English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

School of Humanities and Social Sciences




Under- graduate



Foundation Entry Route

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study this degree.

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  • Duration:

    Full-time: three years. Part-time: five to six years. Years 2/3 entry possible if previous study is compatible.

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    Q300; Short form: BA/ELS

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

Whether your passion is for how language works, how language is used in different communicative contexts, or how to teach English to speakers of other languages, the English Language and Linguistics degree will have something to offer you. Taught by a dedicated team of active researchers, this is a flexible programme which enables you to specialise according to your own individual interests and future career plans. In focusing on the development of written skills, providing work-experience opportunities and offering an exciting and unique suite of career-oriented modules, the degree has everything you need to help you realise your potential and impress future employers. Studying the TESOL route allows you to gain the internationally recognised professional teaching qualification (Trinity Cert TESOL) alongside your undergraduate degree.

Entry Requirements 2016/17

Full Time
260 at A2, General Studies accepted
BTEC : Distinction, Merit, Merit

Part time
260 at A2; General Studies accepted
BTEC Distinction : Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit

Entry Requirements 2017/18

104 points at A2; General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit Merit Merit
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction Distinction 
Pass Access To HE: 106 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 26P
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths & English or equivalent.

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.

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Course at a Glance

Default Pathway

Year 1

English Language Workshop (academic writing and employability)
English Syntax and Phonology
From Sound to Meaning
Language Variation in Society
Analysing Texts

You also have 1 elective choice module from the following

Language, Gender and Identity,
History of English Literature
Writing Identities
A Modern language or BSL
TESOL (Teaching English to Students of Other Languages)

Subjects Covered at Year 2 and 3

Framing the News
Language, Mind and Brain
Semantics and Pragmatics
Accents and Dialects
Foundations of English Grammar
History of English
English Morphology
Corpus Linguistics
The Language of Literature
Power in Talk
Discourse and Argumentation
English in Education
Language Pathology and Clinical Linguistics
Forensic Linguistics
English Syntax
English Phonology
Contrastive Linguistics

TESOL Pathway

Year 1

English Language Workshop (academic writing and employability)
English Syntax and Phonology
From Sound to Meaning
TESOL Core modules
An Elective choice

Subjects Covered at Year 2 and 3

English Language and Linguistics choices (see above)

Along with:
Teaching Practice in TESOL
Teaching Skills for TESOL
TESOL and World Englishes
Project Planning and Research Methods
Current Issues in TESOL
Work Experience in TESOL
TESOL Core 1A/1B

Further Information

The BA English Language and Linguistics course is a flexible course with two distinct pathways: a standard pathway and a TESOL (Teaching English as a Second Language) pathway.

No matter which pathway you choose, the key feature is choice. Whether you are interested in language structure (syntax, phonetics and phonology, morphology), how language varies according to user and context, or the teaching of language, the English Language and Linguistics course will have modules suited to you. Alongside an exciting range of modules, relating to language acquisition and change, language and gender, political discourse and argumentation, forensic linguistics, literary linguistics and psycholinguistics, we have an integrated programme of study aimed at enhancing your proficiency in written English. Also with budding teachers and speech therapists in mind, we have developed unique career-specific modules- English in Education, and Language Pathology and Clinical Linguistics- which allow students to consider how to apply their linguistics skills to a professional setting. Alternatively, you could choose to specialise in the related areas of media, forensic and political discourse, or the ‘nuts and bolts’ of language by choosing syntax, phonology and morphology.

We strive for our graduates to be competent both in their use and knowledge of English, in such a way that they can pass on such knowledge to others. Certain modules are designed to enhance verbal and written communication skills whilst simultaneously enhancing employability: specific attention is paid to the development of skills and attributes necessary for the students’ chosen careers. Students will be encouraged to identify their strengths and weaknesses and develop transferable skills. The course also fosters an independent, proactive approach to learning, which encourages the development of critical thinking and reasoning skills.


From the moment I arrived I felt welcomed and supported by the UCLan staff, who from the very beginning treated me as an individual and encouraged me to pursue further independent study. I graduated with not only first class honours, but increased confidence in my academic and personal abilities.

Becky Barnes


In English Language and Linguistics, we are a small but dedicated team of teachers and researchers who strive to enable all students to reach their potential, in preparation for professional life or further studies. We are all active researchers and and our teaching is research-informed. Collectively, we have specialisms in Pragmatics, Argumentation Theory, Forensic Linguistics, Corpus Linguistics, English Syntax and Phonology, Language Change, Ancient Germanic Syntax, Psycholinguistics, Morphology, and Educational Linguistics. Some of our researchers have been deemed to be ‘world leading’ in their fields.

Course Specification and Handbook

For a concise summary of the main features of this course, see our course specification.
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry:

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You can apply through UCAS to start in September 2017 until 30th June

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Fees 2017/18

Full-time: £9,250 per year (UK/EU)
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated and may be subject to increase annually in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rate

Further information:

For 2016/17 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

We have links with a network of schools in the region, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education; students who wish to teach are able to go on to gain a PGCE in primary or secondary education, or certificates in TESOL.

Learning Environment and Assessment

There are few large lectures on this course. First-year classes typically take the form of one hour workshops: after some input, students practise the skills covered. Later, classes are either workshop-style or seminar-style. There is laboratory work in the more technical areas, e.g. Corpus Linguistics.

Through the English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) Project you will have the opportunity to gain experience in work-based activities, such evaluating/critiquing webpage content, copy-editing, PR and press releases, customer/client information leaflets and brochures.

ELSIE will provide you the opportunity to combine personal development and career planning with your subject-specific knowledge in English Language and Linguistics – to help you improve your (academic) writing and communication skills, whilst simultaneously enhancing your employability.

Student projects have included: The Survivor’s Guide to starting High School, an ELSIE Employer-engagement event, taster sessions in local colleges, writing newspaper stories for the LEP, writing articles for West Lancashire Voluntary Service, designing resources for Schools with the Rosemere Cancer Foundation, and an Asian fashion show to raise money for the floods in Pakistan and Japan.

There is a variety of assessment methods in this course: unseen examination, written assignments, essay-type questions, and also oral presentations. Many modules require the students to analyse original data.

I realise how people use certain techniques in language and I can understand their intentions and hidden meanings.

Rachel Melling


Course facilities include well equipped classrooms and extensive Blackboard (Virtual Learning Environment) resources. Teaching is sometimes supplemented with guest speakers and students are encouraged to participate fully in group and project work. Classes will consist of lectures and seminars. Students are expected to participate in seminars and class discussions.


Graduates from our English Language courses have gone into a range of graduate professions in local government and public services, marketing, publishing, the police force, and graduate entry schemes in the private sector. Students have also gone on to study the PGCE to become teachers and some have pursued postgraduate research programmes at UCLan.

As a student in the school you will have access to our International Travel Bursary scheme through the Worldwise Awards, which enables you to spend some time overseas, on a project related to your studies. Also, through the Worldwise Centre you will get the opportunity to gain further practical experience through five day placements and short-term internships.

If you wish to study abroad as part of your course, UCLan offers a scheme for a semester/year abroad as we have exchange agreements with overseas universities.

Opportunities also exist for national and international work placement through studying a work experience module offered from our award-winning Centre for Volunteering and Community Leadership.

We offer a wide range of postgraduate taught Masters, including: MA in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages with Applied Linguistics, MA in Theatre, Histories and Methods (new – Subject to Validation). We also offer a number of places to students who wish to pursue research degrees (MA by Research/MPhil/PhD). For more information, please visit Research.