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University of Portsmouth

Communication and English Studies

UCAS Code: PQ93

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

For year one entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

MMM

For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 Tariff points.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications

UCAS Tariff

96

For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

About this course


Course option

3years

Full-time | 2019

Subject

English as a second language

**Overview**
If English isn’t your first language and you want to develop your communication skills while focusing on either communication for business, marketing and management or communication studies and linguistics, this is the course for you.

This BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies degree course is aimed at non-native speakers of English. You'll develop your abilities using various communication styles while enhancing your English skills.

You'll learn the communication skills needed in the global economy as you develop your proficiency in the English language. This gives you an advantage in the international job market when you graduate. You’ll be set for a job across sectors including business, marketing, retail and finance.

Depending on your current level of study, you can follow the course for one, two or three years.

**On this degree course, you'll:**
- Build your understanding of written and spoken English by exploring how we use it in different contexts across a variety of mediums

- Understand the terminology of the marketing and management industries to prepare you for your future career

- Learn and study for varied assessment types – including presentations, group projects, essays and written coursework

- Focus on specialist topics such as the language of literature, marketing or mass communication

- See how language changes across different media

- Receive support from the University of Portsmouth Global Team and a community of more than 4,000 global students from over 100 countries

**Work experience and career planning**
To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

**Careers and opportunities**
The combination of subject knowledge and English language skills you'll develop on this course gives you an advantage in the international job market.

After the course, you could work in areas such as:
- trade

- public service

- finance

- marketing

- management

- retail

- the leisure industry

You could also set up your own business or do postgraduate study.

You'll get help and advice with your career for 5 years after you leave the University from our Careers and Employability service.

Modules

During your first year you will study a range of core units including English language, multimedia listening, language, society and mind and how language works. In your second year you will choose from a variety of units to study such as business communication, British culture, English forms and functions, language of human resource management, communication and culture and marketing and communication. In your final year you will complete an independent project while studying from the following options: translation, managing across cultures, analysing media discourse, understanding Britain today and intercultural perspectives on communication.

Assessment methods

Assessment strategies will not only test your knowledge of the subject, but also help you develop a range of skills that will be invaluable when you finish your degree and start work.

You may have in-class tests or examinations at the end of each unit and give presentations or work on projects, either individually or as part of a team, giving you the opportunity to refine your presentational, team-working, time management and research skills.

You will submit essays or other types of written coursework, helping to enhance your analytical and critical skills as well as your ability to process large amounts of information and perfect your writing skills. All of these skills are not only necessary for you to do well in your studies with us, but also prepare you for your future in the world of work.

Tuition fees

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

EU
£9,250
per year
International
£12,800
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

80%
med
English as a second language

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

Teaching and learning

80%
Staff make the subject interesting
95%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
84%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
93%
IT resources
89%
Course specific equipment and facilities
88%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

62%
UK students
38%
International students
37%
Male students
63%
Female students
62%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

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
99%
high
Employed or in further education
93%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

17%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
16%
Sales assistants and retail cashiers
10%
Artistic, literary and media occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

What about your long term prospects?

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

English as a second language

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

£22k

£22k

£24k

£24k

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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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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