University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language and Linguistics with Foundation

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Course summary

Explore how language lies at the heart of human life and society, and develop core academic skills, with our BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation degree. This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in English language and linguistics if you do not have the typical entry requirements. Foundation year The foundation year will provide you with the skills and knowledge to succeed at university. You'll develop core skills in academic study, writing and research. Your subject-specific studies will include:

  • Study Skills, which develops your academic writing, research, referencing, critical thinking, teamwork, study techniques and study management
  • Persuasive Writing, which explores how writing shapes our lives, and how it's used for social media, journalistic and political persuasion
  • Identities, which explores identity in relation to national/race identity, gender, changing identities and sense of self, examining everything from texts and objects to film and cultural documents
  • Perspectives, which enhances your ability to study and understand problems, events, objects and texts from a variety of perspectives.
Your learning will be delivered through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops. A foundation year is more than a stepping-stone to a degree. You will also benefit from:
  • access to our full range of facilities and resources
  • full integration into university life, before your degree year begins
  • experience of an academic environment, and the ability to work independently
  • specialist support and guidance.
Careers A degree in English language and linguistics will provide you with transferable skills for a wide range of careers. 100% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after finishing their course[1]. Our graduates have pursued careers in fields such as:
  • teaching, both in the UK and abroad
  • speech and language therapy
  • publishing
  • event coordination
  • journalism
  • speech writing
  • the Civil Service
  • media, including advertising, marketing and public relations
  • information technology.
Your degree could also lead to postgraduate study in a related area. [1] Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18; First Degree and other undergraduate responders from English Language and Applied Linguistics.

Course details


Sample modules may include:

  • Study Skills
  • Persuasive Writing
  • Identities
  • Perspectives
  • Sounds, Grammar and Meaning
Check our website for more details of the course structure.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Foundation

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

We welcome applicants from non-traditional educational backgrounds and will consider these applicants on a case-by-case basis. Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. DDD.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)100We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedAWe require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
PTE Academic76We require a minimum score of 76 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEPassOnly ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

Full list of acceptable English Language Tests

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £19500 Year 1
International £19500 Year 1

Additional fee information

No additional fees or cost information has been supplied for this course, please contact the provider directly.
English Language and Linguistics with Foundation at University of Reading - UCAS