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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 2022, September 2023

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To start this course in 2022 complete this short application form, call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8074 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

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Overview

Language shapes our experience of the world – from our social and emotional lives, to our experience of society, work, politics and culture. Immerse yourself in the nature of spoken and written language, and how it's used in everything from digital communication to forensic investigation.

You'll study how language works, including the relationships between language, the mind, and society, and how language varies through time, place, culture and identity. You'll explore the different ways people use language and what they use it for. Discover methods for analysing spoken and written language, how we learn language and how we teach it.

You'll develop sought-after skills including communication, creativity and critical thinking. You'll be taught by expert researchers and study alongside students within the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics – bringing opportunities to learn from the latest research and build intercultural relationships.

Course highlights

  • Discover how the use of language affects perceptions of important contemporary issues, such as gender, sexuality, education and globalisation
  • Learn the linguistic skills to spot how language persuades and prejudices people – from what drives social movements on social media, to relationships in the workplace
  • Develop the skills employers want, including analysis, criticism, negotiation, argument and problem solving
  • Tailor your degree to suit your career ambitions, including options that equip you to work internationally, such as intercultural communication and teaching English as a second language
  • Learn from dedicated, expert researchers from the School of Languages and Applied Linguistics who specialise in areas including corpus linguistics, discourse analysis, professional communication, sociolinguistics and translation
  • Have the opportunity to build skills in ‘corpus linguistics’ analysis – essential skills in a world where working with 'big data' is the future

Options to customise your degree

You can choose to customise your degree depending on your interests and ambitions, by specialising in English literature or teaching English as a foreign language.

If you want to combine your study of English language and linguistics with a passion for English literature, you can choose to take a look at our pathway degree: BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature.

If you’re interested in teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) you can upgrade your qualifications with the Trinity College London Certificate – an internationally recognised TESOL qualification.

You’ll need to pass an additional entry test and interview to add TESOL to your studies.

The best part of the course was being given the opportunity and freedom to choose to study the areas I enjoy the most in English Language and Linguistics. For example, I was able to discover and explore my interest in teaching in modules like TESOL and Introduction to Teaching.

Eloise Peters, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Typical offers
  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points, to include A level English Language or Literature, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Typical offers
  • A levels – ABB–BBC
  • UCAS points – 112–128 points, to include a minimum of 2 A levels in English or another Humanities/Social Science subject, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

You may need to have studied specific subjects – see full entry requirements and other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

We also accept other standard English tests and qualifications, as long as they meet the minimum requirements of your course.

If you don't meet the English language requirements yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Why study English Language and Linguistics?

"Language is a really powerful thing." Meet the students and lecturers from our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics course, discover what they love about the subject and how it can help in your future career.

Lucy: Language is a really powerful thing. I think it's so powerful that you don't even notice that you can do so much with it. But studying that is really interesting, and I just had a moment where I was like, this is the course I want to do.

William Forsyth: The BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics consists of three years between the second and the third year, you can have a placement year. Some of the topics we cover on the course lead into a lot of things that people want to do afterwards, so we have quite a lot on education. For people who want to go into publishing and marketing, using social media, we have clinical linguistics for people who want to go into language therapy and that kind of thing. We have forensic linguistics.

Grahame Luff: Forensic linguistics is the study of language applied to forensic situations in context, i.e. looking at written documents and speech and using that to solve crime. The skills that students will learn will be analytical skills, the ability to take new ideas and concepts and apply them to different situations.

William Forsyth: We have two modules aimed specifically at teaching English to non-native speakers. The first one is called TESOL, which is Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages. And the second one is an accredited module examined by Trinity.

Rebecca Hamlet: Trinity is a recognised teaching qualification and it qualifies students to teach in language schools all over the world and TESOL is the input for that. They are assigned to a tutor, they work with a class and they deliver lessons with feedback and support from their tutors.

William Forsyth: By undertaking the BA, that will allow them to go and do a Master's course, there's then the opportunity to do a PhD, set up their own consultancy service or join the police.

