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English Language & Linguistics BA

UCAS code: Q100

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

On our Bachelor of Arts (Hons) in English Language & Linguistics, you will focus on the relationships between language, society and culture. You will develop a thorough understanding of the role language plays in different social contexts, such as in traditional media and on social media, in teaching and education settings, in professional institutions, and in creative language use such as novels and films. You will also explore the links between language and the mind, and study the sounds, words and structures of English. You will have many opportunities to undertake projects which involve collecting and analysing linguistic data.

Key benefits

  • Study language in the heart of a truly multicultural, multilingual capital. You'll be based right next door to the National Theatre, Southbank Centre and BFI, offering countless opportunities to see language in action at internationally renowned institutions.
  • The chance to tailor module choices across five broad themes: media, arts, education, mind and society.
  • Get involved in the numerous stimulating seminar series and events that we run throughout the year.
  • Classes are small and welcoming, taught by approachable and supportive staff with international reputations for world-leading research in linguistics and communication.
  • London is the perfect place for your studies - there are over 300 languages spoken in the city so if you want to look at language use in multilingual communities you really won’t find anywhere better!
  • Development of skills that are valuable for a wide range of professions, such as publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, speech and language therapy, teaching and research.
Hannah

The course offers so many varied and interesting modules that you are able to build up your skills based on what you need for your future.

Hannah, BA student

You will find cultural attractions such as the British Film Institute and the National Theatre on the doorstep of the Waterloo Campus where you will be based. The Globe Theatre is a short walk along the river. The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House. Most of the learning for this degree takes place at the Waterloo Campus, although please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Course Aims

  • The English Language & Linguistics BA is ideal if you are interested in how English evolves and how it is used and influenced by different groups within society.
  • You will begin by following a set course in your first year to provide with you a foundation in the subject. You will then be increasingly free to choose modules that reflect your personal interests in your second and third years.
  • The course seeks to explore the following areas: How to describe, analyse and research language; The use of language across different forms of media, including print media, social media and instant messaging; The relationships between language, society, interaction and identity; The teaching and learning of English as a foreign and/or second language; The psychology of language, and the relationships between language and mind; The use of language in literature and creative work.

Special features

Optional study abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 at Higher Level in one from English (A or B), Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 at Higher Level in one from English (A or B), Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subjects across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

We are able to consider applications for transfer into Year 2 of this programme. Please see our Transferring to King’s website for more information.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group discussions and workshops, and you will also undertake a significant amount of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure you have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that you also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Individual & Group Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Essays

You will be assessed through written exams, coursework essays, presentations (individual and group), reports, projects and assignments. In your final year you are also required to carry out your own research project.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our English Language & Linguistics BA can lead to a career in language research, publishing, public relations, marketing; in the mass media and communications industries; in working with people with language disabilities; in teaching; or to professional roles in multilingual communities. Your in-depth understanding of how language operates in and shapes the modern world will give you access to a wide range of career opportunities.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Media Campaign Executive
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Communications Officer
  • EU Affairs Officer
  • English Teacher
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Media Editor
  • Local Government Executive Officer
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Social Media Executive

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Alternative venue examination fees
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

You will find cultural attractions such as the British Film Institute and the National Theatre on the doorstep of the Waterloo Campus where you will be based. The Globe Theatre is a short walk along the river. The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House. Most of the learning for this degree takes place at the Waterloo Campus, although please note that locations are determined by where each module is taught and may vary depending on the optional modules you select.

Course Aims

  • The English Language & Linguistics BA is ideal if you are interested in how English evolves and how it is used and influenced by different groups within society.
  • You will begin by following a set course in your first year to provide with you a foundation in the subject. You will then be increasingly free to choose modules that reflect your personal interests in your second and third years.
  • The course seeks to explore the following areas: How to describe, analyse and research language; The use of language across different forms of media, including print media, social media and instant messaging; The relationships between language, society, interaction and identity; The teaching and learning of English as a foreign and/or second language; The psychology of language, and the relationships between language and mind; The use of language in literature and creative work.

