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.

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

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. 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), 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

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 & German BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: Q3R2   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 & Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: QT32   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

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.


Languages: French & German BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R1R2   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 & 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: German & Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R2R4   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: German with British Sign Language BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RQ41   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: German with Japanese BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RT22   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: German with Spanish BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: RR24   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

A unique feature of this programme is that the year abroad is part of a three, rather than a four-year degree, giving you the opportunity to quickly advance your French language skills and fully immerse yourself in another culture. In this way, you will become more self-confident, independent and aware of the wider world; able to operate in another country in their language, as well as in English.  


TESOL & German BA (Hons)

UCAS course code: R2X1   Duration: 3 years full-time | Part-time options available on request

This programme offers you an exciting opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge and related skills to the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language, whilst developing a high level of competence and communicative abilities in German. You will acquire an in depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, as well as how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher around the world.


TESOL & Japanese BA (Hons)

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

This programme offers you an exciting opportunity to apply linguistic knowledge and related skills to the practical challenge of teaching English as a world language, whilst developing a high level of competence and communicative abilities in Japanese. You will acquire an in depth understanding of the way that language works, from structural, social and cognitive perspectives, as well as how you can use this knowledge as an English language teacher around the world.


TESOL & Spanish BA (Hons)

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

A unique feature of this programme is that the year abroad is part of a three, rather than a four-year degree, giving you the opportunity to quickly advance your Spanish language skills and fully immerse yourself in another culture. In this way, you will become more self-confident, independent and aware of the wider world; able to operate in another country in their language, as well as in English.    


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.