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University of Portsmouth

English Language and Linguistics

UCAS Code: QQ31

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

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include English Language or Literature.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (English based).

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

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.

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

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

96-112 Tariff points, to include English Language or Literature.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English Language or Literature.

93%
Applicants receiving offers

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 | 2020

Other options

4.0 years | Sandwich | 2020

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

- 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

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

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

Options to choose from 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

Optional Placement Year

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

Options to choose from 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 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
£14,300
per year
Northern 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

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.

84%
med
English 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

88%
Staff make the subject interesting
93%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

89%
Library resources
91%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
86%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
36%
Male students
64%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
4%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
D

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 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.

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£19k

£22k

£22k

£23k

£23k

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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