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English and English Language

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
Course code:
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Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; six years part-time
Full-time, sandwich, part-time
Programme leader:
Jeanette Sakel (English Language)
Key fact:
Our BA(Hons) English and English Language links theory and its practical application in the real world. Drawing on your interest in the structure of speech and language, you will hone your analytic skills in a supportive, creative environment.

Page last updated 13 September 2017


Why English and English Language?

Our BA(Hons) English and English Language is for those fascinated by the English language in all its forms. You will combine creative and intellectual activities with the development of key transferable skills. Much of what you will learn will have a direct, practical application. Our graduates emerge as mature, confident individuals with the excellent communication and analytical skills vital for a career in the creative industries and many other sectors.

Why study this course?

The course will give you an in-depth understanding of the function of language, the nature of literary language and the evolution of English as a global language. In addition to gaining specific skills in writing and editing, projects could involve using language analysis in constructing video CVs, observing job interviews, writing scripts or designing book covers. Your creativity and self-expression will be nurtured through imaginative writing applied across genres ranging from epic poetry to the American novel.

Teaching is imaginative and integrative. You will be taught by leading academics and published researchers. Our staff rank consistently highly for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS) and we've been praised for our 'energy and creativeness' (English Academic Review).

Real-world experience

There are many opportunities to gain paid work experience through placements and internships and volunteer in Bristol's vibrant cultural community. Our local contacts include the BBC, M Shed, the Tobacco Factory Theatres and charities including the Stroke Association. We work closely with UWE's BA(Hons) Journalism course, while internal UWE student media such as the English Society's Cellar Door creative magazine and the English Language Department's UWE Bristol Lingo blog are fantastic forums for student talent and creativity.

Where it can take you

You will be well prepared for careers in publishing, including writing and editing, advertising, communications and broadcasting. Some students use their transferable skills in other sectors or go on to postgraduate study, including training for teaching and the law.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

First year modules are designed to build on your ability and enjoyment of literature while providing a broad introduction on the evolution of English. You will also start to examine language structure and how it is applied in different texts.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Creativity, Critique and Literature
  • Literature and Ideas
  • English: Past, Present and Future
  • Meaning: Style and Discourse.

Year two

As you progress, you will hone your written and presentation skills through researching and developing informed opinions on literature. Throughout you will be challenged by the latest methods of critical analysis and encouraged to develop an independent approach.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Language, Research and the Workplace
  • Analysing Culture: Language and the Visual
  • Forms of Reading/Reading Forms.

In addition, you will study one of the following optional modules:

  • Shakespeare's World of Words
  • Romanticism Unbound
  • Exploring the Eighteenth Century
  • British Writing 1900-1950
  • Imagining America: Cultural and Literary Legacies of the United States, 1830-1970
  • Victorian Frictions.

If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will spend your third year on placement. The curriculum in the second year provides support for the process of securing this.

Final year

In your final year, you can focus on a specific topic of interest with the option to do either an English Independent Project or Language Project (or equivalent). The Project can take a variety of forms such as a traditional dissertation, a creative writing project, a project based on work-placements or compiling and editing a critical anthology.

You will study two of the following English optional modules OR if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed, you will choose one less English or English Language module listed below:

  • English Independent Project*
  • Children's Fiction Since 1900
  • Fiction in Britain since 1970
  • Literature and Culture in Britain 1885-1930
  • Contemporary American Narrative
  • Gothic Literature
  • Moving Words: Travel Writing and Modernity.

Plus two of the following English Language optional modules:

  • Language Project*
  • The Sociolinguistics of Language Contact
  • The Cultural History of the English Language
  • Gender (Im)politeness and Power in Language
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
  • Creative Writing and the Self
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • Analysing Spoken English.

*You may only chose one project module in Year 3

Please also note this structure is for the full-time course delivery only. For part-time delivery, the same modules will be studied. However, the structure will differ.

The University continually enhances our offer by responding to feedback from our students and other stakeholders, ensuring the curriculum is kept up to date and our graduates are equipped with the knowledge and skills they need for the real world. This may result in changes to the course. If changes to your course are approved, we will inform you.

Hear what our students think about their time at UWE.

Learning and Teaching

Our teaching staff are passionate about their subject and provide a supportive and inspiring environment for study.

Teaching methods are constantly reviewed, and we build variety into the delivery and assessment of modules. As well as lectures and seminars, you will learn through workshops, tutorials, independent library research and student-led group activities. We also used online and virtual learning environments to provide lectures and teaching resources such as instructional videos for Language students.

