As the science of language, linguistics studies everything to do with language, including how language is structured, how it develops in children, the ways in which it reflects society and culture, how it defines individuals and groups, and how it changes over time. Our BA Linguistics and Language offers you the opportunity to learn about the central ideas and concerns of contemporary linguistics at one of the world’s top research-intensive universities. You'll also have the opportunity to reach near-native standard in one language - French, German, Italian or Spanish - or upper-intermediate or advanced level in Japanese, depending on your level of entry, while practising allied skills such as translating, summary-writing, and delivering written and oral presentations. The course is also available for full-time evening study over four years (including a year of study abroad). Highlights
- A unique opportunity to study applied linguistics at undergraduate level, taught by experienced scholars with international research reputations.
- You will be taught by specialists from our Department of Languages, Cultures and Applied Linguistics, a centre of teaching and research excellence.
- English as a Foreign Language teacher
- publishing copy editor/proof reader
- civil service fast-streamer
- editorial assistant.
For information about course structure and the modules you will be studying, please visit Birkbeck’s online prospectus.
A variety of forms, including continuous assessment, coursework and, for language modules, a written and oral examination.
How to apply
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
Please select a course option – you will then see the application code you need to use to apply for the course.
Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
- Year 1
If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests. We also accept other English language tests.
We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential. You can join this programme with your chosen language at any level, from complete beginner to native speaker level. FOUNDATION YEAR DEGREES If you need extra support before starting an undergraduate degree, we offer a BA Linguistics and Language with Foundation Year degree, which provides an extra year of supported study. This is an ideal route if you are returning to study after a gap, or if you have not previously studied this subject, or if you did not achieve the grades you need for a place on this degree. Once you successfully complete the Foundation Year, you will automatically advance onto the main degree. ALTERNATIVE ENTRY ROUTES Credits gained on the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language can be counted towards the degree.
Please click the following link to find out more about qualification requirements for this course
Additional entry requirements
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
A language placement test will be required for any students who wish to study at a higher level than beginners in their chosen language.
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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