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Educational Linguistics BA (Hons)

Linguists study how we learn languages, how we use them and how they are perceived. Language acquisition is often intertwined with other forms of learning. This Degree addresses the specific linguistic questions to be answered and problems to be solved in educational contexts.

UCAS course code
York St John University
Course fees
2019 - 2020: Home & EU students: £9,250 per annum, International (non EU) students: £12,750 per annum
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Start date
September 2019
Languages & Linguistics

Course Overview

You will develop a deep understanding of linguistics and apply this knowledge to the sphere of education. You will learn about how we acquire first and second languages, how speech is articulated, how we use language to convey meaning and how we use it to express identity and cultural values. We approach language from a range of perspectives including structural, psychological and socio-cultural perspectives, giving you a broad understanding of the discipline.

As you progress through the course you will move from away from a more general study of the subject to focus more and more closely on educational linguistics. You will consider the particular challenges faced by teachers, policy-makers and others who work in this field. Issues we will address include the growth of multilingualism in UK classrooms, the impact of Special Educational Needs and Inclusion (SENI) on language learning and the process of acquiring written along with spoken language. You will also learn about the diagnosis and management of the various language impairments which can be a barrier to education.

You will have access to specialist facilities, including a dedicated Linguistics Lab. You may also have the opportunity to work on research projects with staff and students in the school through our Students-as-Researchers scheme.

As a graduate of this programme you could go on to work as a teacher (the University offers plenty of Postgraduate PGCE options), an SENI specialist, a Speech and Language Therapist or in many other educational settings.



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

DLHE 2017

Course Structure

The Educational Linguistics BA (Hons) programme is made up of a fixed diet of modules. In year one you are introduced to basic linguistics, learning and teaching methodologies, and socio-cultural aspects of language use. In years two and three, you will apply your developing skills to more precise domains of educational linguistics.

Level 1

  • English Language and Linguistics - This module aims to develop your critical awareness of language, introducing the historical development of language and of English, of linguistics, and a variety of systematic approaches to language study.
  • Language Learning and Teaching - 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.
  • Language and Society - This module explores key aspects of language variation and the relationship between language and society. Throughout the module, you will be introduced to terms, ideas and approaches to the study of language and society and you will investigate language as a social phenomenon.
  • Grammar - This module examines the grammatical framework of linguistic structures. Discussions will also consider how configurations of the elements of this framework relate to meaning. Where possible, the module examines these issues in relation to real texts.
  • Phonetics - This module introduces the principles of articulatory phonetics and instructs students in the description, recognition and production of a subset of the sounds and symbols of the International Phonetic Association.
  • Multilingualism - This module addresses the world's linguistic diversity and variation and situates the English language within the context of our multilingual world. Language variation and multilingualism are considered form linguistic, psychological, sociocultural and educational perspectives.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 2

  • Linguistic Diversity in the Classroom - This module will equip you to think about the complexities of language use in schools, and the challenges presented in working with particular groups of students. You will consider the concept of 'inclusion' and the impact of an increase in multilingualism in UK classrooms.
  • Applied Phonetics and Phonology - This module introduces core principles of phonology, building on and applying phonetics skills taught at level 1. You will be introduced to aspects of phonetics and phonology that support the analysis of varieties of language including child phonology and languages other than English.
  • Language, Gender and Sexuality - Language, gender and sexuality is a diverse and often controversial field, giving rise to varying and sometimes contradictory theories. This module will provide you with a thorough grounding in the main areas of feminist and queer linguistic enquiry. The main aim of the module is to empower you to argue for your own position, and give you the grounding from which to develop your own work and ideas.
  • Language at Work - This module comprises of a 10-day work placement. In addition the module will consider relevant issues and practices within places of work as well as the communication demands on the prospective work-seeker within contemporary society.
  • Language and Literacy - This module will introduce you to key issues in relation to the development of literacy, focusing primarily on the development of writing skills.
  • Psycholinguistics - This module helps you develop an awareness of the psychological dimensions of language knowledge and use and provides you with a broad map of the concepts, issues, phenomena and research methods associated with the field of psycholinguistics.

 All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Level 3

  • Attitudes to Language - This module examines publicly held views of language. It covers topics such as Standard English and correctness. With particular reference to education it also investigates the social, political and idealogical issues associated with these views.
  • Speech and Language Pathology - This module will provide you with a comprehensive introduction to speech and language pathology and give you an appreciation of how clinicians evaluate and make decisions about intervention to remediate speech and language difficulties in both adults and children.
  • Child Language Acquisition - This module introduces students to key theories of child language acquisition with a focus on the acquisition of speech sounds. The module takes a workshop approach to learning about the typical phonological processes seen in children and how these articulations move towards the adult system over time.
  • Reflections and Connections in Linguistics - This module aims to encourage you to engage with and reflect upon your learning over the entire course of your degree programme. It invites you to critically evaluate and integrate themes from across and beyond the course.
  • Dissertation: Educational Linguistics (40 credits) - The Educational Linguistics Dissertation provides an environment in which you can take responsibility for managing your own learning and outcomes. This learning environment facilitiates independent linguistic research on a topic of your choice within the domain of Educational Linguistics.

