English Language BA (Hons) 2019/20 entry

Course code:

Q310

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

Fees:
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+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
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Overview

English Language BA (Hons) is a new and innovative course which caters for those students primarily interested in English Language as opposed to English Literature or a combination of the two.

The course looks at language, and specifically English, from multiple perspectives including its structure, nature, how it reflects – and is reflected by – society, and how it is processed in the brain.

In addition to offering students the opportunity to progress in their knowledge and understanding of the traditional linguistics sub-disciplines of Sociolinguistics, Psycholinguistics and Discourse Analysis, this course includes a forward-thinking Digital Linguistics strand to provide our students with a more versatile and balanced trans-disciplinary experience appropriate to engage with the new media age.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

It was great to be involved with the formation of the new English courses here at Coventry University. It’s nice to know that the staff value my opinion as a current student to help shape the new degree.

Shaniece Martin, BA (Hons) English, current 2nd year student

Course information

The course looks at language, and specifically English, from multiple perspectives including its structure, nature, how it reflects – and is reflected by – society, and how it is processed in the brain.

 

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Modules

Overview

The first year aims to give you the tools necessary for the understanding and study of language and linguistics. You are introduced to key developments in the field of linguistics, as well as to the history and nature of the English language. This course aims to sharpen your understanding of spoken, written and digital discourse.

In addition, in keeping with our commitment to promote digital fluency as well as develop much sought-after employment and research skills, each student will have the opportunity to create their own website which they will add to and curate over the course of their time with us, and take with them when they leave. The aim is to produce a professional-looking outward-facing website showcasing student’s talents and work which can be shared with potential employers.

Modules

  • Linguistic Controversies

  • Discourse and Digital Media

  • English through Time and Space

  • Language Architecture

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

In year two, you will study some topics associated with the key branches of applied linguistics: socio-linguistics, psycholinguistics and discourse analysis. In other words, you will have the opportunity to learn how social factors such as age, gender or region affect language use; how children develop language or adults go on to learn a second language; and how social media and multimodality have affected not only our use of language but also our perception of meaning.

In addition, you will have the opportunity to delve more deeply into the possibilities afforded by using computer software to study language patterns. An international study trip module can be taken as an option (subject to additional fees, application and availability).

Modules

  • Language and Society

  • Corpus Linguistics

  • Language Acquisition

  • Stylistics

  • Professional Development

  • Optional Modules

    • Language and New Media
    • Visual Language and Multimodality
    • Study Trip

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

After your second year, you have an opportunity to take a sandwich year, studying abroad or on professional placement.

For example, in the UK, past students have enjoyed working as a recruitment intern at Hays Recruitment, a marketing assistant at Knor Bremse, an editorial assistant at Songlines Magazine, an academic coach at St Michaels High School, as well as a marketing and communications assistant at Visit Britain. Abroad, past students have studied or worked in places as diverse as Sweden, China or Spain.

Overview

The final year builds on concepts studied in the first two years and allows you delve into your own areas of interest. Your studies can culminate in a dissertation through which you pursue and research an idea or phenomenon that fires up your own interests. If you prefer not to do a dissertation, there are a range of other options to choose from.

Modules

  • Language, Identity & Power

  • Digital Linguistics

  • Professional Enhancement

  • Optional Modules

    • Dissertation in English Language
    • Style and Experimental Fiction
    • Forensic Linguistics
    • Language in the Mind and the Machine
    • Language and Globalisation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

  • You can enhance your critical thinking and judgment, developing the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • Significant links with a wide variety of employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom offer professional experience opportunities.
  • You’ll have the opportunity to join a range of societies such as the Literature Society or Book Club Society which aim to develop student interest in literature, film, and theatre, as well as promoting social events.
  • You can apply for a work placement, which has led previous students to experiences as an English subject mentor at Cardinal Newman School, a marketing and events social media and newsletter editor at the Coventry Irish Society, an editorial intern at Grazia Magazine, a freelance journalist at Coventry News and Sport or a human resources intern at First Utility.
The main study themes of this course are:
  • Sociolinguistics:  Language variation depending on age, gender, region, class,  World Englishes, language policy, language ideology
  • Psycholinguistics: Language development in children, second language acquisition, linguistic processing, artificial intelligence
  • Discourse Analysis: Language use in spoken, written and digital media, multimodality
  • Digital Linguistics: Use of computers to store and analyse language
  • Stylistics: Linking literary criticism to linguistics

This course focuses not only on the university standard lectures and seminars, but offers students the opportunity to learn through creation of digital artefacts (e.g. online magazines, graphic novels, vlogs, blogs, podcasts), UK field trips (e.g. Cartoon Museum, Old Bailey, Media Museum) and a second year optional overseas study trip (subject to additional fees, application process and availability).

