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BA(Hons)

English Language and Linguistics

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2018/19
Course code:
QQ3C
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
120
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich; part-time
Programme leader:
Dr James Murphy and Dr Anna Piasecki
Key fact:
Study towards one of the top degrees of its type in the UK, exploring the complexity of language and how it relates to wider society, culture and the mind.

Page last updated 7 November 2017

Introduction

Why study English language and linguistics?

Studying these two subjects will provide you with a clear understanding of how English is structured, has evolved and is still evolving. You'll explore how languages are learned, taught and used in practice. 

Knowledge of English language and linguistics has direct, practical application in a wide range of careers.

Why UWE Bristol?

BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics combines an excellent learning environment with outstanding teaching and research.

You'll be taught by leading academics and published researchers at Frenchay Campus, with plenty of opportunities to immerse yourself in Bristol's vibrant culture. Explore the core areas of language and linguistics and develop specialist knowledge in areas such as discourse analysis, second language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, onomastics, rhetoric and creative writing.

Work with academic staff on projects involving local communities, including Sounds Bristolian and Place Names research.

Apply your knowledge practically in a wide range of fields, including forensic linguistics, speech and language therapy, learning and teaching a second language, and analysing spoken discourse.

This course also offers you the opportunity to gain a certificate in leadership and management accredited by the Institute of Leadership and Management.

Where can it take me?

Your specialist skills will be in great demand. Graduate ready for a rewarding career in industries such as publishing, the media, human resources, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) or developing speech software.

Watch: The learning and teaching experience

Structure

Content

The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.

Year one

You will study:

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

Year two*

You will study:

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

*There is an option to undertake an ERASMUS exchange with Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands), which would replace your second year of study at UWE Bristol.

Placement year (if applicable)

If you study on the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after Year two.

Depending on which you choose, you'll either complete a placement learning or learning and development module.

See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.

Final year

You will study four optional modules (three if you complete a study year abroad or placement year) from:

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (this doesn't 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.

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.

This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.

Learning and Teaching

Learn through lectures, workshops, one-to-one tutorials and smaller discussion-based seminar groups. You'll be supported through your course with essay feedback tutorials, study skills support and writing workshops, as well as peer-assisted learning (PAL) sessions.

Modules in English language will help you to develop skills in examining and analysing texts. Build an understanding of how meaning is made in spoken and written texts, and explore how English has developed into the global language it is today.

The linguistics modules will take a social and scientific approach to the study of language. Learn about structure (morphology and syntax how words and sentences are built), sound (phonetics and phonology the study of speech sounds and how they are stored in the mind) and language and the mind (how language is learned and stored).

You'll get the opportunity to apply the knowledge you gain in lectures on field trips and study visits. For instance, you'll explore aspects of forensic linguistics and see how language is used on a visit to Bristol Crown Court.

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

To find out more, see our full glossary of learning and teaching terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities, each year: 

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study% check
124%76%0%100%
225%75%0%100%
320%80%0%100%

Get involved

Join the dynamic Linguistics Society, which organises language-related talks and social events, and sharpenyour skills by writing for UWE Bristol student media including the UWE Bristol Lingo blog, the Western Eye and other student-led outlets.

 

Study time

You'll have 12 hours of contact time over 24 weeks, with an additional hour for peer-assisted learning (PAL) sessions each week.

Outside of class, you'll undertake course reading, seminar exercises, preparation and writing of assignments, as well as organising group presentations (both oral and poster). We expect you to spend at least as much time again in essential independent study.

Assessment

You'll be assessed through exams, essays and portfolios. You'll graduate with a body of work that demonstrates your skills to employers.

See our full glossary of assessment terms.

Percentage of time you'll spend on different assessment methods, each year: 

YearWritten exam assessmentCoursework assessmentPractical exam assessment% check
143%48%9%100%
259%43%8%100%
337%63%0%100%

Features

Placements

Students who get work experience tend to graduate with better degrees. Work experience also allows you to hone your skills, industry knowledge and professional network, making you a sought-after graduate.

If you choose the four year (sandwich) course, you'll spend a year away from the University on a work or study placement after year two. Your placement will be at least 26 weeks long and relevant to your course.

You'll also have the opportunity to take a placement as part of your final year dissertation.

Students have secured work with nursery children, in speech and language therapy units and marketing departments, applying their knowledge in the real world.

Some students have been involved with Professor Richard Coates' fascinating FaNUK project, creating the largest ever database of UK family surnames. 

We also offer a number of summer internships with the Bristol Centre for Linguistics, where you will have the opportunity to get directly involved in the latest research and activities of our academic staff.

Our award-winning careers and employability service will guide and support you to find the right placement.

Study year abroad

You'll also have opportunities to study overseas on courses that are taught in English and are relevant to your degree. The study year abroad is not a paid placement. 

Study facilities

You'll study at Frenchay Campus with access to excellent study facilities such as computer labs equipped with specialist software for linguistics, statistical analysis, recording and transcription.

You will be supported throughout your degree by your personal tutor and students at higher levels through our PAL (peer-assisted learning) programme. You could even become a PAL leader yourself.

Stay in close contact with our staff through our excellent student representative and staff forum.

Learn more about UWE Bristol's facilities and resources.

Careers

Careers / Further study

An English language and linguistics degree is highly regarded by employers and our graduates are in great demand.

You could go on to advise on and write government papers, company reports or doctors' communications with patients.

Other careers are available in the media, publishing, teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL), forensic science, public relations, communications, human resources, education, speech and language therapy and journalism.

Get inspired

Our award-winning careers service will develop your employment potential through career coaching and help find you graduate jobs, placements and global opportunities.

We can also help find local volunteering and community opportunities, provide support for entrepreneurial activity and get you access to employer events.

Visit our Employability pages to learn more about careers, employers and what our students are doing six months after graduating.

Fees

Full Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee12500
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1563
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

Part Time Course

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156

Indicative Additional Costs

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

Full Time Course with Placement Year

FeesAmount (£)
Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094
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
Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year9250
Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1156
Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year8094

Supplementary fee information

Your overall entitlement to funding is based on how long the course is that you're registered on. Standard funding is allocated based on the standard number of years that your course lasts, plus one additional year.

You'll apply for funding each year that you study and Student Finance will take into account how long the course is in each year that you apply. So if you register for the four year course and then transfer to the three year course, the number of years you can apply for funding will change. Student Finance will reassess your funding based on how many years you have been in study, not just those years for which you received student finance.

Always seek advice before taking any action that may have implications for your funding.

Learn more about funding.

Additional costs

Additional costs are for items you could need during your studies that aren't covered by the standard tuition fee. These could be materials, textbooks, travel, clothing, software or printing.

Learn more about costs.

Entry

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 Language, English Literature, Modern Language/s, Psychology, Sociology
  • 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

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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