What will the course involve?

English Language is a popular A Level appealing to students because it examines texts in the real world such as adverts, speeches, and newspaper articles.

The emphasis is on understanding how and why language is used in specific ways and developing knowledge of key terminology which will help you analyse texts in a concise and focused style.

After learning how to analyse unseen texts, you will continue to develop your understanding of key frameworks as well as studying the development of English Language over time. This topic covers historical, social, and cultural aspects as well as examining current attitudes towards the effects of new technology. There is also a focus on spoken language. You will analyse a wide range of transcripts from television and radio, real life talk, comedy, and child language acquisition.

Where does A Level English Language lead?

English subjects are challenging, but are an excellent preparation both for university and your future career. For instance careers include:

  • Journalism
  • Sales
  • Teaching
  • Management
  • Administration
  • Information management
  • Publishing
  • Careers in public services.

Course Entry Requirements

Grade 5 in GCSE English Language and a grade 5 in GCSE English Literature (if studied).

English Language Course Leaflet

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A Level English Language Course Introduction video

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Exam Board Course Specification

What our students say about English Language

English Alumni

Jack Yates – James Journalism & PR, Staffordshire University

Paige Elliott – English Language, Lancaster University

Jess Molyneux-English & Philosophy, University of Liverpool

English News

English trip to Belfast

David Crystal English Conference 


What Our Students Say

Studying English Language at Carmel has allowed me to gain invaluable skills such as critically analysing information and communicating effectively in class discussions on a variety of themes & topics such as speech, language in the 21st century and even my own writing.

I particularly enjoy the creative writing element of the subject, as we are challenged to write a wide-range of genres that we’ve not tried before e.g. script writing, monologues and blogs. Also, there is a very fascinating component where we look at ‘Language Issues’, studying a number of case studies and theories on Standard & Non-standard English, Power and Situation.

The staff at Carmel are committed to making sure that you succeed in the subject - they are always there to support you through whole class feedback and individual targets.

I would recommend choosing A Level English Language as it allows you to be very analytical and process information quite quickly. It also opens up a broad range of careers if you feel unsure of a particular career route.

Rozhin Cheraghian