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A-LEVEL English Language



ITS Tutorial School has offered top A-level English language support since 2005. We are the only tutorial school in Hong Kong also licensed to run the A-level exams by Pearson. You can take both International A-levels and some GCE subjects as well. Thousands of students have taken private tuition with our English Language tutors to date. You can either:

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Why Study A Level English Language?

IAL English Language is a linguistics-based course. It helps students to decode how language works, with a focus on language being used in different contexts, within different varieties of English and presenting speakers and writers in specific ways. There will also be an opportunity to develop an understanding of different genres and of some of the main ways language today is changing and developing.

This is a modular based A-level consisting of four units with each unit usually available in January and June each year. There is also pre-release material for Unit 4 to help the student prepare for the focus of the research topic they will tackle in Unit4 (which is also an exam).

Students will learn a wide range of specific technical vocabulary in order to be able to talk about language in a meaningful way.

This subject is particularly useful for students interested in studying communication based subjects in the future, including subjects such as advertising, where language is used to create and connote specific ideas.

As this is quite different to the type of English most students have experience with at lower levels, it is most appropriate for students who are hoping to develop a deep understanding of the English Language on a theoretical level.

What You Can Do with Your English Language Qualification

One of the most desirable skills employers look for is good communication skills. The ability to explain, write or present ideas clearly and concisely.

That means English Language is a qualification valued in any job that involves communication, writing and/or literary knowledge, such as marketing, journalism, law or business. However, your English skills are valued in scientific, engineering, technological and mathematical careers too. This is because writing proposals, academic papers, articles and communicating with others is vital in these fields to promote the work undertaken and gain funding for projects.

The skills gained through the study of English Language can therefore be applied in most job sectors.

Job options you could explore with your qualification could be:

Jobs directly related to your qualification:

  • Digital copywriter
  • Editorial assistant
  • English as a foreign language teacher
  • Lexicographer
  • Journalist
  • Publishing copy-editor/proof-reader
  • Web content manager
  • Writer

Jobs where your qualification would be useful:

  • Academic librarian
  • Advertising copywriter
  • Arts administrator
  • Education consultant
  • Information officer
  • Marketing executive
  • Media researcher
  • PPC specialist
  • Public relations officer
  • Records manager
  • Social media manager
Why choose ITS for tuition or full time study ?
  • Value for money
  • Easy accessibility – all lessons can be taken either here at our school or online
  • Flexible learning – choose when, where and how you learn
  • Individualized for YOU – pick and choose from our add-on services according to your needs
  • Fully qualified and experienced teachers from an official centre
  • Latest specifications – we are an official centre for this qualification
  • Full support services – our counsellors can guide you through the course and on to the next step
  • The course content may be relevant to a variety of exams (SATII, IB, AQA, OCR, CIE) and school study. See the unit description for more detail on the content
What are the prerequisites of this course?

There are no prerequisites, but an I/ GCSE qualification in English Literature would be helpful

For more information on specific university requirements related to A-levels, please see our A-levels FAQ page.

For more information on applying to UK universities, see our UCAS page.

If you are an international student taking A-levels the basic offer is made for 3 A-level subjects. It is very important when choosing these subjects that you understand what options you will have for university when the time comes. ITS has a long-established, highly experienced counselling team who can help you make these decisions and plan your academic course. But to start with, try out this excellent tool from the Russel Group which helps you experiment with your subject choices. Then come and see us.

How is the course structured?

You can find the Edexcel course specification here.

The course consists of 4 Units – 2 IAS and 2 IA2 Units. Students must take all 4 units to obtain the International Advanced Level History qualification. The percentage of total IAL marks for each Unit is in brackets followed by the length of each examination.

IAS Unit 1: Language: Context and identity (50%of IAS &25% of IAL – 1.45 hours)

Content overview

Students will study:

  • 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.

IAS Unit 2: Language in Transition (50%of IAS &25% of IAL – 1.45 hours)

Content overview

Students will study:

  • 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.

IA2 Unit 3: Crafting Language (writing) (25% of IAL – 2 hours)

Content overview

Students will:

  • 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. Assessment

IAL Unit 4: Investigating Language(25% of IAL – 2 hours)

Content overview

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.
Topic and assessment overview

Available in January and June

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