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English Language and Linguistics with Placement Experience BA (Hons)

University of Reading

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Sandwich / Placement

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Explore how language lies at the heart of human life and society – and put your skills into practice on a work placement – with our BA English Language and Linguistics with Placement Experience degree.This four-year course examines how language is crucial to our understanding of ourselves as members of society, as individuals, and as a species. An integrated placement year provides a fantastic opportunity to put your skills into practice in preparation for your future career.At the University of Reading, you’ll join our friendly, collaborative Department of English Language and Linguistics. We’re proud of our:- **established reputation in applied linguistics.** We’ve been around for more than 50 years, and offered the first linguistics degree in the UK.- **global ranking.** We place in the top 150 universities in the world (QS World University Rankings by Subject, 2021).- **thriving research environment**. 98% of our research overall in Modern Languages and Linguistics was rated world leading, internationally excellent or internationally recognised (Research Excellence Framework 2014).Our experts will support you to become a highly skilled user and analyst of the English language. As well as analysing language itself and how it works, you’ll investigate:- language use in different social contexts and settings, including online and offline- how language is acquired by children and adults- how language is taught- the role of language in politics in an increasingly globalised world.- Alongside this, you’ll develop your knowledge of grammar, phonetics and discourse analysis, and understand how language and linguistics relates to contemporary social issues, including politics, migration, gender and sexuality.**Placement experience**In your third year, you will complete a year-long work placement in a relevant setting.You’ll develop an awareness of key challenges and opportunities relating to professional communication in the global workplace. Your responsibilities and activities will vary according to the nature of your placement – for example, a company, university or school.This is a fantastic opportunity to put your skills into practice, gain first-hand experience of the sector, and boost your employability. Depending on your interests, your placement could be in environments such as the media or education.As part of the Undergraduate Research Opportunities Programme, you may also have the chance to work with staff members on their research projects.**Careers**A degree in English language and linguistics will provide you with transferable skills for a wide range of careers. 100% of our graduates are in work or further study 15 months after finishing their course[1].Our graduates have pursued careers in fields such as:- 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.Your degree could also lead to postgraduate study in a related area.[1] Graduate Outcomes Survey, 2017/18; First Degree and other undergraduate responders from English Language and Applied Linguistics.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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(international fees)

£ 19,500per year

Tuition fees shown are for indicative purposes and may vary. Please check with the institution for most up to date details.

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 23,000 students from around 160 countries.
Reading is a lively town 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

    35th out of 100 27

    27th out of 33 7

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    121 60%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    70.0 70%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.00 80%


  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    123 59%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    60.0 60%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    3.48 70%



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