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Start Dates: Oct
Attendance: Full-time | Part-time | Part-time day
Course Level:Undergraduate
Duration: 3 Years
UCAS Code:Q140
Campus Location: Bedford Campus

About the course

The English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons) degree gives you the opportunity to explore the nature and complexity of the English Language. You will gain an understanding of its structure, of how it works and how it is learnt.

Through exploring language use in a range of social and professional contexts, you will develop powers of analysis and critical thinking as well as professional communication skills – a skill set which is in great demand across a wide range of professions.


 

  • Language is what makes us human – so, studying language is not just of academic interest, it gives insights into what makes people and society tick
  • A course combining theory and practice
  • Learn valuable skills for careers that require high-level analytical and communication abilities
  • Develop your understanding of how language works: grammar, pronunciation and meaning
  • Explore how language realises our meanings and our social identities
  • Gain expertise and a deeper understanding of a topic of particular interest to you through research tailored to your personal interests
  • Explore the practical applications of linguistic theory in various contexts
  • Benefit from a course which prepares you for a wide range of careers or for further postgraduate study

Linguistics is at the crossroads between the arts and the sciences. Consequently, you will call on and develop a wide range of skills and ways of thinking – from the analytic and theoretical through to the more practical and intuitive.

There are many professions that directly or indirectly apply theoretical and practical knowledge of how language works: education, law, speech therapy, journalism, media and marketing to name but a few.

The BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics course at Bedfordshire has an excellent track record of both high-quality teaching and student satisfaction and is prominent in subject league tables (ranked 7th nationally for Linguistics, Complete University Guide 2017).


A Degree with a Foundation Year gives you guaranteed entry to an Undergraduate course.

Whether you’re returning to learning and require additional help and support to up-skill, or if you didn’t quite meet the grades to pursue an Undergraduate course, our Degrees with Foundation Year provide a fantastic entry route for you to work towards a degree level qualification.

With our guidance and support you’ll get up to speed within one year, and will be ready to seamlessly progress on to undergraduate study at Bedfordshire.

The Foundation Year provides an opportunity to build up your academic writing skills and numeracy, and will also cover a range of subject specific content to fully prepare you for entry to an Undergraduate degree.

This is an integrated four-year degree, with the foundation year as a key part of the course. You will need to successfully complete the Foundation Year to progress on to the first year of your bachelor’s degree.

Why study a degree with a Foundation Year?

  • Broad-based yet enough depth to give you credible vocational skills
  • Coverage of a variety of areas typically delivered by an expert in this area
  • Gain an understanding of a subject before choosing which route you wish to specialise in
  • Great introduction to further study, and guaranteed progression on to one of our Undergraduate degrees

The degrees offering a Foundation Year provide excellent preparation for your future studies.

During your Foundation Year you will get the opportunity to talk to tutors about your degree study and future career aspirations, and receive guidance on the most appropriate Undergraduate course to help you achieve this; providing you meet the entry requirements and pass the Foundation Year.

 


Units

  • Academic Discourse (LNG024-1) Compulsory
  • An Introduction To Linguistics And Phonetics (LNG029-1) Compulsory
  • An Introduction To Speech (LNG025-1) Compulsory
  • How Texts Work (LNG028-1) Compulsory
  • Sounds, Words And Grammar (LNG026-1) Compulsory
  • The History Of English (LNG027-1) Compulsory
  • Applying Linguistics (LNG023-2) Compulsory
  • Exploring Grammar (LNG025-2) Compulsory
  • Language In Society (LNG026-2) Compulsory
  • Language, Truth & Logic (LNG020-2) Compulsory
  • Second Year Research Project (LNG022-2) Compulsory
  • The Meaning Of Meaning (LNG019-2) Compulsory
  • The Sounds Of English (LNG024-2) Compulsory
  • Analysing The Workplace (EDC152-3) Compulsory
  • Dissertation In English Language And Linguistics (LNG017-3) Compulsory
  • English Syntax (LNG022-3) Compulsory
  • Forensic Linguistics (LNG024-3) Compulsory
  • Language, Literacy & Cognition (LNG019-3) Compulsory
  • Psycholinguistics (LNG020-3) Compulsory

