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English Language & Linguistics BA

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Overview

Our BA English Language and Linguistics covers a broad range of topics within linguistics and communication, from the study of the sounds, words and structures of English to the ways in which we use English differently depending on institutional, professional and social contexts.

You will explore the complex relationships between language, society and culture, and you will undertake your own research that involves collecting and analysing data. You will study how languages are learnt and taught; and how English is used in multicultural communities and the globalised world.

This course also offers the opportunity to take additional modules in literature and/or a foreign language, ensuring a diverse and interesting programme of study. 

 

The course information sheet is a printable version of the information on this web page, which you can download here.

Key benefits

  • The linguists teaching our BA are all members of the Centre for Language, Discourse and Communication, which has an international reputation for research in the areas of applied linguistics, socio- and psycholinguistics.

  • While studying your BA with us, you will be part of a thriving academic community and you will have opportunities to get involved in the numerous stimulating seminar series and events that we run throughout the year.
  • Classes are small and welcoming, and you will be taught by approachable and supportive staff using a range of teaching formats. 
  • Study right in the heart of London, offering easy access to major libraries and educational resources, as well as all the excitement that comes with a central London location.
  • Develop skills and qualifications that are valuable for a wide range of professions, such as publishing, advertising, journalism, public relations, speech & language therapy, teaching and research.

Key information

UCAS code Q100

Duration Three years

Study mode Full-time

Course type Single honours

Further details

Awarding institution King's College London

Faculty Faculty of Social Science & Public Policy

Department School of Education, Communication & Society

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Description

This English Language & Linguistics BA is ideal if you are interested in how English evolved and how it is used and influenced by different groups within society. The course seeks to explore the following areas:

  • How to describe, analyse and research language.

  • The study of English as a means of communication in the contemporary world, eg. the English used in social media, texting and instant messaging.

  • The relationship between language, society and culture.

  • The teaching and learning of English as a foreign and/or second language.

  • The use of English and other languages in multicultural communities.

  • The psychology of language, language processing and language disabilities.

Our modules also draw on the research specialisms of our staff, who are world leaders in their fields.

You will begin by following a set course in your first year to provide you with a foundation in the subject. You will then be increasingly free to choose modules that reflect your personal interests in your second and third year.

Teaching style

We will teach you through a combination of lectures, small group discussions and workshops, and we will expect you to undertake a significant amount of self-study. We will also give you a personal tutor to support you through your studies and one-on-one supervision during your dissertation. The majority of your teaching will be face-to-face, but it will be supplemented by our virtual learning environment

Assessment

We will primarily assess you 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. 

Location

London is the perfect place for your studies - there are over 300 languages spoken in the city so if you want to look at English use in multilingual communities you really won't find anywhere better! The school is based in the Waterloo Bridge Wing of the Franklin-Wilkins Building, with all the facilities offered by the university easily available. The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House. 

You will also find the cultural attractions, such as the British Film Institute and the National Theatre on the doorstep of the Waterloo Campus where you are based. The Globe Theatre is a short walk along the river.

Other related courses

Comparative Literature BA
English BA
French BA
German BA
Spanish & Latin American Studies with a year abroad BA

Structure

Year 1

Courses are divided into modules. You will normally take modules totalling 360 credits.

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

 

In year one you will study six required modules, totalling 120 credits, to build a strong foundation, particularly in English language and linguistics. In addition, there are two non-credit bearing workshops designed to help you with your learning in a university environment

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

Optional Modules

There are no optional modules in your first year.

Year 2

In Year 2, you are required to take the Research Methods module; a minimum of two from English Lexis, English Grammar and English Phonology & Phonetics, plus a selection of optional modules to equal 120 credits for the year. A few selected Year 3 modules may be available for you to take in Year 2 as well.

You may opt to take a foreign language module from the Modern Language Centre and/or a literature module from the English Department (subject to availability; registration at the discretion of the English Department). You may take a maximum of 30 optional credits from outside the BA English Language & Linguistics course, over the duration of your course this does not include the foreign language modules.

Required Modules

You are required to take the following modules:

A minimum of two* from the following:

* If three of these modules are chosen, one will count as an optional module so fewer from the optional modules mabe selected.

Optional Modules

You are required to select four 15 credit modules from a range of optional modules. Optional modules may typically include:

You will also have the opportunity to study abroad in the second semester of your second year. Our partner universities currently include:

  • University of Auckland
  • Hong Kong University
  • Ghent University
  • University of Melbourne
  • University of Alicante (taught in English)
  • University of Klagenfurt, Austria (taught in English)

Year 3

You are required to study a selection of optional modules to equal 120 credits in total for Year 3. A few Year 2 modules may also be available for you to take during Year 3. If you have have taken a foreign language module from the Modern Language Centre in Year 2, you may continue this at a higher level in Year 3. You may also opt to take a literature module from the English Department (subject to availability; registration at the discretion of the English Department).

