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COURSE OVERVIEW

*Subject to revalidation

  • Study English as a global language, sharing experiences with different cultures and communities
  • Develop a deep understanding of the fundamentals of the English language, its historical evolution and its role in constructing identities, social relations and practices
  • Gain valuable transferable skills in data collection and analysis, critical thinking, presentation skills, academic writing and independent research
  • Opportunities to undertake a volunteering placement in Year 2 and attend optional field trips

Language is central to our lives and how we communicate. Learning how languages work opens doors to cultures, communities and opportunities in the global workplace. English Language Studies at Winchester focuses on real-world application of language, exploring how it is used and what it tells us about our society, culture and mind in the past, present and possibly future.

The programme’s coherent but varied range of topics takes you on an absorbing journey through the linguistic make-up of English, engaging with real-world language in aspects of discourse analysis and anthropology and concepts such as multimodality and materiality. Alongside this, you may choose from a diverse range of modules such as Postcolonial Fictions, Political Philosophy, Social Media and Critical Reading.

Over the course of three years, our supportive staff help you become a confident and analytical linguist with the skills to excel in a range of fields in the modern employment market.

And you won’t always be cooped up in a lecture theatre. Independent and group learning is a core seam of the three-year course. You have the chance to undertake a volunteering placement in your second year. And there are opportunities to attend optional field trips – previous students have visited places of interest within Winchester and as far afield as Germany.

In Year 1, you are introduced to key concepts and skills to build a solid understanding of syntax and morphology, phonetics and phonology and semantics and pragmatics. Possible optional modules cover media studies, poetry, politics and more.

Year 2 offers introductions to more specific schools of linguistic research, such as sociolinguistics or periods of historical linguistics, among others. Optional modules may include Language and the Mind, Language Acquisition and Forensic Linguistics.

Your final year culminates in an extended piece of work, either a dissertation or an independent project, which enables you to explore a topic that is especially interesting to you or relevant to your career aspirations, overseen by a staff member in that area.

Optional modules may include Ethnography, The Evolution of Language or English in the World.

With a thorough grounding in language and fresh insights into other cultures and the nature of communication, graduates enter a wide range of careers including speech and language therapy, writing, publishing, media work, human resources, teaching and advertising. Others pursue careers in teaching English as a foreign language.

Careers

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

94.4% of our 2015/16 graduates (first degree and other undergraduate courses) were in employment and/or further study six months after completing their course.

Pre-approved for a Masters

If you study a Bachelor Honours degrees with us, you will be pre-approved to start a Masters degree at Winchester. To be eligible, you will need to apply by the end of March in the final year of your degree and meet the entry requirements of your chosen Masters degree.

*Subject to revalidation

This course is subject to revalidation. 'Revalidation' is the process by which the University refreshes its existing provision. Revalidation assesses the quality and standards of the programme to ensure it continues to provide a distinct, high quality academic experience for students, enabling them to acquire the necessary academic knowledge, understanding, general and subject-specific skills required to pursue a graduate level career.

About this course

Suitable for applicants from:

UK, EU, World

Work placements

All students have the opportunity to undertake a work placement in their second year.

Field trips

Students may attend optional field trips - previous students have visited places of interest within Winchester and further afield.

Study abroad

Our BA (Hons) English Language course provides an opportunity for you to study abroad in the United States of America and Europe and Asia via Erasmus.

For more information see our Study Abroad section.

Learning and teaching

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: 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. 

Location

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

Assessment

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% coursework
34% written exams
9% practical exams

Year 2 (Level 5)*:

68% coursework
11% written exams
21% practical exams

Year 3 (Level 6)*:

77% coursework
0% written exams
23% 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.

Further information

For more information about our regulations for this course, please see our Academic Regulations, Policies and Procedures.

Entry Requirements

2018 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. International Baccalaureate: 26 points including 5 points at Higher Level

Course enquiries and applications

Telephone: +44 (0) 1962 827234
Send us a message

International students

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

Visit us

Explore our campus and find out more about studying at Winchester by coming to one of our Open Days.

