BSc (Hons) English Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics (with optional sandwich year)

English Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics at Winchester focuses on the practical approaches to language study and the linguistic aspects of the criminal justice system.

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BSc (Hons) English Linguistics with Forensic Linguistics (with optional sandwich year) at University of Winchester

UCAS code: Q102

Entry Requirements*

Typical offer:

2018 Entry: 104-120 points 

*UCAS has changed the way they calculate the tariff for courses starting in September 2017. Find out more about the new tariff.

An A level A*- B pass is required in an English subject. 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 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in writing  or equivalent

Course Tuition Fees and Additional Costs

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

2018 Entry Full-time £9,500** 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 £79.17 and a 15 credit module is £1,187. 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 £7,125.

Total Cost: £28,500** (3 years) | £29,200** (placement option)

International Students

2018 Entry Full-time £11,900** p/a
Total Cost: £35,700** (3 years) | £36,400** (Placement option)

For further details click here

Additional Costs:

Mandatory

  • 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 £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 assingment.

Optional

  • Sandwhich year placement: Students on a sandwich year placement will incur travel expenses and may also need to wear appropriate clothing at their own cost. Cost for travel £5-30 per day. Clothing costs depedent upon students existing wardrobe and their placement. 
  • 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

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

Other Information

Study abroad (optional):

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

Location:

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:

This is a new course and so there are currently no subject specific data on student satisfaction from graduates, nor any employability statistics. The data supplied have been drawn from wider subject areas. In addition, information on learning, teaching and assessment for parts of the course, which have not yet been taught, is estimated.

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.

Terms and Conditions 

For more information about the University of Winchester's terms and conditions click here.

**Indicative Fees for 2018/19 Home and EU students are £9,500 per year. Whilst the inflationary fee increases in tuition fees and student support loans have been announced by the Minister, they are still subject to formal parliamentary approval and the approval of The University of Winchester Board of Governors. International fees are still subject to approval from the University of Winchester Board of Governors.

If you are starting your degree in September 2018, the first year will cost you £9,500. Based on this fee level, the indicative fees for a three-year degree would be £28,500 (Home and EU), £35,700 (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. 

 

While the forensic linguist/scientist as supporter of police investigations has become increasingly popular, an understanding of language, the law and forensic methodologies can be used in many other areas such as immigration investigations and the identification of historical documents.

In Year 1, students are introduced to many of the key concepts and skills that are required throughout their degree. in particular, the three Understanding Language modules provide students with the analytic building blocks for language study. Students are also offered optional modules from the BA (Hons) Forensic Studies course.   

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 able to choose from a range of modules from English Language, English Linguistics and Forensic Studies.

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

The optional sandwich year allows the student to explore a possible career, gain first experience, and come back to study with a clearer understanding of how to shape their final year in pursuit of the career of their choice. Each student will have support before, throughout, and after the placement, from selection and application to the reintegration into a new final year cohort after their return. There is a lot of flexibility in placement choice, and the responsibility of being accepted onto a placement lies with the student. Options to explore include: British Council (language teaching abroad), International and National Language Schools, Houses of Parliament, Stroke Association or similar charities, Council work, Schools, NHS, Marketing and PR, Courts.   

Year 1 

Core modules:

  • Approaches to Language Study
  • Understanding Language 1: Syntax and Morphology
  • Understanding Language 2: Phonetics and Phonology
  • Understanding Language 3: Semantics and Pragmatics 
  • History of the English Language (2 Semesters)
  • Language CSI
  • History of Forensic Science

Optional modules 

  • Introduction to Forensic Evidence
  • A History of Forensic Science

Year 2 

Core modules:

  • Research Methods
  • Introduction to Corpus Linguistics 
  • Forensic Linguistics 
  • Fakes and Forgeries

Optional Modules 

  • Applied Phonetics
  • Old English
  • Old Norse
  • Discourse Analysis 
  • Language and the Mind
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Middle English: Texts in Context
  • Language and Identity
  • Volunteering

Year 3

Core modules:

  • Placement

          or

  • Dissertation
  • Language Crimes
  • Forensic Psychology

Optional modules

  • Syntax and Augmentation: The Syntax-Semantics Interface
  • Onomastics
  • Evolution of Language
  • Speech and Language Disorders
  • Old English 2: From Manuscript to Annotated Edition
  • Crafted Text 
  • Cognitive Stylistics
  • Language Death, Revival and Change
  • English on the Periphery?
  • English and the World
  • History of Linguistics
  • Ethnography 
  • Text(ure)
  • Keywords

Those students electing to do a placement year in Year 3 will complete the modules listed above in Year 4. This includes the dissertation module.

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 www.winchester.ac.uk/termsandconditions. The University will notify applicants of any changes made to the core modules listed above. 

Our aim is to shape 'confident learners' by enabling you to develop the skills needed to excel in your studies here and as well as onto further studies or the employment market. 

You are taught primarily through a combination of lectures and seminars, allowing opportunities to discuss and develop your understanding of topics covered in lectures in smaller groups.

In addition to the formally scheduled contact time such as lectures and seminars etc.), you are encouraged to access academic support from staff within the course team, your personal tutor and the wide range of services available to you within the University.

Independent learning

Over the duration of your course, you will be expected to develop independent and critical learning, progressively building confidence and expertise through independent and collaborative research, problem-solving and analysis with the support of staff. You take responsibility for your own learning and are encouraged to make use of the wide range of available learning resources available.

Overall workload

Your overall workload consists of class contact hours, independent learning and assessment activity.

While your actual contact hours may depend on the optional modules you select, the following information gives an indication of how much time you will need to allocate to different activities at each level of the course.

Year 1 (Level 4): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
  • Independent learning: 924 hours
  • Placement: 24 hours

Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*

  • Teaching, learning and assessment: 264 hours
  • Independent learning: 936 hours

*Please note these are indicative hours for the course. 

Students will have artefact handling sessions and site visits for material culture elements of the course and museum visits to see anthropology as presented to the public.

Programme Leader

Teaching Team 

Our validated courses 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.

We ensure 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 on the course you are interested in can be found on the course page, by attending an Open Day or Open Evening, or contacting our teaching staff.

Percentage of the course assessed by coursework

The assessment balance between examination and coursework depends to some extent on the optional modules you choose. The approximate percentage of the course assessed by different assessment modes is as follows:

Year 1 (Level 4)*:

  • 54 per cent coursework
  • 26 per cent written exams
  • 21 per cent practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

  • 62 per cent coursework
  • 6 per cent written exams
  • 32 per cent practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

  • 64 per cent coursework
  • 14 per cent written exams
  • 22 per cent practical exams

*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.

Feedback

We are committed to providing timely and appropriate feedback to you on your academic progress and achievement in order to enable you to reflect on your progress and plan your academic and skills development effectively. You are also encouraged to seek additional feedback from your course tutors.

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.

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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.

Employability

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. A proportion of graduates take a gap year after completing their degree, to study or work their way around the world before settling into graduate level employment.  Therefore, DLHE data should be viewed as merely a 'snapshot' of one particular year's experiences at a specific point in time.

 

 

Course Enquiries and Applications

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International Student

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

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