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English Language and Linguistics BA

University of Essex
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

English Language and Linguistics BA

What is the range of sounds found in human languages? Which of those sounds are used by English to construct words? How are words combined to form meaningful sentences in English, and are the same patterns of combination found in other languages? How does society and social pressure affect the way we speak? How do different varieties of English evolve? These are some of the questions you will address in the course.

Language is central to all human activity from important negotiations between nation states to spontaneous conversations in cafés. Through your study of language, you come to understand the nature of human social life.

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB

BTEC: DDD

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a Tier 4 visa to study in the UK.

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Sounds
  • Understanding Data in Linguistics
  • Foundations of Sociolinguistics
  • Words and Sentences
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics
  • Child Language Development
  • Adult Language Development and Processing
  • Initial Spanish

Year 2

  • Phonology
  • Semantics and Pragmatics
  • English in the British Isles
  • Research methods for language and linguistics
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics
  • Syntax
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Gender

Final Year

  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics
  • Project: Linguistics
  • First Language Acquisition
  • Language Rights
  • Language Teaching in Different Contexts
  • Literature and Language Teaching
  • Conversation and Social Interaction
  • Language and the Mind

Program delivery

English Language and Linguistics BA: 3 years

English Language and Linguistics BA (Including Year Abroad): 4 years

English Language and Linguistics BA (Including Placement Year): 4 years

  • Teaching is arranged to allow freedom in how you organise your learning experience
  • Examples of practical work include digitally recording dialect speakers in a small traditional fishing community, or scouring digitised child language databanks
  • Other teaching methods include lectures, demonstrations and learning by teaching others

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Studying language and linguistics allows you to develop your research and IT skills by collecting and analysing linguistic data using state-of-the-art technology, and a combination of team-work and independent projects enhances your communication, problem-solving, and management skills.

Our graduates have gone on to have careers in a wide variety of fields, including teaching, journalism, advertising, marketing, travel, communications, publishing, speech and language therapy, and business administration.

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University of Essex

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University of Essex

Wivenhoe Park
CO4 3SQ Colchester


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