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Undergraduate course

English Literature and English Language BA (Hons)

The pairing of English Language and English Literature allows students to develop skills in critical thinking, analysis, and the application of theoretical perspectives to both data and literary texts. The subjects work in dialogue with one another: English Language’s approach to analysis and the technicalities and complexities of language complements English Literature’s focus on literary techniques and narrative strategies. This is a degree pairing that allows students to pursue research interests in both areas of their degree, and students will have the opportunity to explore issues relating to formations of identity, culture, and society in both subjects.

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91% of English Language and Linguistics students were satisfied with their course. (National Student Survey 2020)

96% of English Language and Linguistics students felt that they were challenged to achieve their best work. (National Student Survey 2020)

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  • UCAS Code – Q390
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020, September 2021
  • School – Humanities, Religion & Philosophy

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 (or equivalent) including English Language

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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Course overview

In the English Language modules, you will consider questions such as ‘what is language?’ and learn about how it is structured and articulated.  You will have the choice of a range of modules giving you the opportunity to study topics such as how we convey meaning and how language varies according to different speakers and situations.  In your English Literature modules, you will have the opportunity to learn about a range of different genres, historical periods, and literary forms. Our philosophy is simple: words matter. Words shape the world we live in (books can and have changed the world) and the connections between the written page and the concerns of the ‘real’ world are a crucial part of the programme. 

Joint Honours programmes enable students to combine two subjects from a range of areas in a structured way. The selected pairings are designed to complement one another and allow students to have a significant amount of choice and flexibility in relation to their learning experience. In addition, the Joint Honours pairings involve students engaging in a range of learning and teaching experiences and assessment opportunities. You can also study abroad without adding an extra year to your Degree. There is the opportunity to gain a CELTA qualification with no extra fee, subject to successful interview.

Course structure

Level 1

The programme is specifically designed so that you will have a foundational Level 1 year that introduces you to the skills required for University-level English Language and English Literature. All our introductory Literature modules seek to equip students with an understanding of historical developments in the form of the written word. These modules provide you with a basic grounding in key texts, major historical moments, and important critical terms that will be applicable across the rest of your Degree.


Literature modules include:

Introduction to Literary Studies I
In this module you will have the chance to build your confidence in working with literature at degree level. You will engage with a range of texts written prior to the nineteenth century that includes prose, drama, poetry, speeches, letters and articles. Together, we will start to think about some of the ways that literature and history can be brought together and why the study of English Literature remains a popular and important discipline.

 Writing, Research and Literature
On this module you will learn the basics of academic writing and research at University level. Drawing upon a range of classic and contemporary short stories and poems as your starting point, you will develop a range of skills such as, using the library catalogue, choosing secondary sources, planning essays, developing arguments, and close reading texts, so that you can write and discuss the works that inspire you with confidence and flair. 

Introduction to Literary Studies II
On this module we’ll examine some well-known classics alongside more unusual selections that help us to question the social, political, cultural and historical values by which we approach literature. This includes an exciting range of texts across different media and forms, from nineteenth century poetry to early cinema and 1930s nonfiction. Along the way we’ll be thinking about gender, class, war, empire, form, genre, and much more besides.

Theorising Literature: Power and Identity
The critic Michel Foucault once wrote that ‘power is everywhere’; on this module we seek to uncover the ways that economic, social, and cultural power is portrayed and exerted through the written word. Who has the power in a literary text? And how do we as readers discern this? We will discuss these issues as they relate to identity politics and the intersections between class, gender, race, sexuality, ability, nation, and age in selected literary works.

This module prepares students to reflect on the study of Literature at undergraduate level by introducing them to two key, overarching concepts: the idea of literary value and the canon. The module is designed to complement semester 1 modules in which issues of literary value and the canon are raised, albeit in less detail, and to provide a meta-context for students to learn and reflect on why they study what they study at university as well as, more precisely, how canonical assumptions can influence their reading and writing.


English Language modules include:

English Language and Linguistics (core module): This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study. Seminar sessions will allow you to develop academic literacy skills through individual and small group development of lecture content, and workshop sessions will focus on an introduction to the study of English phonetics.

Descriptive Grammar of English (core module): This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.

