The University of Southampton
Humanities

Q311 BA English Language and Linguistics (3 years)

Introducing your degree

This is an exciting new programme which provides a solid foundation in the study of language and linguistics with a focus on the English language. The programme explores the structure of English, how it varies across speakers, how it develops and how it is used by speakers and users around the world. Taught by leading academics in the fields of English Language, Linguistics, Global Englishes and language acquisition, it will enable you to study on a robust but flexible programme involving an interdisciplinary approach. You will have an array of choices and will be able to tailor your module choices to your own interests and career choices.

Overview

You will be able to follow modules in theoretical linguistics, applied linguistics, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, language teaching, and World Englishes. There will also be an opportunity to study a foreign language, and take related modules in other disciplines such as English, Philosophy, Psychology and Film. It is a programme that provides you with knowledge and skills to follow a wide range of career options. A degree in English Language and Linguistics offers useful training and expertise that are of special professional relevance to those working in education, language teaching, speech therapy, translation, information technology, management, the mass media, creative arts, social work and counselling. More generally, this degree will enable you to develop the interpersonal and communication skills that employers are increasingly demanding.

View the programme specification document for this course

Programme Structure

The programme is divided into modules. Year 1 modules provide you with a solid foundation on key areas of the programme (e.g. grammar, language acquisition, sociolinguistics and variation) which you will further explore in Year 2 and Year 3. Various module clusters including ‘Language structure and acquisition’, ‘Language variation and use’, ‘Global Englishes’, and ‘Teaching English as a Foreign Language’ will be identified. These clusters will guide your choice of modules in Years 2 and 3. Students will have to do a compulsory dissertation as a double module across both semesters in Year 3. Students can opt to be part of the Ambassadors Scheme as well.

Credit is awarded for achievement of the learning outcomes of each module studied. Full-time students take eight modules in each year, four in each semester. Part-time students take a minimum of 2 and a maximum of 6 modules per year. Single modules have a credit value of 15, while double modules have a value of 30. Each level has a total credit value of 120.

First year modules, which provide a solid foundation to the programme, contribute to the qualifying examination, which must be passed at honours level before a student may proceed to year 2. A pass at this level provides the possibility of exit with a Certificate of Higher Education.

Successfully meeting the learning outcomes of Year 2 provides the possibility of exit with a Diploma of Higher Education. Second year modules are single-weighted in the calculation of the final degree result.

Final year modules contribute to the result of the final examination, as do those awarded in year 2, but they are double-weighted in the calculation of the final degree result.

There is the possibility to take free electives and Curriculum innovation modules in each semester, and to also combine the BA English Language and linguistics with a minor in Philosophy, Film Studies, English literature, Psychology or creative writing.

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including Grade A in English Language or another relevant essay-writing subject* in Humanities or Social Sciences.

Applicants taking the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) will also be made an alternative offer one grade below the standard offer, conditional on an A grade in the EPQ.

We accept all A levels except General Studies.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points, 17 at Higher Level, including 6 in Higher Level English or another relevant essay-writing subject* in Humanities or Social Sciences.

*Relevant essay-writing subjects include English Language and Literature, English Literature, French, German, History, Italian, Philosophy, Politics, Psychology, Sociology, Spanish.

 

International applications

We welcome applications from international students. 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. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. 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.

Alternative qualifications

 

We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

 

Contextual Offers

 

The University of Southampton is committed to widening participation and ensuring that all students with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data supports our admissions teams to recognise a student’s potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Students who flagged in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme.

 

A typical contextual offer is ABB from three A levels including Grade A in English Language or another relevant essay-writing subject* in Humanities or Social Sciences or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

 

Please see our contextual admission pages for more information.

Selection process:

Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.

 

This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.

Modules

Typical course content

You will follow 4 modules in each semester. Some are compulsory, but there are optional modules in linguistics and other subjects. You also have the option of taking a foreign language. View the language modules on offer.

Year 1

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Semester One
Compulsory
LING1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
ARCH1001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
ENGL1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC1016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Compulsory
LING1003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING1005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
LANG1004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG1013Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL1002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

Year 2

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Learn a Language

You also have the option of taking a foreign language.

View the language modules

Semester One
Compulsory
LING2011Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Optional
LING2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2004Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2008Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG2005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LANG2002Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2021Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
LING2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2009Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING2010Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PHIL2014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC2007Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
SOCI2003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

UOSM2017 - Intercultural Communication in a Global World

Year 3

The following is an indicative list of available optional modules, which are subject to change each academic year. Please note in some instances modules have limited spaces available.

Learn a Language

You also have the option of taking a foreign language.

View the language modules

Semester One
Compulsory

XXXX Dissertation (semester 1 and semester 2)

Optional
LING3001Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3003Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
LING3005Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
GERM3016Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PAIR3014Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
Semester Two
Optional
LING3006Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15
PSYC3044Credit[?]
Credits are based on the Credit Accumulation and Transfer Scheme (CATS).
15

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

NameYear of entryMode of studyUK/EUInternational
BA English Language and Linguistics2018Full-time£9,250£16,536
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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Learning & Assessment

Teaching and Learning Methods

The Year 1 induction programme introduces you to learning strategies and methods, and also ensures that you sign up for training sessions in the use of ICT and for an introduction to the University Library. Your experience of all these induction activities is monitored during personal tutorials.

The emphasis in Year 1 is on developing basic bibliographical and referencing skills, producing written work according to academic conventions, on making individual and group presentations and developing an independent approach to learning. We also encourage you to develop good computer skills.

In Year 2 the stress is on developing the kind of research skills and independent learning strategies which will prepare you to make the most of Year 3. This includes working with others on group tasks.

In the final year we stress advanced research skills, including the evaluation of the roles of primary and secondary sources, and developing the ability to develop a sustained argument in writing and to give academic oral presentations.

Written, in-class and tutorial feedback is given to help you to identify the strengths and weaknesses of your key skills. You will monitor and evaluate your own progress in key skills with your personal tutor.

Assessment methods

The effectiveness of your communication, learning and research skills is tested through both assessed coursework and examinations, which variously involve writing of different kinds, group and individual projects, and oral presentation and other interactive tasks.

Your use of ICT implicitly contributes to your assessment since it is a necessary condition for presenting much of your work and for communicating with your tutors.

Breakdown of study time and assessment

Proportion of time spent in scheduled learning, teaching and independent study
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Scheduled learning & teaching study18%17%18%
Independent study82%83%82%
Placement study0%0%0%
Proportion of assessment by method
Learning, teaching and assessment stage123
Written exam assessment50%25%0%
Practical exam assessment13%14%5%
Coursework assessment37%61%95%

Study Locations

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