Year 1 (Level 4)

Modules Credits

Approaches to Language Study

This module serves as main introduction to English Language Studies. It combines an overview of the relevant fields of study within the discipline with first training in some of the methods you will be using throughout your time at university. Some of the topics you might recognise, such as Discourse Analysis or Language Acquisition. Others, like Cognitive Linguistics, for example, might be new to you. The methods and skills we train will include how to do a field study and how to make the most of the library. We will also explore how to write essays and work on your presentation skills.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology 15

This module will explore how language works. That will mean a discussion about how words work (morphology) in English and how they are strung together in order to form phrases and sentences (syntax). An introduction to basic linguistic terminology and methodology will be part of the treatment of morphology and syntax. This knowledge will also provide further insight into how language works in texts (written and spoken). How does the meaning of a text change when the sentence structure is manipulated, for example? Why do shorter sentences speed up a passage, and what effect does a list of questions have on a textual passage? When and why do we need to form new words and how do we do it? The module will provide you with the answers to these and more questions, with methods to explore them and with a language to put your findings once more into words.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language II: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology 15

This module will discuss what gives meaning to language (semantics)  including logic, and particularly what words mean and how do we structure our words in a larger network of meaning (lexical semantics). We will also find out how language sounds are produced (phonetics) and how we use them in order to make sense of them as English language units (phonology). The module will introduce basic linguistic principles and terminology as well as methods for the analysis of semantic and phonetic/phonological features. We will use this new knowledge in order to explore texts (written and spoken). You will discover new ways to analyse the word choices made by the author of the text and understand the perceptions of the world which underlie such choices. We will begin to write down speech, and you will also gain a context for the understanding of phonetic speech in literary texts.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language III: Semantics and Pragmatics 15

What is meaning? What are we trying to say, what do we think when we say ‘X means Y’? This module will introduce you to what meaning is and how we create and shape it in and through our language. We will find out whether meaning is attached to a word, or what our mind has to do with it. Or is it a social construct? How does figurative meaning work, and how does that help us to make sense of texts? Are meanings related? And where is the logic in all of that? We will also look at some aspects in which semantics and the neighbouring field of pragmatics overlap. This will include some work on speech acts, and will show us how much of what we say and understand is a question of perspective.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
History of the English Language 15

English ‘then’ and English ‘now’ is not the same. Anyone who has ever encountered Old English (Beowulf) or Middle English (Chaucer), will have noticed this. But why is it so different? This module will explore the social and linguistic history of the English speaking world in search of answers. On the way it will discover why there is no ‘proper English’. With the help of a (brief) introduction to the mechanics of language change, the module will pose (and answer) two questions: How did English change? And of equal importance: Why?

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Language CSI 15

The investigation of language has become more prominent in forensic investigations within the last decade. Some of these areas of investigation, such as plagiarism cases and author identification, are also relevant in an academic context. This module will utilise such links between academic scholarship and forensic case studies in order to introduce the students to some of the most vital pitfalls and most necessary skills in relation to their language degree. The investigation of a (supposed) case of plagiarism, for example, will allow us to explore the nature of plagiarism and the dangers of academic misconduct as well as methods for their detection.  The module therefore offers a first glimpse into the field of Forensic Linguistics alongside an introduction to academic practice.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Optional Modules

The Black Atlantic 15 Credits
Scriptwriting 15 Credits
Creative Non-Fiction 15 Credits
Critical Reading 1: Fiction 15 Credits
Critical Reading 2: Poetry 15 Credits
Early English Texts and Contexts 15 Credits
Introduction to Poetry 15 Credits
Key Concepts in Media and Communication 15 Credits
Media Studies in the Twenty-First Century 15 Credits
Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 15 Credits
Introduction to Political Philosophy 15 Credits
Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Approaches to Language Study

This module serves as main introduction to English Language Studies. It combines an overview of the relevant fields of study within the discipline with first training in some of the methods you will be using throughout your time at university. Some of the topics you might recognise, such as Discourse Analysis or Language Acquisition. Others, like Cognitive Linguistics, for example, might be new to you. The methods and skills we train will include how to do a field study and how to make the most of the library. We will also explore how to write essays and work on your presentation skills.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language I: Syntax and Morphology 15

