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

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Paige Elliott – English Language, Lancaster University

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What Our Students Say

English language at Carmel is a subject that has given me an abundance of opportunities that have only furthered my love for the subject and implored me to pursue it at degree level.

The dedication of the staff and the guidance given to students, both as a class and individually (especially during coursework deadlines), really enables you to achieve your best and exceed your minimum expected grade.

As well as this, lessons are relaxed, yet planned to always be interesting. We cover a range of topics across the different components and, therefore, I personally always leave lessons feeling as if I’ve gained something which is why English Language is so inspiring and intriguing.

Holly Rimmer-Haines