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English Language and Literature A Level (Distance Learning) at National Extension College *Fees Payable*

Course description



The study of the inseparable interconnected disciplines of English language and English literature are covered in this distance learning A level course, which provides you with some great works of literature to study and equips you with the analytical skills required to get the most out of them. You'll look at a range of different texts, including non-literary examples, and examine how they're written and the different styles and techniques used by different authors. This home study course will encourage careful thought and methodical analysis, and is a great choice for anyone wishing to study more or less any subject at degree level or who simply has an interest in English.


You should allow for between 250 and 300 hours' study time, plus additional time for completing assignments. You will have tutor support for a period of up to 18 months from the date of enrolment.


Course content

Essential Skills

  • Studying language – Lexis (vocabulary): the words of English
  • Studying language – Semantics: making meanings with words
  • Studying language – Syntax and grammar: structures for our words
  • Studying prose – Narrative viewpoint
  • Studying prose – Presenting character in prose
  • Studying drama – What is drama?
  • Studying drama – Presenting character in drama

Unit 1: Integrated analysis and text production

  • Spies – Chapters 1–3
  • Spies – Chapters 4–6
  • Spies – Chapters 7–9
  • Spies – Chapters 10–11
  • Characterisation in Spies
  • Style and form in Spies
  • Themes and language in Spies
  • The School for Scandal – Act One
  • The School for Scandal – Act Two
  • The School for Scandal – Act Three
  • The School for Scandal – Act Four
  • The School for Scandal – Act Five
  • Characterisation in The School for Scandal
  • Themes in The School for Scandal


Unit 2: Analysing speech and its representation

  • The major characteristics of speech
  • The features of speech
  • Some further features of speech
  • Planned speech
  • The representation of speech in non-fiction texts
  • Analysing the representation of speech in Measure for Measure
  • Measure for Measure – Act I
  • Measure for Measure – Act II
  • Measure for Measure – Act III
  • Measure for Measure – Act IV
  • Measure for Measure – Act V
  • Exam practice

Unit 3: Comparative analysis and text adaptation

  • Comparative analysis – Writing your introductory section
  • Comparative analysis – Writing your main comparative and analytical section
  • Text adaptation – Styles of writing: a reminder
  • Text adaptation – Writing your new text and reflecting on it
  • Text adaptation – Text familiarisation: A House Somewhere

Unit 4: Comparative analysis through independent study

  • Love, marriage and relationships
  • Nature
  • Life, death and existence
  • Language and style

Entry requirements

You will need to have studied English to GCSE or an equivalent level.


This course follows specifications 2720 (A level), 1721 (AS) and 2721 (A2) from the awarding organisation AQA. Full details of the specifications can be obtained from AQA's website.

Three exams: 2hrs30m (30% of marks), 1hr30m (25% of marks) and 1hr30m (25% of marks)

Seven AS assignments, six A2 assignments
One coursework task (A2) (20% of marks)

Please note that due to upcoming changes the final opportunity to sit exams for this course isSummer 2016.

Financial information



It’s your choice: pay in full and discount your course fees, or spread the cost with our finance offer. To pay in instalments, you will need to enrol by telephone.

Representative examples:

For the full A level
Course fee:   £545
Deposit:  £54.50
Amount of credit:   £490.50
Monthly payment:  £81.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:  £545
Rate of interest:  0%(fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For AS level or A2 level
Course fee:  £325
Deposit:   £32.50
Amount of credit: £292.50 
Monthly payment:   £48.75
Duration of agreement:  6 months
Total repayable:   £325
Rate of interest:  0% (fixed)
0% APR representative.  
For enrolments in the UK there are no additional postage and packing charges. For enrolments outside of the UK the following postage and packing charges apply:


  • EU – £75 for the first course and £40 for second and subsequent courses
  • Rest of the world – £130 for the first course and £70 for second and subsequent courses

Future opportunities

Essential textbooks


  • Sheridan, R., The School for Scandal
  • Frayn, M., Spies
  • Shakespeare, W., Measure for Measure


  • George, D. and Sattin, A., A House Somewhere: Tales of Life Abroad
  • Larkin, P., The Whitsun Weddings
  • Plath, S., Ariel


How to apply

If you want to apply for this course, you will need to contact National Extension College *Fees Payable* directly.

Last updated date: 24 July 2019
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