For more details see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Find out more about our academic staff their teaching expertise and research interests.

Percentage of time spend in different learning activities, per year.

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Study time

Lectures, workshops/seminars, group project work, and tutoring account for 12 hours of contact time per week. However, you will be expected to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.


You will be assessed through a mix of coursework and examinations, all of which aim to assess not only what you know and can do but also develop graduate attributes valued by employers.

While there are examinations, this is not the main means of assessment. Most modules involve a substantial amount of coursework, student presentations, and a wide range of projects. We recognise that you will be asked to do different tasks in graduate employment, so we offer a variety of assessment experiences to reflect this.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time spend in different assessment methods, per year.

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If you choose to study on the four year sandwich route, you will undertake a minimum 26-week placement relevant to your degree. Placements are taken after you have successfully completed the second year of study.

This is a valuable and rewarding aspect of your course allowing you to gain real-world experience, develop key skills and increase your employability on graduation. You will receive support in finding a placement and guidance throughout from our award-winning Careers and Employability service.

Study year abroad

There may be opportunities to undertake a study year abroad through our Erasmus programme. Contact the Programme Leader for further information.

Study facilities

The course is taught on the Frenchay campus. Frenchay Library houses a large collection of books and other resources, including extensive collections of primary material. In addition to library materials such as academic journals, you will have access to a wide variety of digital archives.

Find out more about the facilities and resources UWE has to offer.

Extra-curricular activities

You can strengthen your writing skills in UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye newspaper and supplement Westworld and numerous UWE blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo. The English Society's Cellar Door creative magazine is always looking for interesting articles and poetry.

Our English Literature staff regularly organise events highlighting the region's literary history and culture. We were key contributors at the Writing the West Conference and chaired a bicentenary Dickens Day and a Thomas Hardy Day celebrating the anniversary of Hardy's 191213 poetry. English Language staff hosted the 2013 International i-Mean Conference addressing the relationship between language and identity. They also focus on regional issues with events covering areas such as the languages spoken in Bristol.


Careers / Further study

Studying English and English Language at UWE Bristol will equip you for a broad range of careers. Recent graduates have gone on to careers in publishing, including writing and editing, teaching, advertising and marketing, speech therapy, communications, IT, law, broadcasting, tourism, and more. Others go on to further study.

An English degree is highly regarded, recognised by employers for producing well-rounded, open-minded graduates with transferable skills and a broad knowledge base. It is the only non-STEM (science, technology, engineering, mathematics) subject that consistently registers in the top 10 degrees.

Award-winning Careers Service

Our award-winning careers service helps you develop your employment potential through career coaching, a vacancy service for internships, placements, jobs, global opportunities, volunteering and community activity plus support for entrepreneurial activity, and access to employer events.

Creating employable students

UWE Bristol places strong emphasis on employability and skills development at every level. Through work placements, volunteering, study abroad and initiatives nurturing talent and innovation, you will have opportunities to gain valuable real world experience, allowing you to graduate with diverse career opportunities and a competitive place in the job market.

Visit our Employability pages to find out about careers, employers, real world experience and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Useful links

UWE - publishing, journalism and writing careers resources (login required).

Read about the careers and work placements of UWE English and Linguistics students at The Linguistic Experience Project.


Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year80

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year12500
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1563
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year10937

Supplementary fee information

The additional costs listed are those that students could reasonably expect to incur during their studies and are for items not covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, text books, travel, clothing, software or printing.

For information about funding for undergraduate courses see our funding pages.


Typical offers

  • Tariff points: 120
  • GCSE: For all applicants, Grade C/4 or above in English Language, or equivalent. Please note the University does not accept Level 2 Key Skills, Functional Skills or Certificates in Adult Numeracy and Literacy as suitable alternatives to GCSEs.
  • A-level subjects: No specific subjects required. Points from A-Level General Studies and AS-Level subjects (not taken onto full A-Level) can be included towards overall tariff. You must have a minimum of two A-Levels.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; to include 30 level 3 credits at merit.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Please read the general information about entry requirements.

We recognise the individual nature of each application and the standard offer should be viewed as a guide. We will consider applications on the basis of evidence of personal, professional and educational experience which indicates an applicant's ability to meet the demands of the degree.

If you don't meet the entry requirements of this course, you may be eligible for Foundation Year entry into this or other related degree courses.

How to apply

Please see the general information about applications.

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