BA (Hons) English Language Studies

English Language at Winchester focuses on the linguistic make-up of English, exploring how it is used and what it tells us about our society, culture and mind in the past, present and possibly future. Students are encouraged to engage with real-world language in aspects of discourse analysis, anthropology, and concepts such as multimodality and materiality.

BA (Hons) English Language Studies at University of Winchester

UCAS code: Q310

Please note for 2017 entry, this programme will be titled BA (Hons) English Language.

Entry Requirements

Typical offer: 

2017 Entry: 104-120 points

An A level A*-B pass in an English subject is required. This can be in English Literature, English Language, English Language and Literature, or Creative Writing

A GCSE A*- C or 9-4 pass in English Language is required.

Degree duration: 

3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (placement); 6 years part-time

International Baccalaureate: 

26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

If English is not your first language: 

Year 1/Level 4: IELTS 6.0 (including 6.0 in writing) or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2017 Entry Full-time £9,250** p/a
Part-Time fees are calculated on a pro rata basis of the full-time fee for a 120 credit course. The fee for a single credit is £77 and a 15 credit module is £1,156. Part-time students can take up to a maximum 90 credits per year, so the maximum fee in a given year will be the government permitted maximum fee of £6,939.
Total Cost: £27,750** (3 years) | £28,450** (sandwich option)

International Students

2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) | £35,500** (sandwich option)

For further details click here

Additional Costs:


  • Core texts: Multiple copies of core text are held within the library and e-books are identified where possible, however due the nature of the course sometimes students are recommended to purchase a copy for their own use. It is also possible for students purchase second hand copies. Cost approximately £50-250.
  • Printing and binding: Students are required to pay for the costs of printing some assignments, and for the costs of printing and binding two copies of their dissertation. Cost <£10 per assignment.


  • Volunteering: Students may incur travel costs on optional volunteering placements in the second year of study. Cost £5-30 per day.
  • Field trips: Module leaders may choose to take students on short field trips. Student would be expected to cover the cost of travel to the field trip location. Cost <£50 per trip.

To find out what general costs are included or excluded in the course fees, such as text books and travel expenses, please click here.

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

USA; Europe (Czech Republic, Germany or Poland) via Erasmus; Asia (Japan)

Work placements/field trips: 

All students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in their second year. Students may attend optional field trips - previous students have visited places of interest within Winchester and further afield 


Taught elements of the course take place on the King Alfred Campus or at West Downs, Winchester

Suitable for applicants from: 

UK, EU, World

Student Satisfaction:

Students on the course have commented positively on:

  • the course overall
  • the willingness of staff to provide advice and support 

Pre-approved for a Masters:

University of Winchester students studying Bachelor Honours degrees are pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible students must apply by the end of March in their final year and meet the entry requirements of their chosen Masters degree.

**If you are starting your degree in September 2017, the first year will cost you £9,250. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £27,750 (Home and EU), £34,800 (International). However, please be aware that this may change. Our fees will be reviewed annually before the academic year begins and in-line with Parliament's approval of inflationary increases or decreases to fees for institutions with high quality teaching. 

Remember, you don't have to pay any of this upfront if you are able to get a tuition fee loan from the UK Government to cover the full cost of your fees each year. You can find out more here.

If finance is a worry for you, we are here to help. Take a look at the range of support we have on offer. This is a great investment you are making in your future so make sure you know what is on offer to support you. 

This three year course offers a coherent but varied range of topics, allowing students to specialise within areas (such as historic linguistics or sociolinguistics) whilst exploring other areas of the English language.

In Year 1, students are introduced to many of the key concepts and skills that are required throughout the degree. In particular, the three Understanding Language modules provide students with the analytic building blocks for language study.

Year 2 moves the students beyond the concepts and tools learned in the first year as they begin to apply these to language and discourse within the world around them, to both historic and contemporary texts. Students are increasingly expected to work with real data collected by themselves.

In Year 3, students are able to specialise if they wish to and are encouraged to develop their own research interests. This culminates in an extended piece of work, either a dissertation or an independent project.


