Linguistics (Placement Year) BA Hons - 2020 Entry
You’ll study various aspects of language using a wide variety of methods – from computerised study of language corpora, through acoustic analysis of sound patterns, to analysis of texts, interviews and audio-visual recordings of natural dialogues. Many of the issues addressed by Linguistics are of central relevance to our society – for example, the relationship between dialect and social prestige, the problems of education in a multilingual environment, or the development of voice recognition technologies.
During your studies, you’ll address intriguing questions, such as how language relates to thought, how a child first acquires language and how our language is similar to and different from social signalling systems used by animals. You’ll also be able to take a wide range of other courses, depending on your strengths and interests.
In your first year, your studies include a single unit of Linguistics and two other subjects of your choice.
You’ll take compulsory courses in the Structures of Language and Topics in Linguistics Theory as well as optional modules including: Forensic Linguistics, Language Acquisition and Language Origins, and Language Change in English and Beyond. You can also study up to two units in another subject.
You will have the opportunity to spend Year 3 on placement with a public, private or voluntary organisation in the UK or overseas. This experience will boost your employment prospects and will help you to decide on your career direction and the kind of organisation in which you want to work once you graduate. You will be doing a real, responsible job – with all the satisfaction that brings. Our Placements Team will support you in finding and applying for a suitable placement that will support your professional development. Applying for a placement is a competitive process and the preparatory modules you will complete in years one and two are designed to give you the best chance of success in your placement applications. You will also be provided with dedicated workshops, 1:1 appointments with careers professionals as well as opportunities to speak with employers here on campus.
During the placement year you will remain a Lancaster University student which means that you will still be eligible for a student loan, have access to facilities such as the library and receive discounts on transport and council tax. Your tuition fee will be reduced to 20% during the placement year.
The placement will enhance your understanding of the connections between theory and practice and this will benefit your final year of study. This is an exciting opportunity to build up experience and transferable skills, as well as to make contacts with potential employers which will place you a step ahead in the graduate recruitment market.
In your final year, you’ll also write an independent dissertation in an area that especially interests you, with one-to-one supervision.
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.
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.
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Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.
- Advanced English Phonetics
- Corpus-based English Language Studies
- Forensic Linguistics
- Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class
- Language Change in English and Beyond
- Language in the Workplace: Topics in Professional Communication
- Language, Culture and Thought
- Schools Volunteering Module
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. 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 visit our Teaching and Learning section.
Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.
Over 70% of our undergraduate students attain a graduate level position six months after graduating. Recent Linguistics graduates have gone to work or train as speech therapists, teachers of English, computer programmers and consultants, bankers, chartered accountants, personnel managers, journalists and social workers. A sizeable proportion of our graduates take up employment overseas.
Our Linguistics degree cultivates skills in data analysis and presentation, critical thinking and the use of statistics and IT. This expertise is valuable for careers in education, language teaching, speech therapy and translation as well as information technology, management, the mass media, creative arts, social work and counselling.
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.
Fees and Funding
We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2020/21 entry fees have not yet been set.
As a guide, our fees in 2019 were:
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Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.
English Language and Linguistics
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- English Language and Creative Writing (Placement Year) BA Hons: Q4WV
- English Language and French Studies BA Hons: QR31
- English Language and German Studies BA Hons: QR32
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- English Language and Linguistics (Placement Year) BA Hons: QQC4
- English Language and Linguistics (Study Abroad) BA Hons: QQC5
- English Language and Literature BA Hons: Q302
- English Language and Literature (Placement Year) BA Hons: Q303
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- English Language in the Media BA Hons: QP33
- English Language in the Media (Study Abroad) BA Hons: QP3H
- English Language in the Media (Placement Year) BA Hons: QP34
- English Language with Chinese BA Hons: Q3T1
- English Language with Chinese (Placement Year) BA Hons: Q3T2
- English Literature BA Hons: Q300
- English Literature (Placement Year) BA Hons: Q301
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- English Literature and Philosophy (Placement Year) BA Hons: QV34
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- English Literature with Creative Writing BA Hons: Q3W8
- English Literature with Creative Writing (Placement Year) BA Hons: Q3W9
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice BA Hons: QW38
- English Literature, Creative Writing and Practice (Placement Year) BA Hons: QW39
- French Studies and Linguistics BA Hons: QR11
- German Studies and Linguistics BA Hons: QR12
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- Linguistics (Study Abroad) BA Hons: Q102
- Linguistics and Philosophy BA Hons: QV15
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- Spanish Studies and Linguistics BA Hons: QR14
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