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the course and include academic papers, presentations, journals, language data collection and analysis, examinations and portfolios of practical tasks. There is also a variety of group and individual assessments which will develop independent, critical thinking and serve to reinforce our research culture. Each piece of work is graded individually whether done collaboratively or otherwise. You can expect to produce a critique of theory and current practices, and to evidence your ability to make informed decisions. Feedback plays an important role in the course and you will be expected to engage in self and peer feedback, especially in formative and presentation assessments. Research Ethics is an integral part of the course and together with training in research methods provides the foundations for the final dissertation: the culmination of the course which entails managing the research project from start to finish. This substantial body of work is normally based on original research and on the application of language theory.

Entry Requirements

We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk

As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details

Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

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Entry Requirements


We will consider you as an individual and take into account all elements of your application, not just your qualifications. We are looking for breadth and depth in your current studies and enthusiasm for the subject you wish to study.

UCAS Tariff Points

  • At least 80 points with 64 points from 2 A level passes at C or above
  • At least 80 points with 64 from Merit Merit in two BTEC Subsidiary Diplomas or one BTEC Diploma
  • At least 80 points with Merit Merit Pass in the BTEC Extended Diploma
  • A completed Access to Higher Education Diploma Equivalent qualifications such as Irish Leaving Certificate, OCR Nationals, International Baccalaureate and CACHE Level 3 awards.

You can work out how many UCAS points your qualifications are worth with the UCAS tariff calculator

Contact the Admissions Team for additional guidance on whether the qualifications you currently hold or are taking would be suitable for entry.

T: +44 (0)1582 743500
E: admission@beds.ac.uk


As a general guide, to apply for a place on an undergraduate course (BA/BSc) at the University you need to have completed your high school education and have the required English qualification.

We have students from all the European Union member countries so we are quick to make decisions on most qualifications. See your country page for more details


Check Your Country page to confirm that your local qualifications are suitable or contact your International Admissions Team

  • No Level 6 entry
  • A-Level English Language is advantageous, but not essential
Given the cumulative effect of the curriculum and the requirement to undertake original research in the dissertation, we do not normally accept direct entries into the final year.

A degree in English Language and Linguistics leads directly into several professions with many of our students going on to careers in education (from primary to university level) as well as speech and language therapy. However, linguistics is also an extremely good choice for students wo are presently unsure of their future career as it calls on and develops a wide range of transferrable analytical and communicational skills which are valued by employees across a very wide range of professions. Previous students have found careers in the civil service, marketing, media, the police force and many more.

Fees and Funding

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Clicking this card will take you to /howtoapply/money/extra-costs/

Fees and Funding


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year. You can apply for a loan from the Government to help pay for your tuition fees. You can also apply for a maintenance loan from the Government to help cover your living costs.

See www.gov.uk/student-finance

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the Academic Year 2020/21 is £9,250 per year.

The University of Bedfordshire offers a number of scholarships and bursaries to help you finance your studies.

See www.beds.ac.uk/scholarships

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk


The full-time standard undergraduate tuition fee for the academic year 2020/21 is £12,350 per year. A prompt payment discount is available if you pay the full Year 1 fee before or at registration. There are also special scholarships available.

See www.beds.ac.uk/intfees

The University reserves the right to increase tuition fees by no more than inflation.

Alternatively if you have any questions around fees and funding, please email admission@beds.ac.uk

Extra Costs

Find out more about additional costs while studying at Bedfordshire. Click here.

How to Apply

Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS

EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form

International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student

How to Apply


Application for most full-time undergraduate and foundation courses is via the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).

We expect to receive UCAS applications between 1 September and 15 January for courses starting in the following academic year, but may consider applications received after this date should places be available.

Please contact admission@beds.ac.uk for further details.

All UK schools and colleges are registered with UCAS to manage their students' applications. Advice on how to submit your UCAS application is available from your school or college.

If you are not at school or college (including mature students) you should apply independently via UCAS


EU students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply via UCAS or direct using our admissions form


International students applying for a full-time undergraduate degree at the University of Bedfordshire should apply direct using our admissions form or via our representatives in your home country

You can also apply online

Find out more about how to apply as an International student