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English Language and Linguistics (Full-Time, 2017 Entry)

Why study English Language and Linguistics at Warwick?

  • At the Centre for Applied Linguistics, you will study with staff who are passionate about their subject and internationally renowned for their research and teaching. The final-year dissertation offers you the opportunity to develop your own research project and work closely with academics on this.
  • The British Council’s Culture at Work report (2013) stated that employers were seeking employees who not only had technical knowledge, but who were also culturally aware and able to thrive in a global work environment. Our degree nurtures these qualities, so you will have a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market.
  • We have high levels of student satisfaction, scoring 93% in the most recent National Student Survey. Our students come from many different study backgrounds and countries, meaning you will gain first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of working and communicating with people from other cultures.

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

Isabel Quah

Centre for Applied Linguistics student

What will I learn?

This course provides a thorough grounding in English Language and Linguistics, enabling you to explore how language in general - and the English language in particular - works, how it is used, how it is developing and how it is acquired. You will learn about the complex relationships between language and society, gender, and region. This course will also develop your skills of language analysis so that you can read, write and analyse texts more critically.

You will study in a friendly and welcoming environment, taught by academic staff who are conducting cutting-edge research into all areas underpinning your programme. This means you’ll be acquiring the most up-to-date subject information while developing your quantitative and qualitative research skills. In addition, the course nurtures capabilities such as teamwork, project management and leadership, effective communication and language skills, all of which are vital to employers. With an optional year abroad, you will also have an opportunity to gain first-hand experience of living overseas and working in multicultural contexts.

In the first year you will study six core modules, half of which are in the area of Linguistics, for example Linguistics: Understanding Language. The remaining modules focus on English Language, such as Language in Society and the History and Spread of English. Year two also provides you with a balance of modules across the two areas: Linguistics and English Language. You'll study Linguistics: Acquisition and Use, which is concerned with how people learn and use languages, and you'll also learn about child language acquisition and how to analyse both spoken and written discourse. Your final year introduces the dissertation with core modules in the area of Linguistics and further optional modules in the English Language part of the degree.

How will I learn?

You will typically study four to six 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 a foreign language of your choice. 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.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

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. 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 Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.

A level: AAB

International Baccalaureate: 36 points

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

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

General Studies/Critical Thinking: Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Code: Q311

Essential Subjects

Varied range of subjects preferred, especially in the Social Sciences or Humanities. Applications from well-motivated students with any combination of subjects will be considered.

Further Information

Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days: All applicants who have been made an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day in February or March

What modules can I study as a English Language and Linguistics student?

This course allows you to bring together two exciting subject areas, Linguistics and English Language, offering opportunities to study how language works, how it is learnt and is acquired, and the structure and history of the English language among others.

In Year One modules could include Linguistics: Understanding Language; Language in Society; Research, Academic & Professional Skills; Describing English Language; The History & Spread of English and First Language Acquisition.

Year Two offers modules such as Linguistics: Acquisition and Use; Sociolinguistics; Qualitative Research Methods; Approaches to Analysing Discourse; Language Teaching Methodologies.

In Years Three/Four modules could include English Across Cultures; Language in the Media; Issues in TESOL; Intercultural Pragmatics; Language, Gender & Power; Multilinguialism and Culture; Quantitative Research Methods. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Dissertation. This enables you to explore a topic or question about English Language or Linguistics in more depth.

Find out more about the programme structure and a description of modules.

* The modules mentioned above may be subject to change. Please read our terms and conditions for more detailed information.

What careers can a Warwick degree in English Language and Linguistics lead to?

English Language and 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.

* Our English Language and Linguistics degree was launched for 2017 entry, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. This will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level:
IB: 36 points


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years full time (30 weeks per academic year) including a year abroad

Department website

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Student blogs

Bethany Goodman - Applied Linguistics

Isabel Quah - Applied Linguistics

Elena Sandu - Applied Linguistics

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs

There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs please see the Additional Costs page.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.