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English Language and Linguistics

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 104-120 Tariff points to include English Language or Literature.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (English based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, 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

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,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include Higher Level English Language or Literature.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification. .

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification. .

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification. .

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include an English qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification. .

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with an English qualification.

104-120 Tariff points, to include English Language or Literature.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points, to include A level English Language or Literature, or equivalent.

About this course


This course has alternative study modes. Contact the university to find out how the information below might vary.

Course option

3.0years

Full-time | 2022

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2022

Subject

English language

**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

- Use corpora, databases and other digital tools to analyse texts

- Choose options in year 2 and 3 to suit your interests and career ambitions

- Enhance your qualifications with the Trinity College London Certificate – an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL). (This option is subject to an additional entry test and interview)

**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

**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

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
- Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
- Learning From Experience
- Managing Across Cultures
- Modern Foreign Language
- Second Language Acquisition
- TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
- The Language of Literature
- Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice

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. Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.

Year 3
Core modules in this year include:
- Dissertation / Major Project

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
- English in an Historical Perspective
- English in the World
- Gender, Language and Sexuality
- Introduction to Teaching
- Language and Social Media
- Learning From Experience
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Researching English Vocabulary
- Workplace Discourse
- Writing to Persuade
- Study Abroad

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 methods

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

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£16,200
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English language

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.


Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

61%
UK students
39%
International students
29%
Male students
71%
Female students
84%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
D
E

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

English studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
57%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

20%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
15%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
14%
Teaching and educational professionals

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

English studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£18k

£18k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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