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You may have unanswered questions about the admission process for our undergraduate programmes. This page attempts to answer them for applicants to the undergraduate courses offered by the Centre for Applied Linguistics at the University of Warwick. The information here does not necessarily apply to any other University, nor to any other Department at the University of Warwick.

Questions below are grouped according to the following categories: Application Practicalities; Design of the Course; Teaching and Learning; Study Abroad; Employability; Finance and Accommodation. Click the link to jump to the category or simply scroll down the page to find questions associated with each category.


Application Practicalities

What are the entry requirements for the BA LCC?

  • For A Level: AAB. All candidates must offer A Level or Higher Level qualifications, normally with two or more in Social Sciences/Humanities subjects or a subject like psychology. If you are interested in taking interdisciplinary option modules, a small number, mostly in the Faculty of Science (e.g. Computing), may require one A Level or Higher Level qualification in a Science subject.
  • For the International Baccalaureate: 36 points.
  • Levels of English: IELTS: 6.5
  • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) in broadly social science subjects, with distinction grades in level 3 units.
  • Other Qualifications: Alternative qualifications such as Welsh Baccalaureate, Warwick HEFP and Overseas Qualifications are considered. Please contact the Centre for Applied Linguistics before application.

Gap Year: Applications for deferred entry welcomed. For detailed information about how to apply, please visit here.
 
The A levels that I am taking are a mixture of humanities, social sciences and sciences. Can I still apply for the BA LCC?
Yes, you can. We would prefer you to have a minimum of two A levels in social science or humanities subjects, or a subject like psychology, but we will consider each application on its own merits. Having an A level in a science subject could be advantageous for some pathways.

The other courses I'm applying for are quite different, so how can I write my personal statement?
We understand that this degree course is different from many others and that you cannot write your statement with this particular course in mind. In terms of our degree, what we look for is evidence of interest in and commitment to the broad field of language and communication, combined with curiosity and openness to different places and people.

I have been offered a place on the BA LCC - what next?
All UCAS applicants who have been offered a place on our BA LCC degree will be invited to visit us for a day to explore where you might be spending the next three or four years. We will show you the Centre, the University, and the Halls of Residence, and you will meet some of our current students. The day will involve meeting academic staff, who would be more than happy to answer any questions you may have about any aspects of the courses offered.

What if I don't quite get my grades? Might I still be accepted?
Yes, we'll consider each case on an individual basis. If you are close to getting the required grades (e.g. you get ABB), we will reconsider your application very carefully.


Design of the course

How long is the BA LCC degree and how is it structured?
The BA LCC is a three-year degree with the option to go abroad during Year 3 of your study. If you decide to go abroad, this will make the BA LCC a four year degree (with three years at the University of Warwick and one year in another country). During your three years at the University of Warwick you will attend core (compulsory) modules and you also choose several option modules depending on your interests. More details about the structure of the BA LCC and the various modules that you can choose from can be found in our course brochure here (add link).

What do the different strands on the BA LCC mean?
The BA LCC offers modules that have different themes. We currently offer the following themes: Language, Culture, Professional Communication, Research and Professional Skills, and Interdisciplinary modules. Some modules in these strands are compulsory; others are optional and you can choose from among them, depending on your interests and career plans. For more information on the specific modules that we offer under each of these strands, please see our course brochure here (add link to pdf).

What languages will I be able to learn as part of the BA LCC?
As part of the BA LCC it is possible to learn the following languages through the Language Centre: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish. For more information about the Language Centre, click here.

Can I continue studying a foreign language that I studied for GCSE or at A Level?
Yes, so long as it is one of the academic foreign languages that the Language Centre offers (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese, Russian, and Spanish). Staff in the Language Centre will assess your level and allocate you to a suitable module. In Year 1, we encourage you to take a language that you have never studied before in order to help you develop independent language learning skills. In subsequent years, you can either continue with this new language or else continue with one that you studied before coming to Warwick.

What modules can I choose on the interdisciplinary strand?
In the interdisciplinary strand, you can choose from a wide range of modules that are offered in other departments, including Business, Computer Science, Politics and International Studies, Psychology and Sociology. Indicative modules include Individual Difference; Social Psychology; Management, Organisation & Society; Race, Difference and the Inclusive Society; Development Technologies; and Politics of Globalisation.


