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UCAS Code: Q310|Duration: 3 years|Full Time|Hope Park|UCAS Campus Code: L46
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Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations. Our English Language degree examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts. It has been specially designed with a focus on the role of language in society and to give you an overview of the historical development of English. You also explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon.

With its emphasis on real language in use, the degree examines the relationship between language and society through the analysis of contemporary materials such as news texts. We pride ourselves on offering a challenging and stimulating degree with a wide range of innovative teaching and assessment methods.

You will be taught by academics who are actively engaged in research and have published in their specialist fields. We provide you with a supportive and collegial environment that helps you to reach your full potential. With a strong commitment to small-group teaching and the personal development of all of our students, we strive to support you in the pursuit of academic excellence.


Teaching on this degree is structured into lectures, where all students are taught together, seminars which are smaller groups of around 15-20 students, and tutorials which typically have no more than 10 students. You also have the opportunity to have a one-to-one meeting with your tutor each week.

If you are studying English Language as a Single Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 12 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 10 teaching hours in your second and third years. If you are studying English Language as a Combined Honours degree, in your first year there are approximately 6 teaching hours each week, which reduces to approximately 5 teaching hours in your second and third years.

On top of teaching hours, you will also be expected to spend a number of hours each week studying independently, as well as studying in groups to prepare for any group assessments you may have.


Assessments consist of essays of various types, portfolios, learning journals, group poster presentations and written exams. In the final year, building on work from your first two years, you undertake an independently researched dissertation, which you present at an internal Honours Conference.

You will be given written feedback on your assessments, and you will have the opportunity to discuss this with your tutor in more detail.


*Please note these topics marked with a * are only studied on the single honours degree.


Language in Society

You look at the roles and functions of language, regional and social variation, and language and meaning in interaction.

History and Development of English

An exploration of old English, middle English, early modern English, and present day English.

The Structure of Language

The hands-on approach encouraged in the Structure of Language workshops will help you to understand how language works as a system. You will gain detailed knowledge of the grammatical and
phonological structures of English.

Methods in Researching Language

Writing Skills workshop

Introducing Stylistics*

You will be introduced to the basic principles of stylistics allowing you to explore the ways in which language can be used for artistic purposes, enhancing your appreciation of fictional texts.

Language in Context*

Analysing short video clips and newspaper articles, you explore topics such as English as a global language, multilingualism, language and culture, language in education, language in the media, and political discourse.


Language, Ideology and Power

This topic explores the power relationships and ideologies in relation to language; how language constitutes, reproduces and contests power relationships and ideologies.

Studies in Media Language

You study semiotics, syntax and semantics in the reproduction of ideology in the changing media.

Child Language

An exploration of how children learn language.

Corpus Linguistics

You will look at computer assisted language analysis in an age of ‘big data’, computers and forensic linguistics.

Stylistics of Narrative*

This topic gives you the opportunity to study cognition and comprehension, character and point of view in prose fiction, and narrative and ideology in literary texts.

World Englishes*

This theme explores the global spread and impact of English from a social and historical perspective. It also looks at language and colonialism, and varieties of language.

Critical reading*



You will uncover the patterns and systems that underlie language variation by examining the ways in which different varieties of language are used to indicate personal style, social power and national identity.

Research Methods

There is a focus on how to plan and carry out a sociolinguistic research project, on the qualitative and quantitative research methods used for collecting data and on their analysis. You look at how to use the most appropriate methods in real-life situations and the ethical issues involved.

Language and Gender

An introduction to the central themes in the study of gender-differentiated language use whilst taking into account new developments in feminist debates about language.

Language and Culture

This topic focuses on key linguistic issues relating to people belonging to different ethnicities, religions and communities in the context of Britain and Europe.


Multilingualism and Language Policy*

You explore how multilingual societies function and how national language policy and planning influences people’s abilities in different languages.


You will discover the principles and practices of teaching English to speakers of other languages.

The Psychology of Language*

You will look at the application of theory to language use in real-life situations, both for social psychology (for example by looking at issues such as the construction of social identity, language attitudes, and language learning) and cognitive psychology (for example by looking at cognitive functions such as using memory and attention).


UCAS Tariff Points136 - 104
Access to HE136 - 104 Tariff Points
Irish Leaving Certificate136 - 104 Tariff Points from Higher Level qualifications only
Welsh BaccalaureateThis qualification can only be accepted in conjunction with other relevant qualifications
Subject RequirementsNo specific subject requirements


Specific Country RequirementsSelect your country
IELTS6.0 overall (with reading and writing at 6.0) and no individual score lower than 5.5


A degree in English Language opens many doors. As many employers advertise vacancies to graduates without specifying a degree subject, English Language graduates can enter a wide range of careers. Many of our graduates go on to employment in fields such as publishing, education, journalism, broadcasting, marketing and public relations. The subject-specific knowledge gained also provides grounding for careers in language therapy and forensic linguistics, with further training.

Throughout your degree, you will have the opportunity to explore career options and opportunities for further study based on the critical skills developed during your English Language degree. You will acquire many highly valuable skills throughout the course of your degree; these include a sophisticated level of analytical thinking, highly developed communication skills, excellent organisational skills and advanced writing skills all of which significantly enhance your CV. To many employers, these skills are highly sought after and are often more important than the actual subject of your degree. An English Language degree also provides an excellent basis for postgraduate study.



The Service and Leadership Award is offered as an extra-curricular programme involving service-based experiences, development of leadership potential and equipping you for a career in a rapidly changing world. It enhances your degree, it is something which is complimentary but different and which has a distinct ‘value-added’ component. Find out more on our Service and Leadership Award page.

Study Abroad

As part of your degree, you can choose to spend either a semester or a full year of study at one of our partner universities as part of our Study Abroad programme. Find out more on our Study Abroad page.


The tuition fees for 2018/19 are £9,250 for full-time undergraduate courses.

If you are a student from the Isle of Man or the Channel Islands, your tuition fees will also be £9,250.

The University reserves the right to increase Home and EU Undergraduate and PGCE tuition fees in line with any inflationary or other increase authorised by the Secretary of State for future years of study.


As well as your tuition fees, you also need to consider the cost of key books and textbooks, which in total will cost approximately £200.

You will also need to consider the cost of your accommodation each year whilst you study at university. Visit our accommodation webpages for further details about our Halls of Residence.


We have a range of scholarships to help with the cost of your studies. Visit our scholarships page to find out more.


The International tuition fees for 2018/19 are £11,400 for full-time undergraduate courses.

Visit our International fees page for more information.

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