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English Language AS Level


AS English Language

Look at the English language with fresh eyes, as you deepen your linguistic analysis skills and explore language use in a variety of situations and contexts in our AS level English Language online course.

How different is the language we use to write advertising copy versus an academic essay? Why do people interpret exactly the same text in so many different ways? This course will provide you with a valuable set of skills to look at some of the potential answers to these questions, and many more!

From political speeches and song lyrics, to cartoon strips and food labelling, studying AS level English Language online will introduce you to a rich set of resources and styles of writing. You’ll gain a deep understanding of the terminology and grammar that underpins the English language, building your  understanding of how and why language works in the way it does.

Why study English Language?

Our AS level English Language online course explores a range of fascinating topics, including Spoken English, Language and Gender and Language Change and Diversity. Through this course you’ll look in detail at both spoken and written language, as you build a thorough understanding of semantics, grammar, text organisation, the hidden meanings of language and lexis.

You’ll also apply your knowledge in context through a detailed study of English language, which examines how other influences such as power and technology reshape the way we use language.

Our English Language A level course is ideal if you:

  • Are keen to study English at degree level.
  • Would like to gain a deeper understanding of the English language in context, and the rules that underpin how we use the spoken and written word.
  • Are looking to boost your independent thinking skills in preparation for higher education.
  • Want to improve your written and spoken English in your personal or professional life.
  • Enjoy expressing your opinions on how we communicate.
  • Want to understand how and why children’s language skills develop in the way they do.

Future opportunities

  • Studying English courses at university.
  • A wide range of rewarding career paths in fields such as communications and marketing, teaching, editorial roles, journalism and media, publishing and writing.

Course content

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

Study AS level English Language with us and benefit from:

  • Flexible learning
  • Support from a personal tutor by email, phone or Skype
  • Any time enrolment
  • Our exam booking service
  • Assignments with tutor feedback
  • Ongoing support from Student Support
  • Forums to discuss your course with other students


Choose when and where you access your course, using learn@nec our 24/7 learning platform.

This easy-to-use learning platform includes interactive checkpoints, quizzes and activities to help you evaluate your progress.

Your tutor

You’ll have access to support from a personal tutor. All NEC tutors are subject experts, with experience of supporting online learners.

Meet Julia who is just one of our first-class English tutors:

“I am lead tutor for NEC’s English courses and have written many course modules for NEC. I have a degree and MA in English Literature from the University of Leeds and am a senior examiner and moderator, Head of English at a Leeds sixth form college and a schools’ adviser for English. Oxford University Press has published a variety of texts I have written for students, including Love through the Ages (2009 with Helen Ince) and More Love Through the Ages (2012, with Anna Merrick). I enjoy running, cycling and a variety of sporting activities.”

What you need to know

Exam board

  • AQA 7702


  • Online learning with support from a personal tutor


  • Complete at your own pace
  • Approx. 120-150* hours plus time for completing assignments

*The specification suggests that 150 hours is needed. You’ll also need time to complete assignments and prepare yourself for exams and some courses like English literature involve a lot of reading.  Everyone is different so it’s impossible to say with certainty how long a course will take you, but you should expect to spend longer than 150 hours. Taken across the length of time we recommend, this equates to approximately 4 hours per week. This will increase if you choose to take it over a shorter time frame or may be less if you are retaking a subject and have covered a lot of of the course content.


  • 6 assignments (one introductory) – these do not contribute towards your final grade


  • No additional set texts required
  • there are some recommendations you may wish to refer to for additional reading


  • Internet access
  • Computer operating system and browser to support learn@nec

What's included?

Our course fees are open and honest to help you plan for any additional costs.

Your course fee includes:

  • Access to learn@nec
  • All the course materials you need to complete the course
  • Support from a personal tutor for up to 24 months from your date of enrolment
  • Assignment marking
  • Coursework marking and authentication
  • Marking for one past paper
  • Guaranteed exam place
  • NEC’s guide to study skills: How to Succeed as an Independent Learner
  • Spelling, punctuation and grammar guide
  • Time planner to help you plan your study timetable
  • Information on how to apply for exams

Your course fee does not cover:

  • Exam entry fees
  • Recommended textbooks for additional reading

Optional extras:

  • Additional past paper marking 
  • Revision tutorial 
  • Optional tutorial 
  • Additional review 
  • UCAS application service

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Exams and assessment

Two exams:

  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks
  • 1 hour 30 minutes, 50% of marks

Non-exam assessment (NEA):

  • None

Additional support if you’re under 18

We know that our younger students often need an extra helping hand with their studies.  In our experience, learning online works best when the parents are involved, so when you enrol your child with NEC, you’ll have a unique set of services to help you to support your child.

This includes:

  • Your own log in to learn@nec to access the course so you can view the course materials and other information for yourself.
  • Access to your child’s gradebook to help you to monitor progress and provide appropriate and timely intervention and support
  • You’ll receive emails and forum posts so that you have all the examination and assessment updates/information provided by the NEC team
  • Dedicated Progress Portal Pages and targeted blogs with updates/information/help and advice on many aspects of home education.

Read more about how we work with young students who are studying at home or through a school.