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Wolverhampton School of Art

Media and English Language

BA (Hons) Part-time 6 years, Full-time 3 years

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree introduces you to cutting-edge research into different forms of communication from diverse perspectives.

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree introduces you to cutting-edge research into different forms of communication from diverse perspectives.

  • Institute Code W75
  • UCAS Code Q31M
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  • Start Date(s) 21 September 2020
  • Award BA (Hons)
  • Study Mode Part-time, Full-time
  • Course Length Part-time (6 years), Full-time (3 years)
  • Campus Location Wolverhampton City Campus
  • School Wolverhampton School of Art

Why choose this course?

BA (Hons) English Language and Media integrated joint degree introduces you to cutting-edge research into different forms of communication from diverse perspectives. You will examine aspects of spoken interaction, studying, for example, the effects of region, class, ethnicity and gender on language, and explore a variety of forms of media, from traditional print-based media to TV, radio and digital media. You will find out how conversations are managed, how everyday and mass media narratives are structured, how people use language to inform, persuade, entertain, or troll, and you will learn about the ways in which texts and media shape both our understanding of the world and our perceptions of our place in that world.

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 How English Works, you will learn about how meaning is expressed through the words and structures of the language and you will be introduced to the cutting-edge computer-assisted method of language research known as corpus linguistics.
  • 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 Language and Society, you will learn about how the way we speak varies according to where we come from and our regional, ethnic and gender identities, while in Stylistics: Stories and Style, you will learn about the ways in which narratives are constructed and media spin is created.
  • 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 Gender, Sex and Language, you will explore issues related to language-related gender inequalities, while in Language and the Mind, you will learn about 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 Degree Show 2019

Course Modules

Potential Career Paths

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 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: 96 UCAS points

  • A Levels - grades CCC / BCD
  • BTEC L3 Extended Diploma or OCR Cambridge L3 Technical Extended Diploma - grades MMM
  • Access to HE Diploma: 45 L3 credits at Merit

Use the UCAS Tariff calculator to check your qualifications and points

Other Requirements

Students must usually have studied for a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, we will consider applications from mature students who do not have two years of post-16 study, where they have relevant work experience. Please see for further information.


“I enjoyed my Media degree for various reasons. I primarily enjoyed the course because I learned a great deal about the global significance of the media, and also how the media represents different cultural identities. I enjoyed doing presentations and the freedom to research what interested me in my final year. The teaching staff are very helpful I found and if I had any problems were always there to speak to.”  - Media graduate.

“This degree has opened so many doors for me. I feel I have developed both academically and personally. I never imagined how much I would learn and how interesting the world of English Language and Linguistics really is. I would do it all again.” – English Language graduate.

“Having returned to education as a mature student, after a long break, I was immediately put at ease by the staff at the University of Wolverhampton. The Linguistics and English Language team were always incredibly approachable, helpful and reassuring.” – English Language graduate.

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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