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English Language and Linguistics

BA Honours

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English Language and Linguistics

BA Honours



    Year of entry: Sept 2019  Sept 2018 
  • Course Type: Full time (3 years)
  • Tariff Points: 104
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Course Overview

If you have enjoyed studying language before, this course is your opportunity to go further into some of the topics you have enjoyed, and discover new areas and topics that are all part of the fascinating world of language and linguistics.

Through this programme you will gain the confidence and skills to analyse the way language is used in society - whether in social interaction, digital media, political and commercial discourses, or in literature and the creative arts.

Why study with us

  • The chance to explore a range of linguistic topics and questions about how language works.
  • Opportunities throughout the course to combine study of language with modules in literature or creative writing.
  • Strong emphasis on developing confidence through applying your knowledge in practical exercises and projects.
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of our English students are satisfied with the teaching on their course.

(National Student Survey 2018)


Our English and Creative Writing courses are ranked third out of all UK universities for satisfaction with feedback.

(Guardian University Guide 2019)


of our graduates are in work or further study, six months after graduation.

(Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education 2017)


Leeds Trinity University is 2nd in Yorkshire for overall student satisfaction, behind only the University of Leeds.

(Mainstream Universities in National Student Survey 2018)

Course Information

About this course >

You will gain a sound working understanding of the history of the English language; and you will gain insight into more specialised areas of linguistic expertise and learn to apply a range of research and analytical methods to language in use.

You will learn about practical topics such as how children acquire language, and methods for teaching English to speakers of other languages.

Throughout the programme you will be encouraged to think about how your knowledge and skills can be applied to future employment; and you will gain valuable work experience through our placement programme. 

Read our full course terms and conditions.

Further Study
​Following the course, you will be qualified to study at postgraduate level in areas such as MA Creative Writing, MA Marketing and MA Journalism, which we provide here at Leeds Trinity.

Modules >


Year 1

In Year 1, through our module Language: Research and Analysis you will develop the basic knowledge, concepts and skills necessary for the detailed study of language through the rest of your programme. You will apply these skills to researching and discovering the history of English in The Origins of English; and you will explore how language is used to construct identity and power relations in everyday speech and public discourses in Introduction to Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics. You will join with the Creative Writing students to explore the power of language further through Writing, Performance and Persuasion. At the end of the year you will complete a practical project and go on a professional placement to help you develop your future employability and relate your studies to the world of work.

Year 2

In your second year our module Research Methods for Linguistics will train you in more specialised advanced research skills and you will then have the opportunity to apply these through studying a broader range of linguistic topics, including Child Language Acquisition and the development of English from Shakespeare’s English to Global Englishes. You will also continue to explore different aspects of langauge use and language variation in society through Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 2. You will have the opportunity to broaden your perpsective on language by taking Spanish: Language and Culture, or studying Shakespearean Drama, or Constructions of Gender, or developing your creative side through a Creative Writing Workshop module. Again at the end of the year you will go on a professional placement to gain valuable skills and experience to take forward to your future career.

Year 3

In your final year all the research and analytical skills that you have developed through your programme will go into producing a Dissertation on a linguistic topic of your choice. You will also explore more specialised applications of linguistics through Applied Linguistics; and you will have the opportunity, through our practical Skills for TESOL module, to think about how to apply your knowledge about language through problem-solving in teaching English to speakers of other languages. You can develop your interest in language acquisition further through studying Bilingualism and Multilingualism and continue to analyse language in social use through Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 3. Alongside these linguistic topics, you can also continue your development as a creative writer through taking Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing, and there is an option to do a third professional placement on a part-time basis through the year.​

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG4000 - Programme Level Assessment
  • ENG4122 - Beasts, Battles and Buttresses: Discovering Medieval Literature and Culture
  • ENG4602 - Language: Research and Analysis
  • ENG4612 - History of English 1: The Origins of English
  • ENG4632 - Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 1
  • ENG4742 - Creative Writing Workshop 1
  • ENG4842 - Writing, Performance and Persuasion
  • ENG4992 - Ethics, Society and Employability

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG5012 - Professional Development and Placement
  • ENG5112 - Professional Development and Placement Module (Volunteering)
  • ENG5542 - Shakespearean Drama
  • ENG5602 - Research Methods for Linguistics
  • ENG5612 - History of English 2: From Shakespeare's English to Global Englishes
  • ENG5622 - Child Language Acquisition
  • ENG5632 - Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 2
  • ENG5732 - Constructions of Gender
  • ENG5742 - Creative Writing Workshop 2
  • HUM5902 - Spanish Language and Culture
  • MFC5572 - Digital Narratives

On this course you will study a range of modules which may include the following:

  • ENG6302 - Authors in Depth
  • ENG6532 - Literary Period: Classicism and Romanticism
  • ENG6602 - Skills for TESOL
  • ENG6614 - Dissertation
  • ENG6622 - Bilingualism and Multilingualism
  • ENG6632 - Sociolinguistics and Pragmatics 3
  • ENG6682 - Applied Linguistics: Special Subject
  • ENG6742 - Creative Writing Workshop 3: Experimental Writing
  • HUM6012 - Great Thinkers: Applying Political Ideas
  • HUM6252 - Professional Learning Through Work

Learning and Teaching >

Year 1 – 15.5% of scheduled learning and teaching; 208 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 852 hours of independent teaching; 280 hours on placement

Year 2 – 16.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 204 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 892 hours of independent teaching; 150 hours on placement

Year 3 – 8.3% of scheduled learning and teaching; 99 hours of scheduled learning and teaching; 1,101 hours of independent teaching

At Leeds Trinity we aim to provide an excellent student experience and a personal approach to helping students achieve their academic and professional potential. We have a strong tradition of supporting student employability, with relevant skills embedded in the curriculum and professional work placements included in all our undergraduate programmes.

