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English Language, BA

Lancaster University
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
On campus
Lancaster
English
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Program description

English Language, BA

Uncovering the secrets of the English language is a rich and rewarding experience. From how the English Language functions and sounds, right through to how we can apply language study to a real-world context, our English Language degree allows you to delve deep into this fascinating subject.

We are a very large Linguistics and English Language department which means that we have a wide range of optional modules available to you throughout your degree program. Our academics cover a very wide range of language study specialisms, and our students benefit from their expertise in lectures, seminars, tutorials, and supervisions. They will teach you from day one in small classes designed to challenge you as a linguist.

You will begin your academic career with us on the core English Language module. How do you describe the English Language in terms of its grammatical and sound systems? How does it function in different contexts? How does language interact with society? As well as exploring these questions, you will explore newer and emerging fields such as conversation analysis, corporate communication, and corpus linguistics.

Our first year system allows you to select two other modules in your first year, giving you increased choice and flexibility. This might be linguistics or another subject that complements your major.

In your second year, you’ll focus on the core subjects, delving into the grammar and sound system of the English language. As for optional modules, we offer modules on Discourse Analysis, Language and Pedagogic Practice and Child Language Acquisition. As a final-year undergraduate, along with core modules in Advanced Phonetics and Corpus-based English Language Studies, you can also select from optional modules in Forensic Linguistics, Language Change in English and Beyond, and others. You’ll also write your dissertation, exploring a topic that you’re particularly interested in, and this is overseen by a member of staff from our department who specialises in your particular area. Given the size of the department, our academics can supervise a very wide range of subjects covering most students’ special interests.

Admission requirements

Grade Requirements

  • A Level AAB
  • IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component.

Other Qualifications

  • International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects
  • BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification.

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.


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Program content

Year 1

Core

  • English Language

Optional

  • Linguistics

Year 2

Core

  • Developing Academic Practice
  • English Grammar
  • English Phonetics

Optional

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Corporate communication
  • Discourse Analysis: Looking at Language in Use
  • Independent Study
  • Introduction to Computational Linguistics
  • Language and Pedagogic Practice
  • Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
  • Language Origins and Evolution
  • Literacy and Education
  • Placement module
  • Pragmatics
  • Sounds of the World's Languages
  • Structures of the World's Languages
  • Stylistics
  • The Language of Advertising
  • Understanding Media

Year 3

Core

  • Advanced English Phonetics
  • Corpus-based English Language Studies
  • Dissertation

Optional

  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
  • Language Change in English and Beyond
  • Language, Culture and Thought
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Schools Volunteering Module
  • Topics in Phonetic and Phonological Theory

Tuition fees

  • For UK students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £19,930 per year

Career opportunities

Language study is not just about facts, but learning a range of skills in data management and analysis, the evaluation of evidence, and the synthesis and presentation of results. These are exactly the kinds of skills that today’s employers value.

Here are some areas that typically interest our graduates:

  • Speech and Language Therapy
  • Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a foreign Language abroad)
  • Journalism, Media and Publishing
  • Speech Technology
  • Public Relations
  • Publishing
  • Management

About this institute

Lancaster University

Lancaster University is located in the northwest of England near the major cities of Manchester and Liverpool. It was established in 1964 as a collegiate university with a reputation for innovation. Lancaster is one of the few UK universities to...


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Why study at Lancaster University

With nearly 50 years of experience in international higher education, LdM is dedicated to delivering high-quality learning opportunities to students from around the globe. By expanding their knowledge and understanding of the world, LdM challenges students to evolve within the global community, focusing on the lessons of past and present cultures to cultivate a better tomorrow. Through experiential learning at both of our sites in Italy, LdM fosters students’ professional and personal development and empowers them to move towards their academic and career goals.

Our Core Values:
1) Learning is Empowerment

LdM upholds both traditional and innovative educational approaches in higher education, complemented by experiential learning practices. LdM is dedicated to the empowerment of students as active participants in the learning process.

2) Professional Skills

LdM cultivates innovation through interdisciplinary projects and collaboration within targeted professional sectors, so that students achieve the real-world skills necessary to meet the challenges of their respective fields.

3) Cultural Diversity

As an educational and cultural institution, LdM believes in fostering diversity in a dynamic, international environment composed of faculty, staff, and students from over 100 different countries, providing equal and open access to educational opportunities.

4) Community Engagement

We are global citizens. LdM believes in community engagement and creates opportunities for meaningful interaction between international students and the Italian community in which they live and study. LdM is committed to creating an atmosphere of trust, safety and respect in an environment characterized by a rich diversity of people and ideas.

5) Personal Growth

LdM is dedicated to providing students with a foundational academic understanding of a broad range of disciplines, assisting and promoting their professional and personal growth.

Contact info

Lancaster University

Lancaster University, Bailrigg
LA1 4YW Lancaster
U.K

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