English Language Studies (For Non-native Speakers of English) BA (Hons)

Full-time undergraduate (3 years)


September 2016

code: Q303

The entry requirements below are for students starting in September 2016.


We’ll develop your English skills to an advanced level, opening doors for you in industry, business and politics all over the world.

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Full description


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You’ll be well placed to take advantage of all the opportunities offered by an expanding European Union and economic globalisation. Our past students now enjoy successful careers in teaching, import-export, financial services, and travel and tourism, among others.

Or you might enjoy your course so much you’ll choose to continue your education on a Masters course, like our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL or MA TESOL and Materials Development.

Modules & assessment

Year one, core modules

  • English Advanced (1 & 2 or 3 & 4)
    You'll cover grammatical and lexical skills as well as oral and aural proficiency and extended writing skills. You'll be taught in English, with an emphasis on student-centred activities, active participation in class and teamwork to develop speaking, listening, reading and writing skills. You'll also be guided in independent learning through the Language Centre and Library through a wide range of media resources including newspapers and journals, television, films, videos, DVD and internet. You'll be assessed through coursework, which may take the form of essays, research projects, in-class tests, reports or an oral presentation.
  • English for Study 1 & 2
    You'll focus on the advanced writing and organisational skills necessary for essays and other written assignments, including planning, paragraphing, and developing an argument. Your studies will have a particular emphasis on the importance of good academic practice, especially accurate referencing and the use of bibliographies. You'll also practise extracting key points from a variety of spoken or written texts and writing summaries, and develop your discussion skills so as to contribute confidently to seminars and tutorials. You'll also receive guidance about independent learning using the wide range of resources available in our University Library and Language Centre.
  • Intercultural Awareness
    This module will give you insight into interpersonal communication in a culturally diverse world. You'll build on your own knowledge, your sense of identity, and your cognitive and communication skills, by examining your own culture and forming insights into the way cultural assumptions affect the behavioural judgements and communication codes of other cultures. You'll learn about the powerful effects group loyalties have on perception and understanding, explore the interplay of language, behaviour and cultural values, and examine some theories of cultural comparison. You'll also learn to recognise the signs of intercultural misunderstanding and culture shock, and the need to build common ground, communicating mindfully when necessary.
  • Introduction to Vocabulary and Semantics
    You’ll be introduced to the concepts and terminology of semantics (the study of meaning in language) and pragmatics (the study of meaning in context), and gain the analytical tools to begin exploring the various sources of meaning. These sources include the inherent meaning of words and other linguistic expressions, their relatedness to other lexical items, the textual environment in which they occur, and the wider context and world knowledge of speaker and listener (or writer and reader).
  • Language and Society
    This module will introduce you to practical and theoretical aspects of the study of language and society, including forms of address; sex and age differentiation in language; accent and dialect; education and employment; language disadvantage; language choice according to function in multi-lingual communities. In weekly lectures you'll discover the key theoretical, analytical and descriptive terms, then explore these issues through a mixture of practical and discussion tasks in workshops. You'll analyse data closely and consider the reasons for collecting, analysing and interpreting it, as well as the practicalities involved. You will then design your own original, hypothetical sociolinguistic project. You'll also write a discussion-based essay, giving you an opportunity to identify, reflect on and synthesise some of the key concepts involved in one or two of the topics covered.

Year two, core modules

  • Revealing English Structure 1 & 2
    This module will introduce you to the structure of English grammar, the construction of phrases, clauses and sentences, and how you can analyse these. Starting with an introduction to the nature of English grammar and grammar description, you'll progress from word class to an analysis of the form and function of noun and verb phrases and to the components and structure of a simple sentence. You'll then analyse complex and compound sentences and how meaning and focus can be changed through the manipulation of clause structure. You'll also be introduced to the way in which the grammar of speech can vary from the traditional descriptions, and the way in which grammar is used to convey much more precise meaning than can be achieved by vocabulary alone.
  • History of English Language
    On this module, you'll explore the cultural history of English to extend your analytical understanding of the way the language has developed historically and the implications this has for the characteristics of spoken and written English today. You will study a selection of extracts from key works to trace the development of, and changes in, the language from Old English to the 18th Century.
  • Language, Power and Identity
    On this module, you'll explore the role of language in manifestations and perceptions of power and identity, whether at the individual, social, national or international level. You'll cover topics such as language and human rights, language and social status or equality, and language and globalisation. This subject is increasingly relevant in today's world, where ethical issues relating to language are frequently debated in the national arena.


