University of Winchester

Degree level: Undergraduate

English Linguistics (with optional sandwich year)

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Course summary

  • Learn about the nature of language and gain an in-depth understanding of the forces that have shaped it over time
  • Gain transferable and cognitive skills for lifelong personal and professional development
  • Explore the practical application of language through analytical work, experimentation and quantitative analysis
  • Extend your degree by one year and complete a professional work placement giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market
  • Benefit from the input of our diverse community of students from all corners of the globe
Are you intrigued by how sounds combine to form words, words form sentences and how people use language in various contexts for different purposes? These are just three of countless reasons to study English Linguistics at Winchester. Our fascinating course gives you insight into why we speak the way we do, how we communicate with others and how the English language was formed and transformed, from the spoken word to social media. English is one of the world’s most widely spoken languages. On our three-year BSc programme you get to explore it in all its diversity and rich quirkiness. The course focuses on scientific methods and practical approaches to language study, incorporating laboratory, experimentation and research time as well as analysing phonetics (how sounds are produced), syntax (how words are combined to form sentences), semantics (the meaning of words), morphology (how words are built from smaller sentences) and the psychology and cognition of language. In Year 1, you are introduced to key concepts and skills that provide you with the analytic building blocks for language study. You can take fascinating optional modules such as Current Affairs or History of Forensic Science. In Year 2, you delve into the practical work of applied linguistics. A long and varied list of optional modules includes Applied Phonetics, Discourse Analysis, Language Acquisition and the close study of old English texts. During Year 3, you undertake a placement or complete a dissertation in English Linguistics. You may choose from specialist optional modules in areas such as Language Crimes, Speech and Language Disorders or Crafted Text. In the optional sandwich year you explore a career of your choice, gaining valuable work experience and a clear understanding of how to shape your fourth year of study. While it is ultimately your responsibility to secure the placement, you are supported before, throughout and after the placement. Students have worked in schools, publishing, libraries, archives, councils, charities, advertising agencies and more. Past employers have included the British Council, Houses of Parliament and NHS. With a thorough grounding in the genesis and uses of language, along with well honed writing, analytical and communication skills you are able to find rewarding careers in a broad range of areas. Our graduates go on to work in teaching, speech and language therapy, journalism, publishing, advertising, lexicography, human resources, libraries and the civil service. Whatever career you choose to pursue, an in-depth knowledge of how language shapes us and the world around us will have a positive impact on your everyday life.

Course details

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2

Entry requirements for advanced entry (i.e. into Year 2 and beyond)

Applicants who wish to apply for advanced standing (exemption from part of a programme) based on previous study are considered on an individual basis. Applicants are required to provide transcripts. confirming the module titles and grades they have already achieved, as well as module handbooks and/or programme specifications showing the learning outcomes of the modules completed.

International applicants

We accept a wide range of non-UK qualifications and use UK NARIC (National Recognition Information Centre) guidelines to confirm their equivalence.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Applicants are required to hold a minimum of 2 x A-level or equivalent qualifications (e.g. 2 x BTEC National Subsidiary Diplomas) and we accept all A-level subjects, including Critical Thinking, General Studies and own-language A-levels. We welcome applicants who have completed the Extended Project (EP/EPQ) and points obtained from this qualification will be included in any offer. In addition, we accept a maximum of 32 points from level 3 qualifications below A2 that are included in the tariff (e.g. AS-levels not studied at A-level, music or dance qualifications). If you are a mature student, your application will be considered on its individual merits and work or other professional experience may be taken into consideration in lieu of other published requirements.

English language requirements

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IELTS (Academic)6An overall score of 6.0, including 5.5 in writing is required. If you require Tier 4 sponsorship, you will require a minimum of 5.5 in all 4 components.

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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

*This is a provisional fee and subject to change.

Additional fee information

*Please note, the tuition fee for students from the rest of the EU (excluding ROI) are yet to be confirmed by the University. For further information about any additional costs associated with this course please see the individual course page on the University of Winchester website (
English Linguistics (with optional sandwich year) at University of Winchester - UCAS