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Wolverhampton School of Art

English Language and Media with Foundation Year

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

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree provides an opportunity for you to explore aspects of communication and cultural production from a variety of perspectives.

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree provides an opportunity for you to explore aspects of communication and cultural production from a variety of perspectives.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q314
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  • Fees View
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (8 years), Full-time (4 years)
  • Campus Location University of Wolverhampton
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree provides an opportunity for you to explore aspects of communication and cultural production from a variety of perspectives. In the Media element of the course, you will explore a variety of forms of media and their impact upon how we communicate. Forms of media range from radio, TV and newspapers to multimedia platforms and mobile phones. Students will learn about the ways in which media shape both our understanding of the world, and our perceptions of our place in that world. In the English Language element you will focus on the role played by language in communication whether in face-to-face conversation, in traditional paper-based texts or through digital media. Topics range from style in literary and media texts, the history of the English language, regional varieties of English in Britain and across the world, language and gender, conversation analysis, language and conflict, and language and humour.

What happens on the course?

You will typically take three modules each semester. Modules usually entail between two and three hours classroom-based teaching, with supplementary online tasks when appropriate. Teaching takes a variety of forms including lectures, interactive seminars and workshops. All staff members are available for one-to one tutorials to ensure that your studies are on track. Most modules will also involve some specified independent tasks and/or set readings. You will also be expected to engage in independent self-directed study.

There is a wide range of module choices on the Media and English Language degree. For example:
•    In the first year module Media, Culture and Society you will explore the ways in which the media influences other aspects of culture and society. In Introduction to TESOL, you will learn basic theories and methods related to the teaching of English as a foreign or second language. 
•    In the second year module Media Communication and Ethics you will engage with many of the current controversial media issues such as privacy and cyber-bullying. In Pragmatics and Conversation you will learn about how we make meaningful conversations and how we uncover hidden meaning.
•    In the third year module Persuasion and Influence you will explore the power of the media, and in particular the nature of propaganda and advertising. In Language and the Mind, you will explore the fascinating topic of psycholinguistics. In your final year you will also be expected to undertake an independent research project on a topic that is of particular interest to you.

•    Visits to various places, such as the set of Coronation Street, Shakespeare’s Globe Theatre or to talks on linguistic issues may be organised. 
•    Visiting speakers from the media industries are also arranged, providing you with the opportunity to hear about the latest developments and issues from the media professionals’ perspective.
•    There are various opportunities for work placements, which will enhance your CV and employability on graduation
•    There is a great deal of study skills support if you require guidance on essay writing skills, referencing, oral presentations etc.

Why not check out what our students got up to for their final projects at our annual Degree Show 2018

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

Graduates in English Language and Media have taken up a wide variety of careers including: working in radio, television, journalism, marketing, teaching, as well as various management and communication roles in retail, business and local government. The degree in Media and English Language provides an excellent foundation for continuing studies at a post-graduate level and is a pathway to our MA courses in English, Contemporary Media or Popular Culture.

Additional Information

Everything you need to know about this course!

All teaching takes place on City Campus. Teaching rooms are all well equipped with data-projectors. The library is extremely well stocked, and increasingly appropriate literature is available in digital form. 

Extensive use is made of on-line learning environments, which will provide you with easily accessible resources and facilities to support and enhance your study.

Many of the media team are leading academics in their field and are widely recognised for their publications and research. Other members of staff have a background of working in the media and creative industries. Members of the English Language team are research active in innovative fields such as computer-assisted text analysis and humour studies.

Manuel Hernandez (Course Leader) Senior Lecturer, Course Leader MA in Public Relations and Corporate Communications

A former Reuters correspondent, Manuel has worked for numerous global media outlets, such as CNN and other multinational corporations. He has focused his work on two main areas: generation of news content for specialised audiences (financial, business and political affairs) and planning and implementing corporate communications, PR and marketing plans.
Originally from South America, where he also worked for Brahma and Unilever in marketing and public relations, he has been teaching media-related modules at the University of Wolverhampton since 2006.

