English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

Overview

Build on your interest in the English language and explore it from every angle on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree course.

You'll discover how language works in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world.

The study of English language and linguistics sets you up for a career where your communication, creative, management and critical thinking skills will shine. You could work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

What you'll experience:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and professional contexts
  • Learn how English relates to issues such as gender, education, and forensics
  • Develop critical and analytic skills, alongside transferable skills in communication, research, and problem solving
  • Develop abilities in analysis, criticism and argument, including using corpora and transcribing texts
  • Build transferable skills, such as communication, research, time management, team working and problem solving
  • Tailor your studies by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the opportunity to get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), depending on the modules you select

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study

What you'll study:

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

Core modules

How Language Works – 20 credits- This module introduces you to language analysis and examines the essentials of phonetics and phonology, morphology, lexis and semantics, and syntax, using them to analyse texts from different sources.

Language, Learning and Teaching– 20 credits- This module introduces you to language teaching methodologies and supports a critical reflection of your own language learning experiences.

Language, Society and Mind – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the nature of language and the ways that it functions in society.

Researching Language and Professional Practice – 40 credits- In this module, you’ll focus on developing the core academic skills you need to successfully complete your course.

Working with Texts – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll be introduced to the concept of text and will learn how they ""hang together"".

Year 2

Core Modules

English Forms and Functions – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll familiarise yourself with the ways in which forms and functions interrelate to produce meanings.

Meaning in English – 20 credits- This module builds on the understanding of linguistic concepts which you identified and discussed in your first year.

Optional modules

Analysing Media Discourse (FHEQ5) – 20 credits- On this module you'll learn how traditional (print and broadcast) and new (digital and social) media are used in the production of what society calls 'news'.

Clinical Linguistics – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll examine the language of people with various speech and language disorders.

Crime Writing – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll focus on popular representations of crime and criminality from the early nineteenth century to the interwar period.

Forensic Linguistics – 20 credits- On this module, you'll develop your knowledge and understanding in the field of forensic linguistics. You'll also learn about its role within the criminal justice process.

Intercultural Perspectives on Communication – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop your knowledge of intercultural theory, using it to research and analyse intercultural contexts.

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits- In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits- On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Managing Across Cultures – 20 credits- This module introduces you to the management of organisations and people in cross-cultural contexts, developing your professional global mindset and cross-cultural competence in preparation for work in a dynamic global workplace.

Neo-Historical Fiction – 20 credits- On this module you'll consider the genre of neo-historical fiction and focus on how twentieth-century and contemporary authors have developed this genre to respond to the needs of the postmodern and contemporary era.

Puritans to Postmodernists: American Literature – 20 credits- This module focuses on American literature from the nineteenth century to the present day.

Second Language Acquisition – 20 credits- This module introduces you the field of second language acquisition (SLA) theory and research.

TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) – 20 credits- Through short lectures, workshops and seminars, you’ll study the major descriptive features of English and the concepts needed to take part in language analysis.

The Language of Literature – 20 credits- This module will introduce you to the linguistic analysis and interpretation of literary texts.

Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice – 20 credits- This module gives you practical experience of teaching that contributes to the award of the Trinity College London Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (CertTESOL).

Women's Writing in the Americas – 20 credits- On this module you'll study women’s writing from across the Americas. You'll read literature from historical moments such as slavery, post-colonialism, suffrage, second wave feminism and post-feminism. 

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

Work Placement Year - 120 credits

With support, you'll identify and arrange a placement opportunity with an appropriate company or organisation.

Year 3

Core modules

Dissertation / Major Project – 40 credits- In this module, you’ll design and complete an extended academic or work based study with clear and specific aims and based on your own enquiry, research, original thought and personal learning of a specialised topic of study.

Optional modules

Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll explore representations of food, appetite and the body in a range of Victorian literary and non-literary texts including novels, poems, children's stories and cookery books.

Creative Activities in the Language Classroom – 20 credits- In this module, you’ll further develop your knowledge of language teaching methodology and your repertoire of teaching techniques to make the teaching and learning process more creative.

Digital Communication – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore the practical and theoretical issues linked to the use of social media.

English in an Historical Perspective – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop an analytical understanding of the development of modern English as a world language.

English in the World – 20 credits- In this module you'll learn about the spread of English in the world and the variations of the English language that have emerged as a result.

Gender, Language and Sexuality – 20 credits- On this module you'll explore various aspects of the relationship between gender, language and sexuality.

Holocaust Literatures – 20 credits- On this module you'll familiarise yourself with literary presentations of the Holocaust.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits- The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits- On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Magical Realism – 20 credits- On this module you'll consider and compare a variety of definitions of magical realism.

Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates – 20 credits- On this module you'll develop your understanding of the job application process from the perspective of recruiters and candidates.

Study Abroad – 40 credits- In this module, you’ll take on an optional study abroad programme in a sandwich year with an agreed partner of the University.

US Masculinities – 20 credits- On this module you'll study the representation of masculinity in US literature and film.

Workplace Discourse – 20 credits- On this module you'll use applied linguistics to examine discourse in a variety of workplace contexts.

Writing to Persuade – 20 credits- This module will develop your knowledge of various types of written texts used in a professional workplace context.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • essays
  • reports
  • case studies
  • book reviews
  • written work
  • projects

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 15% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 28% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 69% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Careers and opportunities:

After the course, you can use the communication and professional skills you've learnt across various roles in the private and public sectors. Fields you could work in include:

  • advertising
  • education
  • communication
  • media
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • technical writing
  • teaching English

You could also go onto to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, communication studies and marketing

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

BA (Hons), BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Sandwich, Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English Language or Literature.

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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