English is one of the most widely-spoken languages in the world. Stand out to employers world-wide by developing your command of English to an advanced level and studying its sounds, structures and uses as a global language.
Our BA (Hons) English Language degree will develop your ability to read, write and speak English to an advanced level – skills you can apply to many careers all over the world. It will also give you a detailed knowledge of the sounds and structure of English as well as an in-depth awareness of issues relating to intercultural communication.
English is a bridge language for many global cultures and essential for communicating in industry, business and politics. Discover how its use has spread and evolved in the medieval and modern world, as well as how we construct meaning from it. You’ll also learn about the connections between language and global issues such as migration, popular culture and ecology.
Our many optional modules will give you the chance to build a course that suits your own preferred career. You could focus on the technical aspects of English with topics such as phonetics and language acquisition, explore its cultural use in areas such as sport, writing and cinema, or prepare for a role as an English teacher with our various TESOL and TEFL modules.
You’ll also have the chance to broaden your career options even further by learning a foreign language from beginner or elementary level.
Course Leader: Dr Michelle Sheehan
Guardian University Guide 2018
With a degree in English language, you’ll be ready for many careers in industry, business and politics all over the world. Our past students now enjoy successful roles in teaching, financial services, publishing, travel and tourism and import-export, among other things.
For a full breakdown of module options and credits, please view the appropriate module structure below:
You’ll show what you have learned through various methods, including exams, in-class assessments, essays, portfolios and assessed presentations. Some modules also involve practical assessments, such as data analysis, which will give you a chance to apply the theory you have learned to ‘real-life’ situations. There will also be non-assessed opportunities to show what you have learned, such as discussions, presentations, language lab work and class exercises.
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.
Our institution has taught English Language courses for over 50 years. You’ll have access to excellent facilities, including our language centre, multimedia laboratories, an open-access computer room and campus library.
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
Most new undergraduate students can apply for government funding to support their studies and university life. This includes Tuition Fee Loans and Maintenance Loans. There are additional grants available for specific groups of students, such as those with disabilities or dependants.
We also offer a fantastic range of ARU scholarships, which provide extra financial support while you’re at university. Find out more about eligibility and how to apply.
From September 2018, EU students starting an undergraduate degree with us can access an £800 bursary.
Meanwhile, our £400 Books Plus scheme helps with the costs of study. There's no need to apply for this: if you're eligible you can simply collect a Books Plus card when you start your course.
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 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.
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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