School of Social Science and Humanities

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics with Foundation Year

BA (Hons) Full-time 4 years, Part-time 8 years

The English Language and Linguistics integrated joint offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of language related topics in a stimulating and multi-cultural environment.

The English Language and Linguistics integrated joint offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of language related topics in a stimulating and multi-cultural environment.

Award
BA (Hons)
Start date(s)
13 January 2025,16 September 2024
UCAS Code
Q312
Course specifications
Course length
Full-time (4 years),Part-time (8 years)
Campus location
University: City Campus
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Why choose this course?

The English Language and Linguistics integrated joint offers students the opportunity to explore a wide range of language related topics in a stimulating and multi-cultural environment. By means of high  quality teaching and a flexible, responsive and vocationally relevant curriculum, students will learn about how meaning is created, not only through choices of words and grammatical structures, but through wider social and cultural contextual factors. Students will learn about the diverse ways in which languages in general, and the English language in particular, vary and change according to time, geographical location, and to factors such as the status, class or gender of the speakers. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

The Foundation year prepares students for university level study. Successful completion of our Foundation course permits access to any of our Humanities or Media BA (Hons) degree courses, which include English, English Language, Creative Writing, Linguistics, Media, Philosophy and Religious Studies — many of which can be taken singly as specialist degrees or together as ‘joint’ degree routes. The Foundation year begins with modules aimed at providing transferable study skills and then, in the second semester, gives students the opportunity to study more specialist modules, with a focus on various aspects of Humanities and Media.

What's unique about this course?

1.    You will acquire linguistic skills that will equip you to work in the areas of teaching, journalism, speech therapy and copy writing. 
2.    You will be taught rich content covering all aspects of linguistics by scholars who research and publish on dialect, sociolinguistics, teaching English, conversation analysis and corpus linguistics. 
3.    You will have the opportunity to gain relevant professional experience and the possibility for a sandwich year, work placements and relevant voluntary work experience in the museum sector, TESOL teaching, education and more.  
4.    You will undertake own research at Level 6 concerning linguistics in the world. Recent examples include the decline in the use of Cantonese at an official level in Hong Kong, language shift in the Panjabi diaspora of Wolverhampton and attitudes towards Mirpuri among Pakistani heritage speakers in the West Midlands.  
5.    For your assessments, you will have opportunities to collect and analyse your own data with the guidance of experienced tutors, so you can research areas of language of interest to you.  

What happens on the course?

The English Language modules that form part of this degree focus on textual analysis and on variation in language. At level one, students analyse the way meaning is constructed in texts and they also study the history of English. At levels two and three, emphasis is placed on language use in its social and cultural context. Students analyze diverse accents, dialects and world varieties of English, as well as looking at factors such as culture, class and gender. Students also examine the ways in which relations of power influence the production of texts in society.

The Linguistics modules address the fundamental concepts of language. Year one explores word and sentence structure, the sounds of language, second language acquisition, and important issues in applied linguistics. At level two, students look in greater detail at phonology/phonetics, morphology and syntax, as well as the constraints on language imposed by social context and stylistic choices. They also have the chance to study language meaning (i.e. semantic and pragmatic theory), and to take a language-based research methods module. Year three explores those aspects of structural and applied linguistics not previously covered, and includes a specialist module on language and the mind.

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates in Linguistics, English Language and TESOL have specialisms across the Arts and Sciences.  Our graduates have gone on to military communication training, further education teaching, forensic linguistics (working with legal experts presenting linguistic evidence to the courts). They have taken jobs in speech and language therapy, computational linguistics and in teaching across mainstream and specialist situations, in both multilingual and monolingual contexts and all over the world. Recent graduate destinations have included Birmingham City University, Shropshire Council, Birmingham Adult Education Services, CoachBright social mobility charity, as well as schools, further education colleges and universities across the UK, Europe, Japan, China and South Korea.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

The team prides itself on giving individual attention to students. We believe in interactive learning and encourage full participation from all our students: external examiners have consistently highlighted our innovative assessments as a major strength.

Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For English Language:

"I've read many good essays which show students' real engagement with module primary and secondary materials, which in turn suggest overall degree structures with decent breadth"

"Each module in Wolverhampton is assessed by more than one mode of assessment, allowing students to play to their strengths".

"All of these show good practice, real dedication to teaching on the tutors' behalf, and a great deal of effort going into the designing of modules, the setting of assignments, and the assessment of the submitted assignments".

"I particularly liked seeing innovative assessment methods … adjusted to the different kinds of student population".

