English Language and Linguistics BA (Full time) 2018 start
UCAS code: Q3Q1
Start date: September 2018
3 years full time
Typical A-level offer: AAB
(specific subjects required)
UK/EU fees See fees section below
International fees £17,500 (per year)
IELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component
Study abroad option: Yes
Work placement option: Yes
Linguistics is the study of how language works – how it is structured, used and understood. This degree allows you to study linguistics in the context of the English language, so you can develop a deep understanding of the way humans communicate with each other.
Core modules will introduce you to the history, structure and use of the English language and give you a good grounding in areas such as phonetics, syntax and conducting language research. But you’ll also choose from a wide range of optional modules covering subjects such as language acquisition, psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics and discourse analysis.
You’ll study language in its spoken and written forms – you’ll engage with texts, but also undertake fieldwork and data analysis, gaining a wide range of skills that stand out to employers.
Leeds has some fantastic resources for the study of linguistics and phonetics. We have a recording studio and fully-equipped phonetics lab for acoustic and articulatory speech analysis, as well as a linguistics lab including eye-tracking equipment and other resources to help with experimental research.
Our partnership with the M&S Company Archive, which is housed at the University, allows us to explore language use over a century of Marks & Spencer’s heritage.
We encourage all of our students to make use of these facilities for module projects or dissertations, giving you valuable experience of different types of research.Back to top
A joint honours degree allows you to study the same core topics as students on each single honours course, but you’ll take fewer optional and discovery modules so you can fit in both subjects.
In your first year, you’ll study core modules introducing you to the history and structure of the English language, as well as the key concepts of linguistics and phonetics such as how speech sounds are produced, how grammars are organised and how language conveys meaning.
You’ll then be able to build on that knowledge in the following year, when you’ll learn more about phonetics and syntax in linguistics, and the social functions of language in English. At the same time, you’ll be able to choose from a range of optional modules. In linguistics, this could mean studying language and gender, language acquisition or psycholinguistics, while in English you could study the language of the media or forensic linguistics.
By your final year, you’ll be able to apply the critical skills you’ve gained to an independently researched dissertation in either subject. You’ll then choose at least two optional modules in that subject, and up to two in the other subject. Optional modules span across the full range of English and Linguistics, in areas such as language processing, language and gender, or the politics of language.
|Studying and Researching English||5 credits|
|Analysing English||20 credits|
|English: Context, Culture and Style||20 credits|
|Key Skills in Linguistics||20 credits|
|IT for LCS Students||5 credits|
|Language: Structure and Sound||20 credits|
|Language Projects||20 credits|
|Language: Meaning and Use||20 credits|
|Power of Language||20 credits|
|Language in Society||20 credits|
|Prose Fiction Stylistics and the Mind||20 credits|
|Forensic Approaches to Language||20 credits|
|Languages In Contact||20 credits|
|Language and Gender||20 credits|
|Trial Discourse - The Proceedings of the Old Bailey 1674 - 1913||20 credits|
|Keywords: The Words We Use and The Ways We Use Them||20 credits|
|The Life Cycle of Languages||20 credits|
|Language Processing||20 credits|
|How Texts Work||20 credits|
Broadening your academic horizons
Learning and teaching
We use a wide variety of teaching and learning methods so you can make the most of our tutors’ knowledge and experience. Lectures, seminars and tutorials are all part of the mix and in some cases workshops may also be involved.
However, we attach a lot of importance to building your research and critical skills, so independent study is also an important part of the degree. Support is on hand, and the University Library offers training programmes to help you get the best from our excellent library resources.
Exams and essays are the most common forms of assessment that we use, but in some modules oral presentations and group work may also be included. We run extra classes throughout your degree on key issues like structuring an essay, public speaking and exam technique.Back to top
Entry requirements, fees and applying
A-level: AAB including A in English and excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. The Access course must include English modules. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
We will consider this qualification in combination with other qualifications. Please contact the Admissions Office for more information.
D3, M1, M1 including D3 in English.
35 points overall with 16 at Higher Level including 6 in English at Higher Level.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H2, H3, H3 including H2 in English
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
AB in Advanced Highers including A in English and AABBB in Highers, or A in English in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers.
European Baccalaureate: 80% including 85% in English.
Where an applicant is taking the EPQ in a relevant subject this might be considered alongside other Level 3 qualifications and may attract an alternative offer in addition to the standard offer. If you are taking A Levels, this would be ABB at A Level including A in English (excluding General Studies and Critical Thinking) and grade A in the EPQ.
We welcome applications from mature students with Access qualifications, and from students with a wide range of qualifications.
Find out more about Access to Leeds and alternative admissions.
Typical Access to Leeds offer: BBB including English (Language, Literature or Language and Literature) and pass Access to Leeds.
We accept a range of international equivalent qualifications. For more information, contact the School of Languages, Cultures and Societies admissions team.
English language requirementsIELTS 7.0 overall, with no less than 6.5 in any component. For other English qualifications, read English language equivalent qualifications.
How to apply
UK/EU: See fees section below
International: £17,500 (per year)
For UK and non-UK EU full-time students starting in 2017, the fee for 2017/18 will be £9,250.
The fee for undergraduate students starting in 2018 will be confirmed in September 2017.
Read more about paying fees and charges.
A degree in English Language and Linguistics equips you with valuable skills for a range of careers. You will have used both quantitative and qualitative research methods, and developed a varied set of skills across arts-based and scientific disciplines.
You’ll be able to study and analyse different types of data, including qualititative and quantitative, and use technology to solve problems. You’ll have an advanced understanding of communication and strong research skills, while you’ll be able to think critically about the information you find. What’s more, because you’ve managed two subjects during your Joint Honours degree, you’ll have good organisational and time management skills.
As a result, graduates have pursued a wide range of careers including publishing, law, advertising and marketing, journalism, education, charity work and business and finance. Many also move into postgraduate study, including further training for careers in roles such as teaching or speech and language therapy.
We do everything we can to support your career ambitions. As well as the chance to study abroad or spend a year working in industry, you could choose to apply for one of the internships the University offers every year to gain real work experience and explore career options.
On this course you have the opportunity to apply to spend time abroad, usually as an extra academic year. The University has partnerships with more than 400 universities worldwide and popular destinations for our students include Europe, the USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, Singapore, Hong Kong, South Africa and Latin America.
Find out more at the Study Abroad website.
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.
Find out more about work experience on the Careers website.
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