Stephen Jacobs Senior Lecturer Media
My academic background is in Indian religions, but I have long had an interest in religion and the media. I am interested and published both in how the media represents religion and also how various religious groups use new media forms, like computer games and social network sites. I am also a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy, and a member of the Media, Communications and Cultural Studies Association (MeCCSA).

Dr. William Pawlett Senior Lecturer in Media and Humanities
My research interests include Media and Cultural Theory and Continental Philosophy. I was nominated for Students’ Union and Vice-Chancellor’s awards for teaching. I Teach on the BA Media, MA Popular Culture and MRes Human Sciences. The modules I teach include: Key Concepts, Analysing Media Texts, Global Media/Global Culture, Media, Consumerism and the Body, Media Activism.

Deborah Orpin Senior Lecturer English Language
My research is in the field of corpus-assisted discourse studies. I am particularly interested in the public understanding of science and my recent research has focussed on the ways in which the risks associated with the measles, mumps and rubella (MMR) triple vaccine are discussed in online forums. I am a member of the British Association for Applied Linguistics.

Josiane Boutonnet Senior Lecturer English Language
My research interests include impromptu humour in conversation, conversational politeness and impoliteness and language and gender. I am a member of the International Society for Humour Studies, the International Gender and Language Association and the Linguistic Politeness Research Group. I am also a member of the Advisory Board for the International Summer School and Symposium on Humour and Laughter.


On completion of the course you will be able to:
•    Articulate orally and in writing knowledge of the forms and functions of English its history and development, and its use and variety in social, media and cultural contexts.
•    Demonstrate knowledge of different modes of communication and the issues that surround them within their social context.
•    Demonstrate the ability to apply a range of linguistic and critical approaches to the analysis of language and text outside the context in which first encountered.
•    Demonstrate knowledge of the institutional, political, economic and cultural factors that have an impact on the production and reception of media in regional, national and international contexts.
•    Demonstrate knowledge of the conventions across a diverse range of media forms and texts.
•    Demonstrate independent research skills.

In addition you will gain a number of skills such as the ability to effectively communicate in both written and spoken forms and to use social network sites and other digital platforms to enhance your profile and thereby increasing your employability prospects.

Location Mode Fee Year
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2019-20
Home/EU Full-time £9250 per year 2020-21
Home/EU Part-time £2975 per year# 2019-20
Home/EU Part-time £3050 per year# 2020-21
International Full-time £12000 per year 2019-20
International Full-time £12250 per year 2020-21
International Part-time £6000 per year# 2019-20
International Part-time £6125 per year# 2020-21

Additional Course Costs

Additional materials - £50 per semester

Additional Field trips - £50 - Trips to Media City Southwater

Additional Events/Performances - £300 -  All Students participate in the final year Degree Show. Costs will vary according to the medium and mode of your practice but considerations will be around materials, installation and presentation

Further information on these additional costs will be provided prior to the start of your studies

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

2020 Entry

Typical entry requirement: 48 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades DD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades PPP
  • Pass Access to HE Diploma (Full Award)

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

  • If you've got other qualifications or relevant experience, please contact The Gateway for further advice before applying.
  • International entry requirements and application guidance can be found here

 Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

Tuition Fees Loan: If you wish, you can take out a Government Student Loan which covers the full course fee. You pay it back once you’ve left university and your income is more than £25,725 (from April 2019). More information on repayments can be found at: repayments.
It’s available to eligible full-time higher education students and does not depend on family income.

The amount of the Tuition Fees Loan is paid directly to the University of Wolverhampton by the Student Loan Company.

Visit student finance on the website to find out more.

Self-funding: If you don’t want to take out a loan to pay your fees, you might want to take advantage of the University’s scheme to pay by instalments: see How to Pay.The funding available to you depends on when you started your studies and if you have been to University previously.

For more information please contact the Gateway.

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.


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