Year two, optional modules

  • English Phonetics and Phonology
    In this module, you'll build on your understanding of the sound system of the English language by exploring how sounds are combined to form words and longer utterances in standard southern British English. You'll learn about the structure of the English syllable and the relative prominence of different syllables, the differences between the pronunciation of words in isolation and in natural speech, and the form and functions of intonation. You'll also investigate some of the difficulties involved in representing speech as a series of phonemes.
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language 1 and 2
    These modules will increase your language awareness, and give you ideas and techniques for teaching language items, such as grammar, vocabulary and pronunciation. You'll examine skills such as reading, writing, listening and speaking to identify sub-skill and potential problems, and to assess methods and materials to develop these skills. You’ll look at elements of lesson planning and terminology related to language teaching, and explore ways of analysing and presenting language for teaching at different ability levels. You’ll become familiar with error analysis and discuss different correction techniques. You will also deal with a variety of ELT published material and authentic material and focus on learner training, learning strategies and teaching English for specific purposes.
  • Intercultural Encounters in Global Cinema
    On this module, you'll examine how the effects of increasing globalisation and the expansion of the European Union have been closely monitored and discussed not only in political discourse but in media as well. Cinema and TV are no exceptions, and such media portrayals are of key importance, be it as potential reflections of popular attitudes, ideas and preoccupations towards migration, or their likely impact on popular views and opinions on the topic. You'll investigate how the global perspective goes beyond the exploration of individual films in their national frameworks, and is therefore better equipped to address questions linked to the legacy of globalisation and international migration.
  • Written Text 1 and 2: From Principles and Patterns to Genre
    This module will show you a range of ways in which the workings of written texts can be described and analysed, as well as situational and contextual factors that determine genre. You'll discover what written texts have in common, and what criteria is met in successful texts, as well as how to distinguish between different types of text in terms of the considerations that influence a writer's choices. You'll learn to describe in detail the structural and organisational differences between a variety of text types, and become familiar with the organisation of a selection of different text types, ranging from literary narratives to reports and recipes; from advertising to shopping lists and invoices; from the stories found in women's magazines to those that make the daily headlines; and from academic essays to text messages and web pages.
  • Language, Mind and Brain
    This module introduces you to psycholinguistics: the study of the mental processes involved in acquiring and using language. You'll consider the kinds of evidence that can be used to gain insights into these processes, as well as the different ways this evidence has been interpreted. You'll consider many areas of linguistics, including the nature of language and languages; animal communication and child language acquisition; the relationship between thought, language and meaning; and language disorders. Overall, you'll focus on the development of transferable intellectual skills, including the recognition of what constitutes evidence, the analysis of data to provide it, the critical evaluation of arguments and the identification of underlying assumptions.

