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Bachelor of English Language and Applied Linguistics (Hons)
Bachelor of English Language and Applied Linguistics (Hons)

Bachelor of English Language and Applied Linguistics (Hons)

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  • Level:3-Year Bachelor's Degree
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Admission Requirements

Entry requirements

English requirements

  • GCSE: Grade 4/C in English and 4/D Mathematics.
  • IGCSE English at grade C or above.
  • International English Language Testing System (IELTS) score of 6.5 with a minimum of 5.5 in each band.
  • Pearson Test of English (PTE) 58 (with no less than 42 in any band).
  • Test of English as a Foreign Language (TOEFL) 79 with band scores of reading 18, writing 17, listening 17, speaking 20.

Course Information

How do humans learn language? We’re all experts in our native tongue, so why can it be so hard to become fluent in a language we learn later in life? By understanding how we learn language, we can understand how to teach it.

Through this BA English Language and Applied Linguistics you’ll do both: English language teaching is an integral part of your course, while you’ll also have the opportunity to learn one of five languages – French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Mandarin. All are for beginners or GCSE level (apart from Mandarin), with the exception of Spanish, which can be taken by those who already have A-level Spanish.

This combined programme of English language teaching and language learning will give you an excellent grounding if you plan to teach English as a foreign language following postgraduate teacher training. Alternatively you could be teaching children in primary or secondary schools whose second language is English.

You’ll take two English Language Teaching (ELT) modules each year. In your final year you’ll study Global Englishes and a compulsory project looking at a particular aspect of English Language teaching. This could involve field work or observing teaching and learning methods in a college setting.

Alongside your ELT studies you’ll take a semester in your chosen language, using language laboratories and practising conversation with native speakers wherever possible. You’ll also be introduced to Linguistics, the scientific study of everything to do with language, from its structure to the ways it reflects society, how it’s used, and how it changes over time.

From forensic linguistics to the study of language disorders, what links your courses is our focus on the applied use of English language.

Across all modules you’ll be taught and supported by research-active academics working in cutting-edge areas such as language and gender, formulaic language, corpus studies, bilingualism, bilingual processing and codeswitching. Their research will inform your own final year projects, which allow you to develop your research skills and learn how to collect and analyse data from vast databases of our infinitely rich and complex English language.

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Degree programmes are structured into levels, 4, 5 and 6.  These correspond to your first, second and third/final year of study.  Below you can see what modules you’ll be studying in each.

Level 4


Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Language and Mind, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • English Language Learners, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Investigating Language, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 1, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Linguistics 2, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Introduction to English Language Teaching, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Language in Media, 15 Credits, optional

Level 5

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • Learning and Teaching Language 2, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • English Grammar, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Sounds of English, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Graduate Skills, 0 Credits, Compulsory
  • Learning and Teaching Language 1, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • 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

Level 6

Module, Credits, Compulsory/optional

  • ELT Project, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Global Englishes, 15 Credits, Compulsory
  • Child Language & Communication, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Clinical Linguistics, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Language Processing, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Communication and Cultures, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Meaning and Context, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Year Abroad, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Chunky Language: Investigating Formulaic Sequences, 15 Credits, Optional
  • The Humanities Placement Year, 0 Credits, Optional
  • Gender in Language and Communication, 15 Credits, Optional
  • Corpus-based Studies in English Language, 15 Credits, Optional


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Career Opportunity

Career Opportunity

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.

For our English Language and Applied Linguistics students, your grounding in another language opens up a variety of teaching careers after PGCE, including teaching English to non-native speakers. Your language competency is also a valuable addition to your transferable analytical and intellectual skills sought 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.

Ability to settle

Overseas Student Health Cover

Insurance-Single: 300 GBP/year

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