A Level English Language

‘In the beginning there was the word…’

Language is central to our lives, both individually and socially, politically and globally. The ability to use language at a sophisticated level, whether it be speaking, reading or writing, is a highly desirable skill.

The A level English Language course offers students the opportunity to explore and develop their own writing and analytical skills. In Year 12 students will investigate the diversity of the English language and look at language used by different social and regional groups. In Year 13 students study the history of the English Language and explore how children learn to speak, read and write. Students will also complete a language investigation, a piece of original writing and an accompanying commentary in Year 13 for the non-examined assessment component of the course.


English Language will equip students with high-level communication skills, an ability to analyse oral and written texts closely, and the experience of writing competently for a wide range of audiences and purposes. English Language students frequently go on to pursue careers in journalism, broadcasting, public relations, marketing and creative industries.

Complementary Courses

English Language blends particularly well with History, Modern Foreign Languages, Sociology, English Literature and Business Studies.


A Level

Entry Requirements

Minimum grade 6 at GCSE in English Language.

5 A*-C grades at GCSE (including Mathematics at grade 9-5)


AQA A Level English Language