Our AS and A level in English language course encourages learners to develop their interest and enjoyment of English as they:
- develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
- explore data and examples of language in use
- engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English
- develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language
- independently investigate language in use.
Knowledge, understanding and accurate application of the language levels below underpin this specification:
- phonetics, phonology, prosodics: how speech sounds and effects are articulated and analysed
- lexis and semantics: the vocabulary of English, including historical, geographical, social and individual varieties of English
- grammar including morphology: the structural patterns and shapes of English at sentence, clause, phrase and word level
- pragmatics: the contextual aspects of language use
- discourse: extended stretches of communication occurring in different genres, modes and contexts
Unit 1: Exploring Language
Written examination: 1¾ hours
This unit encourages learners to engage with language use in different situations. It gives them the opportunity to apply their critical skills and their language knowledge.
There are two sections, each containing one compulsory question. Candidates must answer both questions.
Section A: Analysing language
Section B: Contemporary English
Unit 2 Language Issues and Original and Critical Writing
Written examination: 2 hours
This unit encourages learners to engage with language issues and to use language creatively. Candidates are required to answer one question in three parts. Candidates must choose to complete either Question 1 or Question 2. In each question, there are three parts. Part (a): Language issues Part (b): Original writing Part (c): Critical writing
Unit 3: Language over Time
Written examination: 1½ hours
Unit 4: Spoken Language and Creative Re-casting
Section A: Analysing spoken language
Section B: Creative re-casting
Unit 5 Language and Identity Non-examination assessment: 2500-3500 words
Learners must select one of the following four areas for the language investigation.
- 1. Language and self-representation
- 2. Language and gender
- 3. Language and culture
- 4. Language diversity
This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment.
AS Qualification: 2700QS
A level Qualification: 1700QS
Access Arrangements allow candidates/learners with special educational needs, disabilities or temporary injuries to access the assessment without changing the demands of the assessment.
For example, readers, scribes and Braille question papers. In this way, Awarding Bodies will comply with the duty of the Equality Act 2010 to make ‘reasonable adjustments’.
We can arrange access arrangements and assess you with our special assessor. The deadline for application to the exam board is the February of the year the learner sits the exams.
To find out more about exam access arrangements click here
You can choose from the following study options:
- Online classes only
- Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
- Distance learning course