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  • 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.


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.

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. 


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


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.


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
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International students

International students seeking additional information about this programme can send an email to 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)

Year 2 (Level 5)

Year 3 (Level 6)

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.

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 £6,938

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.


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:



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.


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