English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

English Language and Linguistics students discuss their work
UCAS Code
QQ31
Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
Duration
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019

Overview

Build on your interest in the English language and explore it from every angle on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree course.

You'll discover how language works in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world.

The study of English language and linguistics sets you up for a career where your communication, creative, management and critical thinking skills will shine. You could work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and professional contexts
  • Learn how English relates to issues such as gender, education, and forensics
  • Develop critical and analytic skills, alongside transferable skills in communication, research, and problem solving
  • Develop abilities in analysis, criticism and argument, including using corpora and transcribing texts
  • Build transferable skills, such as communication, research, time management, team working and problem solving
  • Tailor your studies by choosing units that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Have the opportunity to get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), depending on the units you select

Optional pathways

Interested in pairing English language and linguistics with English literature or journalism? Expand your degree with an optional pathway into another subject. It'll lead to these awards at the end of the course:

Careers and opportunities

After the course, you can use the communication and professional skills you've learnt across various roles in the private and public sectors. Fields you could work in include:

  • advertising
  • education
  • communication
  • media
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • technical writing
  • teaching English

You could also go onto to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, communication studies and marketing

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Analysing transcripts of stand-up comedy or sketch shows to see how comedians use features of language to create humour was one of my favourite parts.

Dorothy Constantino, BA Hons English Language and Linguistics student

​What you'll study

Each unit on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units in this year include:

  • Language, Society and Mind
  • Working with Texts
  • How Language Works
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Studying at University (Studying the English Language)
  • Starting Language Research

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • English Forms & Functions
  • Meaning In English

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • The Language of Literature
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Foreign Language
  • Learning from Experience

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Workplace Discourse
  • Researching English Vocabulary
  • English in an Historical Perspective
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Using Technology in Language Teaching
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • Digital Communication
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • English in the World
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience Plus

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.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Placement year

After your second year, you can do an optional paid work placement year to get valuable longer-term work experience.

Examples of previous placements include:

  • 7 Stars – a media company in London
  • Jet – a teaching English programme in Japan

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:
  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a mental or physical disability, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) can give you help, support and advice so you can reach your potential.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • online activities

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and an assessment period:

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

You can also use many of the facilities and get support from Faculty staff in the evenings and weekends.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your working hours may be different when you're on work placement.

You may need to go to work placements and other course events in the evenings and at weekends. When on placement you'll work 37.5 hours a week.

You're encouraged to attend weekly seminars on Thursdays to see what other scientists are working on and the relevance of their work to your studies and future career.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • examinations
  • essays
  • reports
  • case studies
  • book reviews
  • written work
  • projects

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 15% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 28% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 69% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry Requirements

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

You’ll need to pay the costs associated with studying abroad and or doing an overseas placement, these costs are usually around £1000.

You’ll also need to meet any additional tuition costs for units of study you take outside of your agreed study abroad programme. This normally costs around £200.

You’ll have the option to take the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL, which costs £335.

Apply

How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – QQ31
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

Admissions terms and conditions

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