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Undergraduate course

Language and Communication Studies BA (Hons)

Study up to 2 languages alongside developing your understanding of language, culture and world communications.

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Our 3 year Language and Communication Studies course lets you explore different sociocultural language practices. You can also learn up to 2 languages as part of your studies. Choose from either Japanese or Korean, plus British Sign Language and equip yourself with the skills to work in a multilingual world.

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96% of Graduates from our School of Languages and Linguistics were in employment or further study within six months. DLHE 2017

York campus

  • UCAS Code – QX34
  • Duration – 3 years full-time
  • Start date – September 2020
  • School – Languages & Linguistics

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

    3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (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

Our Languages and Communication Studies course will give you the knowledge, experience and confidence to live and work internationally as a thoughtful and engaged citizen of the world. As part of the degree you will be able to study up to 2 languages – either Japanese or Korean, plus British Sign Language. You will also gain insight into a variety of sociocultural language and communication practices. You can specialise in one of your chosen languages in your second year or continue both (or neither) and study topics like the language of persuasion and how language interacts with ideas of gender and sexuality. In your third year you will learn how language varies according to speaker and situation and about social and political issues in language and education.

You can learn any of the 3 languages offered as a complete beginner but if you already have some experience with Japanese then an advanced learning path is available. We want you to understand language as a living practice and this course integrates the study of language with the study of the society and culture of its native speakers - enriching your language learning with a strong cultural understanding.

This course will provide you with a deep, vivid understanding of a language and culture along with the communication skills to develop and apply this knowledge. 

Course structure

Year 1 

 

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. You will learn about language as a social phenomenon and explore how social and cultural contexts play a role in language variation. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

If you have no prior knowledge of the Japanese language, this is the module you will take. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Japanese on routine and familiar topics. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

If you have studied Japanese before, this is the module you will take. It is designed to build on your previous knowledge. With a focus on self-expression, narrative and description the course covers the language needed to communicate socially in Japanese.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This intensive course is for students with no prior knowledge of Korean language. With a focus on practical communication skills and self-expression the course covers the language needed to communicate in Korean on routine and familiar topics.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module you will study the history of Deaf people and Deaf communities. It introduces key terms and concepts such as post-colonialism, the Milan Congress 1880, the Deaf Resurgence. The knowledge gained from this module will be used throughout your degree. You will also discuss what the future may hold for Deaf people and communities.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module introduces you to the discipline of applied linguistics and to controversies in its definition, scope and relationship to linguistics and language teaching. The module will prepare you for any tutoring you may do in your second year and beyond. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module, you will address the worlds linguistic diversity and variation. The module situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. You will consider Language variation and multilingualism from linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module lets you learn the basics of British Sign Language (BSL), deaf awareness and BSL linguistics. You will learn to converse in BSL about different topics and come to understand the visual-spatial modality of the language.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and further improve your confidence in Japanese. Successful students will be able to read and understand written texts and be able to express a wide range of ideas both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your knowledge from semester one and improve your confidence in Korean. Successful students will be able to read and understand simple written texts and express themselves on everyday matters both orally and in writing.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

The knowledge gained on this module will underpin the Dead Studies aspects of your degree. You will explore the traditional foundations of Deaf communities and contemporary debates. You will look at a range of topics to gain vital information. These include:

  • Deaf vs. deaf
  • Deaf or disabled?
  • The roots of Deaf Culture in the UK and USA
  • Representations of Deaf culture in mainstream media
  • Deaf art – poetry, theatre, film and painting.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module you will examine the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. You will consider how the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, you will explore these issues in relation to different texts.

Year 2

Modules

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module will help you develop your awareness of the sociocultural dimensions of language in use. You will investigate issues which make a difference to the way language is used in various aspects of everyday social life. Consider “user factors” by looking at who is involved in the language use and explore “situational factors” like where when and why the language is used. This module will provide you with theoretical constructs, methodological procedures, analytical tools and research skills that you can use in your other modules, and your dissertation.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

You will learn Japanese through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Japan. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Japanese cultures, communities and societies.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