Year three, core modules

  • Language Acquisition: Topics and Issues
    On this module, you'll explore how we acquire a first language as children and the processes involved in learning a second. With more people needing to learn languages, or live a bilingual experience, it's essential to understand the mechanisms that operate in language-learning. You'll examine some of the raw data of learner language, and discover various explanatory theories of language acquisition (native and second language), assessing their relative merits. You'll also look at bilingualism and what can be learnt from the experience of bilinguals. You'll be taught through lectures and seminars. In weekly lectures, you'll learn about the topics that you'll explore in the subsequent seminar. This will involve group analysis of data, presentation of material that you've researched, and group discussion. Your assessment will take the form of a written assignment (3,000 words) with sub-components involving analysis as well as exposition.
  • Business English 6: Writing for the Workplace
    This is a core PDP module for third year students on the BA International Business degree. It's also a specialist ESP English Language support module for undergraduate students studying in the Ashcroft International Business School and for others seeking a career in the business world in English Language Teaching or any other field where strategies for speaking and communicating are of particular relevance. You'll take advanced study and practice of written communication in business, preparing you for your future working life, increasing your awareness of your own strengths and skills, and developing your confidence in using written language in the business environment. You'll learn how to produce correspondence and reports used in business, including many aspects of recruitment and selection and data collection and analysis. You'll particularly focus on the use of functional phrases, register, tone, format and peer identification/correction of errors. Developing these skills will improve your self-confidence in dealing effectively with most situations requiring written responses in the workplace. In addition, you'll be asked to compare a variety of writing styles used in different cultures. You'll be assessed by a Portfolio of Coursework.
  • Major Project
    The individual Major Project will allow you to undertake a substantial piece of individual research, focused on a topic relevant to your specific course. Your topic will be assessed for suitability to ensure sufficient academic challenge and satisfactory supervision by an academic member of staff. The project will require you to identify/formulate problems and issues, conduct research, evaluate information, process data, and critically appraise and present your findings/creative work. You should arrange and attend regular meetings with your project supervisor, to ensure that your project is closely monitored and steered in the right direction.

Year three, optional modules

  • Methods and Developments in TEFL
    This module will build upon and develop your practical classroom methodology, as covered on the TEFL 1 & 2 modules. You'll analyse and evaluate the nature of syllabus design and language teaching methodology, explore theories of both language and learning, and analyse and evaluate teaching methods of the past and present, along with their practical applications for the learner, teacher and language classroom. The methods you'll examine include those such as Communicative Language Teaching, task-based Language Teaching, and the Lexical Approach. You'll also consider the influence of theory and methodology on such areas as teaching grammar and language skills, and the approach to learner and teacher roles and learner errors. You'll be encouraged to discuss and evaluate a range of approaches and methods in order to inform your own teaching techniques, broaden your awareness of a wide range of methodologies, and develop the ability to approach past, current or future methodology in an informed and critical manner.
  • Spoken Discourse
    This module will equip you with the linguistic tools to describe and analyse spoken interactions of varying types in a range of social contexts. The topics you'll cover include: ethnographic influences on types and styles of interaction, institutional talk and classroom discourse. The ground covered will familiarise you with the characteristics of a variety of different types of interaction, ranging from a chat with friends to a job interview, and from tutorial discussions to wedding ceremonies.
  • Theorising the Global Information Age
    In an age increasingly dominated by flows of information, understanding and theorising this phenomenon is becoming an imperative, not just in the context of the study of media and communications but for grasping social change, the formation of subjectivity, and the functions of the economy. You'll explore strategies, approaches and methodologies for capturing the multiple issues, conflicts and dynamics of the information society. This includes issues such as the impact of computer mediated communication (CMC) on work practices and the shift in the nature of production from a material to immaterial economy. You'll also consider the significance of the revolution in person-to-person communications (P2P). You'll be assessed on your understanding and critical response to the material studied through a presentation and a critical essay of 2,500 words.
  • Intercultural Competence and Graduate Mobility
    This module will help you to understand the importance of intercultural competence, global citizenship and the human dynamics of international mobility after you've graduated. It'll give you an understanding of working in different arenas, the effect of culture shock, and the skills and knowledge needed to take up employment successfully in a different culture. You'll also consider the social and psychological factors influencing international organisations and analyse varying patterns of intercultural communication, helping you look confidently beyond national boundaries in the search for rewarding employment. You'll also gain some insight into graduate careers that involve professional mobility and intercultural competence. Your assessment is made up of a presentation and an essay.
  • Modern Science Fiction
    In this module, you'll study the development of modern science fiction, concentrating on major texts from the postwar period. You'll acquire a detailed knowledge of the history of science fiction and a critical understanding of the problems of defining it in relation to other forms of literature, as well as gaining an understanding of the distinctive pleasures that science fiction offers its readers. The emphasis will be on science fiction as a distinctive literature of ideas. You'll primarily consider science fiction as a literary form rather than with its manifestations in other media, but the demands of adapting science fiction to other media will also be considered. You'll read an anthology of short stories, a history and a collection of critical essays supplemented by recommended novels (used to exemplify different phases of science fiction from the 1930s to the present day, including 'The Golden Age', the British 'New Wave', cyberpunk and World SF). You'll be assessed through one essay of 3,000 words, showing your good knowledge and understanding of at least three texts.
  • Global English
    More than a billion people world-wide speak English. However, only a fraction are native speakers. This raises the question of whether there is only one English or several 'Englishes'. In this module, you'll analyse the numerous varieties of English spoken around the world, and explore the linguistic properties, as well as the socio-cultural, political and educational variables influencing the shape, form and use of English. Starting with an overview of English in the British Isles, your focus will move across the Atlantic to look at variation within American English, before shifting to the varieties of English in the Commonwealth and former colonies. In the final part of the module, you'll explore the language of diasporas in English speaking countries and emerging hybrid languages. Throughout, you'll learn to analyse linguistic variation from a typological point of view by looking at real speech data from a variety of sources. For the assessment, you'll carry out a typological analysis, either of the varieties discussed in the seminar or of your own choice.
  • Gender, Media and Culture
    You'll explore the question of gender, one of the major concerns of contemporary (media) cultures, art, and several scholarly fields including media studies, philosophy, cultural theory and feminist criticism. You'll discover the importance of gender as an analytical category and you’ll investigate gender from a variety of angles such as systems of power/knowledge, the organisation of social relations, lived experience, aesthetics (what is given to our perception), and capacities to affect and be affected. You'll examine this variety through the introduction of theories by key scholars and cutting-edge debates linked to instances, trends and elaborations of gender in the media. You'll approach gender as a multi-faceted problem, a highly useful concept, and a set of practices - expressions, experiences and experiments - that are central to our existence and to current media cultures. You'll be assessed through a 3,000-word critical essay.

