The most valuable asset this course has given me is confidence. This confidence has enabled me to move to a different country on my own and secure a job I love.



Communicating effectively in the English language is an essential skill.

Studying this course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the English language. You’ll also learn about the importance of language in communication at personal, public, group and cross-cultural levels.

Our work placement module allows you to develop your communication skills in a professional setting. By the end of the course you’ll feel ready to move into one of the many jobs where a strong command of the English language is highly valued.

Why Study English Language?

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.

Our course offers you the tools to understand the many complex and fascinating ways that human beings use language to communicate. It focuses not only on the theory but the applications of language as a means of communication.


Entry requirements

A typical offer would be 88-112 UCAS Tariff points

An interest in the English language and communication together with open­mindedness and a willingness to look at language and communication from a number of perspectives are important.

More information about entry requirements.

UCAS Points

All about the course

You'll study a range of modules focusing either on the English language or the interface between language and communication. You'll develop both your ability to understand language and communication, as well as the ability to investigate these areas. In each year, you'll study a range of compulsory modules that cover the key concepts and ideas in language and communication. As you progress into the second and third years, you'll have the opportunity to study optional modules that focus either on professional applications of language and communication, or on areas with a more traditional academic focus.

The course is divided into two parts; the first part is the more structured first year, and the second includes your second and third years, where you have few essential core modules but are generally more free to ‘mix-and-match’. Options offered in the second and third years may include how to teach English as a foreign language, business communication as well as options on language and gender, digital communication, or intercultural communication.

Work experience

You will gain work experience by doing the English Language in the Workplace module. Previous students have undertaken a range of placements in business and education. For example, one student did her placement in a hotel and was given the job to develop its online promotion and marketing.

Module information

Please note that the list of optional modules and their availability may be subject to change. We continually review and where appropriate, revise the range of modules on offer to reflect changes in the subject and ensure the best student experience. 

In Year One combined honours students will take three core modules. These modules differ depending on the combining subject. They have been set to meet the learning needs of the combined honours subject and align with the specific combination. You can see the list of core modules for each combination here.

Core/optional modules

How you’ll learn

When not attending lectures, seminars, workshops or other timetabled sessions, you will continue learning through self-study. Typically, this involves reading journal articles and books, undertaking research in the library, working on projects, and preparing for coursework assignments/examinations, workshops and seminars.

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before class and you'll also access our virtual learning environment (Blackboard) for guidance and materials related to independent study.

The English Language in the Workplace module allows you to find and carry out a 120 hour work placement related to language and communication.

With the second year Extended Essay and the third year Individual Study, you can research a topic that interests you, and you'll be supported by a dedicated tutor.

Your actual contact hours depend on the modules you select but your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours per week.

For each 20 credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

The team consists of highly qualified academics who have a range of expertise and experience. Our staff are research-active and they have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. 

Postgraduate students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules with the guidance of more experienced academic team members. However, our permanent course team deliver the vast majority of teaching.

You should note that members of the teaching team might change.

You'll be taught through a combination of lectures, seminars and workshops and will typically have between 9 and 12 contact hours per week, as well as the opportunity to meet with module tutors and personal academic tutors for tailored advice outside scheduled seminar time.

Seminars in smaller groups will enable you to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures.

All courses are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2022.

We are committed to supporting our student community in acquiring the knowledge, skills and confidence opening up opportunities for a wide number of careers areas of teaching, media, business, and other communication related professions.

Alexandra PolyzouEnglish Language Programme Director

How you’ll be assessed

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 including the use of PebblePad are a means of assessment in those modules concerned with the practical application of language and communication. Presentations occur in some modules. Finally, examinations are not just 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.

70% Coursework
30% Written exams

Your future career

The BA English Language provides a range of study and subsequent career options. You can ‘mix-and-match’ the option modules to reflect your interests, or you can select one of three pathways broadly corresponding to three of the main areas covered in the degree: the English Language Teaching Pathway, the Communication Pathway and the Applied Linguistics Pathway. All three pathways provide a sound basis for the study of English Language.

The English Language Teaching Pathway offers theoretical instruction and practical training for the teaching of English as a foreign language, including the internationally recognised CELTA teaching qualification. The Communication pathway provides background in communication studies, including intercultural and professional communication.

These provide valuable transferable skills for any profession in today’s global employment market, but render you particularly suitable trained for any post involving communication with stakeholders and requiring a high degree of intercultural expertise and sensitivity (for example in business, policing or civil service). The third pathway, Applied Linguistics, is also concerned with issues of culture, identity and society, but is more linguistically oriented. Students who have followed this pathway have a firmer grounding for pursuing careers including producing language (in writing, speaking or multiple modes), such as journalism, public relations, copy writing and publishing, in both traditional and new media. Providing these pathways enables you to choose more easily combinations of modules that suit not only your interests but also your aspirations for future careers, and make the focus of your degrees and training more visible to employers.

This course provides vital practical and theoretical skills which have allowed me to teach English abroad and work for Essex Police.

Rianne GayCrime Bureau Investigator, Essex Police

Graduate Outcomes Survey 2017/18

of our English Language and Communication students were in jobs or further study 15 months after finishing their course.

Combination courses

Combined UCAS Codes

American Studies Q3TR
Business Management QN3C
Creative & Professional Writing WQ83
Digital Media QG34
Education Studies XQ3J
English Literature Q390
Film, Radio and Television QW3P
International Relations LQG3
Politics QL32
Psychology QC3V
Sociology QL33
Sport and Exercise Science QC36

Combined Honours explained.



The 2020/21 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time £9,250 £13,000
Part-time £4,625 N/A

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

Please read the 2020/21 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2020/21 tuition fees and year on year fee increases.

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