Rebecca Hamlet: Many jobs involve language and linguistics because it is about communication. I can't think of many careers where understanding about language wouldn't be enormously helpful.

Alexander: I've definitely taken an interest in forensics as well as the language of law. So I've applied for various Master's along the line of forensic accounting as well as a conversion to law. But this courses has definitely helped me get a much clearer line of what I'd like to do moving forward.

Max: I think what made me really realise that I loved the course was during the start of COVID-19, it was a difficult time for a lot of students, and a lot of people in general. I still found myself enjoying the lectures, even from a distant learning point of view. And then when coming back into the classroom this year, really made me go, "Okay, I've loved it online and now I love it in person."

William Forsyth: The reason why I would recommend students coming to Portsmouth is that the teaching staff are excellent, the provision that the teachers provide is excellent and the support that students will receive here is also excellent.

Lucy: When I visited the University of Portsmouth, it just clicked for me because I'd visited a number of other unis and it just didn't feel right. But when I visited here, I just loved the closeness of everything to each other and it just felt right.

Rebecca Hamlet: Language and linguistics has many, many different aspects because at the end of the day, language is everything. We are surrounded by it. It's powerful and we need to know how it works in society.

Careers and opportunities

You’ll graduate with specialist expertise in language and linguistics, plus sought-after employability skills including:

  • analytical techniques and reasoning
  • communicating clearly to diverse audiences
  • data collection and interpretation
  • developing persuasive, evidence-based arguments
  • problem solving 

Previous graduates are now applying these skills in a diverse range of sectors and industries. If you decide to pursue a career that’s closely related to your studies, you could apply for jobs in writing, editing or publishing. Or employ your research and analysis skills to go on to postgraduate study, in areas such as speech therapy, communication studies, law and marketing.

This degree course gives you the freedom to explore topics and find areas you're most passionate about, and the foundation to pursue these areas after graduation. Further study in forensic linguistics could open up possible careers in law enforcement, criminal justice or legal firms. You could also develop your linguistic talents to work as a speech therapist or train actors to master different dialects.

To find something I’m so interested in has made me happier and more determined to do well in all parts of my life. I think that’s due to the vast amount of topics, taught by lecturers that are so dedicated. There is such a supportive environment.

Bethany Farmer, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

What areas can you work in with an English language and linguistics degree?

You could work in any of the following areas:

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

Graduate destinations

Previous graduates have gone onto further training and work in various fields, including:

  • accountancy
  • the armed forces and police
  • banking
  • research
  • journalism
  • law
  • local government
  • health services
  • public relations and marketing
  • publishing
  • speech and language therapy
  • teaching

Placement year (optional)

After your second year of study, you can choose to do a paid work or research placement year. This lets you put your new skills to work while developing valuable links with employers.

It’s fantastic for your CV and will really help you stand out when applying for jobs after graduation.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your aspirations. With mentoring and support throughout your placement, you’ll have our support to get the most from the experience.

Previous placement destinations have included:

  • 7 Stars – a media company in London
  • Babylangues  – a company helping infants and toddlers learn English ­in France
Lyncia Mande laughing at Humanities graduation

I enjoyed the range of units that my course offered. My favourite unit was forensic linguistics, as this was something I had never covered before.