Special features

Optional study abroad

Regulating bodies

King's is regulated by the Office for Students

Subject requirements

Required subjects:
A-level (or equivalent) grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.
Preferred subjects:
None.

A-Levels

Required grades:
AAB

Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels.

Must include grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

Contextual A-Level information

ABC Please note that A-level General Studies, Critical Thinking, Thinking Skills and Global Perspectives are not accepted by King's as one of your A levels. Must include grade A in one from English Language, English Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: If you are taking linear A-levels in England, you will be required to pass the practical endorsement in all Science subjects. This is with the exception of private candidates who are unable to take the practical component. We do not consider the EPQ at any point of the assessment process.

International Baccalaureate

35 points including 665 at Higher Level.

Must include grade 6 at Higher Level in one from English (A or B), Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.

Contextual International Baccalaureate information

32 points including 654 at Higher Level. Must include grade 6 at Higher Level in one from English (A or B), Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology. Notes: The total point score of 32 includes TOK/EE.

Alternative accepted qualifications

Standard requirements

International applicants

Equivalent International qualifications

Course specific subject requirements are indicated in subject requirements above

English language requirements

English language band: B

Selection process

Application deadline: 26th January 2022 - 18:00 GMT

 

Contextual consideration

We make contextual offers for this programme, which can be found in the entry requirements. As part of the assessment process, we take into account contextual information to gain a more complete picture of each application. More information can be found on the Contextualised admissions website.

Deferrals

Applications can be submitted for deferred entry by choosing the appropriate year of entry on the UCAS application.

If your circumstances change and, therefore, you need to request a deferral after an offer has been made, then we can generally permit these for this programme. However, each deferral request will be considered on a case-by-case basis and we reserve the right to decline any post-offer deferral request. Requests should be submitted via a message on King’s Apply with an explanation of the reason for making the request.

Please note, second deferral requests will only be considered where the request is due to extreme unforeseen extenuating circumstances, for example, health reasons. We are unable to permit deferral requests that go beyond two years and you would need to apply again. This is with the exception of deferrals which are due to military/national service.

Foundation courses

Applicants studying Foundation Year programmes in the UK are welcome to apply for this programme. Foundation programmes from other universities and further education providers in the UK are considered on a case-by-case basis. Whether or not we can consider a particular foundation year as suitable for study at King's depends on the content of the syllabus and modules studied. In the past we have accepted foundation programmes from a number of other institutions.

We are unable to accept Foundation programmes that are integrated as part of a main degree at another institution. These may be called Year 0 or Integrated Foundations. We are also unable to accept non-UK Foundation courses.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your qualification, such as a list of modules and course specifications.

The King's International Foundation Programme has guaranteed pathways available for progression onto our King's undergraduate degree programmes, and information can be found on the website.

Graduates

Our general entry requirements are based on A-level or equivalent. However, where an applicant is completing/has completed a degree, we are able to consider the degree study as part of the assessment of the application.

Generally, we would consider a minimum of a UK Bachelor degree with a 2:1 grade profile (or overseas equivalent) as meeting the entry requirements for our undergraduate degrees. However, those who have achieved/are predicted a high 2:1 or a First may be considered more competitive.

Where a programme has subject requirements, these will still need to have been met. If you have not met the subject requirements via A-level (or equivalent) then we may be able to consider the content within your degree. We would be looking for significant study of the subjects across the degree programme with a 2:1 or above grading on those modules.

Once you have submitted an application, the Admissions Office may contact you via King's Apply to ask for further details on your degree study.

Personal Statement

Your personal statement is one of the many factors in the overall assessment of your application, and is your opportunity to introduce yourself to the university and inform us of your commitment to the programme and how the programme fits into your career plans, as well as any work experience or extracurricular activities you have done.

