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BA (Honours) English Language

Language underpins our social and personal relationships, identities, and perceptions. Explore the theories and frameworks of language and how these are applied in the real world, while developing your research in the areas that interest you the most. You also have the opportunity to gain professional experience through work-based modules.

Course length 3 Years
Location City Campus
UCAS Q310 Course code

Course description

What you study
Explore the English language as it's used across the world on this well-established course. Learn how language is organised, how it works in practice in the real world – for example to socialise, interact and communicate – and how our use of language influences how we are perceived. Consider how the language of written texts, literary and non-literary, can persuade, entertain, and inform and you investigate the function of human communication and the relationship between spoken language and identity.

Key areas of study include • the syntax, semantics and phonetics of the English language • how written texts, both literary and non-literary, are organised • how we use language to communicate and interact • how language varies according to context • how we construct our identity using language.

By passing three teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) option modules, you can also gain the Trinity Certificate, which qualifies you to teach English abroad.

How you learn
You study different approaches to language and communication, giving you the skills to describe language at discourse, phonetic, syntactic and semantic levels. You also gain the advanced skills required to analyse spoken and written with expertise.

In your final year you complete an independent dissertation, researching a language topic of your choice, supported by a specialist supervisor.

As you study, you develop valuable transferable skills in areas such as data collection, transcription methods and advanced literacy, communication and planning skills. These are all highly valued by employers.

Field trips enrich your learning, with recent visits to places of interest including
• London's Globe Theatre
• Sheffield's Crucible Theatre
• country houses including Brodsworth Hall near Doncaster

Our students also have the chance to get involved in Sheffield's annual Off the Shelf Festival of Words.

Study abroad
You have the opportunity to go on an international exchange during your second year of study, enabling you to experience another culture and improve your communication skills. Employers like to see these life experiences on a CV as they demonstrate independence, confidence and adaptability.

Work experience
In your second year you complete a work-based project. We work with you to find a placement in a working environment related to your career aspirations and your academic interests. This is a great opportunity to enhance your career prospects in a related area that inspires you.

Project hosts and roles have included
• Every Sheffield Child Articulate and Literate (ESCAL) – reading and talking volunteer
• Portland Work – web review and journalism
• Freeman College – language development support volunteer
• Sheffield Hallam's business incubation unit the Hatchery – business start up
• Sheffield Children’s Hospital – fundraising volunteer
• SHU Life magazine – sports editor
• Heeley City Farm – fundraising and events management
• Byron Wood Primary School – TESOL group teaching for parents

You benefit from being part of a large department of enthusiastic staff who are engaged in research. They love to explore their theories with you. As a result, your learning becomes a two-way process. Teaching and learning occur in a variety of formats, including • lectures • seminars • workshops • e-lectures • podcasts • screenings • one-to-one supervision and support.

You learn in a friendly, supporting and collaborative community of students and tutors, and you receive one-to-one tutorial time as well as guidance from an academic adviser, so you’re fully supported throughout your time here.

You can draw on the resources of our excellent library facilities which are open 24 hours every day of the year. We have a large range of novels, plays and poems, as well as academic journals, criticism and theory and several special collections from genres including popular fiction.

Internationally acclaimed teaching team
We have a nationally and internationally acclaimed teaching team of literature and language scholars.

Entry requirements

2017 entry requirements

GCSE English language at grade C Grade 4 or above. We do not accept GCSE equivalents. Plus one of the following

• 120 UCAS points from at least two A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points in English literature or English language or English language and literature combined. We accept AS levels. We accept general studies.


• 104 UCAS points from three A levels or equivalent BTEC National qualifications, including at least 40 points in English literature or English language or English language and literature combined. We accept general studies.

New UCAS tariff points system for courses starting from September 2017. This is significantly different to the current points system and uses an alternative method of calculation. You can find information about these changes on the UCAS website and use the UCAS tariff calculator to work out your points.

• Access - at least 45 credits at level 3 from a relevant Open College Network accredited course.

If English is not your first language you will need an IELTS average score of at least 6.5 with a minimum score of 5.5 in all skills.

We also consider other qualifications from the UCAS tariff.

We welcome applications from people of any age. Please contact us for further advice.

Meeting the qualifications on the entry criteria does not guarantee you a place. You should ensure that you submit a personal statement and reference as these will also be considered as part of the selection process. Guidelines on personal statements and references can be found on the UCAS website.

The evidence that you provide in your personal statement and references will influence whether you shortlisted, so please take the time to plan and complete your application form.

International and European entry qualifications

If you are an International or non-UK European student, you can find out more about the country specific qualifications we accept on our international qualifications page.

Course structure

Three years full-time

Typical modules may include

Year one

• language and communication • language in social context • describing language • English as a world language: past, present and future • writing yourself: theory, practice and creativity • creative language awareness • modern foreign language

Year two

• language in use • work based project • language and style • sociolinguistics • foundation studies in TESOL • language, identity and power • multicultural and intercultural communication • exploring second language learning TESOL • modern foreign language • international exchange • exchange student project • language and specialist cultural studies ULS

Year three

• language dissertation • English and education • TESOL classroom teaching and reflection • language and gender • digital communication • politeness • language and psychology • modern foreign languages • work based project

  • essays
  • presentations
  • creative writing projects
  • online workbooks
  • blogs
  • contributions to online forums
  • examinations (including take-home exams)
  • professional development profiles
  • teaching practice
  • reflective diaries
  • linguistic analysis
  • collection and analysis of linguistic data
  • textual commentary
  • reports
  • production of a workbook
  • examinations
  • poster presentations


Career routes open to you as a graduate of this course include • teaching (primary and secondary) • teaching English to speakers of other languages (TESOL) • journalism • public relations, marketing and copywriting • advertising • speech therapy • library, archive and information services • civil service • publishing • human resources.

Some of our recent graduates are working in • speech and language therapy • graduate retail management • PR in fashion (Topman) • teaching in Thailand (key stage 1) • graduate university internships • language support assistant • World travelling and teaching English as a foreign language • marketing administration.

Others are studying further through • masters in journalism • masters in public relations • schools direct PGCE • PGCE English


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Please note tuition fees may increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation. More information can be found in the ‘Tuition Fee Increases’ section of our Fees Regulations (PDF, 2.10 MB)

For the course fee and further information on scholarships and bursaries please visit our fees and funding pages.

International student

2016/17 academic year

Typically £12,250 a year

2017/18 academic year

Typically £12,750 a year

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You apply for this course through UCAS.

Any offer of a place to study is subject to your acceptance of the University’s Terms and Conditions and student Regulations.

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