Lyncia Mande, BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

What you'll study

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

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

Modules

Year 1
Year 2
Year 3

Core modules

What you'll do

You’ll choose one of four texts from politics, contemporary culture, sport, the media and press, or contemporary literature to be the focus of your portfolio project. This immediate practical application of analytical knowledge and techniques promotes a critical and reflective knowledge and understanding of language, empowering you to question its principles, practices and boundaries.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and classify morphological elements, combinations and processes, and find and describe them and their possible causes and effects in an English language text
  • Identify and classify lexical and semantic features and relations, and find and describe them and their possible causes and effects in an English language text
  • Identify and classify syntactic units, features and relations, and find and describe them and their possible causes and effects in an English language text
  • Identify and classify phonetic and phonological features and relations, and find and describe them and their possible causes and effects in an English language text, carrying out a short phonemic transcription
  • Apply phonemic, morphological, semantic/lexical and syntactic knowledge to the analysis of a spoken English language text, its features and effects
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 3,000-word coursework portfolio (60% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute written exam (40% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Identify and describe some language teaching strategies and approaches and provide a basic rationale for their uses
  • Identify the main classifications of grammatical and lexical description, and their functions, as applied to English
  • Reflect upon their experience of learning of an unknown foreign language and make contrasts and comparisons between the unknown foreign language and English

Explore this module

What you'll do

You’ll examine language change, regional and social variations, and language and gender as well as some of the issues involved in forensic linguistics. You’ll explore the relationship between language and the mind, considering it through an examination of how first and second languages are acquired and by looking at the ways language is processed and remembered.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify various functions of language and the different uses of language for different purposes
  • Reflect on and describe relationships between the individual, groups, society and language
  • Identify linguistic variation in relation to factors such as geographical region, social class, ethnicity, gender and nation
  • Describe aspects of the relationship between language and mind/thought
  • Explain how first and second languages are acquired, produced and comprehended
  • Collect relevant information from external sources and present your findings on the relevance of aspects of linguistics in a wider context
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 154 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (25% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word written assignment including essay (25% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark) – computerised

What you'll do

You’ll carry out a small-scale investigation into aspects of contemporary spoken language and work collaboratively to carry out research and present your findings in an oral presentation. In addition to writing an individual report, you’ll critically reflect on the process of carrying out research and how the skills you gained could be used in a professional context.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess your own learning needs and develop strategies for addressing weaknesses in learning
  • Read and organise points to form a coherent and cohesive argument on a discipline-related topic
  • Collect and analyse short extracts of authentic spoken data
  • Report collaboratively on the findings of your research project in a group presentation
  • Critically reflect on the process of carrying out research, working collaboratively and the role of research in potential careers
  • Produce a written report of the findings including potential modifications as well as reference to existing research
Teaching activities
  • 23 x 2-hour seminars
  • 6 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 17 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 131 hours studying independently. This is around 8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (20% of final mark)
  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (20% of final mark)
  • a 4,000-word portfolio project (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll look at how texts vary according to the context of situation, and how they employ multimodality to present their meaning.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Recognise and describe features of texture in written and spoken texts
  • Record and transcribe spoken interactions using appropriate notation conventions
  • Understand relevant Conservation Analysis concepts and terms, and be able to apply them successfully to texts
  • Draw reasonable conclusions about social interactions based on an analysis of communicative features
Teaching activities
  • 24 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 750-word written assignment including essay (20% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (40% of final mark)
  • a 60-minute written exam (40% of final mark)

Core Modules

What you'll do

You’ll learn how to analyse texts by examining the ways that patterns of language are associated with social activities. You’ll also learn to see texts and language use as products of choices to be made on how to write/say something rather than simply what to write/say.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and evidence patterns of language forms
  • Discuss the relationship between patterns of language forms and social activities
  • Analyse a variety of texts in relation to the social activities of which they are a part
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 40-minute exam (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word written assignment including essay (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll examine and critically reflect on the discrimination and creation of meaning in English from semantic and pragmatic perspectives.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Discuss and elaborate on the various 'meanings' of text in formal semantic terms at both the lexical and propositional level
  • Discuss the use of language and the interpretation of hearers/readers in spoken and written texts in pragmatic terms
  • Analyse the discourse structure of written and spoken text in semantic and pragmatic terms
  • Provide reflective analyses of semantic and pragmatic concepts
  • Give an oral presentation on specific aspects of sematics and pragamatics
Teaching activities
  • 18 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment including essay (50% of final mark)
  • a 1-hour written exam (50% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

