Full-time undergraduate (3 years)
Do you want a deeper understanding of language as an important bridge for many cultures across the globe? This course will develop your knowledge of English, its nature, mechanics, and evolution. You’ll also have the chance to explore specialist skills like creative writing and Teaching English as a Foreign Language, opening up many new career options.
You’ll be introduced to many issues in applied linguistics and language studies, such as semantics, phonetics and phonology, then learn to apply them to a range of contexts.
You’ll trace how the English language has developed and spread across the globe, splitting into different offshoots and 'new Englishes'. You’ll examine how language is used to shape and manipulate people's ideas and opinions, and how English is picked up as a first or second language by both children and adults.
Our choice of modules will let you delve deeper into your own interests or career, with options like creative writing, literature, Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL) or the media. You’ll even get the chance to study a foreign language from beginner or elementary level.
English is increasingly used as a global language, and excellent communication and intercultural skills are nowadays required by many employers. This course will help you to explore the nature and mechanics of the English language.
Course Leader: Bettina Beinhoff
National Student Survey, 2015
If you’re aiming for a career that needs good linguistic and analytic skills, then this is the course for you. Many of our recent graduates have found employment in communications, public relations and marketing, while others have gone on to take qualifications in speech therapy or teaching, and now work in primary or secondary schools.
You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of traditional assessment, such as essays, exams or oral presentations, and portfolios, which involve both theoretical and practical work. Most of our modules also include a practical element, such as a data analysis exercise, allowing you to apply your theoretical knowledge to ‘real’ situations.
The Department of English and Media is a community of more than 800 students, exploring subjects that further their understanding of culture and communication in the global age, from film studies to applied linguistics. We focus on skills and knowledge valued by employers, and provide our students with valuable industry insight through our links with creative partners.
Our students take part in many activities to help prepare them for the future, like work placements, study abroad opportunities, talks by internationally acclaimed guest speakers, and research conferences. They even have the chance to get writing advice from our Royal Literary Fund Fellow.
We’re part of the Faculty of Arts, Law and Social Sciences, a hub of creative and cultural innovation whose groundbreaking research has real social impact.
You’ll be able to study abroad for a semester or two as part of our Erasmus exchange (supported by the European Union). This will let you experience English as a truly global phenomenon, and you’ll also get to practice your intercultural skills.
Our partner universities are located across Europe (in Spain, Italy, France and Turkey), and all of their English linguistics courses are taught in English. You can even choose to study the relevant language as one of your optional modules, helping you to better communicate with the locals.
Additional experiences like studying abroad increasingly help job applicants stand out from the crowd, and we encourage you to make use of these opportunities.
Most English undergraduates take out a tuition fee loan with Student Finance England. The fees are then paid directly to us. The amount you repay each month is linked to your salary and repayments start in April after you graduate.
If you choose not to take out a loan you can pay your fees directly to us. There are two ways to do this: either pay in full, or through a three- or six-month instalment plan starting at registration.
You must pay your fees up-front, in full or in instalments. You will also be asked for a deposit or sponsorship letter for undergraduate courses. Details will be in your offer letter.Paying your fees
We offer most new undergraduate students funding to support their studies and university life. There’s also finance available for specific groups of students.
Grants and scholarships are available for:
We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.
Our published entry requirements are a guide only and our decision will be based on your overall suitability for the course as well as whether you meet the minimum entry requirements. Other equivalent qualifications may be accepted for entry to this course, please email firstname.lastname@example.org for further information.
We don't accept AS level qualifications on their own for entry to our undergraduate degree courses. However for some degree courses a small number of tariff points from AS levels are accepted as long as they're combined with tariff points from A levels or other equivalent level 3 qualifications in other subjects.
Entry requirements are for September 2016 entry. Entry requirements for other intakes may differ.
We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.
If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.
If you don't meet our English language requirements, we offer a range of courses which could help you achieve the level required for entry onto a degree course.
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