For Linguistics:

“As always, I have found the marking consistent within individual modules and across modules. There is good evidence of a dialogue between first and second markers and my judgement has been sought in relation to one piece of assessed work. Markers provide extensive feedback which guides students towards addressing their weaknesses. What is also good practice is the provision of extensive notes within each assignment. Student work is of good quality with some very impressive independent research being carried out. The range of exam questions and essay topics is stimulating and reflects the high quality of the teaching."

 

On successful completion of this course you will be able to:

  • articulate orally and in writing knowledge of the forms and functions of English, and its use and variety in social and cultural contexts;
  • demonstrate creative thinking, critical analysis and the ability to construct a sustained and coherent argument orally and in writing;
  • demonstrate key employment skills (eg. self-management, IT, digital literacy, enterprise, working in groups).

Location Mode Fee Year
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2022-23
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2023-24
Home Full-time £9250 per year 2024-25
Home Part-time £3120 per year# 2022-23
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2023-24
Home Part-time £4625 per year# 2024-25
International Full-time £13450 per year 2022-23
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14450 per year 2023-24
International Full-time £14950 per year 2024-25

The University is committed to a transparent fee structure, with no hidden costs, to help you make an informed decision. This includes information on what is included in the fee and how fees are calculated and reviewed

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

Prepare for Foundation Pathway: - We will consider mature applicants (age 21 or over) who have not achieved 48 UCAS points (equivalence) from prior level 3 qualifications, if you have a keen interest in this subject area or hold relevant experience.  You will be required to attend a compulsory Prepare for foundation assessment day where you will take part in a variety of activities which will assess your suitability for the course.  If you would like more advice and guidance about this admissions pathway, please contact Gateway to discuss and support you making an application to us.

Academic Pathway: - 48+ UCAS tariff points

Either

  • A-levels: Grade profile of DD
  • Access to HE Diploma: (60 credits) of which a minimum of 45 must be at Level 3 (48 UCAS point equivalence, minimum 45 credits at pass)
  • BTEC: Grade profile of PPP
  • T-Level: Pass grade with a core component profile less than C.
  • Tariff: Other Level 3 qualifications are accepted for entry. A minimum of 48 UCAS Tariff points will be required.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements: Applicants must be 18 years old or above at the start of the course.

“I truly enjoyed studying English Language and Linguistics as a Joint Honours Degree at the University of Wolverhampton. I have always been fascinated by languages, and by choosing this course I hoped to gain more understanding about […] how language works. The subject combination turned out to be a perfect match; it gave me a well-rounded insight into the theoretical aspects of language and at the same time I had ample opportunity to apply my newly acquired knowledge. During my course, I learned many new things about languages from all over the world and about English in particular. I would recommend this very well-balanced combination to anyone who is enthusiastic about languages”.

“I started Linguistics ‘blind’ without any previously teaching in the subject and no expectations as to what I would be learning or gaining from the experience. […] I have found every module stimulating. […] Students can apply their knowledge to their own native or second language.”

“The most important thing to note about the study of Linguistics is how much fun it can be.[…]The quality of teaching within Linguistics is excellent, with staff being extremely knowledgeable and enthusiastic, but also very supportive and approachable.”

"I thoroughly enjoyed learning about different languages and how they are developed, particularly writing in phonemic script. The whole course has been fantastic, but my highlight has been graduating and being on stage to collect my degree!" - Katrina Dunbar 

Tuition Fees Loan (Home Fee Status):

Most students will be able to apply for a loans to pay for these subject to eligibility. To find out more information please refer to the government Student Finance website.

Changes for EU students:

The UK government has confirmed that EU students starting courses from 1 August 2021 will normally be classified as having Overseas Fee status. More information about the change is available at UKCISA:

EU citizens living in the UK with 'settled' status, and Irish nationals living in the UK or Ireland, will still be classified as Home students, providing they meet the usual residency requirements, for more information about EU Settlement Scheme (EUSS) click here.


Self-funding:

If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees or if you aren’t eligible to receive a loan, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: See How to pay.

For more information please contact the Gateway.


Your employer, embassy or organisation can pay for your Tuition fees:

If your employer, embassy or organisation agrees to pay all or part of your tuition fees; the University will refer to them as your sponsor and will invoice them for the appropriate amount.

We must receive notification of sponsorship in writing as soon as possible, and before enrolment, confirming that the sponsor will pay your tuition fees.


Financial Hardship:

Students can apply to the Dennis Turner Opportunity Fund.

for help with course related costs however this cannot be used for fees or to cover general living costs.


Bursaries and Scholarships:

In addition the University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships packages

You can find more information on the University’s Funding, cost, fee and support pages.

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