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BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature

University of Portsmouth
3-4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021

Program description

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature

Build on your interest of English language and literature and prepare yourself for a successful career on this BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Literature degree.

You'll discover how we use language in literature and digital communication, examine forensic linguistics and learn how people use the English language across the world. You’ll also study literature from classics to the contemporary and become an expert in reading, analysing and discussing the written works that inspire you.

Your studies will set 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 after the course or do postgraduate study.

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 units in this year include:

  • Language, Society and Mind
  • Working with Texts
  • How Language Works
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Studying at University
  • Starting Language Research

Year 2

Core units in this year include:

  • Meaning in English
  • English Forms and Functions

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • IWLP (Institute Wide Language Program)
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • The Language of Literature
  • Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim
  • Revolutions! Literature and Change 1700-1830
  • Victorian Literature and Visual Culture

Optional placement year

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

Core units in this year include:

  • Dissertation

Optional units in this year include:

  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Creative Activities in Language Classroom
  • Researching English Vocabulary
  • Digital Communication
  • English in an Historical Perspective
  • English in the World
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Crime Writing
  • Consuming Fictions
  • Enlightenment: Lit, Culture & Modernity
  • Holocaust Literatures

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

Tuition fees

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


On this English Language and Linguistics with Literature course you’ll:

  • Explore English language in social media, TV, advertising and literature
  • Build your knowledge of literature, from Shakespeare to the present day, and across genres from crime writing to magical realism
  • 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
  • Tailor your studies by choosing units in that match your interests and career ambitions

You can also:

  • Meet high-profile figures in the literary world and attend a reception at our annual Literary Prizes and Public Acclaim event
  • Develop personal and professional contacts locally and further afield through our work-related units
  • Study abroad at one of our partner universities, such as Ghent University, University of Gdańsk, Kiel University, University of Luxembourg and the University of Malaga
  • Have the chance to get the Trinity Certificate in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) if you're accepted onto the TESOL program during the course.

Continuing studies

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

Career opportunities

What can you do with an English Language and Linguistics degree?

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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