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BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

Build on your interest in the English language and explore it from every angle on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics degree.

You'll discover how language works in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world.

The study of English language and linguistics sets you up for a career where your communication, creative, management and critical thinking skills will shine. You could work in areas such as publishing, teaching, advertising and marketing.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include English Language or Literature (calculate your UCAS points)
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • How Language Works
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice
  • Working with Texts

Year 2

Core Modules

  • English Forms and Functions
  • Meaning in English

Optional modules

  • Analysing Media Discourse (FHEQ5)
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Crime Writing
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
  • Learning from Experience
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • Space, Place and Being
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • The Language of Literature
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice

Optional sandwich year

Optional modules

  • Work Placement Year

Year 3

Core modules

  • Dissertation / Major Project

Optional modules

  • Consuming Fictions: Food and Appetite in Victorian Culture
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • English in an Historical Perspective
  • English in the World
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Language and Social Media
  • Learning from Experience
  • Magical Realism
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Researching English Vocabulary
  • Study Abroad
  • US Masculinities
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement


  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • For International students: £15,500 per year


On this course you'll:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and professional contexts
  • Learn how English relates to issues such as gender, education, and forensics
  • Develop critical and analytic skills, alongside transferable skills in communication, research, and problem solving
  • Develop abilities in analysis, criticism and argument, including using corpora and transcribing texts
  • Build transferable skills, such as communication, research, time management, team working and problem solving
  • Tailor your studies by choosing modules that match your interests and career ambitions
  • Potential to enhance your qualifications with the Trinity College London Certificate (on passing an additional entry test and interview) – an internationally recognised qualification in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)

Continuing studies

You could also go onto to do postgraduate study in areas such as speech therapy, communication studies and marketing.

Career paths

After the course, you can use the communication and professional skills you've learnt across various roles in the private and public sectors. Fields you could work in include:

  • advertising
  • education
  • communication
  • media
  • marketing
  • publishing
  • technical writing
  • teaching English

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

Winston Churchill Avenue
PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

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