About the course

In our so-called ‘post-truth’ era of fake news and alternative facts, words have become removed from their original meanings and journalists face a number of challenges in today’s globalised world.

Our BA English Language and Journalism degree introduces you to the scientific study of the English Language and allows you to examine human communication in different contexts. You’ll develop a range of journalistic skills while exploring the ways language reflects society and how it is used for different purposes.

In your first year you’ll be introduced to the practical craft of journalism and explore the law and ethics surrounding journalism alongside core English Language modules. You’ll also explore the diversity of use of the English language including regional variants, pidgin and creole English, language and ethnicity, and slang and street English.

Our journalism team are highly experienced practitioners, who’ll help you develop the skills to produce work in different styles and for diverse markets. You’ll learn how to source stories and get hands-on experience as part of a vibrant student community and through work placements. You’ll take part in News Lab workshops, conduct interviews, write features and join lively group discussions.

Core modules in your second year focus on English grammar and the sounds of English. You can explore theories of how and why language developed and study language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation in forensic linguistics. You’ll also have the opportunity to specialize in news or feature writing, radio journalism or social media.

In your final year you can follow modules in different topics, including child language and communication, clinical linguistics, gender and language, and formulaic language, informed by our academics’ own research specialisms. You’ll also develop your journalism skills portfolio, examine journalism, government and the people.

Fact sheets 2019 Course fact sheet 1 English Language Programme
Programme specifications 2019 Programme specification 1 BA (Hons) Journalism 2019 Programme specification 2 BA (Hons) English Language

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • A flexible programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • A supportive, research-active academic team
  • Access to huge online databases to underpin your original research projects
  • Transferable skills
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

I had overwhelming support from my lecturers. Whenever I had interests that lay beyond the topics covered, they always gave me the freedom to explore those subjects and weave them into my coursework. This individuality has really helped me find out what I want to do in life.

Laura de Haan

English Language & Communication with Journalism (2018)

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Our hands-on journalism training equips you to pursue a career in the media, whether in features, news, radio or online. You’ll have opportunities to go on work placements at local newspapers, radio stations or TV channels, where many students have work published.

Over the years many of our English Language graduates have gone into teaching or speech and language therapy, as well as translation, publishing, journalism, marketing, law and business. Many go on to higher levels of study, engaging in research in their chosen fields.

For those interested in teaching, all Humanities graduates are guaranteed an interview with the School of Education.

Teaching methods

Our English Language students benefit from being part of a supportive, research-active academic community. From tutorials and group work to eye-opening psycholinguistic experiments, we use a range of engaging, student-centred teaching methods to help you work confidently and creatively.

You’ll dive into real-life data, get involved in research and learn from guest experts. You’ll have the opportunity to get involved in activities that will complement your studies, such as working for the student newspaper or radio station. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV.

Our journalism students gain practical skills through work placements and writing for the University’s newspaper, TV or digital channels. You’ll be able to network with invited speakers and take short industry summer courses.

Study Abroad

Taking a year’s study abroad is an excellent opportunity to broaden your understanding of the world. Living in another country opens up fresh perspectives and helps create global citizens. For our English Language and Journalism students, it will enable you to develop your skills in your chosen language and immerse yourself in the culture and every day life of that country. Recent students have studied in Japan and Korea.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Introduction to Media Communications 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to Journalism 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism, Law and Ethics 15 Credits Compulsory
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Compulsory
    Global Media and Society 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Optional
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: Features 15 Credits Compulsory
    Journalism Skills: News 15 Credits Compulsory
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 15 Credits Optional
    Radio Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Social Media 15 Credits Optional
    Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language Competencies in Career Development 15 Credits Optional
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Optional
    Research Methods in English Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Learning and Teaching Language 1 15 Credits Optional
  • Level 6
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Child Language & Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Clinical Linguistics 15 Credits Optional
    Language & Communication Project 30 Credits Optional
    Language Processing 15 Credits Optional
    Communication and Cultures 15 Credits Optional
    Meaning and Context 15 Credits Optional
    Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences 15 Credits Optional
    Gender in Language and Communication 15 Credits Optional
    Online Journalism 15 Credits Optional
    Journalism Skills Portfolio 30 Credits Optional
    Global Englishes 15 Credits Optional
    International Politics and Reporting Global News 15 Credits Optional
    Corpus-based Studies in English Language 15 Credits Optional
  • Fees & funding

    Fees 2019

    UK/EU Students

    Full time
    • £9250 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year

    Discounts are available for International students if payment is made in full at registration

    *Tuition fees are charged annually. The fees quoted above are for the specified year(s) only. Fees may be higher in future years, for both new and continuing students. Please see the University’s Fees and Finance Policy (and in particular the section headed “When tuition fees change”), for further information about when and by how much the University may increase its fees for future years.

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    Read more about additional fees in the course fact sheet

    Other financial support

    Find out more about other financial support available to UK and EU students

    Living costs / accommodation

    The University of Hertfordshire offers a great choice of student accommodation, on campus or nearby in the local area, to suit every student budget.

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    Entry requirements

    UCAS points A Level BTEC IB requirement
    104 BCC DMM 104 points

    How to apply

    Course length
    • Full Time, 3 Years
    • Sandwich, 4 Years
    Locations
    • University of Hertfordshire, Hatfield

    2020

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202031/05/2021Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)

    2021

    Start DateEnd DateLink
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    23/09/202131/05/2022Apply online (Full Time/Sandwich)
    Optional Sandwich Placement or Study Abroad year
    We welcome applications from international and EU students