UCAS code: Q310
Please note for 2017 entry, this programme will be titled BA (Hons) English Language.
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.
3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (placement); 6 years part-time
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)
2017 Entry Full-time £11,600** p/a
Total Cost: £34,800** (3 years) | £35,500** (sandwich option)
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- 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.
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
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.
- 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
- The Black Atlantic
- 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
- Middle English: Texts in Context
- Old English I
- Analysing Discourse
- Language and the Mind
- Language and Identity
- Language Acquisition
- Forensic Linguistics
- 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
- Extended Independent Study
- 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
- 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 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.
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.
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: 252 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
Year 2 (Level 5): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 240 hours
- Independent learning: 960 hours
Year 3 (Level 6): Timetabled teaching and learning activity*
- Teaching, learning and assessment: 252 hours
- Independent learning: 948 hours
*Please note these are indicative hours for the course.
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)*:
- 57 per cent coursework
- 34 per cent written exams
- 9 per cent practical exams
Year 2 (Level 5)*:
- 68 per cent coursework
- 11 per cent written exams
- 21 per cent practical exams
Year 3 (Level 6)*:
- 77 per cent coursework
- 0 per cent written exams
- 23 per cent practical exams
*Please note these are indicative percentages and modes for the programme.
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.
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.