Teaching and Learning

How much time will I spend in class?
You will have around 12 hours per week of contact time: this will be in the form of lectures, often to the whole year group; seminars of about 15 students, in which you will discuss the material presented in the lectures; and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend the rest of your study time preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on mini-projects, as well as learning a foreign language of your choice.

How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in a variety of ways, including through essays, projects, group tasks, and examinations. Staff will support you as much as possible in these various assessment tasks, especially by explaining carefully what is expected.

Who will teach me?
Staff in the Centre for Applied Linguistics are highly committed to their students. They are as dedicated to their teaching as to their research, and introduce the latest academic theories and findings in their courses. They have extensive experience of living and working in a range of different countries, and of working closely with external companies and organisations. They aim to ensure their teaching is always cutting edge.

Who will I study with?
Each year this is slightly different, but there is usually a vibrant mix of students from Britain, Europe, the Far East and elsewhere.


Study Abroad

What opportunities are there to study abroad?
The Year Abroad option is an extremely important part of our degree programme as it plays a key role in ensuring that our students have excellent language and intercultural communication skills when they graduate. Your year abroad will be your third year, which you can spend in your chosen country. You can choose to work in a sector that you are interested in or we can help you to organise a work placement. If you would prefer to study, you can attend one of Warwick’s partner universities in Europe or around the world. Alternatively, you can organise your own study placement elsewhere. More information about this option can be found here. (EDIT LINK)

Where can I go for my year abroad?
You can choose from many different countries, both in Europe and beyond. The university has numerous international links and the Centre for Applied Linguistics is establishing an increasing number of its own.

Do I have to spend a year abroad?
No, you don’t. The year abroad is optional. However, we very strongly recommend that you spend a year abroad if you possibly can, as it will help you gain the experience and personal qualities that many employers are looking for.

Are there scholarships available for the year abroad?
Financial support for the year abroad is available through the Erasmus Programme. Please click here for more information. (REFUSED ACCESS TO LINK - CHECK)


Employability

What kinds of jobs do students of the BA LLC typically apply for?
By graduation you will have developed a range of assets and skills that are highly valued by prospective employers, such as the ability to communicate effectively with people from other cultures, proficiency in another language, as well as expertise in qualitative and quantitative analysis. The BA LCC will provide you with all the tools you need to forge a successful career in the international market place. Sectors for which these skills are particularly relevant include international business, diplomatic service, education, medicine, public relations, non-governmental organisations, public sector organisations in multicultural contexts, and many more. For more information on the relevance of our degree, please see our video and the following reports: Global Graduates into Global Leaders; Culture at Work. (THESE LINKS DONT WORK - PLS CHECK)


Finance and Accommodation

What are the fees for the BA LCC?
The University of Warwick currently charges £9,000 a year for undergraduate honours degree courses for UK/EU students and £14,420 for international students. For more information on finance and government funding for UK students, please visit here. For information on fees for international students, please see here. The BA LCC degree is a Band 1 course. (CHECK PAGE BREAK FORMATTING)

What scholarships and bursaries are available for UK students?
The University offers a generous package of financial support for full-time UK undergraduates, incorporating the government's National Scholarship Programme, but offering greater financial support. The award benefits eligible students in all years of their undergraduate study. For more information and an indication of how much support you can expect, click here.

What scholarships and bursaries are available for international students?
For new international students, a limited number of scholarships are available. Please visit the International Office website for more details: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/international/admissions/finance/scholarships. International students may also be eligible for financial help from their own governments, from the British Council or from other funding agencies. Information on scholarships can usually be obtained from the Ministry of Education in the student’s own country, or from the local British Council office.

Where can I find out more about living expenses?
Undergraduate students will need around £9,000 to cover living costs (excluding fees) for the nine months from October to June each year. For more information on what kinds of expenses to expect and on the various financial support options that you may be eligible for, please go to: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/study/undergraduate/studentfunding/costs/

Where can I find out more about accommodation?
For more information about accommodation on- and off-campus, please visit the Warwick Accommodation website: http://www2.warwick.ac.uk/services/accommodation/studentaccommodation/all/campus/rent