The English Language A Level course examines the language of advertising, newspapers and television as well as variations of dialect, accent and class.

The home study course provides the perfect opportunity for students to improve their language skills and gain an understanding of the underlying structures of English, both spoken and written.

Each full A Level Course consists of an AS and A2 Syllabus. The home study course is split into four modules, reflecting the new four module examination structure of A levels. The AS and A2 courses can be sat in their own right as an individual course, but you are required to have completed the AS level syllabus before starting on an A2 syllabus.

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 fifteen Tutor-Marked Assignments (known as TMAs).

The Syllabus:

This English Distance Learning course prepares candidates for the AQA English Language AS level syllabus 1701 for examinations in June 2012 and later years. Most candidates will then study the AQA English Language A2 level syllabus 2701 to complete the full A Level. The overall syllabus code is 2700.

Click Here to view detailed syllabus information on the AQA Website

This specification is designed to:

  • Ensure continuity with the former 6-unit Specification A

  • Provide a coherent development from AS with its focus on language in its personal and immediate contexts to A2, which places language in its wider social, historical and global contexts

  • Help learners develop their writing skills in both AS and A2 units.



At AS Level, this specification explores language production and variation through the mutually illuminating activities of writing in different forms and textual analysis; it also gives the opportunity to explore creative and transactional forms of writing and develop understanding of how language creates meaning in written, spoken and electronic modes. The specification will also allow you to gain valuable insights into the language development of children and you will be taught the importance of cultural sensitivity in language

  • Paper 1 – Seeing Through English (2 Hours) is 30% of the total A Level marks.

  • Coursework – Creative Study is 20% of the total A Level marks.

The AS Level coursework is one Investigation and one Production task plus commentary (2000-2500 words)


At A2, candidates will explore how the English language has changed since 1600 and is changing today, how English varies globally, regionally and socially, the cultural debates about the nature and significance of language and how to carry out language research on topics of their own choice.

  • Paper 1 – Language Explorations (2 ½ Hours) is 30% of the total A Level marks.

  • Coursework – Language Investigations and Interventions is 20% of the total A Level marks.

The A2 Level coursework is one Investigation and one Intervention task (3000-3750 words).

Practical Skills/Coursework:

Candidates are required to submit two pieces of coursework. Full guidance is given in the course pack.


We will admit Candidates for A 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.

Additional Reading:

  • Revision Express English Language (A Level Revise Guides) by A Gardiner. (ISBN-10: 1405821256 - ISBN-13: 978-1405821254)

  • The Concise Oxford Dictionary (ISBN-10: 0198602596 - ISBN-13: 978-0198602590); or

  • The Shorter Oxford English Dictionary (ISBN-10: 019861134X - ISBN-13: 978-0198611349)

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:

There are currently over 300 testing centres across the country, so finding one close by is not very difficult. In December/January we contact you to start arranging your examination dates. We always try to give whatever help we can with examination information, but the entering of students for examinations and any dealings with the examination centre's are entirely the responsibility of the student.

Nearest Examination Dates:

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

A Level Examination Fees:

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. You can find out further information about the Private Candidate process and locate suitable exam centres from the AQA Private Candidate Page. 

Studying from Abroad:

It is possible to study A Level Courses from anywhere in the world. However some 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 A Level then you will need to sit the examinations in the UK. Please remember that most A Level's have several examinations which may well be spread over several weeks.

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