Language & Society: This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. Throughout the module, you will be introduced to terms, ideas and approaches to the study of language and society and to some general notions of language variation. The module considers different types of language variation (phonological, lexical, grammatical, discursive and generic) from both a synchronic and diachronic perspective. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and will be given opportunities to explore the role that social and cultural context plays in language variation. The module also introduces you to the ways in which language resources can be used to reflect and construct a range of social identities, such as social class, gender, sexuality, age, race and ethnicity. Throughout the module, you will be introduced to different ways of approaching the analysis of linguistic variation and will have opportunities to collect, record and transcribe their own linguistic data.

Semantics & Pragmatics: In order to give an overview of the analysis of the interpretation of meaning in language use, theories of semantics and pragmatics will be explored as well as applications of such theories. In the main, such applications will be based on English. Examples from other languages will be used where possible and appropriate.

Multilingualism: The module addresses the world’s linguistic diversity and variation, and situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural, socio-political, educational and public policy perspectives.

Phonetics: This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.

Level 2

At Level 2 you have the chance to follow your own writing and research interests, and select the modules that most appeal to you. As a joint honours student, you will take an employability module with either English Literature or English Language. Both of these modules encourage students to consider their professional and transferable skills, and how they might utilise them in the working world, as well as allowing students to undertake work-related projects and have the opportunity to meet professionals from industries including publishing, journalism, and teaching. This innovative approach to employability has been extremely popular with our students over the past few years. 


Literature modules include:

Literature at Work
This module will enable English Literature students to engage in discussions about a range of career trajectories relevant to their degree on both a practical and ideological level. Crucially, the module will facilitate reflective thinking about skillsets and their relationship to students’ career aims.  Team work and project management are integral features, with students working in groups to develop, plan, and execute a project or alternatively, to engage in work-place learning through an external placement. Guest speakers will introduce a variety of graduate career pathways, potentially including publishing, research, teaching, marketing, and journalism.

Literary Theory
Is it proper to remove literary texts from their historical contexts, or is historical awareness essential to any understanding of the text? Is it really the case that a text can mean anything to anybody, or are there more objective ways of understanding what texts are and how they work? What is actually happening when we read literature? And what is ‘literature’ anyway? This module will engage with the fundamental questions lying behind the discipline of literary studies. Through a direct discussion of theoretical texts, it will examine concepts such as beauty, culture and language from a range of perspectives. It will equip students with a toolbox of interpretative procedures that will enable them to offer insightful readings of any text written in English, irrespective of when and where it was published.

Mapping America
This module introduces students to the relationship between American literature and physical and mythical/symbolic spaces, and explores the ways in which this space is imagined and represented in a range of texts. In American culture, concepts of space and setting have a particular relevance that dates back, for example, to events such as the Declaration of Independence, the founding of civic spaces, and the Californian Gold Rush. The rationale behind this module is to ask students to think creatively, critically, and innovatively about physical space and literature, and explore the relationship between American socio-economic history, and the development of a specifically American literary tradition.

Science Fiction for Survival
Drawing on a range of theoretical and critical concepts around utopianism, the module will consider landmarks in the history of SF in order to develop students’ understanding of key concerns relevant to the genre. The title ‘Science Fiction for Survival’ aims to highlight the way in which science fiction, through its attention to both technology and ideology, encourages readers/viewers to consider the way in which humanity’s post-industrial choices have impacted directly on the well-being of the planet and its diverse human and non-human inhabitants.  Students on the module will have the opportunity to get involved with the project Terra Two: An Ark for Off-World Survival (, and to develop content for the site. 

Conflicting Words
This module provides an opportunity to read texts produced by and written about major conflicts of the twentieth and early twenty first centuries. We will start with the mechanised horror of the Western Front and work our way through the Second World War, the Spanish Civil War, Vietnam, the Troubles, 9/11 and the War on Terror. We read texts by writers as diverse as Martha Gellhorn, George Orwell and Kurt Vonnegut and examine the complex relationship between language, experience and memory.

Sick Novels: Literature and Disease
On this module we’ll be looking at the ways in which diseases are represented in novels from several different periods. What sorts of things can disease suggest in the literary text, and what kinds of associations come with different diseases? Why do some diseases seem to appear in many novels (tuberculosis and cancer, for example) and why are some less often written about? What kinds of anxieties about society do diseases embody or allow the author to explore?

Shakespeare: Perspectives
This is an exciting module which will explore Shakespeare’s plays in their early modern contexts but also understand them as written for performance. We will also explore them as modern/post-modern texts in reception. The module engages with a range of theoretical approaches, from new historicist to feminist and queer readings. 

