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English Language and Linguistics (BA) (Full-Time, 2019 Entry)



Full-time 2019 entry, BBB

Are you fascinated by how words are created and change meaning over time? Do you wonder how we communicate through body language and intonation, or how gender, age and region influence the way we

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This course engages you in the systematic study of language with a specific focus on English. You’ll learn to analyse the structure of English, and the ways people use English to structure the world. You’ll explore the evolution of English from a set of dialects on an island to a global lingua franca, and examine ways that Englishes continue to change today. You’ll learn more generally about how language is formed, acquired, learned, and used. You’ll develop an extensive set of qualitative and quantitative research skills, and practice oral and written communication intensively. You will be eminently employable in careers ranging from journalism, media, publishing, marketing to teaching English internationally, and may pursue further study toward fields like speech pathology or speech recognition.

Year 1: 120 CATS is core.

Year 2: 105 CATS is core and 15 CATS is optional.

Year 3: 45 CATS is core and 75 CATS is optional.

You will study 6-to 7 modules per year. Most modules are comprised of a weekly 2-hour lecture and 1-hour small-group seminar, for 3 hours of weekly contact time with each tutor. . You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts, and completing practical exercises. Practical exercises emphasise student-led research projects. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.

Class size

Lectures vary depending on the module. Seminars are typically around 15 students.

Contact hours

12 hours per week.

Assessment will normally take the form of 50% coursework and 50% examination. The final degree classification is determined by your second and final year marks, and each contributes 50%.

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities. The Study Abroad Team based in the International Student Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance.

Students who elect not to complete the year abroad, or who do not academically qualify for it, may complete the course without a year abroad.

You may decide to make use of the optional intercalated third year by organising a work placement in order to gain a deeper understanding of the social and cultural environment of a relevant work environment. The University Careers Office can advise on potential work placement opportunities; however, it will be entirely your responsibility to find and apply for a work placement.

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A level: BBB

You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP) All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit the IFP website.

We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us.

Year 1
Linguistics: Understanding Language

What is language? What is it made of? What rules do we follow when we put sounds together to create words and when we combine words to create sentences? How many languages are spoken in the world today, and in which ways are they similar or different? These are some of the questions that you will explore on this module. Using examples from different languages, you will analyse real-life language data in order to develop the practical skills required for linguistic analysis.

Language in Society

In this module, you will learn to unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will analyse critically how language operates in different linguistic and cultural settings, using a range of theoretical concepts, empirical research and methodologies to understand, describe and interpret language use in society. This includes an investigative study of language use, during which you will also develop your communication and study skills.

Describing English Language

In this module, you will learn about the structure of the English language and critically reflect on the nature of its grammatical ‘rules’, using relevant terminology. By the end of the course, you will be able to apply this descriptive framework to any text in English and understand the effect of grammatical choices on different styles of writing.

The History and Spread of English

The English language is an international phenomenon, with the number of speakers learning it as an additional language outnumbering those who acquire it as their first. On this course, you will gain a comprehensive understanding of its historical and global complexity. You will learn about its roots and how it has developed, and gain an enhanced awareness of current issues related to its worldwide spread and influence on other languages.

First Language Acquisition

Learning a language is an amazing feat, but one that children seem to manage to do without much effort. In this module, you will learn how this happens. You will develop a sound knowledge and understanding of the key concepts, terms, theories and research evidence related to the acquisition of language in children. You will also study relevant research methods so that you can perform an analysis of child language.

Research, Academic and Professional Skills

Providing a foundation for modules ET214 and ET215, this module will help you develop the research, academic and professional skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. You will explore research, data-collection and analytical methodologies, using real-life examples of language, culture and communication. You will develop an analytical toolkit to serve you in multiple contexts, including your future career. You will also become familiar with research conventions, including ethical approval, literature review, communication and critical understanding of academic writing.

Year 2
Culture and Interpersonal Relations

This interdisciplinary module will provide you with a multifaceted understanding of the ways that language, culture, and human psychology come together in the process of understanding and communicating meanings in intercultural communication. You will explore concepts and theories from a number of disciplines that attempt to explain the influence of culture on communicative processes. You will also consider how social attitudes affect perceptions of self and other, and how stereotypes and prejudice impact on intercultural communication. In this module, students have many opportunities to take the initiative in their learning and to understand more deeply their own ways of perceiving and responding to cultural diversity.


Why do we speak differently in different situations? Can you identify the features of a Geordie and a Scouse accent? Do men and women speak differently, and if so, why? These are questions you will explore as we examine the relationship between language use and social context. Building on module ET119 (Language in Society), you will develop a greater understanding of linguistic variation. With the opportunity to conduct your own research study, you can expect to complete your course armed with a set of theories, insights and skills to enable you to address such questions, and to explore your own questions about the role of language in society.

Qualitative Methods for Undergraduate Research

This core module will introduce qualitative research methods, which you'll use as interdisciplinary researchers. This will be your opportunity to develop your aptitude in qualitative research methods through a series of practical assignments. You’ll learn about ethics processes, interviewing, focus groups, and qualitative analysis of data.

Approaches to Analysing Discourse

On this module, you will learn to analyse written and spoken texts in detail. You will become familiar with a wide range of frameworks for discourse analysis and learn to apply these techniques to different forms of language data. With a strong understanding of various theories, you will gain a sound analytical understanding of the ways in which society influences discourse and vice versa, and be able to make the case for your views in open debate.

Language Teaching Methodologies

On this module, you will study the principles, research and current issues underlying the teaching of English as an additional language. You will learn to evaluate teaching materials and to develop your own tasks for teaching the English language. This will give you a very good practical and theoretical foundation for your teaching career, either in the UK or abroad.

Year 3
Quantitative Research Methods

Building on the foundations in ET120 Research, Academic and Professional Skills, you will progress to developing your research skills through deeper insights into the generic principles of planning, collecting and analysing quantitative data. In addition to weekly engagement with real-life problem-solving tasks, you will be a member of a group project conducting empirical research. You will appreciate the purpose and application of different quantitative research designs and their relevance in applied contexts, such as organisational analysis and consulting. At the end of the module, you will be able to critically review quantitative data and understand its power as well as its limitations, and also demonstrate the skills needed to generate, analyse and interpret such data in the workplace.


You will develop a research project independently, with the support and guidance of a supervisor, and write a substantial piece of work discussing your findings. You will analyse secondary quantitative datasets, so improving your skills in quantitative research, critical analysis and argument, creative thinking and academic writing. This self-directed project will foster your specific intellectual interests and aptitudes, and provides excellent training if you propose to study beyond undergraduate level. Through taking responsibility for your work, you will develop the important skills of time management and the presentation and communication of empirical research results both orally and in writing.

Selection of optional modules*:
  • English Across Cultures
  • Language in the Media
  • Issues in TESOL
  • Intercultural Pragmatics
  • Language, Gender and Power
  • Multilingualism and Culture

*Please see department website for up-to-date availability of modules for each academic year

Applied Linguistics is relevant to a range of exciting careers including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, editing and publishing, public sector organisations and university international offices.

Studying linguistics in combination with languages can open relevant career opportunities including translation, interpreting, journalism, language teaching, public relations, policy and political advisor, publishing and editing, and consular services and roles.

Our English Language and Linguistics course was launched in 2017, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. This will be published as soon as it becomes available.

Entry Requirements

A level BBB


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full-time, including year abroad/work placement (students who do not wish to have an intercalated year will be moved to the three-year course)

Start Date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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Additional costs

There may be costs for books associated with this course.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.