You’ll build on the knowledge of morphology, syntax and phonology gained in your first year and apply this to real-world examples.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify different speech disorders and how they are caused
  • Recognise different types of speech impairment
  • Describe a sample of clinical language data in terms of its grammatical structure
  • Analyse different theories of language impairment
  • Apply knowledge of language impairment theories to clinical language data
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 15-minute oral assessment and presentation (30% of final mark)
  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically examine the language of the law and the discourse of courtrooms in relation to the exercise of power
  • Critically discuss the tools and principles of authorship identification and plagiarism in order to determine the origin of a text and establish its authenticity
  • Recognise and critically analyse different forensic text types in order to be able to establish their veracity

Explore this module

What you'll do

You'll work as part of an international team, communicating your findings in writing and through a web page.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Assess key theories in intercultural communication research
  • Collect data/information and analyse it from an intercultural perspective
  • Research a certain aspect of culture and communication 
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 500-word coursework report (10% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework assignment (40% of final mark) – group website project
  • a 1,500-word written coursework assignment (50% of final mark)

What you'll do

Key areas include the notions of literariness and foregrounding, the use of literary features, narrative structure, and the concept of metaphor.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify and describe features of 'literariness' in a range of texts
  • Critically discuss such features and how they contribute to the style of texts
  • Identify, describe and discuss the use of metaphor in literary and non-literary texts
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word written assignment including essay (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework portfolio (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll explore how core cultural theories can inform managers and professionals in their leadership styles and assist them in the development of appropriate management strategies. You'll also look at ways that groups function in different cultural and management contexts, and the implications of this for the management of people.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Comment with critical awareness on management and leadership in the global workplace
  • Identify and evaluate a number of different cross-cultural perspectives on the management of organisations and people
  • Critically analyse chosen aspects of processes and systems for the management of people in different professional cultural contexts
  • Write a professional report, with reference to relevant theory, which identifies management challenges and possible solutions in a specific cross-cultural workplace
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lecures
  • 12 x 2-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 12 x 1-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 152 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute oral assessment and presentation (40% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word coursework report (60% of final mark)

What you'll do

You'll enter at the appropriate level for your existing language knowledge. If you combine this module with language study in your first or third year, you can turn this module into a certificated course that is aligned with the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFRL).

What you'll learn

When you complete this module:

  • You'll have improved your linguistic skills in Arabic, British Sign Language, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin, French, German or Spanish
  • You'll be prepared for Erasmus study abroad
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 176 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through: 

  • coursework (100% of final mark) 

What you'll do

You'll also examine issues relevant to different news media. Issues include ideology in the print press and changing news practitioner relationships.

Please note that some of the lectures, seminars and reading materials on this module may include content that some students might find upsetting and/or uncomfortable.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Examine current issues relative to traditional (i.e. print and/or broadcast) media
  • Empirically analyse media texts in terms of ideological representation
  • Identify and justify the selection of appropriate media texts and appropriate analytical frameworks in the formulation of a short empirical research project
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 1-hour lectures
  • 12 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 x 1-hour extra activities
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 6–8 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 1,500-word written assignment (40% of final mark)
  • a 2,000-word analytical report (60% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Reflect on their learning and experience to date and use this as a basis to plan and organise suitable work experience(s) that will enable the development of their professional profile
  • Propose a programme of learning that enables the development and demonstration of specified professional skills
  • Critically evaluate their learning and experience and relate this to their future career goals
  • Communicate the outcomes of their experience, through the effective use of reflective practice

Explore this module

What you'll do

You’ll study the thinking and research of core contributing fields in language, language learning, and psychology to inform and develop reflection on your own experiences, interests and needs such as language learning, language teaching, communication, or psychology, and to further your own personal employability profile. You’ll study core texts about a central issue in SLA studies and design and present a research study to examine it and present it in a literature review and an academic poster.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify, then compare the differences between and implications of, different theoretical, methodological, and philosophical approaches to the study of second language acquisition
  • Address, in depth and detail, at least one central issue in second language acquisition research such as grammar, pronunciation, critical period/s, implicit & explicit learning, social learning, and nativism
  • Choose, describe, and justify an appropriate research design to address a central issue in SLA studies
Teaching activities
  • 11 x 1-hour lectures
  • 11 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 167 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,000-word coursework project (70% of final mark)
  • a 1,000-word coursework project (30% of final mark)