You will learn Korean through engaging and stimulating activities covering a wide range of topics relating to Korean. You will develop a critical understanding of aspects of Korean cultures, communities and societies. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Develop advanced skills in reading and analysing texts. You will explore how to apply genre, ideology structure, critical reading and discourse when reading. Your broad linguistic perspective will provide insights into how we create and debate meaning in texts. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field. It gives rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The module aims to empower you to argue for your own position and to give you the grounding to develop your own work and ideas. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module, you will focus on different sociolinguistic elements of British Sign Language (BSL). It provides a link between the practical modules, and theoretical modules and gives you the change to undertake research tasks. You will study the history of BSL, the visual-spatial nature of the language, Deaf community, culture and language learning and interpreting. The knowledge you gain on this module will feed into your final year dissertation.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

This module builds on the key concepts introduced in your first year. You will address the development, structure and use of international varieties of English. Trace the origins and history of the language to its current role as a global language and gain a theoretical framework for the dissertation module in your final year. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

We have designed this module for beginners in British Sign Language (BSL). If you have little to no experience with BSL, this is the module you will take. You will study BSL at level A1/A2 on the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR). You will learn to give a simple description of people, living or working conditions, daily routines and more. By the end of the module you will be able to use simple everyday greetings, respond to invitations and learn to explain your likes and dislikes using BSL. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Japanese through a range of tasks. Learn Japanese through activities which cover a range of Japan-related topics. We will guide you as you learn to describe experiences and events in Japanese both through speech, and writing.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

Build on your skills from the first semester as you learn Korean through a range of stimulating tasks. We'll guide you as you learn to describe new experiences in Korean both through speech, and writing and give reasons and explanations for opinions. 

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module you will learn how to analyse language as forensic evidence across different crime scenarios. Using case studies, you will examine where forensic linguistics has played a key role in making convictions and overturning miscarriages of justice.

Credits: 20

Optional Module

On this module, you will develop the ability to apply your linguistic knowledge to literacy acquisition. You will examine how oral language development feeds into reading and writing development. We will teach you how to analyse reading and writing performance at various stages of literacy development. 

Year 3

Modules

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module you will examine publicly held views of language covering topics such as Standard English and correctness. With reference to education you will investigate the social, political and ideological issues associated with these views. 

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module explores how language can function as an indicator of a range of social and cultural identities. You will examine how language plays an active role in constructing identities. Taking an interdisciplinary approach, you will analyse the relationship between language, identity and culture.

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology. You will develop an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children. 

 

Credits: 20

Compulsory Module

On this module you will reflect on your professional development and consider what you have learnt. You will evaluate themes in Linguistics and the skills you have gained throughout your degree. This will allow you to identify connections between what you've studied and your future ambitions. On this module you will also develop your digital and written communication skills and study writing for different audiences.

Credits: 40

Compulsory Module

Carry out independent research on a topic of your choice. One-to-one tutorials with a designated dissertation tutor will support you through this module. This is your opportunity to bring all your learning together into an extended piece of work.

Teaching and assessment

We deliver our language classes in small groups of up to 25 students. Lectures, workshops and seminars make up the delivery of our other modules. Seminar groups have up to 30 students.

In first, second and fourth year, you will take 3 modules per semester. Each has 2 to 4 hours of contact time. We schedule our taught sessions between 9.00am and 8.00pm, Monday to Friday. 

In addition to taught sessions you will have academic tutorials throughout the semester. You can set up tutorials with your module tutors, and you will be able to attend events such as the Colloquium Lectures. You will also be expected to conduct independent study outside of contact time.

For your language modules, assessment methods include oral exams, videos, class tests and written work. The assessment for your other modules varies from module to module. Assessment methods include:

  • Blog posts
  • Data analysis
  • Exams
  • Essays
  • Peer reviews
  • Presentations
  • Research proposals
  • Reports.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

Minimum Entry Requirements

    96 UCAS Tariff points

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

You do not need to have studied British Sign Language, Japanese or Korean before to join this course. 

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

Additional information 

If your first language is British Sign Language, Japanese or Korean, or you have studied these languages before, you can still join the course. However, if your proficiency is higher than the levels below, you will not be able to take modules in those languages:

  • Signature level 1 in British Sign Language
  • B2 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Japanese
  • B1 level of the Common European Framework for Languages (CEFR) in Korean

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.

This price applies 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.

Tuition Fees

    UK and EU 2020-21 £9,250 per year

    International 2020-21 £12,750 per year

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.

Find out more about funding your degree.

International Fees and Funding

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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