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International A Level English Language Course

International A Level English Language Course Offers clear skills progression from IGCSE, these courses allow students to build on the skills already gained and prepare for their next steps.  

It will use a variety of assessment styles including critical reading, data analysis, evaluation, the ability to develop and sustain arguments and a number of different writing skills which are invaluable for both further study and future employment.

General Certificate of Education in English Language

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This International A Level English Language Distance Learning is ideal for anyone wishing to gain a knowledge and understanding of this subject or for anyone who wishes to study at a higher level at University. You will also find this course extremely valuable if you are looking for a progression route for further training whilst employed.

The new specification will encourage students to develop expertise in this subject by exploring key language concepts whilst connecting with a range of texts and discourses. You will be encouraged to pursue lines of enquiry, analyse texts and debate different views.

International A Level English Language CAIE exams can be taken in June & November (Also March for India)

Our courses at International Home Study allow our students to work at their own pace and we work to ensure all our student’s needs are met. Our resources will cover the requirements of the course making sure you stay on track with the subject you choose.


The course will be delivered online including Tutor Support for two years. All assignments are marked by one of our professional Tutors who will offer regular feedback and guide you through your course. Postal assignments cannot be accepted without prior permission from the tutor and you must have access to email in order to contact your Tutor.

You will be provided with details for your dedicated Student Support Team who will be available for any other queries that you may have whilst completing your course. You can be assured that you will receive unlimited support for your home study course, so there is no need to struggle or feel isolated during your studies.


The course contains a number of assignments which your tutor will mark and give you valuable feedback on. You will also have access to a range of online resources.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations at an approved centre when an examination forms part of the course. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Whats included?

Students will be provided with logins for the student portal where they will find all the study materials they need to complete their course. They will also be provided with an e-textbook to assist them in completing their assignments.

Students will be provided with a Tutor who will help guide them through their course, and their Tutor will expect them to submit a number of assignments in order that their progress can be monitored. These assignments will be graded for them and feedback provided. You will also be able to ask the Tutor any questions about the course or for more help if needed. Once their course has been completed, they will then be allocated practice exam papers to ensure that they are familiar with the procedure and layout of their exams. Learners will be expected to complete these under exam conditions (i.e.. stick to the time scales allowed and try to find somewhere quiet), their Tutor can then provide them with a grade and feedback. More practice papers can be provided if required.


Course fees for payment in full include:

  • Assessment and feedback on all assignments.
  • Access to your personal Tutor via our online portal.
  • Access to a range of online resources, student materials, assessments, assignments, eBooks etc
  • Practice exam papers to prepare you for the real thing.
  • Help with UCAS application if attending University.
  • Tutor references and predicted grades once a satisfactory amount of work has been completed.
  • Help finding an exam centre for you to sit your exam.

Cambridge Exam Board

Awarding Body: Cambridge

Course Code: 9093

Study Hours:  Recommended 300 – 360 hrs

Exams Available: June & November (also March in India only)

This Cambridge International AS Level English Language provides learners with opportunities to make critical and informed responses to a wide range of texts. Learners will also demonstrate their ability to produce writing to specific briefs and for given audiences.

Cambridge International A Level English Language learners will also develop a strong foundation in the study of linguistics, focusing on language change, child language acquisition, spoken language, English in the world, and language and the self.

Syllabus for Exams in 2021, 2022 and 2023

The key concepts for Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language are:

Text and context

A text can be defined as a single, coherent unit of language, from the briefest spoken utterance to a book published across several volumes. However, no text exists without context; students of English language must always consider how a text’s meaning is informed by the circumstances not only of its production, but also of its communication and reception.

Meaning and style

The study of English language involves developing a range of strategies for exploring the complex ways in which different linguistic elements come together to create meaning. Whether producing their own texts or analysing texts produced by others, students of English language must consider how choices regarding form, structure and language also interact to create a distinctive style.


Students of English language must learn to identify and analyse the strategies writers and speakers use to communicate with their intended audience(s). Likewise, they must be able to predict, recognise and analyse the various responses these strategies might elicit.