Optional modules available all years

  • Anglia Language Programme (including Business English)
    The Anglia Language Programme gives you the opportunity to study a foreign language as part of your modular programme. You'll be taking one language module in the second semester of your first year in order to experience the learning of a new language. It's important that you select a language you've never learnt before. The languages offered are: Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Russian and Spanish.


You’ll demonstrate your progress through a combination of assessment, such as unseen exams, in-class assessments, essays, portfolios, and assessed presentations. Most of our modules include a practical element, such as a data analysis exercise, allowing you to apply your theoretical knowledge to ‘real’ situations. There’ll also be other opportunities to show your learning, like non-assessed discussions and presentations, language laboratory work or class exercises.

Where you'll study

Your department and faculty

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.

Where can I study?

Lord Ashcroft Building on our Cambridge campus

Our campus is close to the centre of Cambridge, often described as the perfect student city.

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Additional study information

You’ll be joining an institution that has taught English Language Studies for over 50 years. Your studies will be supported by excellent technical facilities, including an open-access language centre and multimedia computer laboratory.

Specialist facilities

You’ll have access to our open access language centre, language/multimedia laboratories, open access computer room and campus library for your private study.  

Fees & funding

Course fees

UK & EU students, 2015/16 (per year)


International students, 2015/16 (per year)


UK & EU students, 2016/17 (per year)


International students, 2016/17 (per year)


How do I pay my fees?

Tuition fee loan

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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.

How to apply for a tuition fee loan

Paying upfront

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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.

How to pay your fees directly

International students

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
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Funding for UK & EU students

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:

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Funding for international students

We've a number of scholarships, as well as some fee discounts for early payment.

Entry requirements


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Important additional notes

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 admissions@anglia.ac.uk 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.

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International students

We welcome applications from international and EU students, and accept a range of international qualifications.

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English language requirements

If English is not your first language, you'll need to make sure you meet our English language requirements for undergraduate courses.

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Improving your English language skills

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.

We also provide our own English Language Proficiency Test (ELPT) in the UK and overseas. To find out if we are planning to hold an ELPT in your country, contact our country managers.

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