English Language and Linguistics
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About this course
- Entry year:
- Course code:
- Tariff points:
- Arts and Cultural Industries
- Three years full-time; four years sandwich; part-time
- Full-time; sandwich; part-time
- Study abroad:
- Programme leader:
- Dr James Murphy
- 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 5 July 2019
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
The optional modules listed are those that are most likely to be available, but they may be subject to change.
You will study:
- Constructing Language(s)
- Phonetics and Forensic Linguistics
- Making Meaning
- English: Past, Present and Future.
Study exchange (if applicable)
If you choose the study exchange option, you'll spend Year two studying at Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands).
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study:
- Studying Speech Communities
- Language Acquisition
Plus, four optional modules from:
- Intercultural Communication
- Language at Work
- Investigating Language as Social Impact
- The language of Life
- Nonverbal Communication.
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 placement after Year two.
You'll complete a placement learning module.
See the Placements and Fees sections for more information.
You will study four optional modules (three if you've completed a placement year) from:
- Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages*
- Creative Writing and the Self
- Critical Discourse Analysis
- Language in the Mind
- The Cultural History of the English Language
- Language Project
- Gender, (Im)politeness and Power in Language
- Language and Cognition.
*This doesn't result in the awarding of any TESOL certificate.
This structure is for full-time students only. Part-time students study the same modules but the delivery pattern will be different.
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.
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.
Approximate percentage of time you'll spend in different learning activities*:
|Year||Scheduled learning and teaching study||Independent study||Placement study|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
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.
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.
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.
Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:
|Year||Written exam assessment||Coursework assessment||Practical exam assessment|
*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year
Upon completion of the Language, Research and the Workplace module you'll be awarded the Institute of Leadership and Management (ILM) Level 3 Award in Management awarded by the City and Guilds of London Institute.
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 exchange allows you to complete Year two at Radboud University in Nijmegen (Netherlands).
Unlike the study year abroad, you'll complete modules to achieve equivalent credits. These modules will be decided in advance with your programme leader. Explore our global study partners to find out which institutions participate in our exchange programme.
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 / 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.
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.
Full Time Course
|Home/EU-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|International-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Part Time Course
|Home/EU-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Part Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
Indicative Additional Costs
|Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year||85|
Full Time Course with Placement Year
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Home/EU-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
|International-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||13000|
|International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1625|
|International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||11375|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Annual (Per Year) Fee||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year||9250|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee||1156|
|Offshore-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year||8094|
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.
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.
- 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.
- English Language Requirement:
If English is not your first language, you will need to meet the UK Border Agency's and the University's minimum English language requirements, such as the International English Language Test (IELTS) overall score of 6.0 with 5.5 in each component
- 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.
We recognise the individual nature of each application and our typical offer should be viewed as a guide. UWE Bristol welcomes interest from applicants who may not have the standard entry requirements. We will consider evidence of your relevant personal, professional or educational experience where it demonstrates an ability and potential to succeed on the course. Please include details of any relevant experience in your application.
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.
If you receive an offer for this course, you may be invited to attend an Offer Holder Day in February or March. These are a great opportunity to find out what it's really like to study here. You'll experience taster lectures or workshops, meet your course tutors, current students and other offer holders.
For country specific entry requirements please find your country on the Country Information pages.
If you are an international student and do not meet the academic requirements to study this course, you can qualify by completing a foundation course at UWE Bristol International College (UWEBIC).
English language support
If you meet the academic requirements but require additional support to take your language skills to the required level, you may be able to attend one of our pre-sessional English courses. Students who successfully complete the pre-sessional course can progress onto their chosen degree course without retaking an IELTS or equivalent.
Read more about our Pre-Sessional English Programme.
If you have not received your exam results, your offer from us will be conditional and will be subject to you achieving the tariff points/grades required for your course.
If you have already satisfied the academic entry requirements of your chosen course, you are likely to be made an unconditional offer. Please note that we will only make unconditional offers if you have already achieved your qualifications.
To make sure our applicants are academically prepared for when they start their studies here, we do not make unconditional offers to those that are still studying their Level 3 qualifications (such as A levels, BTEC, Access or equivalent). We hope that this will encourage our applicants to value their academic achievements as much as we do.
How to apply
For further information
- Email: Admissions@uwe.ac.uk
- Telephone: +44(0)117 32 83333