What you'll do

You’ll use these concepts to analyse samples of spoken and written English, and interview learners of English to study their language background and their current linguistic ability. You’ll develop methods and practice of language teaching by examining English language teaching (ELT) methodologies and their practical application when planning a variety of skills, grammar and function based lessons.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse samples of spoken and written English, taking into account such factors as grammar, lexis, discourse features and context of production
  • Analyse samples of spoken English at the segmental and suprasegmental level
  • Make contrasts and comparisons between English and other languages
  • Compare and contrast the learning and motivational needs of various types of language learner
  • Critically evaluate how English for speakers of other language (ESOL) methodologies impact on the practical aspects of lesson planning and exploitation of material (pedagogy)
Teaching activities
  • 8 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
  • 18 x 2-hour seminars
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 156 hours studying independently. This is around 9.5 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • 2 x 2,000-word set exercises (each 50% of final mark)

What you'll do

This qualification is recognised by the British Council and gives you the skills to teach in language schools worldwide. To be accepted on the Trinity programme you’ll need to pass all artefacts of language, learning & teaching and a selection interview and test of competence. To choose this module, you need to take the Language, Learning and Teaching module in year one and the TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) module in the same year.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Identify different methods and approaches to the teaching of languages, in particular English as a second or other language (ESOL)
  • Design a series of lesson plans for an ESOL class based on published and own materials
  • Evaluate the effectiveness of materials and make simple adaptations to such materials for use in a defined context
  • Teach a series of ESOL lessons effectively
  • Critically reflect on your own performance as a trainee teacher and draw up action plans for future professional development
  • Elaborate a series of recommendations for the learner profiled in TESOL including grammar and phonology
Teaching activities
  • 12 x 2-hour lectures
  • 6 x 1-hour seminars
  • 12 x 2-hour tutorials
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 146 hours studying independently. This is around 9 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 6-hour practical skills assessment (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)
  • a 3,500-word written assignment (100% of final mark)

Core modules

What you'll do

You’ll submit a proposal which will include an outline literature review, an ethical review and an annotated dissertation contents page that will identify how you intend to define, progress, enquire into and communicate the topic.

To complete your dissertation/major project, you’ll have access to a comprehensive online repository of general and guidance materials.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Design a suitable dissertation/project proposal
  • Use current research or equivalent advanced scholarship in the relevant field
  • Use established and relevant techniques of analysis and enquiry in an ethical framework to a specific and focused area relevant to the subject
  • Critically evaluate assumptions, arguments and data (that may be incomplete) to form a judgement, frame further questions and identify potential solutions
  • Manage and reflect on your own learning and communicate in writing to a specified audience relevant to either the academic or workplace community
Teaching activities
  • 10 hours of project supervision
  • 6 hours of workshop
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 384 hours studying independently. This is around 12 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 5-minute presentation (10% of final mark)
  • a 9,000-word dissertation (90% of final mark)

Optional modules

What you'll do

Your placement year will be assessed after a period of no less than 30 weeks, on a pass/fail basis.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Critically reflect on the skills needed in a placement environment
  • Identify and evaluate your learning experience and the relevance of this to future careers and professional development
  • Identify areas for improvement or further training in your professional development
  • Evaluate your success in meeting the objectives identified in your learning agreement
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 1-hour seminars
  • 1,125 hours on placement
Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 2,500-word coursework portfolio (pass/fail, pass mark of 40)

Optional modules

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Critically evaluate given creative texts/activties in terms of their potential for developing language learning.
  • Choose creative texts and activities suitable for exploitation in given classroom contexts and justify this choice.
  • Design a series of lessons using creative texts/activities to develop language skills for specified levels of learners.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Discuss critically the rise of modern English
  • Discuss critically the diversity of different varieties of English
  • Account for features of early modern English in a historical perspective
  • Account for features of modern English in a historical perspective

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse the geography and the history of the spread of English in the world.
  • Critically appraise the salient aspects of the sociolinguistics of English in the world.
  • Critically reflect upon the political, ideological and pedagogical implications of the spread of English in the world.

