Course type:

A-level in English Language

Have you ever changed the language you used based on where you are and who you are with? Noticed that men and women interact differently? Wondered how children first learn to speak and write?

English Language is both stimulating and interesting as it allows you a chance to actively engage with everyday language, understand how it works and how it has changed over the centuries and evolved to be spoken around the globe.

You'll be introduced to concepts and methods of the disciplines of English language/linguistics in relation to a wide range of spoken and written forms of English, including digital and multimodal forms.

You will have opportunities to develop your creative writing, study the power of language in politics, business, advertising and comedy and investigate how identity is shaped by a variety of factors including gender and geography.

English Language relates well to all other A-level subjects, particularly English Literature, Psychology, Sociology, PE and Business Studies. As the course involves collecting, presenting and analysing data, the subject would also go well with science subjects like Chemistry, Biology, Physics and Maths.

Studying English Language can open the door to an array of career paths such as:

  • publishing
  • law
  • journalism
  • film/TV production
  • advertising and marketing
  • teaching
  • linguistics
  • politics
  • public relations
  • and human resources.

At Hartpury, we follow the Edexcel English Language specification. For more information, click here.

Our English Language lecturers are also examiners for the relevant exam boards, further enhancing their provision.

How to apply for this course

Course Duration

2 Year
2 Year course
Course type:
Full Time

Entry Requirements

GCSE | You will need a minimum of five GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics and English Language, as well as:

GCSE grade 6 or above in English Language and English Literature.

Why study A-levels at Hartpury College?

Hartpury College is not like a traditional sixth form college. Studying on our specialist College and University Centre campus offers unrivalled opportunities to expand your horizons and achieve your ambitions, from getting a place at the university you want to opening the door to your dream job.

We’ll give you all the care and support you need but we’ll also treat you as an adult and an individual.

Our A-level offer is unique – combining academic study with a world of enrichment opportunities – and we’re skilled at helping students to balance their elite sport or riding commitments and their studies. You’ll also have access to our exceptional sport, equine and animal and land facilities within a thriving international community. Plus there’s no school uniform of course!

Our students have achieved excellent results with us and many progress on to the UK’s top universities. We’ve even had an Oxbridge offer and other students have gone on to secure sports scholarships in the USA!

How to apply

Apply online

Apply now

We’re currently working on online applications but, in the meantime, to apply to study for a Diploma course, A-levels or an apprenticeship at Hartpury College, you’ll need to download and complete this application form and send it back to us by either:

Scanning and emailing to

Faxing a copy to 01452 700629

Posting it to Admissions, Hartpury College, Hartpury, Glos, GL19 3BE

What happens next?

Once we receive your application, we will write and invite you to attend an interview and written assessment with a member of staff on your chosen course. The interview is an opportunity to discuss the course content, ask any questions you may have and go on a tour of the campus. If you are successful at interview, we will send you written confirmation of your offer on the course - subject to you achieving the required GCSE grades (there will be a form on the website for you to provide us with these on results day). Accommodation and transport details will be sent with this letter (confirmation offer) if you requested this. Please note you cannot apply for transport or accommodation unless you have been offered a place.

Get ready to start

During the summer before you start at Hartpury, we will send you details about your joining instructions, which includes information about induction and enrolment and the kit and books you may need before you start. There will be various forms you need to complete and send back to us before you start in September. You can find out more on our Coming to Hartpury page

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