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English Language BA (Hons)

English Language (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

This course offers you the opportunity to combine high-level study of the English language with a carefully chosen related subject. 

Overview

Clearing 2017 - Apply now for courses starting September 2017

Reasons to study English Language (Joint Honours) BA (Hons) at DMU:

  • Study Language in breadth and depth
    with a wide range of highly specialised modules
  • Broaden your knowledge base
    by studying 50 per cent English Language and the other 50 per cent either Creative Writing, English Literature, Journalism or Media
  • Developing specialist skills 
    and become a great communicator by learning from the great communicators
  • International opportunities 
    through #DMUglobal where you will have the opportunity for a meaningful international experience
  • Final-year placement module 
    to put your theoretical knowledge into practice 

Your first year will introduce you to the study of language in general, how sounds become words, and how words are put together to create meaning; you will develop your ability to take language apart, and through your study, you will also learn how to put it together to create clear, effective communication.

Later years offer a module in teaching English, a final year work placement module and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, pragmatics (looking at the gap between what we say and what we mean), psycholinguistics and the political, social, and cultural roles of language. The language you speak shapes the world you see; this degree helps you understand both better, and to make the connections between what you study at university and what goes on in the world beyond the classroom.

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More courses like this:

Creative Writing (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
English Language with Languages BA (Hons
English Language with TESOL BA (Hons)
English (Literature) (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)
Media (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

  • UK/EU
  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

English Language and:

  • Creative Writing: QW38
  • English (Literature): Q390
  • Journalism: QP35
  • Media: QP33  

 

Duration: Three years full-time, six years part-time.

Fees and funding: For 2017/18 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 (subject to Parliamentary approval).

Find out more about course tuition fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

Key facts for international students

Duration: Three years full-time

Fees and funding 2017/18: £12,250

Find out more about course fees and available funding.

Additional costs: Here at DMU we provide excellent learning resources, including the Kimberlin Library and specialist workshops and studios. However, you should be aware that sometimes you may incur additional costs for this programme.

Contact us: For more information complete our online enquiry form or call us on +44 (0)116 2 50 60 70.

International students can apply to study at DMU directly using our online applications portal or direct application form.

Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements 

2018

English Language and English (Literature)

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM plus grade C or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in English Language or Literature at grade Distinction and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Interview required: No 

2017

English Language and English (Literature)

  • 120 points from at least 2 A'levels including grade B or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DDM plus grade B or above in A level English (Language or Literature)
  • International Baccalaureate: 28+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above.

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in English Language or Literature at grade Distinction and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Interview required: No 

2018

English Language and Creative Writing

  • 104 points from at least 2 A'levels
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. 

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Interview required: No 

2017

English Language and Creative Writing

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and preferably including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and preferably including grade C or above in A level English (Language or Literature)
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. 

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 credits in Creative Writing, English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: You may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

Interview required: No 

Note: For Creative Writing and English Language BA (Hons), where A level English (Language or Literature) is not being studied, you may be asked to complete a piece of work to support your application.

 

2018

English Language and Media
English Language and Journalism

  • 104 points from at least 2 A'levels including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM including grade C or above in A level English Language or Literature
  • International Baccalaureate: 24+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. 

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: For English Language and Journalism BA (Hons) we would expect to see an interest in journalism and current affairs.

Interview required: No 

2017

English Language and Media
English Language and Journalism

  • 112 points from at least 2 A'levels and preferably including grade C or above in English Language or Literature
  • BTEC Extended Diploma DMM and preferably including grade C or above in A level English (Language or Literature)
  • International Baccalaureate: 26+ Points

GCSEs - Five GCSEs at grade A*–C including English Language or Literature at grade C or above. 

Access - Pass QAA Accredited AHE Diploma with at least 15 level 3 credits in English Language or Literature at grade Merit and GCSE English (Language or Literature) at grade C.

We also accept the BTEC First Diploma plus two GCSEs including English at grade C or above

Note: For English Language and Journalism BA (Hons) we would expect to see an interest in journalism and current affairs.

Interview required: No 

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.5 or equivalent when you start the course is essential. English Language tuition, delivered by our British Council accredited Centre for English Language Learning, is available both before and throughout the course if you need it.

UCAS Tariff changes

Students applying for courses starting in September 2017 will be made offers based on a new UCAS Tariff. Find out more.