The range of assessments on this course includes, and goes beyond, traditional essays and reports. Students will be engaged in oral presentations, poster presentations, online tests, participation in online forums and creation of digital artefacts such as wikis. There are no exams.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include,oral presentations, poster presentations, online tests, participation in online forums and creation of digital artefacts such as wikis. There are no exams.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course, you should be able to:

  • Identify how language underpins intercultural interactions and transactions, and demonstrate a range of intercultural competences when engaging with our global community.
  • Evaluate the opportunities and obstacles faced by diverse linguistic communities, and demonstrate awareness of their needs.
  • Utilise digital tools and technologies to analyse and interpret different discourses and texts, and demonstrate the ability to be active, engaged participants in the new era of online communication.
  • Communicate effectively in various social and professional contexts, and across a range of mediums including in person, on paper and online.
  • Be independent, critical researchers who are able to effectively navigate and interpret information, make use of evidence, and communicate findings.
  • Step into a range of roles commensurate with their individual aspirations be they related to post-graduate study or employment in the arts and cultural, creative, business or digital industries.
  • Think critically and independently, analysing the world from different perspectives and display competence in objective analysis. 
  • Demonstrate a systematic understanding of the history, evolution, spread, and nature of the English language as well as how the English language can vary and change according to context, identity and social interaction.
  • Meet deadlines and challenges with resilience and confidence.

In a typical teaching week, you will have up to 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally breaks down as:

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-hour session up to 3 times each semester (as individuals or in small groups), as well as individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Medium group teaching: 7 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars each week.
  • Large group teaching: 4 hours of lectures each week.

In addition, you will be expected to undertake a further 26 hours of self-directed studying, including guided study using handouts and online activities in your own time.

International experience is reflected strongly in the course curriculum. On our modules, you can participate in Online International Learning (OIL) projects with students in Belgium, Mexico or China, for example.

We strongly encourage you to broaden your theoretical, cultural and practical references, providing opportunities to broaden your horizons by living, studying or working abroad on a sandwich year. For instance, you can study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China (subject to additional costs, application and availability). We also offer a range of short visits and field trips abroad, which are reviewed annually. Recent fieldtrips have included a trip to Utrecht for a joint staff and student symposium with our OIL (Online International Learning) project partners there.

At Coventry University, you can enjoy a whole host of multicultural and multilingual activities, such as the international film club and the French and Spanish conversation clubs. You can learn another language with the university-wide Add+vantage Scheme or the Linguae Mundi programme (subject to class availability and course fees).

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17



21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

It was great to be involved with the formation of the new English courses here at Coventry University. It’s nice to know that the staff value my opinion as a current student to help shape the new degree.

Shaniece Martin, BA (Hons) English, current 2nd year student

Entry Requirements

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from a top university. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community.

University Course Code:
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English or specified equivalents.

Applicants without A2 English require GCSE English Language or Literature at grade B.

 

Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme. The unconditional offer will be confirmed once a selected applicant has made Coventry their firm choice

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

English as a Foreign Language This course requires IELTS 6.0. Pre-sessional English is available if required.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

What our students say...

It was great to be involved with the formation of the new English courses here at Coventry University. It’s nice to know that the staff value my opinion as a current student to help shape the new degree.

Shaniece Martin, BA (Hons) English, current 2nd year student

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

Any optional overseas field trips or visits: £400+ per trip.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

What our students say...

It was great to be involved with the formation of the new English courses here at Coventry University. It’s nice to know that the staff value my opinion as a current student to help shape the new degree.

Shaniece Martin, BA (Hons) English, current 2nd year student

Career prospects

Since our degree aims to develop your ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it can open up a wide range of career options over and above the professions associated with English, such as journalism, publishing, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.

Our Creative Futures employment team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

Coventry University is committed to preparing you for your future career and giving you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The University's Careers and Employability team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

Where our graduates work

Recent graduates of the course have gone on to work within education, marketing and public relations, journalism or research coordination for companies including Stonegate, ASDA and Oxford University Hospitals Foundation Trust.

Many also go on to pursue Master’s level study. Because the course also develops other abilities, such as thinking critically and analytically and researching, collating and organising data, a number of previous students have gone on to find responsible positions as financial specialists, HR managers or press officers in companies such as Air Products, Tesco or Deutsche Bank.

What our students say...

Coventry University excels in academic study and offers opportunities outside the lecture theatre, including placement opportunities. Having successfully completed a year placement at Coventry University supporting the Head of Fundraising and Alumni Relations, I was kept on. My current role sees me assist the fundraising campaign for Coventry's bid for The City of Culture 2021.

Nicole Malatesta, BA (Hons) English Language and Literature, graduated 2016, now Fundraising Assistant at Coventry University
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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