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English Language and Linguistics

Please note the tariff points stated for this course are indicative. The tariff points for 2018 will be published by August 2017.

About this course

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Arts and Cultural Industries
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Jeanette Sakel
Key fact:
Our BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics is acknowledged as one of the top degrees of its type in the UK. The skills it offers are in great demand by a range of employers.

Page last updated 7 April 2017


Why English Language and Linguistics?

Combining two fascinating subject areas, our BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics course will give you the knowledge and expertise demanded in a wide range of rewarding careers. Much of what you learn will have a direct, practical application and there is a strong focus on employability throughout.

Why study this course?

After an introduction to the core areas of language and linguistics, you will gain specialist knowledge in aspects such as discourse analysis, second language acquisition, teaching English, bilingualism, pragmatics, sociolinguistics, language change, onomastics, rhetoric and creative writing. You will then apply this understanding practically in, for example, forensic linguistics, speech and language therapy, learning and teaching a second language, and analysing spoken discourse.

The course combines an excellent learning environment with outstanding teaching and research. You will be taught by leading academics and published researchers. Our staff rank consistently highly for student satisfaction in the National Student Survey (NSS).

Real-world experience

You will have many opportunities to engage with Bristol's vibrant and culture and we have strong links with partners such as the BBC, M Shed and the local Stroke Association. You can choose to go on a placement as part of your degree, and work experience, volunteering and other activities, both at the University and externally, are available.

Our students organise a range of activities, such as the Linguistics Society and the English Society. You can participate in the UWE Lingo blog, a collaboration between students and staff, or you can be part of our new a student-run undergraduate journal in language.

Where it can take you

Your specialist skills will be in great demand in careers ranging from publishing, the media and human resources to developing speech software and teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL).

Watch: The learning and teaching experience



Year one

The English Language modules will provide you with a foundation which will enable you to examine and analyse texts in the broadest sense. The modules will help you to understand and describe aspects of meaning in written and spoken discourse and to understand how we achieve certain effects through style and genre. You will also gain an overview of how and why English has developed into the global language it is today.

The main aim of the Linguistics modules is to acquaint you with the fundamental aspects of language structure and language use. You will learn the tools to analyse sound, grammar and meaning. In the first year you will become familiar with aspects of forensic linguistics, and you will find out how to conduct studies on language varieties and language structures.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Constructing Language(s)
  • Meaning: Style and Discourse
  • Applying Linguistics: Forensic Analysis
  • English: Past, Present and Future.

Year two

The Linguistics modules in the second year of study focus on the different facets of human communication. You will study the acquisition of language, both by young children and second language learners. Also, you will learn about the connections between language and other fields of study, such as culture and the mind.

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Studying Speech Communities
  • Analysing Culture: Language and the Visual
  • Language, Research and the Workplace
  • Language Acquisition.

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

Students can choose in consultation with their tutor to do a project in a topic area of their choice. If a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed, you will choose one less optional module from below.

You will study four optional modules from the list below OR three if a Study Year Abroad (SYA) or Placement Year has been completed:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (please note that successful completion of the TESOL module does not result in the awarding of any TESOL certificate)
  • Creative Writing and the Self
  • Critical Discourse Analysis
  • The Sociolinguistics of Language Contact
  • The Cultural History of the English Language
  • Gender, (Im)politeness and Power in Language
  • Investigating Language with Corpora
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Language Project.

Please 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

We use a variety of traditional and non-traditional methods of teaching, from formal lectures, seminars, and workshops, to one-to-one tutorials. We are serious about student support, offering academic advice in the form of essay feedback tutorials, support with study skills and writing workshops.

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.


We recognise that you will be asked to undertake a variety of tasks in graduate employment, and aim to provide you with a portfolio of assessment experiences which reflect this. Therefore, beyond the more traditional essays, examinations and dissertations you will also be undertaking presentations, creating copy, writing websites and collecting and analysing data of various kinds, including narratives, photos and spoken language.

Important note concerning joint awards: you may only complete a dissertation in one of your chosen subjects.

For more details see our full glossary of assessment terms.



You can choose to go on placement as part of the final year dissertation. Past students have secured work with nursery children and in speech and language units, applying their knowledge in the real world. Some students have become involved with Professor Richard Coates' fascinating FaNUK project, which is creating the largest ever database of UK family surnames. You can choose to go on a placement as part of a final-year dissertation.

Study facilities

English Language and Linguistics is taught on the Frenchay campus, which has a choice of computer labs equipped with specialist software for linguistics, statistical analysis, recording and transcription. You can also access online and library services. We are based in the modern S-block, which has excellent student study facilities.

Our outstanding study environment offers substantial support throughout your degree. You will be assigned a personal tutor and will have support from students at higher levels through our PAL (peer-assisted learning) programme; indeed, you can become a PAL leader yourself. Students and staff are also in close communication through our excellent student representative and staff forum.

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

Extra-curricular activities

In addition to joining our dynamic Linguistics Society and English Society, you can use your writing skills on UWE Bristol student media such as the Western Eye newspaper and supplement, Westworld, and blogs such as UWE Bristol Lingo.

Our 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

An English Language and Linguistics degree is highly regarded and our graduates are in great demand. You might go on to advise on ways of writing government papers, company reports or doctors' communications with patients. Linguistics specialists also contribute to computer speech synthesis and recognition programmes. Other careers could include the media, publishing, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), public relations, communications, human resources, education, speech and language therapy and journalism.

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.


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 or above, or Grade 4 under newly reformed GCSE grading, 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.

UWE Bristol's International College
If you do not meet the academic or English language requirements to study this course you can qualify by completing preparatory study at our International College.

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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