Linguistics with Italian with Intercalated Year (BA)
The Centre for Applied Linguistics offers a unique approach to the study of language: we apply linguistic knowledge and theory to solve real-world problems. On Linguistics with Italian (BA) you will build an interdisciplinary foundation from leading research in language and communication. Then you will apply your learning to explore, challenge, understand, and address problems and find meaningful solutions. You will be constantly fascinated by the linguistic world around you, and you will be empowered to use language to improve your world.
By studying linguistics together with Italian, you’ll explore the fascinating human capacity for language, while also building your fluency in Italian. As a linguist, you will learn about the structure and function of language, and about relationships between language and society. You’ll also study and practice written and oral communication in Italian, and learn broadly about communicating across languages and cultures. Your skills in linguistic analysis will support your language learning, and your knowledge of Italian will complement your work as a linguist. This course opens many career opportunities that require the knowledge and skills of both a modern language and a deep understanding of language, culture and communication.
(75% linguistics, 25% the relevant modern language)
75% linguistics, 25% modern language. 9 modern languages available to study within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.
Year 1: 120 CATS core (including 30 CATS of language learning).
Year 2: 75 CATS core for Linguistics, plus 30 CATS of language learning; 15 CATS optional for Linguistics modules.
Final Year: 45 CATS core for Linguistics (including Dissertation), plus 30 CATS of language learning; 45 CATS optional.
You will typically study 5 to 7 modules per year and you will have at least 3 hours’ contact time per week for each module. This will take the form of lectures, seminars of about 15 students in which you will discuss the lecture topic with the module tutor, and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts, writing essays and working on your chosen language. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your own personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.
12 hours per week.
Lectures vary depending on the module. Seminars are typically around 15 students.
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.
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.
An A Level (or equivalent) in your chosen language is not a requirement. However, some evidence of language learning ability (e.g. a language at GCSE) is desirable.
BTEC: We welcome applications from students taking BTECs alongside two A-Levels. Students taking BTECs alongside one A Level will be considered on an individual basis.
Our standard GCSE requirements
All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in the English Language and in Mathematics/Science. A pass at Grade C or above, or Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, satisfies this University requirement.
Additional requirements: 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).
- 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.
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.
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.
In this module, you will gain a thorough and critical understanding of the concepts, theories and research findings of cognitive and social psychology. You will start by learning the fundamental features of cognition, such as perception, attention and memory, before going on to examine the extent to which cognition is influenced by culture and society. By the end of your studies, you will be able to explain key concepts of culture, cognition and society, and describe their principal applications in cross-cultural psychology.
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.
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.
This module provides you with intensive instruction in six core domains of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. You will expand substantially on concepts that were introduced to you during Linguistics: Understanding Language. You will work from a wide range of language data to develop your knowledge of findings, theories, and methodologies from these domains. You will build core disciplinary knowledge that is essential to any field of linguistics inquiry, and establish a necessary foundation for advanced linguistic research.
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.
In this module, you will learn how the sounds, gestures and facial expressions we make combine with linguistic choices to give meaning to our messages and influence our interpretation of the messages of others. You will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of different modes of communication and increase your understanding of the research and analysis that underpin our knowledge of human communication in all its complexity.
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.
Examples of optional modules/options for current students
Quantitative Research Methods; Qualitative Research Method; Intercultural Business Communication; English Across Cultures; Multilingualism and Culture; Professional Communication
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 Linguistics with modern languages courses were launched in 2016, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. These will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- Linguistics Careers
- CV Workshop
- Interview preparation
- Making the most of your time at Warwick and securing work experience opportunities
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
Centre for Applied Linguistics
4 years full-time, including year abroad/work placement (students who do not wish to have an intercalated year will be moved to the 3-year course)
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 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.
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