BA single honours  English Language with Foundation Year 2019/20

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A number of our degrees are also offered with an additional foundation year (Year 0). Whether you are a school-leaver or someone considering returning to study but don’t have the entry requirements for your chosen subject, a foundation year course may be just what you’re looking for.

A foundation year is the first year of a four year programme which:

  • provides an introduction not only to study at University but also to your chosen subject
  • offers you a highly supportive environment where you can develop the self-confidence, knowledge, skills and understanding for further study.

Following the Foundation Year you will go on to explore areas including:

  • how language works
  • how people communicate
  • how people use, learn and teach English
  • how people from different cultures communicate successfully

90% Students in work / study six months after finishing this degree.


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

The aim 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 its role in communication 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. With its practical focus, you can study how language is used in the worlds of work, education and the media. 

Top reasons to choose this course

  • Focus on how language skills can be applied to the real world
  • The opportunity to do a work placement, carrying out a project in a work setting related to English Language 
  • You can study teaching English as a foreign language.
  • Unlike some other University courses, we focus on the relationship between English language and communication. Our teaching staff are experts in language, communication and the interface between the two

"The most valuable asset the programme has given me is confidence. I am now confident in my ability to effectively communicate in a variety of different social and cultural contexts, and am even (relatively!) unfazed by public speaking. This confidence has enabled me to move to a different country on my own and secure a job I love."

Hannah Fairhead Graduated 2016 now in-house copywriter for a North American parking and transportation company

You can study French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Spanish as part of, or alongside, your course.

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You will study a range of modules focusing 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 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 will 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. Options offered in the second and third years have included how to teach English as a foreign language, international business communication as well as an option on the history of the English language.

"Having joined the course as a mature student and now returned to the world of full time employment, there are so many elements that have helped me to progress in my career. This is a relevant and exciting course, which adds considerable value to your personal and professional development - I'm now considering a masters."

Mark Hassan Ali, Graduated 2015 Talent Acquisition Manager at YouGov

Work experience

You can gain work experience by doing the English language in the workplace module. Previous students have done 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.

Research seminars

The School of Language and Applied Linguistics have an annual programme of research seminars which English Language students can attend.

Foundation Year Zero

As a student on a Faculty of Arts and Humanities Foundation Year course you will undertake 4 core modules introducing you to study in the arts and humanities and university level skills. 

Core Modules

Semester One

  • Life and Study 

A module introducing you to Life and Study at university, equipping you with the personal management skills you need to make the most of your time here. 

  • Understanding Arts and Humanities 

A module introducing research methods and key skills, such as academic writing, referencing, presentations and critical reading. 

Semester Two

  • Being Human

A module introducing modernity and how it is identified and researched. You will choose your own individual example of modernism, whether it be an object, a work of art, an idea or a piece of literature. 

  • School Core Module 

A module designed to equip you with the skills relating to your chosen subject area, providing you with a seamless transition to level 4/year one.   

Complementary Modules 

In addition you will be offered two complementary modules, one to be studied in each semester. For this subject you will study:

Semester One

  • Foundation English Literature 

You will study literature written in English in its historical, cultural and critical contexts. You will be introduced to a variety of perspectives, including social justice, definitions of gender and the exchange of knowledge and power.


  • Introduction to Global Humanities 

You will study the materials and concepts that inform the meaning of being human from global south diaspora perspectives. You will explore key concepts such as identity, freedom, justice, culture, belonging and migration.

Semester Two

  • Foundation English Language and Communication 

You will study the ways in which written and spoken communication operate in different settings and with different effects. 

Core modules

Year 1

Introduction to EL in Higher Education (20 credits)

This module is your introduction to studying English Language at university level. It will provide you with the skills and knowledge required for you to have success in learning (e.g. in lectures, seminars and tutorials) and in assessment (e.g. assignments, presentations and examinations) while also providing you with an overall introduction to the subject. This module will involve both classroom work and work with your personal tutor.

Exploring Language (20 credits)

The aims of the module are for you to develop an understanding of the nature of language and the expression of meaning, and of how the resources of grammar, lexis and phonology are used in language in general and in English in particular to convey meaning in different kinds of written and spoken texts. It also aims for you to develop skills of linguistic critique, analysis of texts and phonemic transcription.

Group Communication (20 credits)

The aims of this module are to provide you with an understanding of the key factors in group communication, and to enable you to apply this understanding in exploring communication among different social, family, and work-based groups.

The Roots and Routes of English (20 credits - Single Honours only)

In this module, your awareness and knowledge of variation, diversity and change in language, with reference to regional variation in the UK at the present time, to diversity in present-day channels of communication, and also to changes in language over time will be raised. In doing so, you will be introduced to the history of the English language from Anglo-Saxon to the present day.