 

Structure and assessment

 

Course modules

Teaching and assessments

 

 

First year

  • Adventures in Language: an Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics
  • Evolving Language: an Introduction to the Histories of Languages

Second year

  • Sociolinguistics
  • Structure and Meaning in Language
  • Language in Context
  • Teaching English Language

Third year

  • English Language Dissertation
  • English Language in the Workplace (Placement Module)
  • Language Acquisition
  • Language, Mind and Culture
  • Powerful Language: An Introduction To Rhetoric
  • Perception, Persuasion, Power: Communication and Control

 

Overview

You will be taught by staff with a wide range of knowledge and experience in English literature and linguistics (theoretical and historical), modern foreign languages, English as a foreign language, history, international relations and American studies. Members of the team are engaged in a wide range of research projects which feeds directly into our teaching. 

English Language is offered as a Joint Honours degree with English Literature, Creative Writing, Media and Journalism because they are all concerned with communication and the skilful, versatile use of language, both spoken and written. Your English Language studies will be of direct benefit to your other subject, and vice versa. These are designed to be true joint degrees, where the two subjects are interrelated and complement each other. 

In the final year you have the opportunity to do a work placement module.

Contact hours

English Language and Creative Writing
For the following combinations you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 11 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 27 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

English Language and Journalism
For more information visit Journalism (Joint Honours) BA (Hons)

English Language and Media
For the following combinations you will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports). Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 9 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

English Language and English (Literature)
You will be taught through a combination of lectures, tutorials, seminars, group work and self-directed study. Assessment is through coursework (presentations, essays and reports) and usually an exam. Your precise timetable will depend on the optional modules you choose to take, however, in your first year you will normally attend around 9 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 28 further hours of independent study to complete project work and research.

 

Facilities and features

Clephan Building

The Clephan Building is home to DMU’s humanities subjects, and is equipped with the latest audio-visual equipment and cinema screens.

Currently Clephan houses some key Arts, Design and Humanities student support facilities including the Arts, Design and Humanities Placement Team and the faculties Advice Centre, where you can access information about timetabling, specialist support queries. and any other questions you may have about your course.

The building also features the Leicester Centre for Creative Writing, Centre of Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture

 

Library

We have 1,500 study places and 650 computer workstations across four sites on campus. These give access to more than half a million publications, an extensive range of DVDs, e-resources and thousands of electronic journals. 

The main Kimberlin Library is open 24 hours a day, 365 days of the year (other than in exceptional circumstances).

Award-winning staff are on hand to help and there is a café for study breaks. We offer a range of workshops, drop-in and one-to-one sessions, and our Just Ask service provides email and telephone support.

 

Learning zones

Our comfortable and well-equipped study areas provide a range of environments to suit your needs.

Originally set up in our main Kimberlin Library, the learning zones proved so popular that more were created in the Eric Wood Building and Greenhouse. These flexible spaces are ideal whether you are working as a group, practising a presentation or working quietly on your own.

They feature workstations with power supplies for laptops, plus bookable syndicate rooms with interactive whiteboards and DVD players. Eduroam wi-fi is available across all campus locations.

 

Opportunities and careers

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Placements

All students of English Language have the opportunity to pursue a work placement as part of their degree, by taking the 'English Language in the Workplace' module. We also actively encourage students to become involved in such activities as the European Erasmus university exchange scheme and the US Exchange Programme. Student involvement in Open Days as guides and subject ambassadors is also actively sought; the single best advertisement we can give for our degree comes when the students, and not the tutors, describe what the course has given them.

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#DMUglobal

This is our innovative international experience programme which aims to enrich your studies and expand your cultural horizons – helping you to become a global graduate, equipped to meet the needs of employers across the world. Through #DMUglobal, we offer a wide range of opportunities including on-campus and UK activities, overseas study, internships, faculty-led field trips and volunteering, as well as Erasmus+ and international exchanges.

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Graduate careers

Our graduates have high-level linguistic, reasoning and analytical skills, making them very employable. We develop our students’ information analysis and presentation skills to produce extremely articulate, adaptable, professional communicators who can operate with ease in any setting and with any group of people.

We could reasonably expect our students to gain employment in any profession where the ability to communicate clearly and persuasively is at a premium: the media, publishing, advertising, marketing, public relations, teaching and the Civil Service Fast Stream.

 

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