English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

98% overall student satisfaction rate (NSS 2016)

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.

UCAS
Q101
Course fees
2016 - 2017: Home & EU students: £9,000 per annum, International (non EU) students: £10,000 per annum
Duration
3 years full-time | 6 years part-time
Study Abroad
Yes - see our study abroad web pages for more information

Course overview

The English Language & Linguistics programme aims to educate you, excite you and empower you. Let’s do the education bit first.

Everyone uses language, but not everyone knows about it - for example, why we have certain words and phrases; how we learn language; why our language abilities sometimes fail us; why people might have different views about what is correct; how language varies…

If you choose to study our English Language & Linguistics degree, you will learn about all these aspects, and more.

But we also want to excite you. Our staff are real enthusiasts. We live and breathe language, and we want you to share our passion for the subject. Of all the complimentary things our students say about us, the most frequent comment is that our own fascination for our subject area really comes across to students and helps them to do well. We are a very experienced team of people who are highly qualified academically, but also friendly and accessible who understand the nature of learning and teaching.

Knowing about language, and being enthusiastic about it, is empowering. It means you are much more likely to be an effective language user, because you understand others’ meanings and are thoughtful about your own. To be in control of the meanings you express is a very powerful position, regardless of whether you exercise your language skills in workplace contexts, or in personal relationships.

Clare Cunningham - Head of Programme

Course structure

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Overview

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.

While some modules are compulsory and are therefore always on offer, optional modules may vary according to student demand and staff availability. The information below is based on what we currently offer, but we are always looking for ways to explore new areas of language study and new questions about language use.

Level 1

Modules may include:

  • Multilingualism
  • Introduction to Language & Society
  • Semantics & Pragmatics

Level 2 & 3

Modules may include:

  • Language Acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Accents & Dialects
  • Conversation Analysis
  • Attitudes to Language
  • Language at Work
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Speech & Language Pathology
  • Analysing Media Texts
  • Language, Gender & Sexuality
  • Sociolinguistics of British Sign Language
  • TESOL

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

2016: 280 UCAS Tariff points

2017: 96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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

Personal statement

Essential criteria

As well as a strong standard of written English, we also look for the ability to demonstrate knowledge and commitment to the subject (and languages in general). This can be done in a variety of ways, for example, through previous study, relevant work experience and wider reading.

Valued criteria

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

  • Further study e.g. additional languages
  • Discussion of future career plans
  • Demonstrating relevant transferable skills
  • Extra-curricula activities such as relevant conference/lecture attendance (e.g. English Language & Linguistics Colloquium Series
  • Becoming a member of appropriate societies
  • Subscribing to (or reading) relevant journals/magazines
  • Being involved in overseas exchange programmes

Fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2016 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE Primary and Secondary and UG Health Programme degrees is £9,000 per year for UK/EU, Jersey, Guernsey and Isle of Man students.

Fees & Funding

Overseas 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2016 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 per year for international students.

International Fees & Funding

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 International Pages 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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