|UCAS code||Typical offer||Length|
|Q302||AAB (See full entry requirements)||3 years full-time|
English is spoken by over one billion people, either natively or as a second language. By immersing yourself in the study of English, you'll reach deep conclusions about the nature of the language and discover the forces that have shaped it over time. You'll learn from world-leading academics, whose expertise covers topics from forensic phonetics to sociolinguistics. You'll develop skills of analysis and critical thinking through study of one of the world's most influential languages.
Our approach to the study of English focuses primarily on spoken language data, using tools from the core areas of linguistics: syntax, phonetics and phonology, semantics, and sociolinguistics. You will also study the history of English, including the opportunity to learn some Old English, and to discover the changing shape of English over time. The course offers flexibility in module choices from the second year onwards, so you can focus on your main interests. You will be taught by world-leading academics, whose expertise covers a range of areas of linguistics, including forensic phonetics, historical linguistics, child language, and sociolinguistics. You will engage with the study of language both at the conceptual level and the detailed level of raw linguistic data.
I learned so much more from my degree than I imagined. I developed transferable skills which made me a strong candidate in the highly competitive global job market.
Carl, BA English Language and Linguistics
Our challenging combination of theory and practice is designed to stimulate your critical thinking skills, foster your originality, and enable you to become a uniquely skilled analytical thinker and problem-solver.
No. English Language A level (or equivalent) is an asset, but it is not required.
Our department is one of the highest-ranked centres for research in linguistics, and the strength and diversity of our research is reflected in our teaching. We are ranked number 5 among all UK linguistics departments in the Times Good University Guide 2013 and the Complete University Guide 2013.
An external reviewer commented: "There are many very interesting and innovative courses that are unique to York, or where York is leading the way. The teaching quality is extremely impressive, and the courses allow all students to achieve their potential."
The course builds from developing core skills in analysis of English and in linguistic investigation, to applying these skills in advanced-level modules by the final year. There are opportunities to customise your programme of study from the second year onwards, and you can choose to include more or less English language content, according to your own intellectual interests.
I liked that in the first year you study a broad range of modules, and then choose option modules in second and third year to build your own degree programme.
Louise, BA English Language and Linguistics, 2012
The skills you develop through studying English language and linguistics—such as data analysis and critical thinking—are readily transferable to the workplace.
See our current module descriptions for more information about module content.
A wide range of choices is offered in the final year, including modules such as English Corpus Linguistics, Pragmatics, Forensic Phonetics, Psycholinguistics, Formal Syntactic Theory, Phonetics of Talk in Interaction, Historical-comparative Linguistics. See our current final-year offerings for a typical full range. (Note that module offerings vary from year to year. Not every module is offered every year.)
*An elective is a module from another department. All electives are offered subject to departmental approval and timetable availability. Certain language courses offered by Languages for All (LFA) may also be taken as electives, but there are restrictions on which LFA levels can be taken in which stage of your degree. Ask us for details.
In addition to the above you will also need to complete our online Academic Integrity module. This covers some of the essential skills and knowledge which will help you to study independently and produce work of a high academic standard which is vital for success at York.
This module will:
Our focus at York is on individual learning: we believe that effective learning happens best through a combination of presentation of the core content in the classroom followed by individual or small-group reflection and consolidation. Modes of teaching and dissemination vary over the degree, to meet the demands of each stage. Together, the different teaching formats equip you to be an effective independent learner.
A high amount of independent research is encouraged, with the staff always on hand to guide you if you feel like you're getting lost! It's this that really made the degree work for me.
Emily, BA English Language and Linguistics, 2012
All of our modules have associated Virtual Learning Environment (VLE) sites where all crucial materials—reading lists, handouts, discussion boards—are always accessible via the internet. Most first-year modules provide additional self-study practice exercises on the VLE.
Some modules have lab-based seminars for developing skills in various kinds of linguistic analysis software, or for accessing electronic corprora of linguistic data. We have our own departmental e-Lab for the teaching and study time of our students.
Throughout the course, you will typically spend 8 hours per teaching week in the classroom. You should expect to devote at least 30 additional hours a week to independent study, which will include completing set exercises, reading and digesting assigned papers, researching projects, writing and revising coursework, and preparing for assessments. Twice a year, in the middle of the autumn and spring terms, we have a reading week, which is devoted to independent study. You will receive guidance on your goals for each reading week.
The main assessment types on the English Language and Linguistics degree are exams and coursework. Within these two broad types you will encounter many variations customised to the content of each module. Types of coursework range from short sets of exercises, to 5,000-word essays, to group projects in which you work in a team to research and present a topic. Some of our advanced phonetics or phonology modules require spoken (oral) or listening (aural) skills, and may include oral and aural assessments. In most modules, the final mark is made up of the marks from more than one type of assessment.
At York, assessments that count towards your final mark are called 'summative' assessments, but all modules also include 'formative' work — work that will help you to practice or develop skills for the summative assessment. Some modules (particularly in the first year) include a formative exam midway through the year. Other modules include formative exercises, a formative essay, or some opportunity to get feedback on the development and progress of a piece of summative work.
Intructors provide feedback in a variety of forms, according to the needs of the specific module. It may consist of written feedback on work that you have handed in, in-class discussion of common problems on a particular assignment, model answers, one-on-one discussion of research projects, or online responses to questions posted on the module discussion board.
We can make appropriate adjustments to assessment procedures for students with disabilities. See the University's disability support pages for further details.
Effective communication, critical thinking and project management skills are central to most careers. The study of English language and linguistics at York equips you with these skills and others, which translate readily into any work context.
Our graduates have an excellent record of pursuing fulfilling paths after graduation.
Apart from their understanding of the English language and their knowledge of linguistics, our alumni have the confidence and skills that come from successfully completing a demanding course and participating fully in university life.
There are specialist careers that lead directly from an English language and linguistics degree, after additional postgraduate training, including:
Our graduates are not limited to these specialist paths, however. Ongoing contact with our alumni well after graduation shows that they are equipped to pursue rewarding careers across a broad range of professional fields, including:
All applications must be made through the Universities and Colleges Admissions Service (UCAS).
Prospective applicants should also read through the university's Undergraduate Prospectus. You can choose to view the prospectus online, download a PDF copy, or request a printed version.
We run a series of Open Days and Visit Days throughout the year, which will provide you with an opportunity to visit the University and the Department and talk to staff about the courses and your interests. We also have an undergraduate admissions tutor who is happy to answer any questions you may have.
Our French, German and Spanish courses are designed to promote fluency in the languages. For this reason we do not normally offer places to native or near-native speakers of French, German or Spanish who wish to study their own language.
We welcome applications from international applicants, who wish to join the growing body of international students in our Department. We offer annual scholarships for overseas undergraduate students.
Our typical offer is AAB, but some ABB offers will be made (see our typical offers page). We do not require any specific subject choices at A Level, and include all subjects in our standard offer.
BTEC National Diploma or QCF BTEC Extended Diploma with DDD.
80% overall average
Access to HE: Obtain Access to HE Diploma with 30 credits from units awarded Distinction and 9 from units awarded Merit or higher
Other qualifications are accepted by the University, please contact Undergraduate Admissions
If you want to study English literature alongside linguistics, see our English and Linguistics.
course. You may include some English language modules on this course.
You can also include English language modules on our Linguistics course, which additionally allows you to try a new language in the first year.
The following courses also include linguistics: