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Tailored to you
With primarily optional modules you have freedom to choose a personalised degree.
Our English Language and Linguistics degree combines the systematic study of the human capacity for language in all its expressions across the world with an added focus on the English language.
You will learn about all aspects of human language and how linguistic knowledge is acquired, produced and understood in different contexts. . You will discover what all languages have in common, what distinguishes them and how they change over time. You will also come to appreciate varieties in language, including historical changes, accents, distinct social registers as well as differences between spoken and written language.
Acquiring career-enhancing skills, you will become adept in producing multimodal texts (think websites, blogs and magazine covers) using specific software packages. You will gain skills from analysing numerical data or speech in phonetics to deciphering patterns in large collections of written and/or spoken language known as corpora.
We have specialist modules with careers in education, the media, health, and the legal process in mind. Our community is welcoming, international in outlook and home to the globally respected Centre for Language and Communication Research. We pride ourselves on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment, with regular one-to-one meetings.
Studying for a degree in English Language and Linguistics develops abilities to analyse and critique the language that surrounds us but also helps develop a strong skillset. Our graduates are known for their ability to combine the best of humanities (like communicating effectively) with the best of social science skills (technical analysis through systematic and critical handling of data for instance).
We accept a combination of A-levels and other qualifications, as well as equivalent international qualifications subject to entry requirements. If you are applying to study this course via Clearing, entry grade requirements may be higher than those advertised. Typical offers are as follows:
Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.
Our grade range covers our standard offer and contextual offer. We carefully consider the circumstances in which you've been studying (your contextual data) upon application.
- Eligible students will be given an offer at the lower end of the advertised grade range.
- Where there is no grade range advertised and/or where there are selection processes in place (like an interview) you may receive additional points in the selection process or be guaranteed interview/consideration.
31-30 overall or 665-655 in 3 HL subjects.
From September 2023, there will be a new qualification called the Advanced Skills Baccalaureate Wales (level 3). This qualification will replace the Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (Welsh Baccalaureate). The qualification will continue to be accepted in lieu of one A-Level (at the grades listed above), excluding any specified subjects.
Other qualifications from inside the UK
DDM-DMM in a BTEC Extended Diploma in Humanities and Social Science subjects.
Acceptance of T Levels for this programme will be considered on a case-by-case basis by the Academic School. Consideration will be given to the T Level grade/subject and grades/subjects achieved at GCSE/Level 2.
Please see our admissions policies for more information about the application process.
Tuition fees for 2023 entry
Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on your fee status. Your fee status could be home, island or overseas.
Fees for home status
Students from the EU, EEA and Switzerland
If you are an EU, EEA or Swiss national, your tuition fees for 2023/24 be in line with the overseas fees for international students, unless you qualify for home fee status. UKCISA have provided information about Brexit and tuition fees.
Fees for island status
Learn more about the undergraduate fees for students from the Channel Islands or the Isle of Man.
Fees for overseas status
Financial support may be available to individuals who meet certain criteria. For more information visit our funding section. Please note that these sources of financial support are limited and therefore not everyone who meets the criteria are guaranteed to receive the support.
We have a range of residences to suit your needs and budget. Find out more on our accommodation pages.
We're based in one of the UK's most affordable cities. Find out more about living costs in Cardiff.
In each year of the Programme, you will take Modules to the value of 120 credits, totalling 360 credits for the three years of your degree.
You must pass each academic year before being allowed to proceed. The classification of your degree is based on the grades you achieve in years two and three.
The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2023/2024 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2023.
You study 120 credits each year.
Two core modules provide an excellent grounding in language description, analysis and interpretation. You will also take four modules that focus on different aspects of English language and/or communication to complete your credit requirement.
If you wish, you can opt to study two modules in English literature as part of your first year, subject to A-level attainment in English Literature or Language and Literature.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Language and the Mind||SE1111||20 credits|
|Reading and Writing in the Digital Age||SE1112||20 credits|
|Developing English: History and Society||SE1115||20 credits|
|Understanding Communication||SE1116||20 credits|
|Drama: Stage and Page||SE2139||20 credits|
|Star-cross'd Lovers: the Politics of Desire||SE2140||20 credits|
|Transforming Visions: Text and Image||SE2142||20 credits|
|Creative Reading||SE2144||20 credits|
|Creative Writing||SE2145||20 credits|
|Critical Reading and Critical Writing||SE2146||20 credits|
|Transgressive Bodies in Medieval Literature||SE2147||20 credits|
|Ways of Reading||SE2148||20 credits|
You take 120 credits.
Two core modules cover all the essential elements of phonetics and phonology, grammar, and lexical semantics (word meaning), building a common stock of knowledge and understanding in English language and linguistics.
Your optional modules provide solid foundational knowledge in a range of key areas of study in English language. Topics currently include discourse, sociolinguistics, history of English, child language development, digital literacy, research methods, and stylistics. Some of these modules will be highly recommended, due to their special focus on linguistic matters.
The training provided by these modules prepares you to make your choice from among the more specialised, research-led ‘extension’ modules available in your final year.
You take 120 credits, with further flexibility in your choice of modules.
Modules are offered in the subject areas in which staff are currently working, giving you unique insight into some of the most up-to-date and innovative work in English language research. These modules often require you to gather and analyse your own data.
Currently the modules address areas such as communication disorders, forensic linguistics, language learning and teaching, language and ideology, corpus linguistics, media discourse, professional and intercultural communication, and communicating in relationships. Some of these modules will be highly recommended to you, due to their special focus on linguistic matters.
If you wish, you can opt to undertake a project (20 credits) or extended dissertation (40 credits) in your chosen area of research, subject to performance in Year Two.
|Module title||Module code||Credits|
|Forensic Linguistics||SE1324||20 credits|
|Language Learning and Teaching||SE1329||20 credits|
|Communicating in Relationships||SE1344||20 credits|
|Communication Disorders||SE1347||20 credits|
|Dissertation in Language and Communication 1||SE1383||20 credits|
|Dissertation in Language and Communication 2||SE1384||20 credits|
|Extended Dissertation||SE1385||40 credits|
|Patterns of Language||SE1396||20 credits|
|Media Discourse||SE1408||20 credits|
|The Graphic Memoir||SE1409||20 credits|
|Persuasion in the Legal Process||SE1414||20 credits|
|Experimental Approaches to Psycholinguistics||SE1418||20 credits|
|Language and Popular Culture||SE1419||20 credits|
|Visions of the Future: Climate Change & Fiction||SE2630||20 credits|
The University is committed to providing a wide range of module options where possible, but please be aware that whilst every effort is made to offer choice this may be limited in certain circumstances. This is due to the fact that some modules have limited numbers of places available, which are allocated on a first-come, first-served basis, while others have minimum student numbers required before they will run, to ensure that an appropriate quality of education can be delivered; some modules require students to have already taken particular subjects, and others are core or required on the programme you are taking. Modules may also be limited due to timetable clashes, and although the University works to minimise disruption to choice, we advise you to seek advice from the relevant School on the module choices available.
Learning and assessment
A diverse range of teaching and learning styles is used throughout the programme. You will attend lectures, participate in seminars and carry out independent research in preparation for each session. Modules usually last one semester and mostly consist of two lectures and one seminar per week, as well as independent study.
The learning activities will vary from module to module as appropriate, but may include such activities as: interactive lectures, seminar discussions of prepared texts/topics, student presentations or group presentations and small-group work within seminars. You are expected to do the reading and other relevant preparation to enable you to take a full part in these activities and are encouraged to explore the resources of the library as appropriate.
If you choose to take a Dissertation or Extended dissertation in Year three you will do independent research on a topic of interest to you, with regular help and supervision from a lecturer with expertise in that topic area.
How will I be supported?
You will be allocated a personal tutor who will help you reflect on your performance on the course and advise you on study techniques, module selection and career planning (in conjunction with the University’s Career Service). They will also provide a first point of contact if you experience any difficulties. Each semester, you will have a scheduled “Academic Progress and Personal Development Meeting” with your personal tutor.