From Harlem to Hip-Hop: African American Literature and Culture
Obama...Beyoncé...the 'Black Lives Matter' movement. Without doubt, the African American experience is a major influence on our contemporary political, cultural, and social landscape. Starting with the Harlem Renaissance of the 1920s and 1930s and continuing through to the present day, we will discuss key African American novels, plays, and poems alongside music (including jazz, soul, blues, and hip-hop), film, art, and political writings in order to better understand the ways that black writers respond to and shape American culture and history.

Civil War to Civil Society: British Literature, 1640-1740
The English Civil War and execution of Charles I, the Commonwealth, the ‘Glorious Revolution’, and the Restoration of the Crown led to a period of great literary production – as well as suspicion from those in power towards writers and publishers. This module will engage with the ways in which literature challenged and negotiated what it meant to be ‘civil’ in the 17th and 18th centuries. How did writers explain seismic changes to a growing readership? How did new voices (the working class, women, writers of colour, dissenting writers) enter the conversation? What new kinds of literature emerged to make sense of events and what kind of community was created through reading?

We look at the different ways books and films tell stories, and what happens to literature and literary characters when they get ‘translated’ onto the screen. In addition to examining specific examples of film adaptation, students can choose to experiment creatively on a project of their own.

Revolution and Response: British Literature, 1740-1840
Beginning with the ‘rise of sensibility’, this module will explore the idea of ‘revolution’ and the myriad ways in which the literature published in these decades agitated for and responded to political upheavals and changes as well as ‘revolutions’ in literary tastes and production, gender roles and expectations, the role of literature, and the relationship between individuals and society. Writers took full advantage of an increasingly literate population and met an insatiable desire for print with an outpouring of plays, poetry, ‘novels’, treatises, periodicals, and newspapers. This module will engage with the idea of ‘revolution’ through a wide range of topics and texts, including poetry, prose, and drama.


English Language modules include

Language and Literacy: This module will introduce you to key issues in relation to the development of literacy, focusing primarily on the development of writing skills.

World Englishes: This module addresses the development, structure and use of international varieties of English (World Englishes), tracing the origins and history of the language in the British Isles to its current role as a global language; the effects of the spread of English on other languages, cultures and identities; and the implications of World Englishes for language policies and practices, both in the UK and abroad.

Analysing Texts: This module allows you to develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts, across a variety of genres and modalities including online contexts. A broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how meanings are created and debated, including in digital media.  You will explore how notions of genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse can be applied when reading texts. As a result, you will have more understanding of issues of representation and power in contemporary discourses.

Language, Gender & Sexuality: This module is designed to give you a thorough grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field, which gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories and methods of analysis. You will learn about a range of theoretical and methodological approaches to the study of language, gender and sexuality. You will learn about how some of these approaches have been applied in domains such as education, the workplace, literature and the media. The main aim of the module is that, after you have been presented with some of these theories, approaches and applications, you will be able to take up and argue for your own, informed position and use the grounding you have received as a starting point for your own work and ideas. You will be required to collect and analyse your own linguistic data throughout the module and in the final written assignment.

Psycholinguistics: This module will develop your awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and to provide you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

Sociolinguistics: This module investigates what issues can make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Such issues will invariably involve user factors (who is involved in the language use) as well as situational factors (where, when and why is the language used). Different theoretical and methodological approaches to sociolinguistic study will be addressed and the different themes with which each is centrally concerned will be identified including the concepts of face and im/politeness.

Language at Work: This module addresses the University commitment to ensuring that graduates of York St John have worked towards the development of their own post-graduation careers. As such, this module comprises of a mandatory 10-day work placement as arranged by yourself. In addition, given the fundamental importance of language and communication in any working organisation, the module will consider relevant issues and practices within places of work as well as the communication demands on the prospective work-seeker within contemporary society.

Applied Phonetics & Phonology: This module builds on and applies phonetics teaching from level 1. You willl be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology which support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.

Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom: This module will equip you to think about the complexities of language use in schools, and the challenges presented in working with particular groups of students. You will consider the concept of 'inclusion' and the impact of an increase in multilingualism in UK classrooms.

