English Language with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons)

English Language with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons) are stimulating, thought-provoking courses designed to make you think about how language functions in the world today. 



Reasons to study English Language with French, Mandarin or Spanish BA (Hons) degree at DMU:

  • Specialist areas of study 
    involving analysis of the structure and mechanics of how language functions with a wider study of the cultural and social aspects of language and communication
  • Final-year placement module
    which enables you to put your theoretical knowledge into practice
  • Taught by experienced practitioners; 
    ensuring the skills you develop are current to professional practice
  • Enhance your employability  
    through a recognised competence in a foreign language, distinguishing you from other graduates and significantly improving your career prospects
  • International opportunities 
    to give the experience of living in a different culture, the opportunity to practise your language skills, improve your global outlook and make new contacts through #DMUglobal.

English Language with French, Mandarin or Spanish at DMU is a stimulating, thought-provoking course designed to make you think about how language in general and English in particular functions in the world today. You will examine where English has come from and how it may evolve in an era of global change and technological innovation. You will discover how it works, both as a complex system for embodying ideas, emotions and beliefs, and as a means of influencing, persuading and moving others. 

You will develop a set of linguistic and analytical skills, which will help you become a highly-skilled communicator. This is a course about how language shapes your world; learn how language works, and the world will open up to you.

You will develop your skills of written and spoken communication of two of the world's most powerful languages. English is currently the world's most widely spoken language, and you will be able to study it in combination with either French (an official language in 32 countries, and with a projected growth to 750 million people worldwide by 2050), Mandarin Chinese (currently the language with the greatest number of speakers) or from 2018 with Spanish (over 470 million speakers worldwide including in Central and South American countries and the USA).


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  • International

Key facts for UK/EU students

Institution code: D26

UCAS course code: 

English Language with Mandarin BA (Hons) Q311 
English Language with French BA (Hons) Q310
English Language with Spanish BA (Hons) Q3R2


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

Fees and funding: For 2019/20 tuition full-time fees will be £9,250 per year.

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 international: For 2019/20 tuition fees will be £13,250 per year

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.


How to apply: International students can apply to study at DMU directly using the DMU Online Portal.


Entry criteria

Typical entry requirements

  • 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 or equivalent. 

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 or equivalent.

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

Interview required: No

International students

If English is not your first language an IELTS score of 6.0 overall with 5.5 in each band, 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.


Structure and assessment


Course modules

Teaching and assessments



First year

  • Words in Action: An Introduction to Grammar and Linguistics

  • Evolving Language: An Introduction to the Histories of Language

  • Topics in Linguistics

  • Foundations in English Language Teaching for International Learners

  • Introduction to English and Adaptation

  • Exploring Creative Writing

  • Modern Foreign Language 1 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)

Second year

  • Sociolinguistics

  • Grammar: Analysing linguistic structure

  • Semantics: Analysing linguistic meaning

  • Phonetics and Phonology

  • Research Methods for Linguists

  • Language in Context

  • English Language in UK Schools

  • Introducing English to Speakers of Other Languages (ESOL)

  • Text Technologies

  • Writing Place

  • Modern Foreign Language 2 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)

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

  • Corpus Linguistics

  • Textual Studies Using Computers

  • Professional Writing Skills

  • Modern Foreign Language 3 (Basic User or Independent User depending on entry language level)


This degree aims to make you a highly skilled, articulate communicator in not one, but two languages. It will develop your ability to analyse and understand how written and spoken language work, and also to operate effectively in a language and in cultures which are not your own.

From your first year, you will be combining theoretical knowledge and practical skills to help you understand how language works, and acquiring a knowledge of the history and cultures where English and your chosen modern foreign language are used. Later years offer a range of theoretical and reality-based courses, a final year work placement module and the opportunity to study material such as propaganda and interrogation, pragmatics, the mechanics of meaning, psycholinguistics and psychotherapy. This degree is centred on language and communication, and the acquisition of tools and theories that will help you, and other people, communicate more effectively.

Our staff are experts in fields as diverse as online communication and identity, language and globalisation, semantics and meaning, and propaganda and counter-terrorism. You will benefit from a range of visiting speakers throughout the course. Previous guest lecturers have included world experts in subjects such as forensic linguistics. 

Contact hours
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 10 hours of timetabled taught sessions (lectures and tutorials) each week, and we expect you to undertake at least 25 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 Faculty's 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 for Textual Studies, Centre for Adaptations, and the International Centre for Sports History and Culture


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



You will have the opportunity to seek a work placement in your final year.

Students have previously worked in marketing, retail and journalism, as well as classroom assistants or within the voluntary sector.

You can also participate in the US Exchange Scheme and the Erasmus exchange scheme. Our students have experienced university life in countries such as Cyprus and Finland.

Students on the #DMUglobal trip to New York


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.


Graduate careers

A graduate in English Language has a huge range of future career opportunities. Recent graduates have gone on to postgraduate research, teaching at primary and secondary level, speech and language therapy, teaching English as a foreign language (TEFL), marketing, counselling and retail.

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