Languages & Linguistics

The School of Languages and Linguistics offers a very broad range of courses. These include undergraduate degrees in English Language and Linguistics (Single Honours or Joint with Education Studies, Literature, Languages and Creative Writing), Linguistics and TESOL, TESOL and Modern Foreign Languages, Languages (combining French, German, Spanish, Japanese and British Sign Language), Languages (paired with other subject areas: Business Management; Tourism Management; Education Studies; English Literature; Children, Young People and Families with BSL)

Many of our students take the opportunity to study abroad as part of their degree, learning new languages and about other cultures. We also offer CELTA courses, which are ideal if you are interested in teaching English as a foreign language after you have completed your studies.

We also offer a range of postgraduate programmes which you can find here.

Languages & Linguistics courses

BSL and Deaf Studies* BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q1L9   Duration: 3 years full time | Part-time options available on request

The place of deaf people, deaf communities and sign languages in contemporary society is constantly changing. This course will explore historical and contemporary contexts of deaf people and communities, as well as providing an opportunity to learn British Sign Language to an advanced level.


English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q101   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our English Language & Linguistics programme enables you to 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. As well as studying how speakers and writers use language, you may also study social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values.


English Language & BSL BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QQ13   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This programme enables you to 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. Furthermore, the study of British Sign Language (BSL) includes its structure, history, grammar and use. This may include the study of the British Deaf community and culture and interpretation between BSL and English.  


English Language & French BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3R1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

A 3-year degree in English language and French including a year or semester abroad. You’ll gain French language skills and first-hand knowledge of Francophone culture. You’ll consider questions such as ‘what is language?’ and learn about how it is structured and articulated. You’ll chose from a range of modules about how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation, the position of English in the multilingual world, and social, political and ideological issues in language and education.


English Language & Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QT32   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

A 3-year degree in English language and Japanese including a year or semester abroad. You’ll gain Japanese language skills and first-hand knowledge of Japanese culture. You’ll consider questions such as ‘what is language?’ and learn about how it is structured and articulated. You’ll chose from a range of modules about how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation, the position of English in the multilingual world, and social, political and ideological issues in language and education.


English Language & Education Studies BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: XQ33   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This programme enables you to 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.  


English Language & Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3R4   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

A 3-year degree in English language and Spanish including a year or semester abroad. You’ll gain Spanish language skills and first-hand knowledge of Hispanic culture. You’ll consider questions such as ‘what is language?’ and learn about how it is structured and articulated. You’ll chose from a range of modules about how we convey meaning, how language varies according to speaker and situation, the position of English in the multilingual world, and social, political and ideological issues in language and education.


Languages & Linguistics Degrees with Foundation Year

The Foundation Year offers you the opportunity to grow in confidence in academic study through the development of key skills and the exploration of diverse themes and cutting-edge developments in a large array of subjects areas in Languages Linguistics and other Schools.


Languages: French & Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R1R4   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree provides the exciting opportunity for you to develop invaluable language and intercultural skills and knowledge, making you more self-confident and aware of a wider world, where you can operate in another culture and through another language. As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Languages: French with Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RR14   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree provides the exciting opportunity for you to develop invaluable language and intercultural skills and knowledge, making you more self-confident and aware of a wider world, where you can operate in another culture and through another language. As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Languages: French with British Sign Language BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R1Q1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree provides the exciting opportunity for you to develop invaluable language and intercultural skills and knowledge, making you more self-confident and aware of a wider world, where you can operate in another culture and through another language. As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Languages: French with Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RT12   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree provides the exciting opportunity for you to develop invaluable language and intercultural skills and knowledge, making you more self-confident and aware of a wider world, where you can operate in another culture and through another language. As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Languages: Spanish with British Sign Language BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R1Q1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree embraces language study and, in addition to your language specialisms, you will have the opportunity to take up new foreign languages and modules related to the application of different language fields, including a work placement in a language-related context.  As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Languages: Spanish with Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RT42   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This degree provides the exciting opportunity for you to develop invaluable language and intercultural skills and knowledge, making you more self-confident and aware of a wider world, where you can operate in another culture and through another language. As well as acquiring practical skills in your languages you will also explore aspects of the culture, communities and societies of the language.


Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QX31   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

The Linguistics and Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) programme offers you a unique opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge and related skills to the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language.


TESOL & French BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R1X1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

Our exciting three-year TESOL & French degree offers the perfect opportunity to teach English in the 29 French-speaking countries across the world. As well as a year or semester abroad, you’ll gain French language skills, first-hand knowledge of Francophone culture, an understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and a working knowledge of linguistics too. 


TESOL & Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: T2X1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This TESOL & Japanese degree is a gateway to teaching English in Japan and around the world. Our three-year degree in TESOL and Japanese includes a year or semester abroad and is designed to help you gain Japanese language skills, first-hand knowledge of Japanese culture, an understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and a working knowledge of linguistics too. 


TESOL & Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R4X1   Duration: 3 years full-time | part-time options available on request

On this rewarding TESOL & Spanish course at York St John University, you’ll gain Spanish language skills, first-hand knowledge of Hispanic culture, an understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and a working knowledge of linguistics too. In short, this three-year TESOL and Spanish degree is a gateway to teaching English in the 21 Spanish-speaking countries around the world and includes a year or semester abroad. 


Subject to final approval

Part-time Language courses

The School of Languages and Linguistics offers languages courses that run for 12 weeks from September and/or January. 

Our courses are open to all York St John University students, staff and external participants aged over 18 years. In class you will learn to use the language you’re studying for communication in authentic situations. Many participants also take the end-of-course assessment and receive an academic transcript of their marks.

The following languages are usually available:

  • British Sign Language
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Korean
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • Polish
  • Spanish

For more information, please visit our Professional webpages.

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