Psychology and Linguistics BA Hons - 2020 Entry

UCAS Code
CQ81

Entry Year
2020

A Level Requirements
AAB see all requirements

Duration
Full time 3 Year(s)

Course Overview

This degree is provided jointly by our Linguistics Department, which is ranked 12th in the world by the QS World rankings 2019, and our Psychology Department, which is ranked 6th in the UK by the Guardian University Guide 2020.

Our degrees are accredited by the British Psychological Society and provide the Graduate Basis for Chartered Membership with the Society.

How does a child learn language? How does language relate to thought? You’ll discover there are many overlapping questions between linguistics and psychology.

You’ll start your degree studying the core modules of Linguistics, Investigating Psychology and Understanding Psychology. In your second year you’ll discover more about the sounds and structures of the world’s languages. In Psychology, you’ll discover more about experimental and research methods.

In your third year, you’ll specialise even further. Choices include Psycholinguistics and Language and Identities: Gender, ethnicity and class. You could also choose to write a dissertation in a topic you would like to cover in-depth.

Your degree will stand you in good stead for careers involving analysis, assessment and the weighing-up of arguments, as you will be able to develop linguistic, analytical and investigative skills that are valued by employers such as law firms, management consultancies and the media. Linguistic awareness is a real boost when working for international and multicultural companies and organisations.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level AAB

GCSE Mathematics grade B or 6 (Applicants with a GCSE Maths C or 5 considered on a case-by-case basis)

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.

Year 1

    Core

Year 2

    Core

Year 3

    Core

    Optional

Careers

Careers

During this degree you will have the opportunity to develop both specialist and transferable skills that are valued by employers, such as communication, critical thinking, numeracy and self-management. This programme will also support you in developing an advanced level of analytical skills. From research analysts to retail managers, a good grasp of human behavioural patterns, the science of the mind, and an understanding of language make linguistics and psychology graduates attractive to a wide range of employers.

You will be well-placed to apply for jobs such as a chartered psychologist, specialising in clinical, educational, occupational, forensic, health or sports psychology, or jobs in Speech and Language Therapy, Teaching, Journalism, Media, or Speech Technology.

Alternatively you might be interested in new and emerging areas such as neuropsychology, environmental psychology, consumer psychology and animal psychology. It is a fiercely competitive field, which needs a strong academic background, lots of relevant work experience, determination and resilience.

There are various options for postgraduate study too, should you wish to gain chartered status to practice in specialist areas such as clinical, educational, forensic or occupational psychology. Some psychology and linguistics graduates choose postgraduate study in a different area such as advertising, marketing or teaching. 

Fees and Funding

Fees

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 2020/21 are:

UK/EU Overseas
£9,250 £20,625

Undergraduate tuition fees

For students starting at the University for the 2020 session, subsequent year’s fees may be subject to increases. UK fees are set by the UK Government annually. For international applicants, any annual increase will be capped at 4% of the previous year’s fee. For more information about tuition fees, including fees for Study Abroad and Work Placements, please visit our undergraduate tuition fees page.

Applicants from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man

Some science and medicine courses have higher fees for students from the Channel Islands and the Isle of Man. You can find more information about this on our Island Fees page.

Funding

For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees 

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. 

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.

If you are applying for 2019 entry, please contact the Department for the 2019 subject guide.

Download the latest Psychology brochure, featuring all of the information you could need. The includes detailed course information about each of our courses.

#1

for career prospects after 6 months
The Guardian University Guide 2020

#6

in the UK for Psychology
The Guardian University Guide 2020

#9

in the UK for Psychology
Complete University Guide 2020

Psychology graduate Charlotte Rothwell

Charlotte Rothwell says

"I chose to volunteer in the BabyLab as I thought it was a fantastic opportunity to get some hands-on research experience, in a setting with a great reputation and facilities. It was a good way to have experience doing research in the developmental field to see if it is something I would like to do in the future. The study was about categorisation, so 14-month olds are read a book containing pictures of toys that are unfamiliar to them. Some of these toys are given a made-up name. Using an eye tracker we aim to see whether the baby had learnt the label for the object or not."

Psychology Employability Programme

We will encourage you to apply for placements on this scheme. You will have the opportunity to gain relevant work experience by applying for work placements alongside your studies.

Some placements will involve working in the community with charities and organisations that support vulnerable individuals. Others will give you the chance to work as a research assistant alongside expert researchers in the psychology labs.

These roles are part-time and fit around your studies. This means that you can apply for more than one placement in each year of your degree. By taking on different roles you will get a sense of how your future might look. Each placement will provide you with experience and skills that are valuable to both psychology careers and wider graduate level occupations.

Students at Lancaster University
A student on a study abroad scheme

Your global experience

With our Study Abroad schemes, you can spend one year of your course at a foreign University studying for your degree.

We will help you throughout the whole application process - discussing potential destinations and modules that you could study whilst abroad. The beauty of the different travel opportunities available is that you can either go on a Study Abroad programme or go on a short vacation programme, or you can travel within the student societies that you join.

We also lead trips each year to many different destinations, including Germany, Belgium, France, India, China or Malaysia.

Different ways of learning

Lectures

Lectures provide an introduction to the key issues and findings in each topic. An expert in that particular field will deliver each lecture. They usually last for an hour and we expect you to supplement your lecture notes with further independent reading.

Seminars

Seminars are weekly one hour sessions where we encourage you to discuss your learnings with a small group of fellow students, under the guidance of a tutor. We encourage you to make the most of these groups by speaking out and listening to others. You will learn to present yourself with knowledge and confidence.

Practicals

We design practical classes to help you discover the key psychological research methods. You will also get hands-on experience conducting your own psychology experiments in small groups.

Assessment

In the 1st year, the assessment process varies across modules. We will assess your progress through essays, lab reports, class tests, regular web-based assessments and end of year exams. The assessment methods used in 2nd and 3rd year help you to develop transferable skills. These include oral presentation, posters, media analysis and group work presentation.

Hello Future

Our graduates go on to varied careers within and beyond the field of psychology. You will learn a range of transferable skills that employers value. As you settle into your degree, you'll get a feel for the scope of the subject. From day one we will coach you on valuable employability skills - such as CV writing, communicating with confidence and working in a team. You will need to go on to postgraduate study if you wish to pursue a career in professional psychology. This covers areas such as clinical, educational and forensic psychology.

Skills developed through a psychology degree

  • Communication
  • Literacy
  • Problem-solving
  • Interpersonal skills
  • Critical evaluation
  • Information gathering
  • Independent working

Major employers of psychology graduates

  • Commercial and industrial companies
  • Financial organisations
  • Human resources departments
  • Local and national government
  • Marketing companies and the media
  • National Health Service and Social Services
  • The police force, National Probation Service and prisons
  • Schools, sixth form colleges and further education institutions

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Important Information

The information on this site relates primarily to 2020/21 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 the event of a course being withdrawn or if there are any fundamental changes to your course, we will give you reasonable notice and you will be entitled to withdraw your application. You are advised to revisit our website for up-to-date information before you submit your application. Further legal information.

The amount of time you spend in lectures, seminars and similar will differ from year to year. Taken as an average over all years of the course, you will spend an average of 7.6 hours per week in lectures, seminars and similar during term time.

A broad range of assessments methods will be used throughout the degree. As a guide, 60% of assessment is by coursework over the duration of the course.

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