Sociolinguistics of British Sign Language: This module will take a very broad view on sign languages, in particular British Sign Language, to explore the historical, social and linguistic aspects of signed languages, signing people and sign language communities. Some of the topics we will discuss include how BSL has developed and its relation to other sign languages in the world, how the visual nature of BSL affects language use in deaf communities, and interpretation from BSL to English and vice versa. We will also look at a few different ways of analysing languages, and perform some experiments in class to see how these issues can be explored in a practical way.

Forensic Linguistics: Forensic linguistics is a relatively new and rapidly expanding branch of applied linguistics which focuses on all aspects of language and the law. On the module, you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across a range of crime scenarios which may include: plagiarism and ghost-writing; rape; terrorism; armed robbery; and murder. We will examine cases in which forensic linguists have played a key role in making convictions and in successfully overturning miscarriages of justice. You will also learn about how language operates within the legal process. This includes learning how to analyse courtroom discourse, police interviews and legal statutes.

Level 3

In your final year you will be ready to take on a bigger role in the management of your learning. You might find yourself leading a class discussion, or doing a non-assessed presentation in a seminar. You will write a dissertation (an extended project that runs for the whole academic year) on the subject of your choice, and with the support of an academic supervisor. In many ways, this is in the intellectual culmination of your degree, as you become an independent researcher and are required to manage your own academic project. Many of our students note that this is one of the most enjoyable sections of their degree, as they are specialising in a literary topic that they are passionate about, and are putting into practice the skills they have accrued during their time at York St John University. 


Literature modules include: 

English Literature Dissertation
In your final year, you will be ready to take on a bigger role in the management of your learning. Students write a dissertation (an extended project that runs for the whole academic year) on the subject of their choice, and with the support of an academic supervisor. In many ways, this is in the intellectual culmination of the degree, as students become independent researchers and are required to manage their own academic project. Many of our students note that this is one of the most enjoyable sections of their degree, as they are specialising in a literary topic that they are passionate about, and are putting into practice the skills they have accrued during their time at York St John. 

The Victorian Novel: Realism, Sensation, Naturalism
On this module we’ll focus on the ways in which the novel as a form was developed, challenged, and experimented with in the Victorian period. We’ll consider how the novel engages with and represents social issues in the period, but we’ll also look at the ways in which the novel form itself adapted and transformed as a vehicle of expression: from realist texts which set out to depict believable and probable events and characters, to science fiction, the sensation novel, romance, mystery, and adventure.

The Experimental Century
By the beginning of the twentieth century, many of the religious, philosophical and cultural assumptions of the Western hemisphere had been smashed into pieces. In this pessimistic moment flourished a range of aesthetic movements whose radical call was to ‘make it new’. Their desire to reconstitute the tradition would produce original, playful and subversive approaches to old-fashioned forms. And their experiments would expand the boundaries of culture until it encompassed a whole range of new identities, new concepts and new genres. This module will introduce students to these restless modernists, and explore the consequences of their work in twentieth century culture. Along the way it will examine how the Civil Rights Movement, feminism, and queer subcultures turned experimental aesthetics to new, politically radical ends. 

Gothic Origins
‘The Gothic’, according to David Punter, ‘arises on the sites of vanished cultural territories’ (2000). The point of ‘vanishing’ conceals and reveals the origin of this ‘contested, maligned, and misunderstood’ (Carol M. Davison, 2009) mode of writing. This module will provide an opportunity for students to engage with the ‘origins’ of Gothic literature and conventions, exploring the ways in which the Gothic persists and adapts to different historical and cultural contexts. We will be reading poetry and prose, drama and non-fiction throughout the module, as well as considering other media (art, film, sound) and critical theories of the Gothic. 

The Making of Modern Drama
This module examines aspects of theatrical experimentation over the last century, and its impact on the contemporary stage. In addition to comparing the aims and achievements of different theatrical movements, students may undertake a creative project (e.g. writing a script or designing a stage-production) in response to what they have learned. 

Research Now I and II
This module allows final year students to be involved with current staff research projects. The topics or ‘strands’ on offer will reflect current research or the research specialisms of the teaching team. 

American Radicals: Outside the Canon
This module will examine a selection of texts from twentieth century American literature and relate the works to their cultural, social and political backgrounds. The module will focus on texts that demonstrate formal innovation and experimentation, and will reflect the plurality of twentieth century American experience. Students might read Native American, African American, Chicana, Chinese-American texts alongside literature produced in the wake of radical social change such as Beat writing, Vietnam narratives, and responses to 9/11. 

