English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons)

2018-19 (also available for 2019-20)

Start date

17 September 2018

Duration

3 years full-time
4 years inc. placement year

Entry requirements

A Level - ABB

BTEC - DDM

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UCAS Code

Q302

Places available (subject to change)

40

Phone contact: +44 (0)1484 472606

About the course

Language is how we make sense of the world. It makes us who we are, and is fundamental to society and the communities we all live in. On this course we’ll look at language and how it shapes us, giving you the chance to get a deeper understanding of what language is and how it works.

Humour, power, relationships, none of these would be possible without language. We’ll look at linguistics in depth and give you the chance to learn descriptive terms so you can analyse language and assess how it works.

You’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and the theory of different branches of linguistics, like phonetics and morphology. We’ll also encourage you to study the role of language in society and how it helps humans understand things. How we acquire it, the way it changes, and the way it forms an array of ways to communicate.

We’ll carry out conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and stylistics to get under the surface of the spoken or written word and understand more about what’s really going on.

The aim is not just to help you become skilled in linguistic analysis, but also to give you transferable skills that will be useful in the professional environment. Previous students have gone on to work in fields like teaching, research, publishing, broadcasting, advertising, management and politics.

In each year of your course you’ll be able to choose option modules to focus on topics that interest you. You could even study a foreign language throughout your course. In your second year you’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement, which is designed to enhance your skills ready for employment and to help you gain useful contacts in your chosen field.

The ERASMUS+ exchange scheme also offers a short-term opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities. You’ll join classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time.

Course Detail

Core modules:

Introduction to Descriptive Linguistics

This module introduces you to the structure of language as a system. You'll be able to explore the basics of linguistic description, using mostly, but not only, the English language to illustrate. The module focuses on the fundamental linguistic concept of ‘levels’ of language, starting from the smallest (sounds) and building up to sentence structure. Emphasis is on the development of practical skills in analysing language structure. This module will be assessed by a mixture of coursework assessments and formal examinations.

Approaches to Language Study

This module introduces you to a number of theoretical, analytical and methodological advances that have had a significant impact on the development of linguistics as a discipline. You will be introduced to principal ideas in linguistics and practical issues in carrying out research into language. The module thus acts as a precursor to many of the issues that will be explored in greater detail in years 2 and 3 of the course, and is designed to enthuse you about the value of studying language.

Introduction to Stylistics

This module introduces you to the linguistic analysis of literary and other texts. The focus is on describing and explaining the relationship between linguistic choices and poetic effects in the three major literary genres of poetry, drama and prose fiction. In the lectures you are introduced to a range of analytical tools for describing and explaining meaning and effect, and in seminars you are given the opportunity to test out your understanding by applying these tools to the analysis of a number of extracts from literary texts. The emphasis throughout the course is on you developing practical analytical skills.

History of English

This module introduces you to the history of the English language from the Anglo-Saxon period to the present day. You'll have the opportunity to focus on how English has developed historically, from its earliest origins in the Old English period, through its development into Middle English and then Early Modern English, to its present-day status as a global language. The key theme of the module is how English varies over time, and you'll be encouraged to examine how intra- and extra-linguistic factors have caused this.

Option modules:

Choose two from a list which may include:

Introduction to Intercultural Communication

Introduction to Intercultural Communication provides an overview of the main concepts, methodologies and data types of the field of intercultural communication and interpersonal pragmatics in a broader sense. By analysing real-life interactions, you'll study key topics such as relationality, culturally situated language use, misunderstandings, rituals, ideologies and politeness.

A modern language module from a variety of modern language modules

Modern Foreign Language modules can be chosen from the available range and entry levels appropriate to your prior experience and knowledge.*

Teaching and assessment

13% of the study time on this course is spent in lectures, seminars, tutorials etc. All teaching is supported by opportunities for individual consultation with staff. You will be encouraged to participate in group and pair work, and individual presentations.

A variety of assessment methods are used, in order to take into account different learning styles and skills. Methods used include formal reports, essays, textual analysis, formal examinations and oral presentations.

Your module specification/course handbook will provide full details of the assessment criteria applying to your course.

Feedback (either written and/or verbal) is normally provided on all coursework submissions within three term time weeks – unless the submission was made towards the end of the session in which case feedback would be available on request after the formal publication of results. Feedback on exam performance/final coursework is available on request after the publication of results.

Entry requirements

ABBat A Level

128 UCAS tariff points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications

DDM in BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma

  • Pass Access to Higher Education Diploma with 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above, modules to include any form of English
  • 128 UCAS tariff points from International Baccalaureate qualifications which should include an English component.

