English Language and Linguistics with Literature BA (Hons)

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Mode of Study
Full-time, Full-time sandwich with work placement
3 years full-time, 4 years sandwich with work placement
Start Date
September 2019


Build on your interest of English language and literature and prepare yourself for a successful career on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature degree.

You'll discover how we use language in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world. You’ll also study literature from classics to the contemporary and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

Your studies will set 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 after the course or do postgraduate study.

What you'll experience

On this course you’ll:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and literature
  • Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism
  • 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
  • Tailor your studies by choosing units in that match your interests and career ambitions

You can also:

  • Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event
  • Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related units
  • Study abroad at one of our partner universities, such as Ghent University, University of Gdańsk, Kiel University, University of Luxembourg and the University of Malaga
  • Have the chance to get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) if you're accepted onto the TESOL programme during the course.

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.

Previous students have secured placements at organisations such as:

  • 7 Stars – a media company in London
  • Jet – an English teaching programme in Japan
  • the British Council
  • local schools

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

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 on to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, marketing and communication.

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.

Entry requirements​

To do this degree, you need to apply for the BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics course. This is because it's a 'pathway' degree.

You’ll study English Language and Linguistics in depth and add Literature as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll graduate with a BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature degree when you finish the course.

These are the entry requirements for the BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics course.

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.

​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
  • Starting Language Research

There are no optional units in this year.

Core units in this year include:

  • Meaning in English
  • English Forms and Functions

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • IWLP (Institute Wide Language Programme)
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • The Language of Literature
  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim
  • Revolutions! Literature and Change 1700-1830
  • Victorian Literature and Visual Culture

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation

Optional units in this year include:

  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Creative Activities in Language Classroom
  • Researching English Vocabulary
  • Digital Communication
  • English in an Historical Perspective
  • English in the World
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Crime Writing
  • Consuming Fictions
  • Enlightenment: Lit, Culture & Modernity
  • Holocaust Literatures

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.

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 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.

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There’s no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

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.


You need to choose BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics when you apply for this course, because this is a ‘pathway’ course. This is where you study English Language and Linguistics in depth and add Literature as a complementary subject in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature degree when you complete the course. 

If you change your mind after you apply, you can choose not to study Literature in years 2 and 3. You’ll then graduate with a BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree when you complete the course. 
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. 

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When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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