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AS/A Level English Language Course

Exam board: WJEC
AS Level: 2700QS – A level:  1700QS

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

Curriculum

AS Units

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

A2 Units

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

Assessment

This is a unitised specification which allows for an element of staged assessment.

AS Qualification: 2700QS

A level Qualification: 1700QS

Access Arrangements

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

Study Options

You can choose from the following study options:

  • Online classes only
  • Blended learning – Classes at the campus and online
  • Distance learning course

FAQs

FAQs

We offer a range of study options, we are flexible, offer tutor support, and 
interest-free payment plans make it easy to shape learning around your life.

We are registered with Estyn, our aims to give each student a complete education in which they achieve their academic potential and grow as an individual.

As well as studying with us, you can sit your exams with us too.


Straight away! There’s no need to wait until September to enrol, you can begin your course at any time. Once you enrol, you’ll be able to log in to your course and get started by the next working day.

You’ll sit the same A level exams at the same time as all the other students in the UK, and you’ll receive the same results, transcript and qualification.

You’re a level course will be accepted by colleges, universities and employers worldwide.


Yes! You can, if you are looking to improve your grade in your GCSEs, whilst studying A levels with us!


You can study A level courses through a range of study options; our blended learning which consists of online live classes and pre-recorded and in person teaching in class. The other option is only online live classes or Distance learning course.


Students normally study 4 AS subject in Year 12 and continue with the 3 subjects of their course in Year 2 to complete the A level.


If you are studying a distance learning course, we can assess you through the year through a range of assessments.
How will I be supported?

  • We offer subject support tutorials every month
  • 1:1 support from your subject tutor, online or by email
  • 24/7 access to the your online learning platform
  • Interactive online learning broken down into easy-to-follow units
  • Practice tests and mock exams marked by your tutor
  • Friendly student services team, so you’re never more than a message or phone call away from a helping hand

Distance Learning is a self-study course that you work through at your own pace using our Online course materials; a wide range of online resources, access to our Google classroom and tutor support when you need it.

Of course, you can study this course part time, making sure you have mentioned in your enrolment.


A level’s are usually a two year course, studying this in one year, would be an intensive course. You may be able to complete the course in one year as an intensive course; you need to show a strong understanding of the subject.

You have the option to join Year 13 and repeat the year and complete your course in one year.


We offer A levels – part time in the evenings to adult learners.

You have 2 options – Online live classes in the evening, Online Distance learning course.

You will have full tutor support in both options.


We offer support to all our students! We help you with your university options, personal statement writing, we provide a reference and your predicted grades. 
We also help you prepare for you interviews.


We offer interest-free payment plans, you can pay monthly, termly or annually.


Yes of course! You can come in to our office and speak to our course advisors.
You can also book a Video call with us, email admin@swanseacollege.com to arrange.


Choose the subject you would like to study, add to courses, complete our application form and you can choose to pay online. 
If you’d like to set up an interest-free payment plan, get in touch with our Student Advisors on 01792 535 000.

If you have any disabilities which you think might affect your studies or assessments, please let us know before you enrol so we can advise you on whether reasonable adjustments can be made to accommodate your needs.

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