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Undergraduate course

Education Studies and English Language BA (Hons)

Explore the way we use language in our daily lives and consider the role of education.

Study language from a broad range of perspectives, including the way speech is articulated, how language is structured and related to meaning, and how it relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction.

96% of Graduates from our School of Languages and Linguistics were in employment or further study within six months.

York campus

  • UCAS Code – XQ33
  • Duration – 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

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

The York St John Experience

Course overview

As well as studying how speakers and writers use language, you will also study social attitudes to language, and the way language functions to express identities and cultural values. New forms of communication, such as email, texting and instant messaging, have opened up new and interesting fields for the study of Language as a form of social behaviour.

This programme combines with Education Studies, which is concerned with understanding how people develop and learn throughout their lives, the nature of knowledge and critical engagement along with ways of knowing and understanding. You will have the opportunity to engage in intellectually rigorous analysis of educational processes, systems and approaches, and their cultural, societal, political, historical, and economic contexts.


Focus on the real-world applications for language and study and explore how it offers you ways to apply theoretical knowledge to real data. You will also examine how linguistic concepts and issues have vocational relevance in the working world.

In addition, by studying education you will be able to participate in and contest changing discourses exemplified by reference to debate about values, personal and social engagement, and how these relate to communities and societies. You will have opportunities to develop your critical capabilities through the selection, analysis and synthesis of relevant perspectives, and be able to justify different positions on educational matters. You will engage in a critique of current policies and practice and challenge assumptions. An education studies course will provide you with the knowledge, understanding and critical analysis to inform current and future careers.

Course Structure

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Key Changes in Modern Schooling
  • Learning as a Student
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • Language and Society
  • English Language and Linguistics
  • Questioning the Purpose of Education: Philosophical Perspectives
  • Global Development and Education
  • What is Inclusive Learning?
  • Multilingualism
  • BSL Beginners
  • Phonetics
  • Descriptive Grammar of English

Level 2

Modules may include:

  • Learning as a Researcher
  • Education and Social Justice
  • Life Chances and Education
  • Media and Disability
  • Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom
  • The Globalisation of Education Policy
  • Language and Literacy
  • World Englishes
  • Analysing Media Texts
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality
  • Sociolinguistics of British Sign Language
  • Knowledge and the Curriculum
  • Reflecting on Learning
  • Language at Work
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language and Literacy

Level 3

Modules may include:

  • Researching in an Educational Context
  • Dissertation (40 credits)
  • Investigating Learning
  • Education and Contemporary Ethical Issues
  • Digital Learning - The Future of Education
  • Critical Perspectives in SEN and Inclusion
  • Child Lanuage Acquisition
  • English Accents and Dialects
  • Attitudes to Language
  • Speech and Language Pathology
  • Theories and Methodologies in TESOL
  • Language, Identities and Cultures
  • Education, Health and Well-being
  • Autobiography and Narrative – Writing Educational Journeys
  • Education and the Environment
  • Teaching and the Role of the Teacher
  • Reflections in Linguistics


Teaching & Assessment

The BA (Hons) English Language and Education Studies programme will use a diverse range of teaching and learning strategies which will focus on equipping you with the skills and knowledge required to be effective and successful students.


English Language and Education Studies is designed so that there is a progressive shift in the overall balance of time you spend in independent compared to tutor-supported learning. Level 1 has increased contact time to ensure that you have a sound grounding in the subject area, which is then gradually reduced through Levels 2 and 3 in order to develop student autonomy, whilst still providing a supportive environment.

Teaching Methods

The teaching and learning strategy includes lectures, seminars, case studies, group work, report writing and aims to be accessible to a mixture of learning styles and interactive activities. A series of key lectures for each module will provide you with an introduction to the main themes, theoretical concepts and debates. Seminars aim to provide you with the opportunity to debate and discuss the themes raised by lectures and self-directed study. This will provide you with opportunities to have a deeper understanding of the issues covered in the modules and encourages an environment in which you can communicate and discuss the subject matter with other students.


The programme will focus on:

  • The process of transition to ensure that you are able to benefit from a full and rewarding undergraduate experience.
  • The development of lifelong learning skills, particularly in relation to developing your ability to be able to reflect upon your own learning.
  • The development of skills that will help to effectively involve you in critical reflection and analysis of research, policy and practice.
  • Prioritising teaching that will support learning experiences that are stimulating, appropriate and effective.
  • Fostering partnerships which will help to ensure a range of inclusive and appropriate assessment, learning & teaching practices.


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

Calculate your tariff points.

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

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate commitment to the subject and partake in group work. This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through volunteering in schools both in the UK and overseas, or other social settings where learning occurs, such as sports teams or Cadets. Candidates should also demonstrate an intellectual engagement with the core disciplines of the programme, such as philosophy, psychology, sociology, history or politics and show the ability to think critically around the subject. Examples of this can be through previous study, a wider in interest in worldwide education and a knowledge of current issues affecting education at home and internationally.

Valued criteria

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include further study, career plans and transferrable skills such as time management. Other extra-curricular activities could include conference/lecture attendance, member of appropriate clubs/groups and subscribing to relevant journals.

Terms and conditions

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