Whether writing artfully for a specified purpose and audience, reading deeply between the lines of a challenging text, or developing strategies for acquiring the language in the first place, users of the English language must demonstrate creativity in a range of forms and contexts.


Constantly subject to a range of influences – whether personal, social, geographical or otherwise – the English language exists in a range of competing and overlapping forms at any given moment. This extraordinary diversity offers a rich opportunity for analysis, comparison and exploration.


The phonological, morphological, semantic, syntactic and other aspects of the English language are liable to change over time. Students of English language must analyse these changes and explore in detail the factors that drive them.

Learners who follow the Cambridge International AS & A Level English Language syllabus will develop the following skills and understanding:

  • sustaining accurate, fluent and consistent writing
  • producing informed responses appropriate to the specified form, style, context, and audiences
  • conveying knowledge and understanding from both specific examples and wider studies.

These are highly transferable skills and may help learners in other subject areas, as well as equipping them for higher education or employment.

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Reading

Written Examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

Availability: June and November

Assessment Overview: Candidates answer two compulsory questions: Question 1 in Section A, and Question 2 in Section B.

50 marks

Paper 2: Writing

Time: 2 hours

Availability: June and November

Assessment overview:

Candidates answer two questions: one compulsory question from Section A, and one question from a choice of three in Section B.

50 marks

Paper 3: Language Analysis

Written examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

Availability: June and November

Assessment overview. Candidates answer two compulsory questions: Question 1 in Section A, and Question 2 in Section B.

50 marks

Paper 4: Language Topics

Practical examination: 2 hours 15 minutes

Availability: June and November

Assessment overview:

Candidates answer two compulsory questions each on a separate topic area: Question 1 in Section A, and Question 2 in Section B

50 marks

Edexcel Exam Board

Awarding Body: Edexcel

Specification codes: XEN01/ YEN01

Edexcel Exams: January and June

Edexcel Study Hours: 300 – 360 hours

Students of our Edexcel International A Level English Language course will study the English Language in a global context, including the influence of other languages on the development of English. New topics with an international focus include ‘Contemporary Global English’ and ‘Language and Technology’.


Candidates for Edexcel International A Level English Language Level study the AS topics:

1.Language: Context and identity

  • The range of contexts in which language is produced and received
  • How the contexts of production and reception affect language choices
  • How writers/speakers present themselves to their audience in a variety of modes
  • How writers/speakers choose language to reflect and construct their identity or identities
  • How writers create texts for different forms, purposes, audiences, and contexts.

2.Language in Transition

  • The influence of other languages on the development of English
  • Pidgins and creoles
  • The development of English outside the British Isles.
  • Students will explore the ways in which languages change, with a focus on English in a global context.
  • Students will need to know about the mechanisms of language change but they will not need to study the historical development of English.

Edexcel A Level English Language Candidates also study these additional topics:

3. Crafting Language (writing)

  • Study a range of specified writing genres and appropriate style models
  • Demonstrate their skills as writers in re-creating texts for different context, purpose and audience.

4. Investigating Language

  • Students will select one research focus from four topic areas:
  • Contemporary Global English
  • Children’s Language Development
  • Language and Power
  • Language and Technology

Students will:

  • Develop their research and investigation skills
  • Undertake a focused investigation of their selected topic
  • Apply their knowledge of language levels and key language concepts developed through the whole course
  • Develop a personal language specialism.

Exam Papers

Paper 1: Language: Context and identity

Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview:

Students answer two compulsory questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B.

50 marks

Paper 2: Language in Transition

Written Examination: 1 hour 45 minutes

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview:

Students answer two compulsory questions: one question from Section A and one question from Section B based on unseen transcripts. The unseen transcripts are presented in a Source Booklet for students.

50 marks

Paper 3: Crafting Language (writing)

Written Examination: 2 hours

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview:

Section A: Six multiple-choice questions (6 marks).

Section B: A five-part question, based on data provided in a source booklet (34 marks). Section C: Two 20-mark essay questions from a choice of three (40 marks).

80 marks.

Paper 4: Investigating Language

Written Examination: 2 hours

Availability: January and June

Assessment overview:

Pre-released materials will be provided in order for students to focus their research. For each topic a subtopic pre-released on the website (in May for the January examination series and in January for the June examination series).