Writing the Caribbean
This module will examine a range of texts from the Anglophone and Anglocreole Caribbean, a region that has produced two Nobel Prize winners in Literature (Derek Walcott & V.S. Naipaul). The aim is to introduce students to a range of writing from and about the Caribbean which reveal the longstanding global dimensions of this writing and the ways in which this is currently being marked and remembered. The close connections between Britain and the Caribbean will be a particular focus, both in a historical and contemporary context. 

Cultures of the Now: Contemporary Writing
This module encourages students to consolidate their understanding of the history of literature by examining a range of texts from a variety of locations – Europe and the USA, but also Africa and the Asian subcontinent – in order to get a grip on the strange paradoxes of our own global moment. Is the world a fragmented assortment of local traditions, or a conformist monoculture? What do those in one part of the world owe to those living in another? And is the popularity of literary texts which seek to represent and understand ‘the other’ something to celebrate, or simply another manifestation of consumerism? 

Gender and Sexualities
When it comes to issues of gender and sexuality, what is natural and what is cultural? How have gender debates informed popular culture and critical theory? How are different genders and sexualities presented in film and literature? And how do different cultural groups use popular culture and literature to reinforce, challenge, transgress or disrupt traditional gender expectations? Coming in the final semester of third year, this module challenges students to draw on all of the skills, theories and approaches they have rehearsed throughout the degree to confront, explore and interrogate the representation of gender roles and sexuality in popular culture.

English Language modules include:

English Accents & Dialects: During this module you will learn about regional variation in pronunciation, lexis and syntax. 

Child Language Acquisition: This module introduces students to key theories of child language acquisition with a focus on the acquisition of speech sounds. The module takes a workshop approach to learning about the typical phonological processes seen in children and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time.

Attitudes to Language: This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views.

Language, Identities and Cultures: This module explores the ways in which language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities, and how language plays an active role in constructing identities. The module takes an interdisciplinary approach to analysing the relationship between language, identity and culture. It will allow you to develop advanced skills in analysing spoken and written texts and provides opportunities for you to put into practice the skills in linguistic analysis developed on other modules. In undertaking this module, you will develop an understanding of some different theoretical perspectives and debates relating to language and identity. You will learn about, and have opportunities to apply, different linguistic frameworks for analysing language and identity.

Speech & Language Pathology: This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology and give you an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children.

Reflections and Connections in Linguistics: This module aims to encourage you to engage with and reflect upon your learning over the entire course of your degree programme. It invites you to critically evaluate and integrate themes from across and beyond the course. Joint Honours students will normally reflect on connections between their two subjects.

English Language Dissertation: The Dissertation aims to provide an environment in which you are encouraged to take responsibility for managing your own learning and its outcomes. The module aims to foster this learning environment by facilitating independent linguistic research on a topic of your choice (as far as university resources allow at the appropriate time), backed by tutorial supervision. (40 credits)

Teaching & assessment

English Literature

The aims of all our teaching is to help you to become a better writer and literary critic, to challenge you to consider new ideas and concepts, and to support you in understanding the complex connections between literature and contemporary society. Literature is a dialogic discipline: that is, informed discussions and debates are a crucial part of the learning process. We do not want students to be passive learners, but instead expect you all to be actively engaged and involved with your degree subject.

In English Literature we use a range of teaching styles and settings to help support you during your time at University. You will attend lectures, seminars (groups of students with a tutor), tutorials (one-to-one meetings with a tutor), workshops, and experience collaborative learning (working with your fellow students), events, field trips, as well as independent study sessions, and times when you will need to use online resources.

Contact hours and self-study time
In your first year, you would typically study three modules each semester. Each module will normally have three hours of contact time each week, so you’ll have a minimum of 9 hours each week in University, and 36 hours of contact time for each of your modules. This is just the starting point, as we also expect that you’ll be engaging in the field trips, visiting speaker sessions, and writing workshops that will also be part of your University experience. The rest of the time, we expect you to be reading (and remember that you will be doing a lot of reading for your Literature modules!) and preparing for class.

Assessment & Feedback
There are no exams, and your English Literature degree will be assessed through coursework. As well as writing essays, however, there are other assessment opportunities designed to help you develop new skills and prepare for graduate employment. You will encounter a wide range of assessment, including portfolios, close-reading exercises, and opportunities for reflective writing. Some modules are assessed by one piece of coursework (usually a portfolio) and you will have the chance to work on this throughout the semester. The feedback you will receive focuses on how you can improve your work for future assessment, and we encourage all students to keep a feedback folder to help keep track of their academic development.

