English Language and Linguistics

English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons)

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.  

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Key Information

  • 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

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • Institution Code:

    CLANC C30

  • UCAS Code:


  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • English Language is ranked 1st in the UK for ‘Assessment and Feedback’ according to the National Student Survey 2020, with over 90% of student satisfied overall with their course. Linguistics was also 1st in the UK for Academic Support, Assessment and Feedback and Student Voice. 
  • Linguistics at UCLan is ranked in the UK's top 20 according to the Complete University Guide 2020
  • The English Language Skills Initiative for Employability (ELSIE) programme gives you opportunities to experience work-based activities, such as writing for the press and client publications.
  • We have links with a network of regional schools, for those interested in pursuing careers in teaching and education.

Course Overview

Default Pathway

Year 1

English Language Workshop (academic writing and employability)
The Sounds and Structures of English
Meaning in Interaction
Language Variation in Society
Corpus Linguistics

You also have 1 elective choice module from the following

Language, Gender and Identity
A Modern Language
Introduction to BSL

Subjects Covered at Year 2 and 3

Accents and Dialects
Child Language Acquisition (Guided Study Module)
Contrastive Linguistics
Corpus Linguistics
Discourse and Argumentation
English in Education
English Phonology
English Syntax
Forensic Linguistics
Foundations of English Grammar
Framing the News
History of English
Language Pathology and Clinical Linguistics
Language, Mind and Brain
Metaphor and Meaning
Power in Talk
The Language of Literature
World Grammars

TESOL Pathway

Year 1

English Language Workshop (academic writing and employability)
The Sounds and Structures of English
Meaning in Interaction

You also have 1 elective choice module from the following

Language, Gender and Identity
Language Variation in Society
Corpus Linguistics

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
​Teaching Young Learners

More information about programme specifications and module information is available in the course handbook.

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Fees 2020/21

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

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 104 UCAS Points.  We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Distinction
Pass Access Course: 106 UCAS Points  
International Baccalaureate:Pass Diploma with 104 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent 


TESOL Pathway Applicants: TESOL pathway students should apply via UCAS for BA English Language and Linguistics. The course leader will contact all applicants about their choice of default or TESOL pathway. 

International Students

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Not got the grades?

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

Foundation Entry Route

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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.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises 360 credits and each 20 credit (a standard module) equates to 200 hours of study, which comprises of a mixture of lectures, seminars, tutorials, practical sessions and independent study. Independent study is an important aspect of your degree course. The exact combination of study time will be detailed within your module descriptors, and will depend on your option choices.

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.

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.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.


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.


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.

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.

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Important Information

This course is based in the School of Humanities, Language and Global Studies

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2019 Entry | 2020 Entry
For information on possible changes to course information, see our Essential and Important Course Information.

Tuition Fees & Finance

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.
For 2019/20 fees please refer to our fees page.

Further Information for students

You can find regulations and policies relating to student life at The University of Central Lancashire on our Student Contract page.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our Essential and Important Course 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.