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BA(Hons)

English Language and Linguistics (with Foundation Year)

This course is open for applications.

About this course

Entry year:
2019/20
Course code:
QQ3F
Applications:
UCAS
Level:
Undergraduate
Tariff points:
64
Department:
Arts and Cultural Industries
Campus:
Frenchay
Duration:
Four years full-time; five years sandwich
Delivery:
Full-time; sandwich
Study abroad:
Yes
Programme leader:
Foundation Year: Dr Britta Martens; years one to three 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 7 May 2019

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

Accreditations and partnerships:

Structure

Content

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

Year zero (foundation year)

You will study the following compulsory modules:

  • Academic Skills for Arts and Humanities
  • Thought, Ideas and Myths: past, present and future
  • Bristol, Arts and Culture
  • The Power of Words.

You will study the Foundation year alongside students from other Arts, Creative Industries and Journalism courses.

The normal expectation is that you must pass all Foundation year modules before progressing to Year one.

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)
  • 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.

Year two

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.

Final year

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.

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*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
024%76%0%
124%76%0%
225%75%0%
320%80%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

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.

Approximate percentage of marks awarded by each assessment method*:

YearScheduled learning and teaching studyIndependent studyPlacement study
024%76%0%
124%76%0%
225%75%0%
320%80%0%

*Calculated from compulsory and optional modules (where applicable) each year

Features

Professional accreditation

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.

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

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.

Study exchange

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.

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 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) Fee13000
International-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
Offshore-Full Time-Annual (Per Year) Fee9250
Offshore-Full Time-Module Fee (15 Credit) 1156

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) Fee13000
International-Sandwich-Full Annual Fee Following Placement Year13000
International-Sandwich-Module Fee (15 Credit)1625
International-Sandwich-Placement Year Fee1625
International-Sandwich-Reduced Annual Fee Following Placement Year11375
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

Indicative Additional Costs

FeesAmount (£)
Additional Course Costs - Full Time - Home/EU - Indicative Maximum Cost Per year85

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 five year course and then transfer to the four 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: 64
  • 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 one A-Level.
  • Relevant subjects: English, Arts, Humanities, Social Sciences.
  • EDEXCEL (BTEC) Diploma: No specific subjects required.
  • Access: Achievement of the Access to HE Diploma; no specific subjects required.
  • Baccalaureate IB: No specific subjects required.

Entry requirements

Students who expect to achieve a higher tariff score may also be interested in our BA(Hons) English Language and Linguistics course.

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 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.

Read more about entry requirements.

International applicants

If you are an international student your route of study for this degree is through UWE Bristol's International College which, upon successful completion to the required level and with good attendance, guarantees entry to Year one of the degree.

Offer types

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

UCAS Extra: We welcome applications through UCAS Extra for this course between 25 February and 4 July 2019. We aim to give you a response to your application within 21 days.

Read more about undergraduate applications.

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