Required Modules

You are required to take at least one of the following modules:

Optional Modules

You are required to choose optional modules to bring your total for the year to 120 credits. Optional modules may typically include:

 

Entry requirements

 

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Required grades

35 points overall (including TOK/EE) with three Higher Level subjects at 665

Required grades

45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit

Required grades

D3 D3 M2

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels).

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

Further information below

Required grades

80% overall

Required grades

Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements and English language entry requirements.

Required subjects

At least one of English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology at grade A.

Preferred subjects

None.

Further information and other requirements

Entry Requirements
A Levels AAB

Including grade A in at least one of English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.

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. However, if offered the grade achieved may be taken into account when considering whether or not to accept a candidate who has just fallen short of the conditions of their offer.

Access to HE Diploma

D: 33

M: 12

P: 0

Must include Level 3 study to focus on either English Literature, English Language, a modern foreign language, or Psychology.

Access to English/Literature/Creative Writing/Humanities/Psychology (or similar) with 45 Level 3 credits: 33 must be from units awarded at Distinction, with the remaining Level 3 credits at Merit.

Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2

Including D3 in at least one of English Literature, English Language, a modern foreign language, or Psychology.

Combinations of Pre-U principal subjects and other qualifications (such as A-levels) considered

BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DDM with eleven Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DDM with ten Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in at least one of English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.
BTEC Level 3 Diploma (QCF from 2010)   DM with six Distinctions and two A levels at grades AB or DM with four Distinctions and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in at least one of English Language, Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.
BTEC Level 3 Subsidiary Diploma (QCF from 2010)   D with four modules at Distinction and two A levels at grades AB or M and two A levels at grades AA, including grade A in at least one ofEnglish Language, Literature, Creative Writing, a modern foreign language or Psychology.
Scottish Highers & Advanced Highers

AAB at Higher

and

AB at Advanced Higher

Including grade A in at least one of Advanced Higher English, a modern foreign language or Psychology

Must be a combination of three Scottish Highers and two Scottish Advanced Highers. We do not count the Higher and Advanced Higher in the same subject.

International Baccalaureate  35 points  Including three Higher Level subjects at 665 including HL 6 in at least one of English Literature, English Language, a modern foreign language, or Psychology. Note the total point score of 35 includes TOK/EE.
Other International Qualifications    Visit our admissions webpages to view our international entry requirements.
English Language Requirements Band B  Visit our admissions webpages to view our English language entry requirements.

 

Selection procedure

Application deadline: January 15th 2018

Fees and funding

Full time tuition fees UK:

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016.

Full time tuition fees EU:

Current regulations allow some students to pay UK tuition fees on the basis of their EU citizenship or residency. Until these eligibility criteria are changed, the EU tuition fee will remain the same as the UK tuition fee. Future fees will depend on Government legislation. 

The UK tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is currently £9,250 per year. This is based on the UK Government’s cap which was set in 2016. 

Full time tuition fees International:

The International tuition fee for the 2018-2019 academic year is £17,900 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.

 

Additional costs/expenses

The following table gives you an indication of additional costs associated with your course.  These costs are not included in your tuition fees.

Item

Description

Required Photocopies

Students are required to print and bind the dissertation

Required Text Books

Students may need to make a contribution to the cost of reading packs, the first £5 per pack is subsidised by the department

 

If you study abroad as part of your course, you will not be charged tuition fees by the host university (although some partners do charge a small administration fee for applying). Please see the Study Abroad webpages for details of the relevant partner universities.

King’s will continue to invoice for a proportion of King's tuition fees  At present these are as follows: 

  • Home students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for £6,000 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Home students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for £1,350 for King’s tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying for a semester abroad will receive an invoice for two thirds of the King's tuition fees for the year.
  • Overseas students studying or working for a full academic year abroad will receive an invoice for one third of the King's tuition fees for the year.

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.

In addition to the costs above, 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 
  • Graduation costs
  • Travel costs for travel around London and between campuses 

For further information, please visit our fees and funding pages.

Financial help and support

Visit the fees and funding webpages to find out more about bursaries, scholarships, grants, tuition fees, living expenses, student loans and other financial help available at King's.

Career prospects

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.

 

Career destinations

Recent graduates have found employment as:

  • 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

 

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