We do not require any specific subject choices at A Level, but would like to see evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in the personal statement.

Other suitable experience or qualifications will be considered. For further information please see the University's minimum entry requirements.

Hear from our students


Elliott is studying English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons). In his film he describes how the University has given him more confidence and that he's found the lecturers to be very supportive. Elliott also talks about his ambition to go into a career in forensic speech science.

Further information

The teaching year normally starts in September with breaks at Christmas and Easter, finishing with a main examination/assessment period around May/June. Timetables are normally available one month before registration. 

Your course is made up of modules and each module is worth a number of credits. Each year you study modules to the value of 120 credits, adding up to 360 credits in total for a bachelor’s qualification. These credits can come from a combination of core, compulsory and optional modules but please note that optional modules may not run if we do not have enough students interested.

If you achieve 120 credits for the current stage you are at, you may progress to the next stage of your course, subject to any professional, statutory or regulatory body guidelines.

Placements


As part of the compulsory second year ‘Language in the Workplace' module you will have the chance to gain valuable experience spending 5 weeks in a work placement or work related activity. The module shows you how the language skills you aim to develop through your course can be applied to communication in the workplace.

The course also offers an optional one-year (48 weeks) work placement after the second year, in the UK or abroad. This will give you the opportunity to gain valuable hands-on experience, insight into your chosen career and open up your graduate employment prospects. Our Placement Unit and academic staff have excellent industry links and can support you in applying for and finding your placement(s), as well as during your placement year.

Some of our students have gained real-world experience in various teaching environments, in publishing houses and in marketing roles. Previous placement providers have included Maiden Voyage.Com, Kirklees Library Services, M-Four Translations, Quest Media and a range of primary and secondary schools.

The ERASMUS+ exchange provides an optional short term (12 or 24 weeks) opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner universities where you join in classes and receive credits towards your degree at the same time. We have partnerships with universities in Paris, Ghent, Malaga, Hanover, and the USA.

I completed 180 hours of work experience in a primary school in my second year of my undergraduate degree which meant I had the necessary hours of experience in schools completed to apply for my current course.

darcy edgar

Darcy Edgar, English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons) in 2016

Teaching excellence

  1. Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).
  2. We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award recognising the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).
  3. Here at Huddersfield, you’ll be taught by some of the best lecturers in the country. The University is number one in England for the proportion of staff with teaching qualifications (HESA, 2018).
  4. For the past ten years, we’ve been the UK’s leading university for National Teaching Fellowships too, which rate Britain’s best lecturers. It’s all part of our ongoing drive for teaching excellence, which helps our students to achieve great things too.
  5. We’re unique in the fact that all our permanent teaching staff* have, or are completing, doctorates. This expertise, together with our teaching credentials, means that students here learn from knowledgeable and well-qualified teachers and academics who are at the forefront of their subject area.

*Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching; research degrees applies to those on contracts of more than half-time.

Our Department

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Your Career


As an English Language and Linguistics graduate, you are valued for the advanced skills you have developed in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem solving and persuasiveness. Depending on your specialism, your career choices are as varied and exciting as your degree course.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and / or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

* Source: *DLHE Survey 2015/16

100% Graduates employed*

Student support

At the University of Huddersfield, you'll find support networks and services to help you get ahead in your studies and social life. Whether you study at undergraduate or postgraduate level, you'll soon discover that you're never far away from our dedicated staff and resources to help you to navigate through your personal student journey. Find out more about all our support services.

Important information

We will always try to deliver your course as described on this web page. However, sometimes we may have to make changes as set out below.

We review all optional modules each year and change them to reflect the expertise of our staff, current trends in research and as a result of student feedback. We will always ensure that you have a range of options to choose from and we will let students know in good time the options available for them to choose for the following year.

We will only change core modules for a course if it is necessary for us to do so, for example to maintain course accreditation. We will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before you begin the relevant academic year.

Sometimes we have to make changes to other aspects of a course or how it is delivered. We only make these changes if they are for reasons outside of our control, or where they are for our students’ benefit. Again, we will let you know about any such changes as soon as possible, usually before the relevant academic year. Our regulations set out our procedure which we will follow when we need to make any such changes.

When you enrol as a student of the University, your study and time with us will be governed by a framework of regulations, policies and procedures, which form the basis of your agreement with us. These include regulations regarding the assessment of your course, academic integrity, your conduct (including attendance) and disciplinary procedure, fees and finance and compliance with visa requirements (where relevant). It is important that you familiarise yourself with these as you will be asked to agree to abide by them when you join us as a student. You will find a guide to the key terms here, where you will also find links to the full text of each of the regulations, policies and procedures referred to.

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

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