English Language BA (Hons) 2021/22 entry

Course code:

Q310

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

Q310

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU031

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time (study abroad or work placement)
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

English Language BA (Hons) an innovative course which aims to cater for those students primarily interested in English Language as opposed to English Literature or a combination of the two.

The course explores 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 you the opportunity to progress your 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 which should be 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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

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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 (BA English is distinct from BA English Language, but the two courses share some provision)

Course information

The course explores language, 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.

 

Course specification
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Modules

Overview

The first year will give you the tools necessary to help you study 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 will sharpen your understanding of spoken, written and digital discourse.

In addition, with the aim of 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 be asked to add to and curate over the course of their time with us, and may 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 be taught 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, meeting visa requirements and availability).

Modules

  • Language and Society

  • Corpus Linguistics

  • Language Acquisition

  • Writing with style

  • Language and New Media

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 the end of the second year, students have the option to take either a professional placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year* , and if they do so will take a non-credit bearing module, which will help to ensure that they learn from and reflect upon their experiences.

N.B. You will be given advice but may be responsible for finding your own placements. Similarly, study-abroad years with your first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. You pay no fees to Coventry University for your placement or study-abroad year, though are responsible for covering their own costs.

(* Subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs.)

Modules

  • Professional Placement

  • Study Abroad

Overview

The final year will build 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

  • Advanced Writing Skills

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...

  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual A Domain of One’s Own website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of their degree-level work.
  • You can enhance your critical thinking and judgment, developing the communication skills employers are looking for.
  • Significant current links with a wide variety of potential employers such as secondary schools, magazines, newspapers and local charities, many of whom may 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 (subject to availability).
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, for example, creation of digital artefacts (e.g. digital presentations, blogs, podcasts), UK field trips (e.g. Shakespeare’s Birthplace, Samuel Johnson House, Media Museum – subject to availability) and a second year optional overseas study trip (subject to additional fees, application process, meeting visa requirements and availability).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which could vary depending upon the module.

Assessment methods may include, for example; 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.

On successful completion of the course, you will 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 approximately 13 ‘contact’ hours of teaching. This generally includes personal tutorials or small group teaching, individual project supervision, practical classes, workshops, seminars and lectures.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

International experience is reflected strongly in the course curriculum. On our modules, you can participate in Collaborative Online International Learning (COIL) projects with students around the world.

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 placement year (subject to availability, competitive application, meeting visa requirements and additional costs). For instance, you may have the opportunity to study English at Limoges in France or teach English in Malta or China 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 COIL (Collaborative Online International Learning) project partners there (trips are subject to availability and additional costs).

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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


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 (BA English is distinct from BA English Language, but the two courses share some provision).

Entry Requirements

University Course Code :AHU031
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DMM 29 points Minimum five graded 9-4 including English.

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.

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.

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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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.

This course may be subject to additional costs associated with any field trips, placements or work experience, study abroad opportunities or any other opportunity (whether required or optional), which could include (but is not limited to) travel, accommodation, activities and visas.

EU student fees

EU nationals starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 (BA English is distinct from BA English Language, but the two courses share some provision).

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

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.

The university's Talent 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. Placements are subject to availability and additional costs. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur. 

We are committed to preparing you for your future career and aim to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team 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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.