Language and Communication in Context (20 credits - Single Honours only)

This module develops and builds on your understanding of grammar, lexis and phonology from Exploring Language and your knowledge of verbal and non-verbal communication from Exploring Communication by studying work and areas of research in which knowledge of these linguistic and communication systems are put to regular, practical use. It also aims to give you a sense of the wide range of activities underpinned by expertise in language and communication analysis.

Contemporary Language Studies: (20 credits - French, Spanish, German, Italian or Mandarin Chinese. Single Honours only)

This is an introductory module to studying a foreign language. Its purpose is to make you think about how language works and is learnt. It is also a great asset to have a foreign language and you can continue learning the language throughout the degree. 

Roots and Routes of English (20 credits - Single Honours only)

In this module, your awareness and knowledge of variation, diversity and change in language, with reference to regional variation in the UK at the present time, to diversity in present-day channels of communication, and also to changes in language over time will be raised. In doing so, you will be introduced to the history of the English language from Anglo-Saxon to the present day.

Year 2

Discourse, Text and Genre (20 credits)

By doing this module, you will get an understanding of the essential nature and principles of discourse studies and the ways in which discourse, genre and text are influenced by contextual factors and pragmatic intention. This module will raise your awareness of how different text types and genres form a variety of domains, and the ways in which generic features are affected by the functions of different genres. You will also develop an awareness of structural, vocabulary and phonological resources in English and their effect on meaning and communication through discourse, and your ability to identify and critique structural and vocabulary features in texts as they impact on meaning and affect successful communication.

Intercultural Communication 1 (20 credits)

The module aims to provide you with an understanding of how cultural identity influences how individuals express themselves, both verbally and non-verbally, and of what it means to be ‘interculturally communicatively competent’, in other words, to be skilled at communicating with people from and in a variety of cultural contexts. From this, you will develop an understanding of the various factors involved when people from different cultures communicate.

Language Acquisition (20 credits - optional for combined honours)

The processes involved in the acquisition of language can tell us much about the nature of language itself as a system of human communication. We have all acquired our own mother-tongue as children with apparent effortlessness, yet how this remarkable achievement happens remains a subject of scholarly fascination and controversy. In addition, many of us go on to learn more than one other additional language at school or later in life, but with much greater individual variation in both effort and success. This module aims to provide you with an understanding of the processes involved in learning a first language, as a child, and any subsequent language in later life. It will explore the main theories put forward to explain the phenomena, with reference to the internal and external factors involved.

Investigating Language and Communication (20 credits - optional for combined honours)

The aim of this module is twofold: firstly, to provide you with an understanding of research methods used in the study of language and communication; and secondly, to apply this knowledge in carrying out a small-scale investigation of language and communication. This module, then, is a very useful preparation for the individual study in the third year.

Year 3

Language and Society (20 credits)

Studying this module gives you an insight into the ways in which language and society interact, in what is termed the study of sociolinguistics. This area of study concerns itself with variation, be it geographical variation related, say, to accent and dialect, or to variation related to age or to gender, or historical variation related to language change, revival or death. You will therefore study the phenomena of variation in language as related to society, looking at the factors which lie behind variation and the ways in which variation occurs. You also look at ways in which linguistic variation can be studied, thereby enhancing your ability to investigate language variation for yourself.

Intercultural Communication 2 (20 credits)

In this module you will explore how intercultural communication functions in practice; that is to say, how communication succeeds and fails between people from differing cultural and language backgrounds. You will examine this from two perspectives: how people are culturally represented; and how people’s messages can be misinterpreted in interpersonal communication. The aim is thus for you to understand the theory that underlies communication success and failure, and for you to have a critical understanding of how this manifests itself in various social settings.

Individual Study - (40 credits - option for Combined Honours)

The aims of this module are to enable you, under the guidance of a tutor, to undertake a piece of focussed investigation, and to build on work done in previous years by undertaking further study of one aspect of those subjects, or to enable exploration of a new area, provided that sufficient skills have been acquired and that the project is deemed viable. It also aims to provide an opportunity for you to develop your research and analytical skills and combine disciplined and sustained academic study with personal interest.

Likely optional modules

Year 2

Teaching English as a Foreign Language 1 (TEFL 1) (20 credits)

This one of the most popular optional modules. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the key principles underlying the practice of communicative English language teaching to adults. It provides an understanding of core concepts of English grammar, lexis and phonology in relation to TEFL, and also offers an insight into the teaching of the four language skills – listening, reading, writing and speaking. Finally, it provides an introduction to the practical classroom teaching skills required by teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

Business Communication (20 credits)

This module aims to place your developing knowledge of communication in English into a specific and tangible working domain – that of businesses and organisations. The ability to assess the kinds of communication that are required in companies and businesses will be focussed upon, analysed and investigated. An understanding of business communications, both those that are internal to an organisation as well as those that are external to it, will be the particular focus of the module.