This module will explore how language works. That will mean a discussion about how words work (morphology) in English and how they are strung together in order to form phrases and sentences (syntax). An introduction to basic linguistic terminology and methodology will be part of the treatment of morphology and syntax. This knowledge will also provide further insight into how language works in texts (written and spoken). How does the meaning of a text change when the sentence structure is manipulated, for example? Why do shorter sentences speed up a passage, and what effect does a list of questions have on a textual passage? When and why do we need to form new words and how do we do it? The module will provide you with the answers to these and more questions, with methods to explore them and with a language to put your findings once more into words.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language II: Semantics, Phonetics and Phonology 15

This module will discuss what gives meaning to language (semantics)  including logic, and particularly what words mean and how do we structure our words in a larger network of meaning (lexical semantics). We will also find out how language sounds are produced (phonetics) and how we use them in order to make sense of them as English language units (phonology). The module will introduce basic linguistic principles and terminology as well as methods for the analysis of semantic and phonetic/phonological features. We will use this new knowledge in order to explore texts (written and spoken). You will discover new ways to analyse the word choices made by the author of the text and understand the perceptions of the world which underlie such choices. We will begin to write down speech, and you will also gain a context for the understanding of phonetic speech in literary texts.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Understanding Language III: Semantics and Pragmatics 15

What is meaning? What are we trying to say, what do we think when we say ‘X means Y’? This module will introduce you to what meaning is and how we create and shape it in and through our language. We will find out whether meaning is attached to a word, or what our mind has to do with it. Or is it a social construct? How does figurative meaning work, and how does that help us to make sense of texts? Are meanings related? And where is the logic in all of that? We will also look at some aspects in which semantics and the neighbouring field of pragmatics overlap. This will include some work on speech acts, and will show us how much of what we say and understand is a question of perspective.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
History of the English Language 15

English ‘then’ and English ‘now’ is not the same. Anyone who has ever encountered Old English (Beowulf) or Middle English (Chaucer), will have noticed this. But why is it so different? This module will explore the social and linguistic history of the English speaking world in search of answers. On the way it will discover why there is no ‘proper English’. With the help of a (brief) introduction to the mechanics of language change, the module will pose (and answer) two questions: How did English change? And of equal importance: Why?

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Language CSI 15

The investigation of language has become more prominent in forensic investigations within the last decade. Some of these areas of investigation, such as plagiarism cases and author identification, are also relevant in an academic context. This module will utilise such links between academic scholarship and forensic case studies in order to introduce the students to some of the most vital pitfalls and most necessary skills in relation to their language degree. The investigation of a (supposed) case of plagiarism, for example, will allow us to explore the nature of plagiarism and the dangers of academic misconduct as well as methods for their detection.  The module therefore offers a first glimpse into the field of Forensic Linguistics alongside an introduction to academic practice.

Students on the Creative Writing with English Language programme may study this as one of the six options if selected by the programme leader:

  • Approaches to Language Study 
  • Understanding Language 1          
  • Understanding Language 2          
  • Understanding Language 3          
  • Language CSI     
  • History of the English Language
Optional Modules

The Black Atlantic 15 Credits
Scriptwriting 15 Credits
Creative Non-Fiction 15 Credits
Critical Reading 1: Fiction 15 Credits
Critical Reading 2: Poetry 15 Credits
Early English Texts and Contexts 15 Credits
Introduction to Poetry 15 Credits
Key Concepts in Media and Communication 15 Credits
Media Studies in the Twenty-First Century 15 Credits
Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 1 15 Credits
Introduction to Political Philosophy 15 Credits
Introduction to Politics and Global Studies 2 15 Credits

Year 2 (Level 5)

Modules Credits

Research Methods 15

The module is designed around a larger-scale research project. Building on existing experiences from earlier modules, students will become more familiar with the most relevant methodologies employed in English Language research. The content is student focused, as the students will support each other from the first moment of choosing a topic, through the development of an appropriate methodology to its application in data gathering and analysis. The module will acquaint the students with a variety of research methods and develop their understanding as to which method would be appropriate in any given context.