The key themes of our strategy are student confidence, professionalism and social responsibility.  To help students achieve their potential we emphasise learning as a collaborative process, with a range of student-led and directed activities.  This approach ensures that students fully engage in shaping their own learning, developing their critical thinking and reflective skills so that they can identify their own strengths and weaknesses, and use the extensive learning support system we offer to shape their own development.  Our full Learning, Teaching and Assessment Strategy can be accessed here


Breakdown of course assessment:

Year 1 - 100% coursework

Year 2 – 84.6% coursework; 15.4% practical exams

Year 3 – 96.4% coursework; 3.6% practical exams

A variety of assessment methods are used, matched to the learning outcomes for the programme, to enable students to demonstrate the full range of knowledge and skills that they have developed.  There is some scope for students to be involved in negotiating and evaluating some assessment.

In addition to each of your module assessments you will take a programme level assessment in each of the first and second year of your programme. This is designed to assess your understanding of everything you have been taught and to help you to understand how different elements of your degree fit together to make a coherent programme. 

You will be given weekly directed activities to complete in each module. These will contribute marks towards the final module assessment and reward engagement with the content of the module. They will also help you to check your understanding of what has been taught. Some of these activities may include further reading or preparation tasks for seminars. Some of the tasks will be completed online and may include quizzes which provide you with instant feedback on your understanding of the module content. In some modules lecturers may place some of the taught content on videos which you may be required to watch prior to attending a class. This will free up time for you to work on meaningful projects in class. 

On this programme there are some assessments which are marked on a pass/fail basis rather than graded. Please note that these assessments are excluded from the calculations made to produce the figures published in the Key Information Set (KIS) for this programme/subject.

Entry Requirements >

Typically, our entry offer for this degree course is 104 UCAS tariff points.

Other requirements: For the old GCSE system we require grade C or above and for the new GCSE grading system we will accept grade 4 or higher in English Language. ​In addition, applicants usually have an A Level (or equivalent) in an English-related subject but this is not essential.​

We welcome students with a wide range of qualifications such as A Levels, BTECs and accredited Access courses.  We treat every application on its own merits; we value highly the experience you illustrate in your personal statement.

​If you have achieved a qualification such as a foundation degree or HND, or have gained credit at another higher education institution, you may be able to enter the course at Level 5 or 6. For more information, read our student guide to the Recognition of Prior Certified Learning.

We accept a variety of international equivalent qualifications and Leeds Trinity interviews international candidates. Typically, this is a call at a mutually convenient time. 

If you are unsure about the acceptance of a particular qualification you can check with our Admissions Team on 0113 283 7123 or email admissions@l​eedstr​​​.

Student Finance >

UK & EU Students:

Tuition fees cost £9,250 a year for this course in 2018-19. Part-time tuition fees would be pro-rated accordingly to the number of credits you're studying. Depending on government policy, tuition fees may rise with inflation in future yearsFind out more here.

Living costs will also need to be taken in to consideration. Find out more about accommodation and costs here.

Leeds Trinity offers a range of bursaries and scholarships to help support students while you study. Get more information about bursaries and scholarships here.

International Students:

Tuition fees cost £11,250 per year for this course starting in 2017-18. Part-time study is not available for international students on a Tier 4 Student Visa. Tuition fees for 2018-19 will be set in summer 2017Find out more

Additional Costs
​We advise students to budget for the following in addition to annual tuition fees:
  • Recommended and required reading lists will be provided at the start of your course. All the books and e-books are available from our Library to borrow but you may choose to purchase your own. We recommend £390* as an average annual budget for learning resources if you decide this is for you. *This figure is based on the Department of Work and Pensions course costs allowance 2015
  • Field trips may occur during this course and either fully or partly subsidised by the University 
  • You'll need to include placement/s travel and associated costs too, however the University will contribute a standard amount towards your total expenditure. 
  • The University provides students with a £6 printing credit each academic year which can be topped up either on campus or online

Placement Opportunities

Examples of where our students have been on placements in recent years include primary schools, secondary schools, film production companies, recording studios and libraries.

Graduate Opportunities

On completion of the programme, you should be well equipped to go on to further training as an English teacher or to a wide range of employment opportunities where knowledge about language, and alertness to language use, will be an asset. Graduate destinations include media, public sector work, journalism, marketing, PR, and communications.

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