Languages & Linguistics

The School of Languages & 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).

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

British Sign Language & Deaf Studies* BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q1L9   Duration: 3 years full-time

This British Sign Language & Deaf Studies programme offers you the chance to partake in an in-depth study of the history, language and cultures of deaf people, combined with the broader study of language structure and use, as well as providing an opportunity to learn British Sign Language – the preferred language of over 87,000 people in the UK – to an advanced level. The course draws on contemporary research, some of which will be your lecturers’, to explore the experiences of deaf people and communities in both historical and contemporary contexts.


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 & 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.  


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.


British Sign Language & Educational Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: Q1L8   Duration: 3 years full-time

On this British Sign Language & Educational Linguistics programme you will learn how to communicate in British Sign Language (BSL) to an advanced level and how to apply the study of language structure and use to educational contexts. You’ll consider the multilingual classroom, language impairments, the acquisition of written language, and the role of language in educational discourse. You’ll also learn about deaf history and socio-cultural aspects of British Sign Language use. This programme is ideal if you are considering a career working with deaf children as a teacher, SEN specialist or Speech and Language Therapist.


English Language, Linguistics & TESOL BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: QX31   Duration: 3 years full-time

This BA (Hons) course in English Language, Linguistics & TESOL gives you the skills you need to teach English around the world. The programme is designed to give you both a deep understanding of theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world and broad expertise in language structure and use - equipping you for the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language.   


British Sign Language, English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: QQ13   Duration: 3 years full-time

On this British Sign Language, English Language & Linguistics programme you will learn how to communicate in British Sign Language to an advanced level, as well as gaining broad expertise in English Language and Linguistics, learning about the socio-cultural, political, psychological, historical and structural aspects of language use. You’ll consider how language is structured and related to meaning, how it relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. This programme is ideal if you would like to study British Sign Language and choose from a diverse range of English Language and Linguistics modules.


Educational Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: QX30   Duration: 3 years full-time | 6 years part-time

On our Educational Linguistics programme you will have the chance to think about the key role of language in education, and about how discourses around language shape classroom practices and policies. You will gain a solid grounding in applied linguistics and use your knowledge to consider challenging issues for practitioners and policy makers, such as the linguistic impact of Special Educational Needs, and a growth in multilingualism in UK classrooms.


Language & Communication Studies BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: QX34   Duration: 3 years full-time

This three-year degree in Language & Communication Studies is designed to give you insight into different sociocultural language practices, as well as giving you the choice of studying up to two languages – out of British Sign Language, Japanese, or Korean. This degree will give you the intercultural and/or language skills to work in a global or local professional context. You’ll consider how language relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. This programme is ideal if you prefer the sociocultural aspects of linguistics or if you want to study one or more languages during level 4 and/or level 5, without going abroad.  


Korean, TESOL & Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: TTX1   Duration: 4 years full-time

This four-year degree in Korean, TESOL & linguistics – which includes a year in Korea – gives you the skills you need to teach English in Korea and around the world. The programme is designed to give you communicative Korean language skills, a deep understanding of Korean culture, theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and broad expertise in linguistics too. You’ll learn how speech is articulated, how language is structured and related to meaning, how it relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. The internationally-recognised teaching qualification, CELTA, is included, subject to successful interview. This programme includes two years of university study before studying abroad in Korea.


Japanese, TESOL & Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: T2X3   Duration: 4 years full-time

This four-year degree in Japanese, TESOL & linguistics – which includes a year in Japan – gives you the skills you need to teach English in Japan and around the world. The programme is designed to give you communicative Japanese language skills, a deep understanding of Japanese culture, theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and broad expertise in linguistics too. You’ll learn how speech is articulated, how language is structured and related to meaning, how it relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. The internationally-recognised teaching qualification, CELTA, is included, subject to successful interview. This programme is ideal if you prefer two years of university study before studying abroad in Japan.  


Japanese, English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: QT32   Duration: 4 years full-time

This four-year BA (Hons) degree in Japanese, English language & Linguistics – which includes a year in Japan – combines Japanese language study with the study of linguistics - how language is structured and used. The programme is designed to give you communicative Japanese language skills and a deep understanding of Japanese culture.  In your English language & linguistics modules you’ll consider questions such as ‘What is language?’ and learn about how it is structured and articulated. You’ll study 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. This programme is ideal if you prefer two years of university study before studying abroad in Japan and would like to choose from a diverse range of English Language & Linguistics modules.


Japanese & TESOL BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: T2X1   Duration: 3 years full-time

This three-year degree in Japanese & TESOL – which includes a year or semester in Japan – gives you the skills you need to teach English in Japan and around the world. The programme is designed to give you communicative Japanese language skills, a deep understanding of Japanese culture, theories and methods for teaching English in a multilingual world, and a working knowledge of linguistics too. The internationally-recognised teaching qualification, CELTA, is included, subject to successful interview. This programme is ideal for you if you feel confident studying in Japan after just one year of university study.


Japanese & Intercultural Communication BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: T2X4   Duration: 3 years full-time

This three-year degree in Japanese & Intercultural Communication – which includes a year or semester in Japan – gives you the skills you need to work in Japan or in an international professional context. The programme is designed to give you communicative Japanese language skills, a deep understanding of Japanese culture, the ability to communicate interculturally, and insight into different sociocultural language practices. You’ll study how language relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. This programme is ideal for you if you feel confident studying in Japan after just one year of university study.


Japanese, Intercultural & Contemporary Communication BA (Hons)*

UCAS course code: T2X5   Duration: 4 years full-time

This four-year degree in Japanese, Intercultural and Contemporary Communication – which includes a year in Japan – gives you the skills you need to work in Japan or in an international professional context. The programme is designed to help you gain Japanese language skills, a deep understanding of Japanese culture, the ability to communicate interculturally, and insight into different sociocultural language practices. You’ll study how language relates to speakers’ intentions and purposes in social interaction, social attitudes to language, and the way language choices can express identities and cultural values. This programme is ideal if you prefer two years of university study before studying abroad in Japan.


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