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English Language and Linguistics University of Portsmouth Degree level: Undergraduate

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Overview
Build on your interest in the English language and explore it from every angle on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree course.

You'll discover how language works in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world.

The study of English language and linguistics sets you up for a career where your communication, creative, management and critical thinking skills will shine. You could work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

What you'll experience
On this English Language and Linguistics course you’ll:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and professional contexts

  • Learn how English relates to issues such as gender, education, and forensics

  • Develop critical and analytic skills, alongside transferable skills in communication, research, and problem solving

  • Develop abilities in analysis, criticism and argument, including using corpora and transcribing texts

  • Build transferable skills, such as communication, research, time management, team working and problem solving

  • Tailor your studies by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions

  • Have the opportunity to get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages), depending on the modules you select

Optional pathways
Interested in pairing English language and linguistics with English literature or journalism? Expand your degree with an optional pathway into another subject. It'll lead to these awards at the end of the course:

  • BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature

  • BA (Hons) Journalism with English Language and Linguistics

Careers and opportunities
What can you do with an English Language and Linguistics degree?
After the course, you can use the communication and professional skills you've learnt across various roles in the private and public sectors. Fields you could work in include:

  • advertising

  • education

  • communication

  • media

  • marketing

  • publishing

  • technical writing

  • teaching English

You could also go onto to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, communication studies and marketing

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"Analysing transcripts of stand-up comedy or sketch shows to see how comedians use features of language to create humour was one of my favourite parts." Dorothy Constantino, BA Hons English Language and Linguistics student

Course details

Subject options

This course offers the following subject options:

  • English Language and Linguistics with Literature
  • English Language and Linguistics with Psychology

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:

  • How Language Works
  • Language, Learning & Teaching
  • Language, Society & Mind
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice
  • Working with Texts

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2
Core modules in this year include:

  • English Forms And Functions
  • Meaning In English

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Crime Writing
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Modern Foreign Language
  • Learning From Experience
  • Literary Heritage
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Neo-Historical Fiction
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • The Language of Literature
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • Women’s Writing in ihe Americas

Placement Year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry. We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:

  • Dissertation

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • Digital Communication
  • English in an Historical Perspective
  • English in the World
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning From Experience
  • Magical Realism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Researching English Vocabulary
  • US Masculinities
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment method

You’ll be assessed through:

examinations
essays
reports
case studies
book reviews
written work
projects

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 15% by written exams, 8% by practical exams and 77% by coursework
Year 2 students: 28% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 69% by coursework
Year 3 students: 10% by practical exams and 90% by coursework


How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year 3

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

We welcome applications for advanced entry. If you’d like to apply for advanced entry, you need to select the required year when you complete your UCAS application.


Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff 96 - 112 points 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English Language or Literature.
A level 96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include English Language or Literature.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.
Access to HE Diploma 96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (English based).
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48, to include a Principal Subject In English Language or Literature.
GCSE/National 4/National 5 3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 25 points 25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, to include English Language or Literature.
Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017) H3, H4, H4, H4, H4 - H3, H3, H3, H3, H4 To include Higher Level English Language or Literature.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English qualification.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Certificate (first teaching from September 2016) Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.
Scottish Advanced Higher 96-112 Tariff points, to include English Language or Literature.


English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
Cambridge English Advanced Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
Cambridge English Proficiency Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE) taken after January 2015. An overall score of 169 with no component score less than 162.
IELTS (Academic) 6.0 English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.
PTE Academic 54.0 An overall score of 54 with a minimum of 51 in each skill.
TOEFL (iBT) 79.0 79 with a minimum of 18 in Reading, 17 in Listening, 20 in Speaking and 17 in Writing.
Trinity ISE Pass Trinity College Integrated Skills in English (ISE) Level III with a Pass in all 4 components

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £9,250 Year 1
EU £9,250 Year 1
International £14,300 Year 1
England £9,250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9,250 Year 1
Scotland £9,250 Year 1
Wales £9,250 Year 1

Additional fee information

Home/EU/Islands Year in placement/industry £925 Year abroad of a language course £925. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/undergraduate-fees-and-student-finance International (Non-EU) Year in placement/industry £2,500 Year abroad of a language course £2,500. For further fee information please see https://www.port.ac.uk/study/international-students/funding **Fees are accurate at the time of publishing and are subject to change at any time without notice. Fees may also go up in later years, in line with inflation.**

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