English A Level

Course information

The course offers a great opportunity to learn more about the language and its application. At AS level, you’ll learn about how to analyse language correctly, textual variations and representations, diversity within the overarching English language, and different language discourses.

In the A level portion of the course, you’ll delve deeper into the language, understanding how children develop their language, analysing speech and writing with language development theories, and understanding how language evolves through time. You’ll also understand more about how language is used in action across a variety of texts.

This course includes 31 Lessons and 15 Tutor-marked assignments as well as detailed guidance on preparing your NEA/coursework.

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Examining board and exams

Oxford Open Learning’s English A level course has been specifically written to prepare candidates for the AQA English A level qualification. The syllabus numbers are:

  • AS English (Advanced Subsidiary GCE in English): course code 7701
  • A-level English (Advanced GCE in English): course code 7702.

For the AS course, there are two 90-minute exams June, while the A Level course, assessed in June, comprises two exams (each two hours and 30 minutes long) and one piece of coursework – the Language Investigation.

What can I do with an English A level?

As well as further study at university and later work in academia, English A level teaches a wide range of skills well-suited to roles that use the English language and its facets on a day-to-day basis.

For instance, the subject is a good choice if you want to do journalism, writing, advertising, marketing or linguistics. What’s more, it’s important in fields such as politics, performing arts, law, foreign languages, design and media too. If you’re thinking of studying humanities at university, the skills it teaches you will be of great use, whatever you study, thanks to its focus on communication and textual analysis.

Transferable skills developed studying English A level include:

  • Research skills
  • Critical thinking
  • Essay writing
  • Analytical skills
  • An attention to detail
  • Crafting arguments

Communication skills

My journey with Oxford Open Learning lasted seven years and came to an end last June. Looking back with the benefit of hindsight (and hopefully some maturity), I can say that along with my qualifications, I acquired skills of independence, persistence and self-discipline. More importantly, I gained a love of knowledge, that has extended into my recent gap-year and enriched my blossoming career as a writer, as I look to write and direct my first short film.

Kate Loseby, English Language Grade A

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How much does it cost?

Our English Literature A level course fee is £525 with a £105 deposit, payable in eight instalments of £52.50.

As you study, you’ll support from a qualified tutor that has a Postgraduate Certificate in Education (PGCE) or a degree in education. They’ll help by:

  • Marking all course assignments
  • Providing written answers to specific problems you might have
  • Telephone contact, if you require it

When you begin the course, you and your Student Advisor will agree an examination date or dates – the support period will last up to the final examination date, giving you all the help you need to succeed.


Prerequisites

We expect students to have a minimum of four good GCSEs in order to study English A level, and preferably a grade B/6 or above in English GCSE/IGCSE or equivalent.

You might feel you have other experience or qualifications that make you eligible for the course. If you do, feel free to call one of our student advisers on 0800 0111 024 to talk about your suitability for the course.

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