Old English Language and Literature (20 credits)

This module will introduce you to the study of Old English literature and language. You will learn the language skills necessary to translate and analyse poetry and prose written in Old English, and develop an understanding of the literary, cultural, and historical contexts in which this language and its literature were produced. A range of texts will be translated and studied in Old English, including religious and literary texts (in prose and poetry) from the Anglo-Saxon era, alongside other works which are now important historical sources for understanding the period.

Investigating Digital Communication (20 credits)

The aim of this module is to develop your understanding of technology-mediated communication. Technology-mediated communication has become a major means of communication in both professional and personal spheres of life. Therefore, a good level of fluency and competence (digital literacy) in technology-mediated communication is becoming pre-requisite for successful communicators in today’s world. You will look at why and how a range of key technology-mediated communication tools are being used within the gamut of daily life.

Contemporary Language Studies (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese) (20 credits)

For single honours students, it is possible to continue the foreign language you studied in the first year at a higher level. The aim of this module is to build on the language competence you acquired in the first year and expand knowledge and practical skills in the use of that language in an international work context; to contextualise the learning of the language through a study of relevant aspects of the economic, topical and global issues in the countries where the language is spoken.

Year 3

Teaching English as a Foreign Language 2 (TEFL 2) (20 credits)

This module can only be taken by those who studied TEFL1 in the second year. It aims to provide you with an understanding of the key principles and good practice of a variety of different methods and approaches utilised in the teaching of English to speakers of other languages, extending the work done on the TEFL1 module. This module enables you to develop a critical awareness of the value and role of these different methods in different contexts. It also introduces you to a range of learning styles present in a language classroom. In terms of language awareness the module provides an extended insight into the core systems of English (grammar, lexis and phonology) in relation to TEFL and, finally, it provides an enhanced understanding of key classroom techniques required by teachers of English to speakers of other languages.

Intercultural Training (20 credits)

The module complements the work carried out by you in the Intercultural Communication modules. It provides you with both the knowledge of approaches to intercultural training and the practical techniques to implement programmes of intercultural training in a variety of social and professional contexts, including local communities, educational institutions, business environments, social services, the police and health care. In meeting these overall aims, the module is designed to provide you with an informed understanding of why and how intercultural conflict occurs, and the place of intercultural training in conflict avoidance and resolution.

English Language in the Workplace (20 credits)

In this module you carry out a work placement. You are required to find a work placement and, once you have carried out your placement, submit and present a portfolio. This will help you develop the skills, abilities and knowledge to prepare for employment within professions that require knowledge and skills in English language; to gain knowledge and skills of the workplace; and to enable you to apply English language theory and practice in an authentic workplace environment. This will extend your academic and professional understanding as well as providing you with an invaluable means to gain future employment.

Language and Gender (20 credits)

This module will help you to develop your critical understanding of the relationship between gender and language use. You will explore the relationship between language and gender by examining the way language reveals, sustains and influences attitudes to gender and the different ways in which speakers’ use of language reflects their gender identity. This includes differences in styles of communication in speech, writing and computer-mediated communication and looks at both verbal and non-verbal communication.

International Business Communication (20 credits)

In order to do this module, you will have studied Business Communication in the second year. This is a module for you if you wish to develop your understanding of business communication in international and multicultural contexts. The module aims to aid you in the development of intercultural skills, critical analytical ability and cultural self-awareness. Key to this is seen to be the development of an understanding of strategies to operate in diverse business communication environments. The module will help you develop the necessary knowledge, understanding and analytical ability to approach communicating effectively in global business environments.

Individual Study - (20 credits - Option for Combined Honours only)

This module is designed for those combined honours students who wish to carry out a smaller individual study. As with the 40 credit version, it will enable you, under guidance of a tutor, to undertake a piece of focussed investigation, and to build on work done in previous years by undertaking further study of one aspect of those subjects or to enable exploration of a new area, provided that sufficient skills have been acquired and that the project is deemed viable. It also aims to provide opportunity for you to develop your research and analytical skills and combine disciplined and sustained academic study with developed personal interest.

Contemporary Language Studies (20 credits) (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese)

For single honours students, it is possible to continue the foreign language you studied in the first and second year at a higher level. The aims of the module are to equip you with a level of fluency and accuracy in the foreign language enabling you to function comfortably in both social and work situations and to remove any language barrier within those situations; to make you conversant with the general and work cultures of countries where the language is used.

The analytical and communication abilities that an English Language degree provides are called ‘transferable skills’ and are considered desirable in almost any occupation.

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.

