About the course

Why choose to study a language you already speak? It’s easy to take your own language for granted, but this BA English Language and Linguistics course allows you to explore it from every angle.

You’ll be introduced to Linguistics, the scientific study of everything to do with language, from its structure and how it develops in children, to the ways it reflects society, how it’s used, and how it changes over time. You’ll be taught by research-active academics working in cutting-edge areas such as language and gender, formulaic language, corpus studies, bilingualism, bilingual processing and codeswitching.

What links our work is our focus on the applied use of English language, from English Language teaching to the use of forensic linguistics in solving language-related real-life problems such as plagiarism and crime investigation, to speech and language therapy and the study of language disorders.

In your first year, alongside core linguistics modules, you’ll study language and mind, where you’ll analyse child speech transcripts and consider language acquisition. 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.

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 take a language competencies module leading to a work placement.

In your final year you can develop your own interests in short projects, or 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.

One final year option is corpus studies in English language, which will develop your research skills through your use of Sketch Engine, a text analysis tool that allows you to search vast samples of language, or corpora. Want to know when the word ‘Brexit’ first appeared in print or when ‘backstop’ acquired a new meaning? Find out by delving into databases of billions of words, to pursue your own original research projects. 

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

Why choose this course?

We give you: 

  • An understanding of applied language, to underpin a career in teaching or speech and language therapy
  • A supportive, research-active academic team
  • A flexible, innovative programme of study, allowing you to concentrate on areas you find especially interesting
  • Access to huge online databases to inform your original research projects
  • CV-building potential through work placements and extra-curricular activities
  • A guaranteed post-graduation interview with the School of Education

You can also study English Language in combination with another subject:

Course details

What job can I get?

Employability is central to everything we do. Over the years many of our 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.

A specialism in forensic linguistics can lead to work solving real life problems, from helping solve murders with the police to legal work addressing plagiarism, cybercrime, authorship attribution, contracts and wills.

The analytical and intellectual transferable skills you’ve gained, including a critical approach to language use and communication, are valued by employers from a wide range of industries.

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 psycholinguistic experiments including eyetracking, 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 student media channels. Not only do these enhance your experience, they also make for a more impressive CV.

Work Placement

Work placements enable you to gain valuable experience, explore career possibilities and make useful contacts with a potential future employer. We offer a career development module in your second year that will equip you to take up an English Language teaching work placement, whether teaching phonics to primary school pupils or at a special needs school, or volunteering at the Stroke Association. You may also shadow speech and language therapists or help with specialist language teaching in a sixth form college.

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 students, it will enable you to experience global English while gaining an appreciation of other cultures and societies. Recent English Language students have studied in Japan.

Find out more about our Study abroad opportunities.

Structure

  • Level 4
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    Language and Mind 15 Credits Compulsory
    Communication, Interaction, Context 15 Credits Compulsory
    English Language in Use 15 Credits Compulsory
    Language in the Media 15 Credits Compulsory
    Investigating Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    History of the English Language 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 1 15 Credits Compulsory
    Introduction to English Linguistics 2 15 Credits Compulsory
  • Level 5
    Module Credits Compulsory/optional
    English Grammar 15 Credits Compulsory
    Sounds of English 15 Credits Compulsory
    Graduate Skills 0 Credits Compulsory
    Learning and Teaching Language 2 15 Credits Optional
    Language and Species 15 Credits Optional
    Language in Society 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
    Global Englishes 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
    Part time
    • £1155 per 15 credits for the 2019/2020 academic year

    International Students

    Full time
    • £12350 for the 2019/2020 academic year
    Part time
    • £1540 per 15 credits 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
    • Part Time, 6 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 (Part 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 (Part 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