English Language AS Level

Due to the short amount of time left until the Summer 2018 exam session, we advise students to reconsider moving their exam intention to Summer 2019. If you do decide to go ahead with 2018 exams, the deadline for enrolling is 1st December. After this date we strongly recommend adding our Fast Track service to your enrolment. We are able to accept enrolments with Fast Track until 12th January. After this final date you would need to wait until 2019 to sit your exams.

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 AS level English Language will enable you to improve your mastery of the language which 390 million people speak worldwide.

This course is one of our new Gold Star AS levels. Find out more about them here.

Price: 

Price£450.00

Course requirements

A GCSE or equivalent in English Language (minimum grade B) and English Literature (minimum grade B) is strongly recommended for this course. This is an online course so you will also need access to the internet.

Duration of study

It's really up to you but, as a guide, an AS level course takes about 120-150 hours plus extra time for assignment work you submit to your tutor. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 24 months from the date of enrolment. Some students allow 18-24 months to complete an AS level, but others complete the course within a year.

Specification

This course follows specification 7701 from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Topics

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
  • Difference
  • Dominance versus difference
  • Gender and particular identities
  • Man-made language

Exams and assessment

Two exams:
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):
  • None

Assignments

Assignments do not contribute towards your final grade but provide you with an opportunity to submit work to your tutor for marking and feedback. This will help you to gauge your progress as you work through the course.

This course has:
  • 1 introductory assignment
  • 5 assignments

Set texts and resources

There are no essential set texts. The course includes some recommended books that you will be expected to refer to for additional reading.

Using learn@nec

Your course is delivered online through learn@nec, so it’s important that you have access to a computer and the internet. We recommend that your computer is using one of the following operating systems and browsers to improve your experience of using learn@nec:

Operating systems:
  • Windows 7 or later
  • Mac OSX 10.7 or later
  • Google Chrome OS
  • Android 4.4 or later, using the Chrome browser
  • iOS 6 or later, using the Safari browser

Browsers:
  • Google Chrome (latest version)
  • Mozilla Firefox (latest version)
  • Safari 6 or later
  • Internet Explorer 10 or later (excluding IE11)

learn@nec may work on other operating systems and browsers with some restrictions. You can see full details of the system requirements by clicking here.

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.

Paying in instalments

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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AS Level English Language Course Sample

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