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English Language and Linguistics with Foundation BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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Course options

  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Develop an expert appreciation of how the English language works, and its use within our increasingly globalised world, with our BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation.This four-year programme includes a foundation year that leads directly into the three-year course. It provides an excellent route to a degree in English language and linguistics if you do not have the typical entry qualifications.Are you interested in understanding how language works and is applied in different situations? An ever-changing medium, language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals, and as a species.You will explore language in a range of different social contexts and settings — both online and offline — including how it’s taught, how it’s acquired by children and adults, and how it’s used by different cultural and societal groups.Our department has been a leader in the field of English language studies and linguistics for over 50 years. By studying with us, you will:• acquire core skills in analysing language, including the description of sounds, phonetics, grammar, semantics and discourse analysis• gain knowledge of a range of sociolinguistic and psycholinguistic perspectives• explore theories of language in the contemporary world, and their impact on key issues such as politics, migration, gender and sexuality.Learn from experts with a long-established tradition of producing distinguished research in topics such as language and gender, language and mind, language and digital media, and language and migration.**Your learning structure**The aim of the foundation year is to prepare you for your English language and linguistics degree. As you progress, each stage builds on your prior learning:• Foundation year: gain a thorough grounding in study at degree level. Core modules will develop key skills to support your learning.• First year: gain a broad overview of the scope of English language, and knowledge of sounds, grammar and semantics.• Second year: build on your expertise in analysing language and sociolinguistic theory and practice. Choose from a broad range of optional modules to pursue more specialised areas of personal interest.• Third year: undertake a dissertation or professional communication project, applying key aspects of theory you’ve learned to an area which interests you personally. You will be supported by one-to-one supervision.You’ll be taught through a range of lectures, seminars and workshops, with the opportunity to share your work with peers, engaging in collaborative and stimulating discussion.**Placement opportunities**As part of the course, you’ll have the opportunity to undertake a work placement module, focusing on either media or education.**Study Abroad**If you are interested in gaining an international dimension to your degree, you will have the opportunity to study abroad for a term or full academic year. We have partner universities in Asia, Australia, Canada, Europe and the USA. To find out more, visit our Study Abroad site.**Careers**Your degree will help you to gain transferable skills such as critical thinking, language teaching and negotiation, which are valued in a range of sectors. As such, 90% of graduates from our department are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education survey, 2016–17).Graduates of our Department have found careers in a variety of fields. These include:• teaching (both in the UK and abroad)• speech and language therapy• publishing• event coordination• journalism• speech writing• the Civil Service• media, including advertising, marketing and public relations• information technology.

Application deadline

15 January 2020

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 17,320per year

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University information

University of Reading

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  • Campus address

    University of Reading, Whiteknights House, PO Box 217, Reading, Wokingham, RG6 6AH, England

The University of Reading is an international community with more than 21,000 students from around 165 countries.
Reading is just 22 minutes from London Paddington by train, and 45 minutes from Heathrow Airport by coach. Windsor and Oxford are also close by.
Reading supports undergraduate, master’s and doctoral students to maintain, improve and develop their academic English.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    62nd out of 106 5

    20th out of 29 1

  • Entry standards

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    118 58%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    63 63%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.81 76%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    133 65%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.76 75%



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