University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Language and Linguistics

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Course summary

Explore how language lies at the heart of human life and society with our BA English Language and Linguistics degree. This course examines how language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals, and as a species. At the University of Reading, you’ll join our friendly, collaborative Department of English Language and Linguistics. We’re proud of our:

  • established reputation in applied linguistics. We’ve been around for more than 50 years, and offered the first linguistics degree in the UK.
  • global ranking. We place in the top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2019).
  • thriving research environment. 98% of our research overall in Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014).
Our experts will support you to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. As well as analysing language itself and how it works, you’ll investigate:
  • language use in different social contexts and settings, including online and offline
  • how language is acquired by children and adults
  • how language is taught
  • the role of language in politics in an increasingly globalised world.
Alongside this, you’ll develop your knowledge of grammar, phonetics and discourse analysis, and understand how language and linguistics relates to contemporary social issues, including politics, migration, gender and sexuality. 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: • English Language in Society • Child Language Development • Language in Professional Communication • Globalisation and Language • Language in New Media 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:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC.

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

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