Explore this module

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a systematic and critical understanding of key concepts, models and research findings associated with language, gender and sexuality.
  • Critically engage with texts and identify socially-related assumptions about gender and issues related to gendered discourse.
  • Critically evaluate gender views projected by the media.
  • Appreciate the different methodologies used in research on gender, language and sexuality.
  • Convey complex theories to a non- specialist audience.

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What you'll do

You'll develop fundamental skills needed to be a teacher, and the capability to structure and deliver a short lesson.

What you'll learn

When you complete this module successfully, you'll be able to:

  • Analyse the expectations of a professional teacher in terms of skills, knowledge and conduct
  • Discuss the importance of safeguarding students
  • Apply fundamental concepts of teaching and learning theory to plan an effective, peer-assessed lesson
  • Deliver lesson plans with clear objectives, student-centred learning and assessment of learning
  • Reflect on the use of active learning methods within subject specialism
Teaching activities
  • 10 x 2-hour seminars
  • 2 x 1-hour tutorials
  • 10 x 1-hour lectures
  • 4 x 1-hour practical classes and workshops
Independent study time

We recommend you spend at least 164 hours studying independently. This is around 10 hours a week over the duration of the module.

Assessment

On this module, you'll be assessed through:

  • a 20-minute practical skills assessment (50% of final mark)
  • a 1,500-word written assignment (50% of final mark)

The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Compare the structure and functions of different types of social media.
  • Critically evaluate various communication strategies on different types of new media.
  • Evaluate the way social relationships and identities are affected by electronic communication.
  • Develop presentation and public speaking skills.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:
  • Critically evaluate personal professional profile and relate this to the development of effective job application strategies
  • Research, compare and contrast and critically evalute employers expectations in terms of candidates' skills, attributes and competences in different sectors of employment
  • Reflect on and evaluate their scores from a range of Psychometric tests to prepare for an upcoming employment assessment
  • Communicate professionally the outcomes of their experience to potential employers via the production of a CV, statement, video pitch and a mock and formal job interview

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Reflect on their learning and experience to date and use this as a basis to plan and organise suitable work experience(s) that will enable the development of their professional profile.
  • Propose a programme of learning that enables the development and demonstration of specified professional skills.
  • Critically evaluate their learning and experience and relate this to their future career goals.
  • Communicate the outcomes of their experience, through the effective use of reflective practice.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Demonstrate a critical understanding of key terms and concepts in English lexicology, phraseology and corpus linguistics.
  • Critically appraise theoretical underpinnings of lexicology.
  • Analyse data to investigate English lexical and phraseological units
  • Analyse and report findings of a study related to English vocabulary

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Analyse critically examples of spoken discourse in the workplace
  • Apply theories of interpersonal communication to specific spoken workplace contexts
  • Apply knowledge of rhetoric to deliver a professional and persuasive presentation

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Manage and complete tasks in a study relevant to their course, with an appropriate level of skill, initiative, independence and performance.
  • Critically reflect on the formal learning experience and student ambassadorial role for the University, and consider the relevance of this learning to future study and/or employability and personal development.
  • Critically assess how activities relate to disciplinary knowledge and practice covered on the student's undergraduate course within the global context.

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The learning outcomes of this module are:

  • Apply theoretical frameworks to critically analyse examples of written professional communication
  • Evaluate and produce examples of professional writing
  • Apply knowledge of rhetoric to deliver a professional presentation

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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 modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • online activities

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.

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.

How you'll spend your time

One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.

