Course Overview

UK Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £14,400 *
Duration 4 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

Our degree courses with foundation year offer the opportunity to prepare you for advanced study before you progress onto a full honours degree. Whether you do not feel ready for degree-level study, don’t have the right qualifications, want to change your subject specialism or return to study after an absence from education, we aim to encourage a broad range of students to undertake our foundation year in order to progress onto their full honours degree with us.

The foundation year is designed to give you the opportunity to explore new ideas, opening up new perspectives on the key debates within your chosen field. Core modules accelerate your academic and professional development, bringing together like-minded students to think about the ‘big ideas’ within your discipline. You will also take modules from areas closely related to your chosen field, giving you the chance to develop a cross-disciplinary perspective on your course. 

On successful completion of the foundation year, you will be able to move on to study for the English Language and Linguistics BA Honours degree over a further three years study.

On this course, you'll study one of the key aspects of being human – our ability to use language. You'll examine how languages differ and what elements they share, as well as developing your knowledge of the historical and cultural aspects of the English language in particular.

The course provides a rare opportunity to combine in-depth formal linguistic study with a consideration of the ways in which the English language is used and how it reflects its social context. As a result, the course nurtures research and analytical skills at the same time as enhancing your own abilities with the English language.

You'll develop your knowledge and understanding of how the English language works in terms of its structure, how it has changed over time and how it's employed in different spoken and written contexts. Your knowledge of English will be informed and contextualised by your wider study of language as a human faculty. You'll examine what languages have in common and how they vary in terms of their grammatical structures and their sound systems. 

The course appeals to students interested in the nature of the English language and its variants, as well as students interested in language in general and the fundamental role it plays in our understanding of the world around us. It includes practical and theoretical modules that are invaluable for students interested in teaching English, speech therapy, editing, journalism, or advertising, but also helps to prepare you for any career that requires an advanced and sophisticated use of language.

The degree is particularly strong in improving the kind of transferable communicative and cognitive skills that employers need, and will prepare you for life-long personal and professional development.

Top reasons to study this course

  • Academic expertise – the teaching staff on this course are industry experts, with experience in topics that range from creoles and pidgins to sociolinguistics, language and gender
  • A holistic approach – study the underlying structure of language and how it's used, all in one course
  • Study in a true polyglot city – with over 250 languages spoken, London is one of the world's most linguistically diverse cities
  • An international experience – you'll have the option to spend one or two semesters at a partner institution in Europe, the USA, Canada, or Australia
  • Personal support throughout your degree – our small group tutorials are designed to support you, your studies and your career goals

Course structure

You'll mostly be taught through seminars of 15-25 students with some larger lectures, but you'll also benefit from weekly small-group tutorials of 5-7 students. The tutorials are designed to support your individual learning needs in the first two years of the course, enhancing your study and employability skills within a supportive framework.

Much of your learning is independent and conducted (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via our online learning system, Blackboard. The tutorials provide essential support for this kind of university-level study. 

Assessment methods range from small analytic exercises of language data, small research projects, and presentations, through to the preparation and writing of a Dissertation in the final year. Essays and written reports also feature as part of the coursework, and the core modules all combine coursework with some exams.

You can study option modules each year from a range of modules in the school and across the University, including Polylang - our language programme - which allows you to study another language. In Year 3 you complete a dissertation in a topic chosen by you, with one-to-one support from your supervisor. 

The following subjects are indicative of what you'll study on this course.

Subjects of study include: 

  • Introduction to Academic Practice
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Imagining Global Society and Politics
  • Critical Thinking for Academic and Professional Development 
  • Reading Identities
  • History, Memory and Belonging

There are no optional or elective modules offered at Level 3, as the focus is on the development of key academic skills through a broad understanding of social sciences and humanities.

Credit Level 3

Subjects of study include:

  • English Language and Linguistics Tutorial
  • Exploring Language
  • Language and Text
  • Language Myths
  • Words and Meaning

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • Discourse across Time
  • English Language and Linguistics Tutorial
  • Language and literary style
  • Language Structure and Meaning

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

  • Applied Language Studies
  • English Language and Linguistics Dissertation
  • Language and Power
  • Language Contact and Change
  • Language Form
  • Studies in Literary Language

Credit Level 6

Programme Specification

For more details on course structure and modules, and how you will be taught and assessed, see the programme specification.

Careers

With a growing global network of 3,000 employers, our Careers and Employability Service is here to support you to achieve your full potential.

Our graduates have gone on to a wide variety of careers, possessing highly sought-after communication and research skills. This is not a narrowly focused vocational degree, but one that prepares students for any career that values advanced communication skills, research skills and employees that can demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem-solving.

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Successful alumni

Our graduates have progressed to positions in companies and organisations including the BBC, MI5 and the NHS.

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Develop transferable skills

This course prepares you for any career that values advanced communication skills, research skills, initiative and creativity in problem-solving.

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Employers around the world

The University’s Careers and Employability Service has built up a network of over 3,000 employers around the world, helping all our students explore and connect with exciting opportunities and careers.