We have a designated Employability, Internships and Placements Officer, who ensures that any work experience and placement opportunities are advertised to all students. Another member of academic staff acts as Disability and Diversity Officer and ensures that reasonable adjustments are made for students with disabilities. There is also a Study Abroad Coordinator who facilitates the option of spending part of your study at an institution abroad.
All modules make extensive use of the University’s Virtual Learning Environment, Learning Central, where you can access discussion forums and find course materials including, for example, links to core readings and other relevant materials, online tests, past exam papers and examples of student work from previous years.
The University offers a range of services including the Careers Service, the Counselling Service, the Disability and Dyslexia Service, the Student Support Service, and excellent libraries and resource centres.
We’ll provide you with frequent feedback on your work. This comes in a variety of formats including oral feedback during tutorials, personalised feedback on written work, feedback lectures, generic written feedback and feedback on tutorial performance
Coursework will be marked by your module tutor and your tutor will give you written feedback on your work. You will also have a feedback class after each assessment.
You will be given general feedback in relation to examinations following the May/June examination period and you will be able to discuss your overall performance with your personal tutor as part of the monitored student self-assessment scheme.
How will I be assessed?
A range of formative and summative assessment methods are used, including essays, examinations, presentations, portfolios and creative assignments.
Essays and examinations are used not only for assessment purposes but also as a means of developing your capacities to gather, organise, evaluate and deploy relevant information and ideas from a variety of sources in reasoned arguments. Dedicated essay workshops and individual advice enable you to produce your best work, while written feedback on essays feeds forward into future work, enabling you to develop your strengths and address any weaker areas.
The optional final-year dissertation provides you with the opportunity to investigate a specific topic of interest to you in depth and to acquire detailed knowledge about a particular field of study, to use your initiative in the collection and presentation of material and present a clear, cogent argument and draw appropriate conclusions.
What skills will I practise and develop?
As a result of engaging fully with this course, you will acquire and develop a range of valuable skills, both those which are discipline specific and more generic ‘employability skills’. These will allow you to:
- Grasp complex issues with confidence.
- Ask the right questions of complex texts.
- Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options and analyse these critically.
- Identify and apply relevant data.
- Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
- Communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
- Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
- Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
- Work as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.
- Use IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.
- Take responsibility for your own learning programme and professional development.
Knowledge & Understanding:
Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:
- Ability to analyse and discuss core areas of English language and linguistics, including phonetics, grammar, semantics, pragmatics and discourse analysis.
- Ability to identify and interpret a range of empirical linguistic phenomena and to use the relevant descriptive terminology.
- Ability to conceptualize the central role of language in constructing and perpetuating structures of power.
- Ability to analyse and assess how different social and cultural contexts affect the nature of language and meaning.
Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:
- Ability to critically evaluate ideas, arguments and empirical research.
- Ability to present information and ideas clearly and coherently in both written and oral formats.
Professional Practical Skills:
Students completing the Programme will be able to:
- Ability to collect, evaluate, synthesise and interpret qualitative and/or quantitative data.
- Ability to evaluate the impact of language use in a given context.
Students completing the Programme will demonstrate:
- Ability to sustain a critical argument that is responsive to the particular conventions of the genre.
- Confidence to tackle unfamiliar software packages and acquire new IT skills.
Our degree in English Language and Linguistics combines the best of humanities skills (flexibility, communication, critique) and social science skills (technical analysis and systematic method). Common destinations include primary and secondary school teaching, teaching English as a foreign language, speech and language therapy, (digital) journalism, the civil service and public administration.
The most common/popular employment options for graduates of this programme include:
- English teacher
- Research assistant
- Media professional
- Speech & language therapy assistant
- Business and public service professional
- Information technology and telecommunications profession
During your degree you can take full advantage of the wide-range of opportunities provided by the Careers Service.
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HESA Data: Copyright Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited 2021. The Higher Education Statistics Agency Limited cannot accept responsibility for any inferences or conclusions derived by third parties from its data. Data is from the latest Graduate Outcomes Survey 2019/20, published by HESA in June 2022.