We're planning for most of your learning to be supported by timetabled face-to-face teaching with some elements of online provision. Please be aware, the balance between face-to-face teaching and online provision may change depending on Government restrictions. You'll also do lots of independent study with support from staff and our virtual learning environment, Moodle. Find out more about how our teaching has transformed to best support your learning.

We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your English Language and Linguistics degree. In your first year, you’ll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 11 hours a week. The rest of the time you’ll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.

Term dates

The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.

See term dates

Supporting your learning

The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get support via video, phone and face-to-face from teaching and support staff to enhance your learning experience and help you succeed. You can build your personalised network of support from the following people and services:

Types of support

Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.

As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.

You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.

They can help with:

  • Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
  • Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
  • Understanding and using assignment feedback
  • Managing your time and workload
  • Revision and exam techniques

As well as support from faculty 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 disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.


Our online Learning Well mini-course will help you plan for managing the challenges of learning and student life, so you can fulfil your potential and have a great student experience.

You can get personal, emotional and mental health support from our Student Wellbeing Service, in person and online. This includes 1–2–1 support as well as courses and workshops that help you better manage stress, anxiety or depression.

If you require extra support because of a disability or additional learning need our specialist team can help you.

They'll help you to:

  • discuss and agree on reasonable adjustments
  • liaise with other University services and facilities, such as the library
  • access specialist study skills and strategies tutors, and assistive technology tutors, on a 1-to-1 basis or in groups
  • liaise with external services

Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University’s library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.

The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.

​Course costs and funding

Tuition fees (2022 start)

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £9,250 a year, including our Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £16,200 a year (subject to annual increase)

You won't pay any extra tuition fees to another university for taking part in a study/work abroad activity if you choose to do it for the whole academic year. During a year abroad you'll only have to pay a reduced fee to the University of Portsmouth.

Funding your studies

Find out how to fund your studies, including the scholarships and bursaries you could get. You can also find more about tuition fees and living costs, including what your tuition fees cover.

Applying from outside the UK? Find out about funding options for international students.

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 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

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.

In your third year for your placement abroad, you’ll need to fund the costs of travel, transport and accommodation. The exact costs will depend on the destination. If you're studying at one of our partner universities, you won't need to pay fees at your host institution, but there may be other costs such as visa, insurance or extra tuition. If you choose to work abroad, can help you find an internship, which may be paid or unpaid.

During your placement year, you’ll be eligible for a discounted rate on your tuition fees. Currently, this discount amounts to 90% of the year’s fees. Placement year tuition fees are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.

Enhance your degree with an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages: the Trinity College London Cert TESOL. This opportunity is conditional on a successful performance in an entry test and interview in order to fulfil professional requirements.

There's no cost if you take the Trinity College London Teaching Practice module as one of your options.

If you choose to take this module outside your planned curriculum, there's a fee of £355.

If you take a placement year or study abroad year, tuition fees for that year are as follows:

  • UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £925 a year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • EU students – £925 a year, including Transition Scholarship (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £1,800 a year (subject to annual increase)

Apply

How to apply

You can still apply for this course to study with us in September 2022 by using Clearing.

Once you have your exam results:

If you're not ready to apply yet, why not learn more about how Clearing works, book a call-back for results day. or sign-up for our Clearing updates and visit days.

Our Clearing hotline will be open as follows:

  • 9am - 5pm Monday to Thursday
  • 9am - 4pm Fridays
  • Thursday 18 August (A and T level results day) 8am - 8pm
  • Friday 19 August 8am - 7pm
  • Saturday 20 August 10am - 3pm

To start this course in 2023, apply through UCAS. You'll need:

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

If you'd prefer to apply directly, use our online application form.

You can also sign up to an Open Day to:

  • Tour our campus, facilities and halls of residence
  • Speak with lecturers and chat with our students
  • Get information about where to live, how to fund your studies and which clubs and societies to join

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

How to apply from outside the UK

See the 'How to apply' section above for details of how to apply. You can also 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. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to abide by our Student Contract (which includes the University's relevant policies, rules and regulations). You should read and consider these before you apply.