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What makes English Language at Worcester special?

Language shapes our world. It influences our perception of reality, brings our thoughts to life, and enables us to form relationships and forge communities. Richly textured and infinitely diverse, we work with language every day to communicate with those around us, from the formality of the boardroom to the clarity of the classroom.

At Worcester, you will have the opportunity to explore the power that language has to influence how people view their world, from community formation to personal identity, and business relations.

For updates and general information concerning events and activities in the English Subject Area see our official blog.

Key features

  • Work project module available to take as part of the course
  • Available in a range of Joint Honours combinations to suit your interests and form a solid foundation for your future
  • Opportunities to study modules in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, enhancing your professional portfolio
  • Work project module available to take as part of the course

"The modules enable students to follow a very broad range of subject areas, which gives excellent experience for the future."

Kelly Laydon, English Language graduate

Scope of the course content meant that I could research and write in a wide variety of areas, sometimes crossing into other disciplines such as Sociology. This kept the process of studying fresh and interesting.

Josh Crampton, BA (Hons) English Language Joint Honours graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

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UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Describing English           

Optional

  • The History of the English Language
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to Forensic Linguistics 
  • Improving English usage and style in Academic Writing
  • Introduction to teaching English as a foreign Language (Language Awareness)
  • Introduction to teaching English as a foreign Language (Teaching skills)
  • French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Italian/Chinese Mandarin Stage 1

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and Theoretical Matters

Optional

  • Language and Power
  • The English Language in the 21st Century
  • Research Language Variation

Year 3

Optional       

  • World Englishes
  • Multilingualism Matters
  • Language, Style and Identity
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • Independent Research Project
  • Work Project Module

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.

Teaching

You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities. 

You will investigate critically and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues, synthesise and evaluate material, develop skills of analysis and prepare for the workplace through CV building, career mapping and group activities.

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills (e.g. the use of statistical software) and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long exchange abroad (ERASMUS) in the second year of the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching.  The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study (normally 9 contact hours in the classroom).

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

6 hours of lectures

6 hours of seminars in groups of around 15-20 students

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week.  Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.

Assessment

The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or ‘formative’ assignments. Each module has one or more formal or ‘summative’ assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
1 x portfolio
6 x essays
2 x project reports

Year 2
6 x essays
3 x project reports

Year 3 
Major independent study project of approx. 7,000- 8,000 words 
6 x essays    
2 x presentations

Feedback

You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team of academics whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course. Teaching is informed by research, and all of your lecturers have a PHD and/or a higher education teaching qualification (e.g. Fellows of the Higher Education Academy).

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    Dr Eleftherios Kailoglou

    Dr Elefteris Kailoglou is the Course Leader for English Language. He has been working at the University of Worcester from 2011, and previously taught at the University of Essex and University of Sussex. He has been supervising a number of dissertations on sociolinguistic variation in Worcester as well as topics on language and identity. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Worcester dialect archive which is located within the Institute.

     

     

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    Ella Jeffries is a lecturer in English Language. Before working at the University of Worcester, she taught on a number of courses at the University of York whilst carrying out her PhD research.  Her PhD research investigated children’s perception of regional accent variation.

  • Dr Charlotte Selleck

    Dr Charlotte Selleck is a lecturer of English Language. She has been working at the University of Worcester since February 2015. Prior to this, she taught at Cardiff University. Most recently she has, as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen, undertaken research on British English accents and dialects.

  • Christina Wright

    Christina is one of the tutors responsible for teaching the mandatory first-year module Describing English on the University’s BA English Language Studies course. She also teaches English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and Academic Writing Skills in the Language Centre. Her teaching interests lie in semantics, and the development of reading and listening skills in EAP. Her research interest for her MA was the perception of lexical items across different speech communities.

    Christina has extensive and varied experience in English language teaching (ELT) and ELT management. She worked in the ELT sectors in Spain, Japan and the UK prior to joining the University in 2001.

    For further information see Christina’s home page

  • Joanna King

    Jo lectures on first- and second-year English Language and TEFL modules, as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Italian in the Language Centre.

    For further information see Joanna’s home page

  • Jenny Lewin-Jones

    Jenny teaches on the University’s BA English Language Studies, and has developed new optional modules in Name Studies and the English Language in the 21st Century. She also teaches German language, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in the Language Centre. She is a CELTA Tutor (approved by Cambridge English Language Assessment). Jenny is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Jenny’s research interests are in learning and teaching, and in the field of contemporary English language usage. She has published papers on language teaching methodology, widening participation in language learning, and using new technologies in teaching. She is always keen to collaborate with colleagues in other subject areas, and has worked, for example, on the use of language in television commercials aimed at children.

    For further information see Jenny’s home page

Careers

Where could it take you?

Employability

Career Opportunities

Many graduates of this course will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication.

The course provides continuous opportunities to develop employability and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year. 

Skills gained:
Written and oral communication, critical thinking, research and organisational abilities
Ability to analyse both spoken and written texts including both multicultural and historical perspectives
Observational skills in noticing and evaluating others’ language use as tools of representation
Research methods that are transferrable to a range of employment opportunities
Highly developed writing skills
Understanding of English as a second language and the key constituents of language
The course will be appropriate for those who are attracted to combining the study of the English Language with the acquisition of skills in the teaching of English as a foreign language. A sound framework for language analysis, acquired through mandatory level 4 and 5 modules, will be further developed in later modules which focus the application of these ideas in the analysis of English usage.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be £9,250.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £94 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £153 per week.

For full details visit our accommodation page.

Apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

English Language Studies must be studied as part of a joint degree with another subject.

 

Creative & Professional Writing and English Language BA - WQ83
Education Studies and English Language BA - XQ3H
English Language and English Literature BA - QQ23
English Language and Journalism BA - PQ53
English Language and Media & Culture BA - PQ33
English Language and Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education - Q310              

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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111
admissions@worc.ac.uk  

Admissions tutor

Dr Ella Jeffries
01905 54 2763       
e.jeffries@worc.ac.uk

Course Administrator

Joanne Henderson
j.henderson@worc.ac.uk
01905 542417