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English Language & Linguistics BA (Hons)

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 course code
Q101
Location
York St John University
Course fees
2017 - 2018: Home & EU students: £9,250 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
Start date
September 2017 | September 2018

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.

Dr Rachel Wicaksono - Head of School, Languages & Linguistics

Course structure

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

Teaching & Assessment

Level 1

From their first weeks at university, students are engaged with information literacy, supported by the programme team and our Academic Liaison Librarian, who contributes to a range of our modules, including the compulsory module 1LL210. The programme team support digital literacy, for example, training students in the use of wikis, blogs and cloud-based document sharing services for academic collaboration. The programme team are very experienced in the use of web-based resources for teaching and learning; all modules are supported by well populated and creative sites hosted on the University VLE. Research skills are embedded in modules as students are introduced to library skills, academic writing, data analysis and using web tools for analysis. 

Students will have timetabled group tutorials with their academic tutors once in each semester; at level 1, focus is typically on academic writing and referencing.

Level 2

Students may go on international exchange at level 2, either for one semester or two. 

Beyond the compulsory modules, students can exercise choice across level 2, opting for those areas in which they see interest value and a fruitful knowledge base for their future development. Students may also choose a language in their second year at a level higher than Breakthrough.

Research skills are embedded within modules, for example, work on ethics, project design and argumentation skills. The presentation of work is expected to be more professional; and oral presentations more accomplished.

Level 3

Students are expected to be maximally self-reliant and to learn how to use their tutors as one resource among many. In terms of subject knowledge, they are expected to be able to see some of the limitations of theoretical approaches, while also using knowledge gained over the previous two years to problem-solve and critically evaluate different linguistic phenomena.

Students are supported in their dissertations by their supervisors, including in research skills where appropriate. They also carry out the independent reflective essay, drawing on tutorial support to enable them to make connections between aspects of their undergraduate programme. Group academic tutorials support research skills for dissertations and project work. Level 3 offers more career orientation through modules that have a direct application to a number of working contexts, for example, Theories and Methodologies in TESOL and Attitudes to Language.

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.

Learning support

York St John University works hard to create an inclusive environment for all our students. We offer a range of learning support services to assist students throughout their studies.

Entry requirements

Qualifications

The minimum entry requirements for this course are:

96-112 UCAS Tariff points

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

For 2017 entry UCAS has altered how its tariff points are calculated. Calculate your tariff points.

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

Terms and conditions

Our terms and conditions, policies and procedures contain important information about studying at York St John University. These can be accessed through our Admissions webpages.

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.

Tuition fees for 2018 / 19 entry have not yet been confirmed.

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

Tuition fees

UK & EU 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 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 2016 / 17

The York St John University tuition fee for the 2017 entry to Foundation Degree, BA and BSc, PGCE degrees is £10,000 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

View our accommodation webpages for detailed information on accommodation and living costs.

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 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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