Career development

This degree prepares students for any career that values advanced communication skills, research skills and employees that can demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem-solving.

Graduates of this degree will have an array of important transferable skills involving language use, critical evaluation and application of theory, accurate and precise analytics skills, and strong skills of organisation and planning. They'll have in-depth knowledge and critical awareness of the role that language plays in society and in multi-cultural and multilingual contexts. They'll have a sophisticated awareness of English as a global language, and of how language and discourse reflect and create ideological structures in society.

Job roles

This course prepares you for roles and areas, such as:

  • Speech therapy
  • Language teaching
  • Project management
  • Web content management
  • Digital copywriter

Other graduates progress to further study and academic research.

Graduate employers

Our graduates have gone on to organisations, including:

  • BBC
  • Civil Service
  • MI5
  • NHS
  • PR company Spreckley PR

International Opportunities

Many of our courses offer international study and work experiences, and the University provides other global opportunities that all students can apply for - so whatever you're studying, you'll have the chance to go abroad.

Opportunities could include:

  • Taking part in semester or year-long exchanges at institutions around the world
  • Attending an international summer school or field trip
  • Developing your CV through volunteering or work placements abroad

International experience broadens horizons, boosts self-confidence, and improves global understanding, alongside being fantastic for your career.

Find out more about our international opportunities, including funding options and where you can go.

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Why study this course?

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Small group tutorials

The small group tutorials offer you a space to enhance your study and employability skills in a supportive environment.

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Study in a polyglot city

You'll not only be studying in the birthplace of the English language, but also in one of the world's most linguistically diverse cities.

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A holistic approach

You'll develop a holistic understanding of language, by studying not only how English is used, but also its underlying structure.

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Online open days

Join us at an online open day and get a feel for student life at the University of Westminster.

You'll get a chance to: 

  • Speak to our academic staff
  • Take a virtual reality tour of our student halls
  • Ask us any questions you may have about student finance and accommodation

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Entry Requirements

  • A Levels – DDE to CDD
  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB
  • BTEC Extended Diploma – MPP to MMP
  • BTEC Diploma – MM to DM
  • Access – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the Access course

In addition to one of the above, you should have: 

  • GCSE English Language grade 4/C – IB grade 4 Higher level, GCSE Maths grade 4/C – IB grade 4

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

We also welcome applications from students who are taking a combination of qualifications listed above. For further information, please contact Course Enquiries.

View more information about our entry requirements and the application process

  • International Baccalaureate – 64 to 80 UCAS Tariff points from the IB 

If your first language is not English, you will need an IELTS of 6.0 overall, with 5.5 in each component.

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Learn new skills

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Learn a new language

From Arabic to Spanish, you can learn a new language alongside your degree with our Polylang programme

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Develop your entrepreneurial skills

Our award-winning Creative Enterprise Centre offers industry networking events, workshops, one-to-one business advice and support for your startup projects. 

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Gain extra qualifications

We provide access to free online courses in Adobe and Microsoft Office applications, as well as thousands of specialist courses on LinkedIn Learning.

Fees and Funding

UK tuition fee: £9,250 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

Funding

As well as tuition fee loans, there is a range of funding available to help you fund your studies.

Find out about undergraduate student funding options.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

International tuition fee: £14,400 (Price per academic year)

When you have enrolled with us, your annual tuition fees will remain the same throughout your studies with us. We do not increase your tuition fees each year.

Find out how we set our tuition fees.

International student funding

Find out about funding for international students.

Scholarships

The University is dedicated to supporting ambitious and outstanding students and we offer a variety of scholarships to eligible undergraduate students, which cover all or part of your tuition fees.

Find out if you qualify for one of our scholarships.

Additional costs

You should budget between £50–£100 for additional materials at Level 4, £50–£100 at Level 5 and £50–£100 at Level 6.

See also our general policy on what your tuition fees cover.

Teaching and assessment

Below you'll find examples of how marks have been calculated and study time distributed in the past. Changes to assessment weights and division of study time may be made in response to feedback and in accordance with our terms and conditions.

How you'll be taught

Teaching methods across all our undergraduate courses focus on active student learning through seminars, workshops, problem-based and blended learning, as well as group work. Teaching will be informed by our research, giving you the benefit of the knowledge of current theories and, where appropriate, their practical application.

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How you'll be assessed

Assessment methods across our undergraduate courses may include essays, reports, presentations, case studies, videos, podcasts and posters, as well as time-constrained in-class tests and exams.

 

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Supporting you

Our Student Hub is where you’ll find out about the services and support we offer, helping you get the best out of your time with us.

  • Study support — workshops, 1-2-1 support and online resources to help improve your academic and research skills
  • Personal tutors — support you in fulfilling your academic and personal potential
  • Student advice team — provide specialist advice on a range of issues including funding, benefits and visas
  • Extra-curricular activities — volunteering opportunities, sports and fitness activities, student events and more

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Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites, situated on and around Regent Street – one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London.

Our Humanities subjects are based at 309 Regent Street, which includes recently refurbished social spaces, gym facilities and our Regent Street Cinema.

For more details, visit our locations page.

Contact us

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