for contact.

There is no limit on how often you can contact your tutor. The advice and encouragement our tutors provide are an important part of your learning experience. You can contact your tutor by Phone, Post or Email. There are tutor-marked assignments (TMA's) in every course. These help the student to consolidate their learning and prepare for examinations.

All tutors have a Freephone 0800 telephone number and most will have Skype capabilities. Whilst you are still actively submitting assignments, you should expect to be in contact with your tutor regularly. Remember, to get the most out of your tutor, you will need to tell them when you need assistance.

Examination Centres & Examination Fees:

All distance learning students will sit their exams as a private candidate in a registered school or college. The finding of an examination centre and the booking of exams is the responsibility of the student. In December/January students are contacted and advised to start arranging their examinations. AQA have over 300 exam centres in the UK. Examination officers are available for registered students for advice on finding suitable centres or you can use AQA’s Private Candidate Page which details information about being a private candidate and has a search facility showing a small selection of centres set out geographically.

The new Linear format examinations all need to be sat in a single examination window on completion of your studies. Examination fees need to be paid direct to your chosen exam centre. Prices for exams will vary depending on the exam centre’s administration costs so it is worth contacting a few centres to compare prices.

Nearest Examination Dates:

Please review the AS Level Overview page for detailed information on possible examination dates and procedures.

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study AS Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some home study courses are easier to study from abroad than others and some restrictions to the type of tuition available apply. If you wish to study an AS Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most AS Levels have two examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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