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Further Progression

Course Overview

The International A Level English Language course is spread out over two years with the possibility for an Advanced Subsidiary (AS) Level or Advanced (A) Level qualification.

Students will study Context and Identity of Language; Language in Transition; Writing; and Investigating Language.

Students will learn to:

  • Develop and apply their understanding of the concepts and methods appropriate for the analysis and study of language
  • Explore data and examples of language in use
  • Engage creatively and critically with a varied programme for the study of English
  • Develop their skills as producers and interpreters of language
  • Independently investigate language in use.

Learn how English Literature courses compare to Language courses.

A Level English Language Overview

Exam Overview

The Pearson Edexcel International Advanced Level in English Language qualification consists of four externally-examined units. The AS Level consists of the two units (Units 1 and 2) and the A Level consists of two IA2 units (Units 3 and 4). The AS qualification may be awarded as a discrete qualification or may contribute 50 per cent towards the International A Level qualification.


AS Level: Two units of 1 hour and 45 minutes each A Level: Four units | Two of 1 hour and 45 minutes each and two of 2 hours each


Eexternal assessment offered two times a year for each of the four units.


AS Level | 2 units of 50 marks each A Level | 4 units of 50 marks each

Progression and Prerequisites