English Language

Level 1
From your first weeks at university, you will engage with information literacy, supported by the programme team and our Academic Liaison Librarian, who contributes to a range of our modules, including the compulsory module Introduction to English Language and Linguistics. The programme team support digital literacy, for example, training students in the use of  blogs. The programme team are very experienced in the use of web-based resources for teaching and learning; all modules are supported by well populated and creative sites hosted on the University VLE. Research skills are embedded in modules as students are introduced to library skills, academic writing, data analysis and using electronic tools for analysis. 

Level 2
You may go on international exchange at level 2, either for one semester or two. 

Beyond the compulsory modules, you can exercise choice across level 2, opting for those areas in which you see interest value and a fruitful knowledge base for your future development. You may also choose a language in your second year at a level higher than Beginners.

Research skills are embedded within modules, for example, work on ethics, project design and argumentation skills. The presentation of work is expected to be more professional; and oral presentations more accomplished.

Level 3
You are expected to be maximally self-reliant and to learn how to use your tutors as one resource among many. In terms of subject knowledge, you are expected to be able to see some of the limitations of theoretical approaches, while also using knowledge gained over the previous two years to problem-solve and critically evaluate different linguistic phenomena.

You are supported in your dissertation by your supervisor, including in research skills where appropriate. You will also carry out the independent reflective essay, drawing on tutorial support to enable you to make connections between aspects of your undergraduate programme. Group academic tutorials support research skills for dissertations and project work. Level 3 offers more career orientation through modules that have a direct application to a number of working contexts, for example, Theories and Methodologies in TESOL and Attitudes to Language.


Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96 UCAS Tariff points

3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

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International Students

If you are an international student you will need to show that your qualifications match our entry requirements. Information about international qualifications and entry requirements can be found on our international pages.

If your first language is not English you must show evidence of English language competence at IELTS level 6.0 (with no skill below 5.5) or equivalent.

International entry requirements

Foundation Year

This course is available with a foundation year. This option is ideal if you do not yet meet the minimum requirements for entry straight onto a degree course, or feel you are not quite ready for the transition to Higher Education. A foundation year prepares you for degree level study, giving you the confidence and skills needed to make the most of your course. Passing it guarantees you a place on this degree course the following academic year.

Foundation courses

Personal Statement


As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject (and languages in general). This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, relevant work experience and wider reading.


Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • Further study e.g. additional languages
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Demonstrating relevant transferable skills
  • Extra-curricula activities such as relevant conference/lecture attendance (e.g. English Language & Linguistics Colloquium Series
  • Becoming a member of appropriate societies
  • Subscribing to (or reading) relevant journals/magazines
  • Being involved in overseas exchange programmes

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.


Fees and funding

To study for an undergraduate degree with us, you will need to pay tuition fees for your course. How much you pay depends on whether you live inside the UK or EU, or internationally (outside the UK/EU). Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

UK & EU 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry onto this course is

  • £9,250 per year for full time study
  • £6,935 per year for the first 4 years if you study part time.

These prices apply to all UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

You can find out more about funding your degree by visiting our funding opportunities page.

Funding Opportunities

Placement year funding

If you choose to take a placement year, and your course offers it, you can apply for the Tuition Fee and Maintenance Loan for your placement year. How much you are awarded is based on the type of placement being undertaken and whether it is a paid or unpaid placement. The tuition fee for your placement year will be reduced.

International (non-EU) 2020 entry

The tuition fee for 2020 entry to this course is £12,750 per year for full time study.

This price applies to all students living outside the UK/EU.

Due to immigration laws, if you are an international student on a Tier 4 visa, you must study full time. For more information about visa requirements and short-term study visas, please visit the International Visa and Immigration pages.

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Additional costs and financial support

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.

Course-related costs

While studying for your degree, there may be additional costs related to your course. This may include purchasing personal equipment and stationery, books and optional field trips.

Study Abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad pages.

Accommodation and living costs

View our accommodation pages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

Financial help and support

Our Funding Advice team are here to help you with your finances throughout your degree. They offer a personal service that can help you with funding your studies and budgeting for living expenses. 

All undergraduates receive financial support through the York St John Aspire card. Find out more about the Aspire scheme and how it can be used to help you purchase equipment you need for your course. 

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