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English Language and Linguistics BA

The University of Sheffield
Program overview
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
English
Start dates
Sheffield
September 2022

Sheffield
September 2023

Sheffield
September 2024

Program description

English Language and Linguistics BA

This degree is designed to give you a solid foundation in linguistic theory, and to link this theory to the huge array of real-life contexts in which language is used. Our mix of core and optional modules means that you will have the freedom to design the course that suits you, building on the topics that most capture your imagination.

In your first year, you take modules that encompass the fundamentals of linguistic research: linguistic theory, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and research methodology. Our modules focusing on linguistic theory and the structure and sounds of English will allow you to learn about how language actually works and how linguists study it. You'll then apply this knowledge to modules that examine the history and varieties of English, teaching you about how language varies in space and time.

How you choose to build on this foundation throughout the remainder of your degree is up to you: expand on any (or all) of these four areas, and take modules from the other degree programmes within the department or from across the University.

Admission requirements

  • The A Level entry requirements for this course are: AAB + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
  • A Levels + additional qualifications | ABB + B in a relevant EPQ. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement required
  • International Baccalaureate | 34 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
  • BTEC | DDD in a relevant subject + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
  • Scottish Highers | AAAAB
  • Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels | B + AA + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement
  • Access to HE Diploma | 60 credits overall in a relevant subject with 45 at level 3 including Distinctions in 36 credits, + Merits in 15 credits

English language requirements

You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

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


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Program content

First year

  • Varieties of English
  • The Sounds of English
  • The Structures of English
  • History of English
  • Linguistic Theory

Second year

  • Phonetics
  • Syntax
  • Historical Linguistics
  • Big Data: Language & Digital Corpora
  • The History of Persuasion
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Phonology
  • Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
  • First Language Acquisition
  • A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
  • Writing the Real

Third year

In your third year, you are again given the freedom to choose from a wide selection of optional modules.

You will also be given the opportunity to undertake an independent research project, which can be written up as a dissertation. This is an optional component of our degree programme and those who choose to do a dissertation find that the organisational skills it requires serve them well in their future careers.

Tuition fees

2021-22 Annual tuition fee

  • For Home students: £9,250
  • For Overseas students: £19,050

Qualification

A Levels AAB

Continuing studies

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Career opportunities

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

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