"The programme was my first insight into the field of Linguistics. It set me up for further education within applied linguistics. With the great choice of modules on offer I was able to see all of the fascinating ways in which language can be used and studied. The staff were always available to help with any questions and with a such a strong dynamic with student’s, work was never left misunderstood. I would highly recommend the ELC course to anyone with an interest in how language and communication shape our everyday lives. With the help of the amazing staff the programme will allow you to excel and succeed in a variety of exciting and interesting fields in later life."

Theodore Day, Graduated 2016 Currently studying MA in Language & Cultural Diversity at King’s College London

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

With the third year individual study, you can research a topic that interests you with the full support of a dedicated tutor.

Your actual contact hours depend on the option modules you select but typically involve four hours tuition per week for a taught module.

"This course provides vital practical and theoretical skills which have allowed me to teach English abroad and work for Essex Police. The variety of research, culture, and language studies are cleverly structured throughout the 3 years with excellent support and knowledge from the staff."

Rianne Gay, Graduated 2016 Crime Bureau Investigator, Essex Police

Independent learning

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

Your module tutor will direct you towards specific readings and/or activities to complete before or after a class.

For the individual study in the third year, you will undertake independent research. You will work under the supervision of a member of the programme team. You will meet with your supervisor regularly for tutorials.

Overall workload

Your overall workload typically consists of 12 contact hours. For each 20-credit module, your study time is about 10 hours a week.

Academic input

The team consists of highly qualified academics. They have a range of expertise and experience.

Team members hold PhDs and/or MAs as well as teaching qualifications. They are research-active. They have experience in delivering research-informed teaching. You should note members of the teaching team might change.

Postgraduate PhD students sometimes assist in teaching and assessing some modules. However, experienced academics teach the vast majority of lectures and seminars.

All programmes are informed by the University’s Learning and Teaching Strategy 2015-2020.

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 some  modules. Finally, with examinations, they 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.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The balance of assessment by examination and assessment by coursework depends to some

extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by coursework is as follows:

Year 1

70 per cent coursework 30 per cent written exams

Year 2

50 per cent coursework 40 per cent written exams 10 per cent practical exams

Year 3

75 per cent coursework 25 per cent written exams


You will receive feedback on all formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback on examination performance is available upon request from the module leader. Feedback is intended to help you learn and you are encouraged to discuss it with your module tutor.

We operate a policy of a three-week turnaround for normal coursework feedback.


The 2019/20 annual tuition fees for this course are:

  UK / EU Overseas
Full-time - Foundation Year 0 £6,575 £8,500
Full-time - years 1-3 * £9,250 £11,900

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

* The tuition fee of £9,250 relates to 2019/20 only. Please read the 2019/20 Tuition Fee Statement for further information regarding 2019/20 tuition fees and mid-course year on year fee increases.

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 are expected to meet.

Costs applicable to all students

Text books Own purchase text books
Travel to other sites Where travel to other sites is required, this will be payable by the student
Library Fees and Fines Where students fail to return loaned items within the required time they will be responsible for the cost of any Library Fees and Fines applicable
Printing & Photocopying The cost of printing and photocopying undertaken by students to support their individual learning are payable by the student
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire / photography are additional costs payable by the student

General principle policy

The University’s general principles policy for additional course fees are set out here

CategoryIncluded in the tuition feeAdditional cost to student
Field trips (including trips abroad and trips to museums, theatres, workshops etc) No, if the trip contributes to the course as an optional module. Yes if the trip is optional.
Travel and accommodation costs for placements  No

Travel and accommodation costs for professional placements within the Education and Health & Wellbeing Faculties.

Travel and accommodation costs for other work placements. 
Text books No Own purchase text books.
DBS / Health checks No Yes
Professional Body registration No Yes
Travel to other sites (e.g. travel to swimming pool for lessons) No Yes
Clothing / Kit Yes, where the clothing / kit is essential for Health & Safety reasons. Yes, where the clothing is kept by the student and not essential for health and safety reasons.
Learning materials Essential learning materials (excluding text books) in connection with the course. Additional materials beyond the standard provision essential for the course or where the costs are determined by the student’s area of interest and the outputs are retained by the student.
Library fees and fines No Yes
Printing and photocopying No Yes
Social events No, unless the event forms an essential part of the course. Yes, unless the event forms an essential part of the course.
Graduation ceremonies It is free for the student to attend the ceremony itself. Guest tickets and robe hire/ photography are additional costs payable by the student.


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UCAS course code

  • Q313 English Language with Foundation Year

UCAS institution code

  • C10


  • 4 years full-time


  • September 2019

Entry requirements

  • Candidates should have studied at level 3 and have attained 48 UCAS Tariff points, although those without formal qualifications will be considered.

    You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of Arts and Humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.



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