English Language at De Montfort University - UCAS

Course summary

The language you speak shapes the world you see. This degree helps you understand both better, and to make connections between what you study and what goes on in the world beyond the classroom. You will develop skills in linguistic analysis and your own abilities to use language adeptly and appropriately in any potential context. You will also acquire a range of key transferrable skills including, among others, textual analysis, synthesis, writing and general presentation skills, which will equip you for a wide range of careers. We live in a world governed and connected by technology. At DMU we believe that you should study the nature of the 'wired' environment and how it influences who you are. As part of our approach to digital humanities, you will have the opportunity to see how communication and language operate on web-based platforms, and how the application of digital tools and methods can deepen the knowledge of your chosen subject area. Key features:

  • With a wide range of modules, you can study the theories and practice of English language in detail, as well as tailor your learning to your specific interests and career ambitions. You can select a route through this degree in English Literature, Creative Writing, Drama, Education, Film, History, Journalism or Media.
  • These carefully chosen routes will complement and enrich your understanding of your main subject, alongside broadening your skillset to give you a wider range of career paths upon graduation.
  • You will develop a range of skills and knowledge relating to the analysis of digital communication and the study of language through the application of digital tools and methodologies.
  • Evolve a range of transferrable skills that are valuable to a variety of career paths. Our graduates have gone on to work at Meisei University in Tokyo, the Department of Transport, communications agencies, and schools in the UK and overseas.
  • Visiting lecturers have included world-renowned expert of forensic linguistics Dr John Olsson, while organised trips to professional events have seen students visit the London Language Show.
  • Gain workplace abilities and experience by putting your research, reasoning, and communication skills into practice on a placement or extracurricular internship during your degree.
If you are interested in advanced entry into Year 3 of this course, please visit the DMU website for the course details: https://www.dmu.ac.uk/study/pre-edu-2030/english-language-single-honours-ba-degree/english-language-single-honours-ba-degree.aspx


First year Block 1: Approaches to Reading and Writing Block 2: Words in Action Block 3: Evolving Language OR you can select to study one route from the list below: English Literature: Intro to Drama: Shakespeare Creative Writing: Writers Salon Drama: Shifting Stages Film: Disney, Warner Bros and the Film Studio Education: Childhood, Social Justice and Education History: Global Cities Media: Media, Culture and Society Journalism: Understanding Journalism Block 4: Topics in Linguistics: Theory in Practice Second year Block 1: Structure and Meaning Block 2: Research Methods for Linguists Block 3: Sociolinguistics OR continue with the route selected in the first year: English Literature: Text Technologies Creative Writing: Story Craft Drama: Theatre Revolutions Film: Screen Archives Education: Preparing for professional practice and Cultural and Educational Transformations History: Humans and the Natural World Media: Public Relations Journalism: Beyond News Block 4: Pragmatics, Theory and Practice Third year Block 1: Yearlong: Dissertation Block 2: Language Acquisition and Expression Block 3: Language and Identity OR continue with the route selected in the first year English Literature: World Englishes: On the Page and Beyond Creative Writing: Uncreative Writing, Creative Misbehaviour Drama: Performance, Identity and Activism Film: British Cinema Education: Adult Learners and Lifelong Learning OR Reflection on Practice: Teaching and Learning OR Gender and Education History: The World on Display Media: Gender and TV Fictions Journalism: Music, Film and Entertainment Journalism Block 4: Communication, Control and Resistance

Assessment method

We want to ensure you have the best learning experience possible and a supportive and nurturing learning community. That’s why we’re introducing a new block model for delivering the majority of our courses, known as Education 2030. This means a more simplified timetable where you will study one subject at a time instead of several at once. You will have more time to engage with your learning and get to know the teaching team and course mates. You will receive faster feedback through more regular assessment, and have a better study-life balance to enjoy other important aspects of university life. Structure You will be taught by staff with a wide range of knowledge and experience in English Language and linguistics (theoretical, applied, and historical), modern foreign languages, English literature, English as a foreign language, history, international relations and American studies. Members of the team are engaged in a wide range of research projects which feed directly into our teaching. The staff who teach you also demonstrate a deep commitment to high-quality teaching and learning, as evidenced by the holding of awards from the Higher Education Authority and Vice-Chancellor's Distinguished Teaching Award. There is a varied mix of assessments including: reports, essays, blogs, wikis, tests and oral presentations. The assessments are designed to build on each other as you progress in your studies and you will have opportunities to receive feedback on your work throughout. With a variety of different assessment methods, you can build on your individual strengths as well as develop a range of skills in creativity, project management, teamwork, verbal communication, writing for a variety of audiences and the use of different technologies. Contact hours You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. In your first year you will normally attend around 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

How to apply

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

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Student Outcomes

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Employment after 15 months (Most common jobs)
Go onto work and study

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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
International £15750 Year 1

Additional fee information

Please note that fees are subject to an annual review. Any increase in fees for Home students would be based upon a review of our provision and in line with the fee cap set by the government. For Overseas students such reviews will be based on a market assessment and communicated to students at least 6-months before any programme commencing. Please visit the tuition fees pages of our website for further information: dmu.ac.uk/funding
English Language at De Montfort University - UCAS