English Language and Linguistics (Placement Year)

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code QQC4
  • Entry Year 2024
  • A Level Requirements AAB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

  • 2

    2nd for Linguistics

    Times Higher Education World University Rankings (2023)

  • Joint 12th in the world for Linguistics (QS World University Rankings 2022)

  • Joint 7th for Graduate Prospects (Linguistics) Complete University Guide 2023

Why Lancaster?

  • Study a diverse course taught by one of the best linguistics and English language departments in the world
  • Benefit from small class sizes designed to challenge you as a linguist and English language specialist
  • Boost your employability with opportunities like our School Volunteering module and research internships
  • Experiment in our eye-tracking and EEG labs, Phonetics Lab, Perception and Learning Laboratory
  • Learn from leaders in this field– the team wrote the textbooks English Language: Description, Variation and Context (Bloomsbury) and Introducing Linguistics (Routledge)
  • Explore different places, their traditions and cultures with the options to go on short trips or study abroad for an entire year

How does the English language evolve? Why are there different dialects and different languages? What does it take to construct a joke – and is humour universal? Studying this course, you'll discover the answers and more as you learn about linguistic frameworks and their applications to English.

Unravel a range of areas

If you’re fascinated by linguistics and also want to focus on English language, this is the course for you. Joining one of the country’s largest departments in these areas, you’ll explore everything from the vocal anatomy and physiology that allows us to speak, to how English grammar has developed over time.

Linguistic awareness is an advantage when working for international and multicultural organisations. You’ll develop the analytical and investigative skills valued by employers at publishers, educational institutions, management consultancies, the media, and more.

Experts in the field

The size of our department means we offer a wide range of optional modules. Whether you want to analyse the use of language in English media or how a native Russian speaker thinks compared to a Thai speaker, you’ll find an expert who specialises in your area of interest.

Our world-leading academics will share their expertise with you in small classes designed to challenge you as a linguist. They’ve even written in-depth textbooks for students studying at Lancaster and beyond.

Sometimes known as a year in industry, your placement year will take place between your second and final year of study and this will extend your degree to four years.

Careers

Language study isn’t just about facts, but learning to manage data, evaluate evidence and present results. All of these are the skills that today’s employers value.

The jobs that our graduates are interested in include:

  • Journalism, media and publishing
  • Speech and language therapy
  • Teaching (primary, secondary, and English as a foreign Language abroad)
  • Speech technology
  • Public relations
  • Management

Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development.

Visit our Employability section for full details.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

Other Qualifications

International Baccalaureate 35 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects

BTEC Distinction, Distinction, Distinction

We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

Course Structure

Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme to complement your main specialism. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2024/25 are:

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Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

Browse Lancaster University's scholarships and bursaries.

Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Linguistics and English Language and what you'll study as a Linguistics and English Language student.

Linguistics and English Language subject guide

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Important information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2023/2024 entry to the University and every effort has been taken to ensure the information is correct at the time of publication.

The University will use all reasonable effort to deliver the courses as described, but the University reserves the right to make changes to advertised courses. In exceptional circumstances that are beyond the University’s reasonable control (Force Majeure Events), we may need to amend the programmes and provision advertised. In this event, the University will take reasonable steps to minimise the disruption to your studies. If a course is withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to request that you are considered for an alternative course or withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date course information before you submit your application.

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