Students answer two compulsory questions on one overall subtopic: one question from Section A and one question from Section B.

50 marks.


You do not need any prior learning knowledge or experience to take this course. This course is openly available to anyone who wishes to take part in a highly rewarding home study course, although you would be expected to have a reasonable standard of literacy.

You have the freedom to start the course at any time and continue your studies at your own pace for a period of up to 2 years from initial registration with the full support of your Tutor. You do not have to wait until September, when a traditional school starts. 

Once you enrol, you will have access to our online portal 24/7. Here you will find study materials that have been specially prepared by your tutor, there will be assessments, study notes, eBooks and assignments all relating to your course. Everything in this course is structured to follow the course specification, so all topics and units cover everything you need to learn. Your tutor will mark your work and give you written feedback on areas you need to improve or explain what you have done well. You can also ask your tutor questions if you get stuck on a topic or need something explaining a little more. 

When you approach the exams, your tutor will set you a series of practise exam papers so that you can know what to expect in your exam, and you can go into them feeling confident.

You will be provided with eBooks for this course. If you want to purchase physical books in addition, then we can provide you with the book ISBN numbers.

Students will be required to arrange and pay for their examinations (including any practicals they wish to take) at an approved centre. We can provide an extensive list of these centres for you.

Most of our A Levels are available internationally. We offer A Levels with three different awarding bodies, AQA, Cambridge and Edexcel. If the course is only available via the AQA awarding body then of course you can still take our course, however the exams must be taken in the UK.

Cambridge, and Edexcel both have international exam centres, so you may be able to take the exams locally to you. Should you need any help, then please do get in touch and we can assist you on this. 

We recommend that you are able to dedicate between 300 and 360 hours’ study time, plus additional time for completing assignments.

Yes, you can work at your own pace to complete this course. Despite having 24 months Tutor Support, once you enrol you will be asked when you wish to complete, and your tutor can work along side you to achieve this.

For example, any A-Level course undertaken has a recommended 360 guided learning hours. Breaking down a 360 hour course into 12 weeks, you would need to be able to commit to 30 hours per week of studying. It is entirely up to you the amount of time you can commit to studying. But with online learning, having the flexibility is a real advantage. This allows you to set the pace. Take your time or Fast-track, get the qualification when you need it.

Yes you will gain UCAS points and these depend on your final grade once you have completed your exams. 

For more information about UCAS points click here

All of our A Level awarding bodies will give you a full A Level qualification. There will be slight differences between the specifications and what you will actually learn. 

For the Science courses (Biology, Chemistry, and Physics), there would be a difference in how you sit practical elements. 

AQA offers practicals but they are optional.

With the Cambridge exam board, you will be expected to perform the practical elements, they are compulsory. Which means finding an exam centre that has a lab for you to complete this. 

With Edexcel, the practical elements are all taught in theory and are assessed via a written exam, therefore you can sit your full exam at a typical Edexcel approved exam centre. 

More information about science practicals can be found here

In most cases yes, what we would ask is for the course codes that you have taken in sixth form/college and we will see if we can match them up. 

In most cases you can, If you go to the individual course page you should be able to see if this option is available for you. 

It is recommended that you aim to book your examinations 4/6 month prior to sitting them to avoid late entry fee charges.  Additionally, we would advise that you contact a few exam centres and find out the best price, as they can fluctuate greatly. 

You will sit the same exam as thousands of students across the country in an exam centre, and achieve the same qualification as everyone else. A-Level qualifications are recognised by the world’s best universities and employers, giving students a wide range of options in their education and career.

Just like sitting your A Levels in a school, your tutor will be able to provide you with predicted grades, and references for university applications. 

Of course, all of our courses are tailored to cover the entire specification and are split into topics. You will have assignments to complete on every topic where your tutor will give you feedback. If you are struggling with an aspect then you can message your tutor and they can provide more information for you.

As your exams approach, your tutor will set a series of exam papers for you to take, so you can get a feel for the real thing.

If you complete all of your assignments, and your practise exam papers then there is no reason why you shouldn’t achieve a top grade.