All modules are worth 20 credit points unless otherwise stated.

Programme specification

Further information on this course is available in the programme specification. Please note that the programme specification relates to course content that is currently being studied by students at the University. For new programmes, the programme specification will be made available online prior to the start of the course.

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Teaching & Assessment

The Educational Linguistics BA (Hons) programme supports your transition into Higher Education by working with you to develop generic and subject specific skills from your first weeks at university. Research skills are embedded in all of our modules. In year one this may take the form of data collection techniques and academic writing, in year two you may focs on ethics, project design and argumentation skills. By your third year you are expected to be maximally self-reliant and to learn how to use your tutors as one resource amongst many.


Taught sessions may be in the form of large group lectures, or smaller seminars and workshops. 

Contact hours

Modules range from two to four hours of contact time per week on each twenty credit module. Full-time students take three twenty credit modules per semester.

Self-study time

Full-time students are expected to spend around thirty hours per week engaging in independent study including reading and assessment preparation. 


The Educational Linguistics programe is staffed by the School of Languages & Linguistics. You can find our more about your tutors at the School's staff profile pages.


You will undertake a work experience placement during the second year.

Assessment methods

you will be assessed in a number of different ways. The programme team make use of varied methods of assessment such as essays reports, data analysis, class tests, online tests and presentations. You will develop your presentation skills over the three years of your programme, beginning with group presentations, moving onto short individual presentations and finally in year three, presenting your own research to your peers.

Our School

As a Languages & Linguistics student you will be part of the School of Languages & Linguistics (SoLL), along with other Undergraduate and Postgraduate students studying British Sign Language, French, Spanish, Japanese, English language, Linguistics and Clinical Linguistics. Our research is rated 'internationally excellent' and we frequently collaborate on research projects with our students here in York, as well as with academic colleagues across the University and around the world. We are very proud of our students' commitment to the School. As members of our well-established student societies, the Languages Society, the Japanese Society and the Linguistics Society, they organise an exciting programme of events for students (and staff!), including: a regular guest lecture series, overseas trips, conferences, dinners, and other social events.

School Opportunities

  • Japanese Society: experience Japanese culture and meet home and exchange students.
  • Specialist spaces: the Languages Workshop, the Linguistics Lab, the Lounge and the Study. 
  • Community programmes: YESOL (York: English speakers of Other Languages) and YEAL (York: English as an Additional Language). 
  • Trips: recent trips include the British Museum in London, Denmark, Sweden and Paris. 
  • Talks: the Colloquium Series and languages talks. 
  • Research: join our Students-as-Researchers scheme or present your dissertation research at ULAB, the Undergraduate Linguistics Association of Britain conference. 

Find out more about the School of Language & Linguistics.

Entry requirements


The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

  • 96-112 UCAS Tariff points
  • 3 GCSEs at grade C/4 or above (or equivalent) including English Language

Personal Statement

Candidates can demonstrate a real enthusiasm for the subject that goes beyond achieving good grades in exams. Examples of this include:

  • A strong standard of written English
  • Discussion of future career plans in a relevant field
  • Demonstrating relevant transferable skills
  • Relevant extra-curricular activities or work experience
  • Becoming a member of appropriate societies
  • Subscribing to (or reading) relevant journals/magazines
  • Being involved in overseas exchange programmes

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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 will depend on whether you're a UK & EU student or an international (non-EU) student. Tuition fees are charged for each year of your course.

Find out more about funding for Foundation Year and/or Placement Year by visiting the Funding Advice pages of our website.

York St John offer special reductions to students graduating from York St John University Undergraduate degrees in 2018 and continuing directly onto Postgraduate study. Find out more about discounts and scholarships.

There may also be some additional costs to take into account throughout your studies, including the cost of accommodation.


Tuition fees

UK & EU 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,250 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2019 / 20

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2019 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £12,750 per year for international students.

Tuition fees may be subject to inflation in future years.

International Fees & Funding

Additional costs and financial support

Course-related costs

Whilst 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.

Accommodation and living costs

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Study abroad

For more information on tuition fee reductions and additional costs for studying abroad, please visit our study abroad webpages.

Financial help and support

Help and advice on funding your studies at York St John is available through our Money Advice service.

International students

We welcome international students from all over the world at York St John University and have a vibrant international community. You can find out more on our  about how you can study with us and what it’s like to live and learn in York, one of the UK’s most historic cities.

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