Optional Modules

Middle English: Texts in Context 15 Credits
Old English I 15 Credits
Analysing Discourse 15 Credits
Language and the Mind 15 Credits
Sociolinguistics 15 Credits
Language and Identity 15 Credits
Language Acquisition 15 Credits
Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits
Volunteering 15 Credits
Media Writing 15 Credits
Chaucer and his World 15 Credits
The Postmodern Age 15 Credits
Postcolonial Fictions 15 Credits
Exploring Media Theory 15 Credits
Social Media 15 Credits
Discourses of War 15 Credits
The ‘War on Terror’ and the ‘Axis of Evil’ and Beyond 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Research Methods 15

The module is designed around a larger-scale research project. Building on existing experiences from earlier modules, students will become more familiar with the most relevant methodologies employed in English Language research. The content is student focused, as the students will support each other from the first moment of choosing a topic, through the development of an appropriate methodology to its application in data gathering and analysis. The module will acquaint the students with a variety of research methods and develop their understanding as to which method would be appropriate in any given context.

Optional Modules

Middle English: Texts in Context 15 Credits
Old English I 15 Credits
Analysing Discourse 15 Credits
Language and the Mind 15 Credits
Sociolinguistics 15 Credits
Language and Identity 15 Credits
Language Acquisition 15 Credits
Forensic Linguistics 15 Credits
Volunteering 15 Credits
Media Writing 15 Credits
Chaucer and his World 15 Credits
The Postmodern Age 15 Credits
Postcolonial Fictions 15 Credits
Exploring Media Theory 15 Credits
Social Media 15 Credits
Discourses of War 15 Credits
The ‘War on Terror’ and the ‘Axis of Evil’ and Beyond 15 Credits

Year 3 (Level 6)

Modules Credits

Extended Independent Study
Optional Modules

Old English II 15 Credits
The Evolution of Language 15 Credits
Crafted Text 15 Credits
Producing Written Discourse 15 Credits
Cognitive Stylistics 15 Credits
Language Death, Revival and Change 15 Credits
English on the Periphery? 15 Credits
English and the World 15 Credits
Ethnography 15 Credits
Creative Non-Fiction for Children 15 Credits
Writing for Display 15 Credits
The Male Body: Masculinity and the Media 15 Credits
Diplomatic Studies 15 Credits

Optional Credits

Extended Independent Study
Optional Modules

Old English II 15 Credits
The Evolution of Language 15 Credits
Crafted Text 15 Credits
Producing Written Discourse 15 Credits
Cognitive Stylistics 15 Credits
Language Death, Revival and Change 15 Credits
English on the Periphery? 15 Credits
English and the World 15 Credits
Ethnography 15 Credits
Creative Non-Fiction for Children 15 Credits
Writing for Display 15 Credits
The Male Body: Masculinity and the Media 15 Credits
Diplomatic Studies 15 Credits

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.

Course Tuition Fees* 

UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man

If you are a UK or EU student starting your degree in September 2018, 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 for UK and EU students. 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. 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.

Full-time £9,250 p/a

Total Cost: £27,750 (3 years) | £28,450 (sandwich option)

UK/EU 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 £77.08 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 £6,935.

International Students

Full-time £12,950 p/a
Total Cost: £38,850 (3 years) | £39,550 (sandwich option)

International 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 £107.92 and a 15 credit module is £1,620. Fees for students from Vestfold University College in Norway (who receive a 10% reduction) and NLA are £11,655. 

*After changes made in Parliament, all higher education providers must now register with a brand new HE Regulator (the Office for Students) for their students to be eligible for student support in the 2019-20 academic year. The OfS will start publishing providers on its Register from July 2018. We have made an application to register and expect a decision by September 2018. Whilst we don't anticipate any issues with our registration, no provider will be able to confirm whether student finance is available until it has a decision from the OfS. Visit www.officeforstudents.org.uk for more information.

Additional Costs

As one of our students all of your teaching and assessments are included in your tuition fees, including, lectures/guest lectures and tutorials, seminars, laboratory sessions and specialist teaching facilities. You will also have access to a wide range of student support and IT services.

There might be additional costs you may encounter whilst studying. The following highlights the mandatory and optional costs for this course:

Optional

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.

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 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.

Scholarships, Bursaries and Awards

We have a variety of scholarships and bursaries available to support you financially with the cost of your course. To see if you're eligible, please see our Scholarships and Awards page. 

Key course details

UCAS code
Q310
Duration
3 years full-time; 4 years full-time (placement); 6 years part-time
Typical offer
104-120 points
Location
King Alfred or West Downs, University of Winchester