Resits

We are able to consider applicants who have retaken or are retaking their qualifications.

Transfers

We are able to consider applications for transfer into Year 2 of this programme. Please see our Transferring to King’s website for more information.

Help for international applicants

International Foundation Year

If you don't have a suitable qualification for direct entry to a UK university, we can help with our Foundation year courses.

Pre-sessional courses

If you have an offer from King's, but English isn't your first language, we have courses to help you.

Teaching methods - what to expect

Curious to find out more? Access on-demand content including taster lectures and talks, and meet our current staff and students on our subject hub page.

You will be taught through a combination of lectures, small group discussions and workshops, and you will also undertake a significant amount of self-study. Typically, one credit equates to 10 hours of work.

At King’s, all students on a taught programme are allocated a personal tutor who will play a key role in helping you to get the most out of your studies, providing support and encouragement for your time at university.

Personal tutors provide you with the opportunity to periodically take stock of your learning, academic progress and general wellbeing as you progress through your studies, offering guidance on how to seek further support if you need it, and how to access the range of opportunities available to you as a King's student.

We will use a delivery method that will ensure you have a rich, exciting experience from the start. Face to face teaching will be complemented and supported with innovative technology so that you also experience elements of digital learning and assessment.

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Presentations
  • Individual & Group Presentations
  • Examinations
  • Essays

You will be assessed through written exams, coursework essays, presentations (individual and group), reports, projects and assignments. In your final year you are also required to carry out your own research project.

Structure

Courses are divided into modules. Each year you will normally take modules totalling 120 credits.

This is a three-year degree course in which you will take a combination of required and optional modules to total 360 credits.

King’s College London reviews the modules offered on a regular basis to provide up-to-date, innovative and relevant programmes of study. Therefore, modules offered may change. We suggest you keep an eye on the course finder on our website for updates.

Please note that modules with a practical component will be capped due to educational requirements, which may mean that we cannot guarantee a place to all students who elect to study this module.

Employability

Our English Language & Linguistics BA can lead to a career in language research, publishing, public relations, marketing; in the mass media and communications industries; in working with people with language disabilities; in teaching; or to professional roles in multilingual communities. Your in-depth understanding of how language operates in and shapes the modern world will give you access to a wide range of career opportunities.

Destinations

Recent graduates have found employment within the following job roles and companies:

  • Media Campaign Executive
  • Broadcast Journalist
  • Communications Officer
  • EU Affairs Officer
  • English Teacher
  • Copywriter
  • Digital Media Editor
  • Local Government Executive Officer
  • Marketing Co-ordinator
  • Social Media Executive

Tuition Fees

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap.

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2022-2023 academic year is £21,840 per year.

Please note that the International tuition fee is subject to annual increases in subsequent years of study, in line with King’s terms and conditions.

All International applicants to Undergraduate programmes are required to pay a deposit of £2,000 against their first year’s tuition fee. This deposit is payable when you firmly accept an unconditional offer to study with us, and will be offset against your tuition fees when you join King’s.

If you choose the study abroad option with one of King’s partner universities, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees. You should also budget to pay for the associated subsistence costs, such as travel, visas, accommodation and food as well as any vaccination/immunisations required by the country to which you are travelling.   Please see the Study Abroad web pages for details of the relevant partner universities and detailed information on the fees that apply under the Course Essentials tab.

Additional Costs

In addition to your tuition costs, you can also expect to pay for:

  • Books if you choose to buy your own copies
  • Clothing for optional course related events and competitions
  • Library fees and fines
  • Personal photocopies
  • Printing course handouts
  • Society membership fees
  • Stationery
  • Alternative venue examination fees
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses

Funding

Key information

Course type:
Single honours
Delivery mode:
Classroom
Study mode:
Full time
Duration:
Three years
Application status:
Closed
Start date:
September 2022
Application deadline:
26 January 2022
Apply via UCAS

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