As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.
Alongside your progression through the English language stages in each year of your degree, you will also follow a number of compulsory and optional modules in literature and linguistics. Each semester you will study four modules. One will be your language module. Usually, at least one will be an English literature module, and at least one will be a language/linguistics module. Your remaining optional modules are made up from a broad range available within the departments of English and Modern Languages (including cultural, social and political studies), or free elective modules. In your final year you will have the opportunity to prepare a dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.
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- 95% of our English students are satisfied with our teaching quality (National Student Survey 2013)
- A wide range of options, including groundbreaking work in international writing, film studies and creative writing
- The opportunity to study a language, plus student exchanges with Frankfurt, Lausanne, Barcelona and Cracow
Modern languages at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian for the last four years
Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
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You can take this programme with a year abroad at one of our 173 partner institutions in over 24 countries – use code Q392 when you apply through UCAS.
Typical entry requirements
This course is for international students.
We consider applications from international students with strong grades in High School qualifications. Typically a GPA of 3.0 or percentage grades of 80%.
IELTS: We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 7.0 with not less than 7.0 in Reading and Writing, 6.5 in Listening and Speaking, or an equivalent approved English test.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points overall with 17 at Higher level
Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here|
International Foundation Year
International students who do not currently meet our entry requirements may be able to join this course on successful completion of our International Foundation Year. For more information visit the IFY course page
- Average applications per place:
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Exceptionally we may ask you to come for an interview before making an offer.
Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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ENGL9___ English Language Stage
English: Narrative and Culture may be replace with an alternative module PLUS ENGL1004 Poetic Language OR ENGL1085 Multimedia Old English
Students can choose in semester one any other BA module option offered by Humanities. Students wishing to take non-English modules or non-Language /Linguistics modules must contact their Academic Advisor in the first instance.
- Introduction to the English Language in its global context
- Narrative and Culture
ENGL____ English Language stage
You must choose 3 modules from a defined list of LANG, LING, ENGL, likely to include those modules below
You must choose at least one LING/LANG option and one ENGL literature option. The remaining module is your own choice.
Students can choose in each semester any other BA module option offered by Humanities. Students wishing to take non-English modules or non-Language/Linguistics modules must contact their Academic Advisor in the first instance.
- Children's Literature
- Modern Drama since World War II
- Themes in Mid-Nineteenth Century American Literature
- Images of Africa in Literature and Culture
- Objects of Desire
- Literatures of Islands and Oceans
- Film Adaptation: Culture and Context
- Visions of Beowulf: new encounters with Anglo-Saxon culture
- Money and Meaning in American Fiction
- Contemporary Women’s Writing
- Queens, Devils and Players in Early Modern England
- Tales of Travel c.1000-1650: Idylls, Utopias, Monsters, and Cannibals
- The Figure of the Child in Literature, Film and Culture
- The Enlightenment Body
- From Black and White to Colour: A Screen History of ‘Race’, Gender and Sexuality in Post-War Britain
- Women Writers Remixed ca. 1850—1915
- Globalisation: Economics, Politics, Culture and the Nation State
- Ethnography for Language Learners
- Auto/biography, Testimony and Biography
- Discourse Analysis
- Sound and Voice
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).