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



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

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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Sophie"My favourite thing about this course being more recent is that we get to see it growing, and what is even better, is that we get to have a say in it! Some students from our “GloCAL” society have, for example, organised a linguistics ball in March! "

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A level: AAB

  • IB: 36

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
  • Research, Academic and Professional Skills
  • Linguistics: Understanding Language

  • Language in Society

  • Describing English Language

  • The History and Spread of English

  • First Language Acquisition

Year 2
  • Linguistics: Structure, Sound, and Meaning
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Qualitative Research Methods
  • Approaches to Analysing Discourse
  • Language Teaching Methodologies
Year 3
  • Quantitative Research Methods
  • Dissertation
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 AAB

IB 36


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.