Whether you are writing a blog, reading a film script, or analysing advertising copy, you need to use and understand language with its intended audience in mind. Studying A level English Language will enable you to improve your mastery of the language which 390 million people speak worldwide.
Would you prefer to pay for your course by instalments? Please see the ‘How to enrol’ section below for details of our low cost, interest free finance available.
Are you intending to take your exams next summer? Please refer to our information on fast tracking and studying your course within one year.
This course is one of our new Gold Star A levels. Find out more about them here.
It is strongly recommended that you have studied English language to GCSE or equivalent level before starting this course.
Hours of study
As a guideline, you should allow for between 300 and 350 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment.
Exams and assessment
- 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of marks
- 2 hours 30 minutes, 40% of marks
Non-exam assessment (NEA):
One coursework task, 20% of marks:
Part of the A level assessment for the new specification is a non-exam assessment (NEA). To facilitate this, NEC has agreed with the awarding body that our own tutors are able to mark your NEA work, and you can then sit your written exams at one of our partner exam centres. Please refer to this page for more detailed information about how your coursework is marked and entered.
NEC's tutor-marked assignments:
- 1 introductory assignment
- 10 assignments
This course is entirely self-contained so no additional textbooks are required.
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How to enrol
How to enrol
There are several ways to enrol with NEC:
- Click the ‘Enrol now’ button above
- Telephone us on 0800 389 2839 or +44(0)1223 400200 and speak to our course advice team
- Ask us to send you an enrolment form which you can complete and return by post.
How can you pay?
It’s your choice: you can pay in full at the point of enrolment, or you can spread the cost over monthly instalments with our finance offer. To pay in instalments you will need to enrol by telephone.
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Rate of interest:
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Section 1 - Methods of language analysis
- The language of every day
- Putting language in its place
- The science of language study
- Meanings and representations
- Structure and style
Section 2 - Spoken English
- Your linguistic fingerprint
- The language of speech and the language of writing
- Planned speech
- Permission to speak
- Broadcast talk
Section 3 - Language and power
- Where power lies
- Influential power in language
- Instrumental power in language
- Linguistic power at work
- Language which embraces, language which conceals
Section 4 - Identity and non-standard English
- What is a dialect?
- Dialect and region
- Dialect and identity
- Attitudes to dialect
- Language development and the role of technology
Section 5 - Language and gender
- A woman's place
- Dominance versus difference
- Gender and particular identities
- Man-made language
Section 6 - Original writing (NEA)
- The frameworks of fiction
- Different voices
- Writing non-fiction
- News values
- Planning, drafting and commenting
Section 7 - Early child language acquisition
- The foundations of child language acquisition
- Language and learning
- The earliest years
- Towards communicate competence
- Looking outwards
Section 8 - Reading and writing
- Literacy in the curriculum
- Learning to read
- Learning to write
- Understanding genre
Section 9 - Language change and diversity
- The past is another country
- New words
- New meanings
- Attitudes to change and diversity
Section 10 - The language investigation (NEA)
- Choosing your focus
- Launching your investigation
- Organising your data
- Making sense of your data
- Concluding and reflecting on your investigation
Thank you for your interest in this course.
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What our students say...
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