Year 1

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Language Study
  • Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology
  • Understanding Language 2: Phonetics and Phonology
  • Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics
  • History of the English Language
  • Language CSI

Optional modules:

  • The Black Atlantic
  • Scriptwriting
  • Creative Non-Fiction
  • Critical Reading 1
  • Critical Reading 2
  • Early English Texts & Contexts
  • Introduction to Poetry
  • Key Concepts in Media and Communication
  • Media Studies in the Twenty-First Century
  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1
  • Introduction to Political Philosophy
  • Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2

Year 2

Core modules:

  • Research Methods

Optional modules:

  • Middle English: Texts in Context
  • Old English I
  •  Analysing Discourse
  • Language and the Mind
  • Sociolinguistics
  • Language and Identity
  • Language Acquisition
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Volunteering
  • Media Writing
  • Chaucer and his World
  • The Postmodern Age
  • Postcolonial Fictions
  • Exploring Media Theory
  • Social Media
  • Discourses of War
  • The War on Terror, the Axis of Evil and Beyond

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Extended Independent Study

Optional modules:

  • Old English II
  • Language Crimes
  • The Evolution of Language
  • Crafted Text
  • Cognitive Stylistics
  • Language Death, Revival and Change
  • English on the Periphery?
  • English and the World
  • Ethnography
  • Creative Non-Fiction for Children
  • Writing for Display
  • The Male Body: Masculinity and the Media
  • Diplomatic Studies

For further information about modules, please view the course leaflet (see right-hand side).

Please note the modules listed are correct at the time of publishing, for full-time students entering the programme in Year 1. Optional modules are listed where applicable. Please note the University cannot guarantee the availability of all modules listed and modules may be subject to change. For further information please refer to the terms and conditions at The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

The University aims to develop students as 'confident learners' by enabling them to acquire the knowledge and skills to excel in their studies here and to be transferable to further studies or the employment market. Staff and students form a community of learners who, together and independently, seek to generate and exchange knowledge. Over the duration of the course, students develop independent and critical learning, building confidence and expertise progressively through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving, and analysis with the support of staff.  Students take responsibility for their own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of learning resources available to them. As a programme, we develop our learning and teaching practice continuously and regularly run innovative projects. These are largely inspired through discussions with students, who are encouraged to get involved.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time (i.e. lectures, seminars etc), students are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, personal tutors, and the wide range of services to students within the University. We offer a variety of sessions to provide additional learning opportunities where the need arises: Group tutorial sessions are an opportunity to discuss the subjects or sound out ideas for assessments. Individual modules will run additional sessions where appropriate, such as the Old English reading group, professional workshops, or public lectures.

Lectures, seminars and workshops form the basis of teaching. There are also presentations, tutorials, field trips and virtual learning activities. Teaching at all levels rests upon staff research and scholarly activity.

Only part of your study time will be spent in a classroom. The degree requires a substantial amount of independent learning, however you do not have to do this alone. We encourage study groups and offer tutorials for individuals and groups alike. Advanced students are available for advice, if you wish, and the study skills department offer a great variety of workshops and one-to-one sessions.

Programme Leader

Teaching Team

The University is committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to students on their academic progress and achievement, enabling them to reflect on their progress and plan their academic and skills development effectively. Students are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from their course tutors and lecturers.

Wherever possible, assessments are designed to be a formative element of your general learning throughout the degree. A number of them will allow you to practice a large variety of transferable skills which give insight into possible future careers (for example, the production of a textual edition). Tutorials with your module tutors provide a great sounding board while you are preparing for an assessment, and both tutorials and study-skills sessions can function as a debriefing of the marked piece.

At the University of Winchester validated programmes may adopt a range of means of assessing your learning. An indicative, and not necessarily comprehensive, list of assessment types you might encounter includes essays, portfolios, supervised independent work, presentations, written exams, or practical performances. The University is committed to ensuring that all students have an equal opportunity to achieve module learning outcomes. As such, where appropriate and necessary, students with recognised disabilities may have alternative assignments set that continue to test how successfully they have met the module's learning outcomes. Further details on assessment types used in the programme you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day/Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Graduates enter a range of careers including human resources, speech and language therapy, writing, publishing, teaching and advertising.

We run joint events with the Careers Service which are specifically targeted at students in their first and second year. Here they have the opportunity to encounter representatives of professions that might not be such obvious choices for many, as well as from more traditional careers. 

For more information about graduate employment visit From Freshers to Future - what will yours be?


The Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education (DLHE) record collects information about what those completing university go on to do six months after graduation. The Careers Service undertakes DLHE on an annual basis through surveys and a data collection process. DLHE is designed and strictly controlled by HESA.

While DLHE provides accurate information about first destinations, this data needs to be viewed with some degree of care. Six months after leaving university is often a time of much uncertainty and change for leavers; many will be unsure of their long-term career plans and may take a temporary job or time out. The destinations of graduates only six months out of university do not necessarily reflect longer term career success and are therefore a crude measure of employability. Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

At the University of Winchester, we are committed to ensuring all our students gain employability skills to enable you to enter graduate level jobs and pursue the profession of your choice, for more information please read the Employability Statement.

Course Enquiries and Applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to or call +44 (0)1962 827023

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