BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies - University of Portsmouth
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BA (Hons)

Communication and English Studies

UCAS codePQ93

full time3yrs

Improve your written and verbal communication skills

Course Overview

Why take this course?

This course is designed for international students who wish to study a wide range of perspectives on communication at the same time as developing their English skills to at least Cambridge proficiency/IELTS 6.5. Students may enter at Level 1, 2 or 3 depending on current ability.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Study communication natural language systems and processes, theories of communication as well as practical business and cross-cultural communication issues
  • Select options to shape your degree to your needs and interests
  • Meet and study alongside UK students

What opportunities might it lead to?

The modern economy is a global one and increasingly companies across the world need staff with a high level of communication skills. This course will enhance your communication and English skills in a wide range of intercultural, business, translation and media contexts.


Aziz Dieng, BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies student 2017

Communication and English Studies is a very interactive course and allows students to not only perfect their English but also prepares them for employment in the world of communication and business. It also allows students to confidently embark into postgraduate studies. I have really enjoyed the course and I am currently studying for a Master's degree at the University of Portsmouth.

Aziz Dieng, BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies student 2017


English and Journalism

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Getting the chance to develop practical skills alongside learning the theory
  • The high-quality teaching and flexibility of options that enables you to tailor your course to your own interests
  • The passion and knowledge of the lecturers that makes studying so enjoyable

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Structure & Teaching

Year one

Core units currently include:

  • English Language Grade 4
  • Multimedia Listening
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • How Language Works
  • Studying At University
  • Starting Language Research

Year two

Core units currently include:

  • English Language Grade 5
  • Professional Communication For Business

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Business Communication 2
  • British Culture
  • Meaning In English
  • English Forms and Functions
  • Language of Human Resource Management
  • Communication and Culture
  • The Language Of Literature
  • Marketing and Communication
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • A Modern Foreign Language

Year three

Core units currently include:

  • Independent Project
  • Communication Theory
  • Digital Communication
  • Either:
    • English Language Grade 6 & Business Communication 3
    • Workplace Discourse & Writing to Persuade

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Translation: Theory and Practice
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Understanding Britain Today
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication

We use the best and most current research and professional practice, alongside feedback from our students, to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.


Here at Portsmouth we want you to get the most you can out of your education. We have worked to ensure that the teaching and learning resources are there for you to take full advantage of. Through the teaching, learning and assessment activities that you experience during your degree studies, you will develop your own, effective learning strategies that will last a lifetime.

Your classes may be in one of our state-of-the-art lecture theatres, one of our IT suites or digital multimedia language laboratories. You may discuss and develop ideas in a seminar group or develop your language skills in a language class.

Part of our approach is to develop independent learners, so that you can take responsibility for your academic and intellectual development with the support of your tutors. To help you do this, tutors have developed a range of teaching and learning resources that can be used in class and for independent study.


Assessment strategies will not only test your knowledge of the subject, but also help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable when you finish your degree and start work.

You may have in-class tests or examinations at the end of each unit and give presentations or work on projects, either individually or as part of a team, giving you the opportunity to refine your presentational, team-working, time management and research skills.

You will submit essays or other types of written coursework, helping to enhance your analytical and critical skills as well as your ability to process large amounts of information and perfect your writing skills. All of these skills are not only necessary for you to do well in your studies with us, but also prepare you for your future in the world of work.

Tutor's view


Felicity Hughes
Language and Area Studies

This course provides a wonderful opportunity for students to improve their English language whilst at the same time gaining core knowledge of communication and language theories and working on their own communication skills.

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Facilities & Features

International Office

We are a very cosmopolitan community with more than 4,000 international and EU students from over 100 different countries. The role of the International Office is to provide you with extensive support to make your time here as stress-free and enjoyable as possible, enabling you to focus on your studies. One of the team almost certainly has direct experience of your culture and may even speak your language.

Focus on Business English

If you want to learn English, the language of international trade and business, doing so in an English-speaking country is a great advantage. In this programme you will study the natural usage of conversational, formal and business English alongside business-oriented topics.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Careers & Opportunities

Career prospects

Career prospects
Where next?

English is increasingly the language of international business and trade. The combination of subject knowledge and good English language skills we develop on this course will give you a distinct advantage in the international job market.

There are many jobs available for you in business, trade, public service, finance, marketing, management, retailing and the leisure industry.

Some of our most successful graduates have even started their own businesses and many go on to postgraduate study.

Work experience

Work experience
Employment boosting opportunities

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. The option gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, to reflect on the ways in which you've done so, and to learn to express this to potential employers.

Career planning

Career planning

To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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