The English Language A Level Course introduces advanced language study and develops a students' ability to write for a variety of audiences and purposes. You will discover linguistic frameworks and how these can be used to analyse and interpret language.

This 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.

This home study course follows the new linear A-Level syllabus. If students want to complete the new linear AS Level course then this can be purchased from the AS 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 20 Tutor-Marked Assignments (TMAs).

The Syllabus:

Students can study for the AQA English Language 7701/7702 A Level Specification sitting exams in May/June 2017 or later years.


Paper 1: English Language 1 - Language, the Individual & Society (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 100 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Paper 2: English Language 2 - Language Diversity & Change (2 Hours 30 Minutes) is 100 marks in total (40% of A-level).

Coursework: Language in Action is 100 marks in total (20% of A-level). Students need to produce a language investigation (2,000 words excluding data) and a piece of original writing and commentary (1,500 words total).

The course is divided into the following modules:

  1. Introduction to Language Analysis: Language Frameworks
  2. Textual Variations and Representations
  3. Language Diversity
  4. Language Discourses
  5. Language in Action: Investigating Language
  6. Understanding Children’s Language Development
  7. Applying Theories of Language Development to Analysis of Speech and Writing
  8. Introduction to Language Change
  9. Evaluating Language Change
  10. Language in Action – Original Writing

Please Note: The first section of this course will be dispatched to you after enrolment with the second section being sent when developed (expected to be January 2016).

Practical Skills/Coursework:

Candidates are required to submit two pieces of coursework. Full guidance is given in the course pack and the course tutor will verify your coursework for submission to the Awarding Body.


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:

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

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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