English Language and Communication

BA single honours or in combination with another subject English Language and Communication 2016/17

Communication underpins how we, as human beings, function and operate in just about every area of our lives − the appropriate use of language and communication is the basis for success in virtually every domain of human activity, from politics, to business, to all areas of work, even to personal and family life. This programme offers you the tools to understand the many complex and fascinating ways in which language and communication work in the world, and also to improve your own abilities and skills in communication and daily discourse.

The aims of the English Language and Communication degree is to allow you to develop an in-depth understanding of the English language and its role in the world as well as an in-depth understanding of communication in terms of how it functions at interpersonal, public, group and intercultural levels. The English language is the dominant language of international communication and with increasing globalisation, it is important to have a refined understanding of the nature and structure of English and how we communicate with each other. An understanding of the various dimensions of language and communication will give you the ability to communicate more effectively in this complex, globalised world.

You will study a range of modules focussing either on language or communication (although there is a great deal of crossover between the modules). You will develop both your ability to understand language and communication, as well as the ability to investigate these areas.

In each year, you will take a range of compulsory modules that cover the key concepts and ideas in language and communication.

In the first year, you will explore what language is, what is it is used for, and what underlies language use in the English language strand. For the communication strand, you will study how communication operates between individuals, and within different social and professional groups. Single Honours students will also take a foreign language at beginner's level.

In the second year, the variety of ways in which we produce and interpret spoken and written texts is examined in the language strand while single honours students also study how we learn and acquire languages. Communication explores the ways in which culture and identity influence how individuals communicate, both verbally and non-verbally. In the third year, the language strand looks at the social dimensions of the global use of English, while for communication there is an investigation of what causes intercultural communication breakdowns and how this can be avoided. Single honours students also do an Individual Study in their final year (which is available as an option for combined honours students).

As you progress into the second and third years, you will have the opportunity to take option modules that focus either on professional applications of language and communication, or on areas with a more academic focus. For example, in the second year there are options focusing on how to teach English as a foreign language and on business communication while there is an option on the history of the English language.

In the third year, there are options focusing on international business communication, on intercultural training, and on teaching English as a foreign language, while more academic modules focus on language and gender and technology-mediated communication. Finally, in terms of developing your employability, there is an option of a work placement module.

The analytical and communication abilities that an English Language and Communication degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ and are considered desirable in almost any occupation. When you are looking for a job, they are often the most valuable skills to have. Furthermore, with modules focussing on the professional applications of language and communication and with a work placement module, this degree can enhance your employability.

Because of its flexibility, this degree lets you choose from many different employment sectors and occupations. Teaching and social work are common career destinations; working in communication training is another. A large number of graduates choose to work in a creative field, like journalism, advertising, PR or marketing. There are also many opportunities for further study and academic work.

Transferable skills gained on your course:

  • Independent working
  • Time management and organisation
  • Planning and researching written work
  • Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
  • Leading and participating in discussions
  • Negotiation and team working to present ideas and information
  • Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
  • Using your judgement to weigh up alternative perspectives
  • Critical reasoning and analysis
  • Using IT

Download a fact sheet with more information about your career options with English Language and Communication


The 2015/16 and 2016/17 annual tuition fees for this course are:







Tuition fees for all courses are payable on an annual basis, except where stated.

UK/EU full-time tuition fees for this course are set in line with the current maximum regulated tuition fee levels permitted by the UK Government.

Overseas full-time tuition fees for this course may be subject to an annual inflationary increase in every year where the course lasts more than one year. 

*Overseas fee scholarships may be available for eligible students. For further information please contact fees@canterbury.ac.uk or the International Office: ipo@canterbury.ac.uk.

**Full-time courses which have a Foundation Year 0 will have a 2015/16 and 2016/17 UK/EU tuition fee of £6,000 in Year 0.

Further information

Additional course costs

Although we aim to minimise any additional costs to students over and above the course tuition fee, there will be some additional costs which students on courses are expected to meet. 

Read further information about the general additional costs which apply to courses at Canterbury Christ Church University.

Some categories of additional costs are always payable by the student, as set out in the general principles.  These include costs for own purchase text books; DBS / Health Checks (although some may be reimbursed); Professional Body registration; travel to other sites; Library Fees and Fines; Printing & Photocopying; and travel and accommodation / subsistence costs whilst on Placements or Exchange visits.

Lectures are at the basis of delivery of many of the modules as a means to introduce subject knowledge and theory. However, there is very much an emphasis on these being participatory and interactive events allowing students to engage with the lecturer on the knowledge being transmitted. Seminars also play a key role in the majority of modules. They are not just a space in which to discuss the knowledge presented in lectures and in students’ reading, but they are also spaces in which they can participate in case studies, tasks and workshops that either examine examples of language and communication or apply English Language and Communication theory, knowledge and skills to solve problems. Furthermore, seminars are also a space in which students can carry out experiential tasks where they reflect on their own language use and communication behaviour. Tutorials are of key importance whether individual or group.

Tutorials have three different purposes: to discuss assessments; to discuss module content; and to discuss issues related to study skills and graduate skills. An important element for all modules is self-directed independent learning in terms of reading, note-taking, organisation, working on assessments and so forth.

The majority of modules offer more than one type of assessment being either a mixture of coursework and examination, or just coursework. With coursework, there is a range of assessments that includes more than the traditional essay and assignment. For many assessments, students collect authentic samples of language and communication for analysis and interpretation. Portfolios are a means of assessment in those modules concerned with the practical application of language and communication. Presentations occur in many modules. Finally, with examinations, they are not restricted to the traditional essay question, but are concerned with the analysis of examples of language and communication as well as problem solving of case studies using English Language and Communication theory, knowledge and skills.

English Language and Communication in the Workplace is a 3rd year optional module in which students partake in a three-week work placement.

In the work placement, students carry out a project in the area of English language and communication and are assessed on a portfolio of work. After a period of preparation through training provided by the Careers Development department and tutorial support, students seek out a work placement for themselves. During the process of seeking a work placement and during the actual work placement, students have full tutorial support.

This module provides students with the key skills in seeking and finding work as well as providing experience of the working world in which students apply their expertise in English Language and Communication. Students will be expected to pay for any travel costs to and from their work placement.  ​

Fact file

UCAS code

  • QPH9 English Language and Communication


  • 3 years full-time

Entry requirements

  • A typical offer would be 280 UCAS Tariff points
    An interest in language and communication (and particularly the English language and communication through English), together with open-mindedness and a willingness to look at language and communication from a number of perspectives are important. More entry requirement details.



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