Course Overview

Attendance
UK/EU Fees £9,250 *
International Fees £12,500 *
Duration 3 years

* Price per academic year

Course summary

This course allows you to study the historical and cultural aspects of the English language, while improving your range of productive skills and awareness of English as a linguistic system and a literary medium. It also recognises that the study of English is deepened and extended by a thorough knowledge of the structure, meaning and sound systems of language in general. The course provides a rare opportunity to study in depth a formal approach to language alongside the way in which the English language is used.

The course will appeal to you if you enjoy the study of language for its own sake, but it also includes practical modules that make it ideal for those who are interested in a language-oriented career such as teaching English, speech therapy, editing, journalism or advertising. You will also gain the transferable and cognitive skills necessary for lifelong personal and professional development.

Depending on whether the course is taken as a joint Honours or a major/minor combination, the balance of the two subject areas varies.

In general, this degree combination will develop your knowledge and understanding of how the English language works in terms of its structure, how it has changed over time, and the ways in which it is 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. In linguistics, you examine what human languages have in common and how they vary in formal terms.

The degree will particularly help to develop your skills of data analysis and the critical evaluation of theories of language. You can study an elective module from across the University in each year.

In Year 3 you can complete a Dissertation in English language or linguistics, and there is also the opportunity to take an internship module during that year. The main modes of teaching are through seminars, lectures and workshops, but much of your learning is independent, conducted beyond the classroom (individually and in groups) in the library, at home, and via online learning.

Assessment is particularly varied in linguistics and English language, from small analytic exercises of language data through to the preparation and execution of your own research project for your dissertation. Different modules include small written reports, individual and group presentations, essays and exams.

Course structure

The following modules are indicative of what you will study on this course.

Subjects of study include:

  • Exploring Language
  • Introduction to Language and Literature
  • English Language and Linguistics Tutorial
  • Language Myths
  • Words, Meaning and Text

Credit Level 4

Subjects of study include:

  • Child Language Acquisition
  • History and Discourse
  • English Language and Linguistics Tutorial
  • Language Structure and Meaning
  • Literary Linguistics

Credit Level 5

Subjects of study include:

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

Credit Level 6

Westminster Plus Electives

 
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As part of your course you may be able to take elective modules. Electives are an exciting opportunity to widen your experience at university and to gain skills and knowledge that will help make you more employable.

Find out about Westminster Plus Electives.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer

  • A Levels – BCC
  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English
  • BTEC Level 3 Extended/Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma – DMM in creative subject/Diploma DM with A Level grade C or above/BC at A level plus Merit in Subsidiary Diploma
  • Access to HE Diploma - Humanities: Pass with 45 credits at Level 3, with a minimum of 33 Level 3 credits at Merit or Distinction plus Maths and English GCSEs at grade C or above

If we require an IELTS test from you, the minimum score is 6.0 in each element.

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Typical offer

  • International Baccalaureate – 28 points including a minimum of 5 in Higher English

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Careers

Our graduates from this BA have gone on to a wide variety of careers, possessing much sought-after communication and research skills. Careers most closely allied to English and Linguistics have included: teaching (both in the UK and abroad), the BBC Pronunciation department, speech and language therapy, and further research in higher education institutions.

However, the kind of skills that this degree provides have led to graduates entering many other career areas, from child support officers to publishing. This is not a narrowly focused vocational degree, but prepares students for any career that values advanced communication skills, research skills and employees that can demonstrate initiative and creativity in problem-solving.

Our Career Development Centre has just been shortlisted for the Best University Careers Service in the National Undergraduate Employability Awards for 2017.

With a growing network of over 3,000 employers around the world and a team of experienced careers consultants, we are here to help you succeed.

In 2015–16, we helped over 1,500 students find work placements across a range of sectors, with 250 employers attending 14 on-campus skills and careers fairs.

As a Westminster student, you’ll have access to our services throughout your studies and after you graduate.

We can help you:

  • find work placements related to your course
  • find part-time/vacation, placement and graduate jobs, including voluntary experience
  • find international opportunities to enhance your employability
  • market yourself effectively to employers
  • write better CVs and application forms
  • develop your interview and enterprise skills
  • plan your career with our careers consultants
  • meet employers and explore your career options at our employer fairs, careers presentations and networking events throughout the year

Find out more about the Career Development Centre.

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Languages at University of Westminster

The Regent Campus experience

Fees and Funding

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

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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 information

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International tuition fee: £12,500 (Price per academic year)

The amount you will pay may increase each year to take into account the effects of inflation.

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 information

See what you may need to pay for separately and what your tuition fees cover.

Course Location

Our Regent Campus is composed of three sites all situated on and around one of the most famous and vibrant streets in London. The Faculty of Social Sciences and Humanities is based at 309 Regent Street and includes recently refurbished social spaces and gym facilities. Students in the faculty are also taught at our Wells Street site. Westminster Law School resides at Little Titchfield Street. Alongside a full mock courtroom, hi-tech learning spaces and a pro-bono clinic, it also houses our state-of-the-art, 382-seat lecture theatre. For more details, visit our locations page.

 

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