English Language and Linguistics with Literature BA (Hons)
BA Hons English Language and Linguistics with Literature
Applying for 2021/22 entry? See how you'll be taught in our Covid information for applicants.
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.
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.
- A levels – BBB–BCC
- UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English Language or Literature (calculate your UCAS points)
- International Baccalaureate – 25
English language requirements
- English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
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.
What you'll experience
On this English Language and Linguistics with Literature 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.
Careers and opportunities
What can you do with an English Language and Linguistics degree?
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:
- technical writing
- teaching English
You could also go on to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, marketing and communication.
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.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
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.
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.
What you'll study on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature degree
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 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
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:
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.
How you're assessed
You’ll be assessed through:
- case studies
- book reviews
- written work
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- 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'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
In 2021/22, 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 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.
The academic year runs from September to June. There are breaks at Christmas and Easter.
It's divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:
- Teaching block 1 – early October to January
- Assessment period 1 – late January to early February
- Teaching block 2 – February to May
- Assessment period 2 – May to June
Extra learning support
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 face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
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.
Learning development tutors
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
Academic skills support
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
- 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.
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.
Tuition fees (2021 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 Transition Scholarship – may be subject to annual increase)
- International students – £15,500 a 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.
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.
The costs associated with your specific destination will be discussed during your second year, as well as possible sources of additional funding.
You’ll have the option to take the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL, which costs £335.
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 this course in 2021, 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
If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). 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.
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