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BA (Hons) Combined
In an era when access to an extraordinary variety of written and spoken forms of English seems to be constantly expanding, knowledge about how language works is indispensable.
Why study Combined Honours English Language at Chester?
The study of the English Language combines perfectly with any other discipline: all subjects depend on language to some extent and linguistics is interested in all aspects of discourse. Whether your other subject is in the creative arts (one popular combination is English Language and Creative Writing), the humanities (the English Language programme is located in the Department of English within the Faculty of Humanities, which includes the Department of Modern Languages) or the sciences (aspects of linguistics are, of course, scientific), English Language is a natural choice.
IMPORTANT NOTE – One obvious ‘combination’ is English Language and Literature but that ‘combination’ of subjects has its own dedicated Single Honours programme – see the web pages for English Language and Literature (BA Single Honours).
English itself is perhaps the most widely-spoken language in the world, with hundreds of millions of speakers - truly a global language, and a growing one. Currently only Mandarin Chinese has more speakers, but by 2025 the number of English-speaking Chinese is likely to exceed the number of native English speakers in the rest of the world. English is the official language of more countries than any other, and is the preferred international language of use for business, politics, education, and the arts and sciences. Whatever your other choice of subject for your degree, the study of English Language crosses over into many other disciplines, so you can also learn about English history, literature, psychology, philosophy, sociology, and even a bit of physiology (e.g. how we articulate sounds).
This exciting degree programme explores the English language in all of its multifaceted forms and uses. You will learn theoretical frameworks and concepts drawn from linguistics to enable you to analyse spoken and written English discourse - ranging from the language of the internet and TV interviews to poetry, news reporting and political speeches. You will also investigate the historical and social nature of language - where English comes from and how it has changed; how it can both indicate and shape individual and group identity; and how language can be used to control and empower.
Each year you will take 120 credits worth of modules. Modules are worth either 20 or 40 credits. In combining English Language with another subject you share these credits with modules from your other course. At Level 6 (Year 3) a combined honours student can choose to take either 40 credits (‘Minoring'), 60 credits (‘Equalling') or 80 credits (‘Majoring') of English Language.
As a Combined Honours English Language student, in your first year half of your studies will be spent studying English Language in two compulsory core modules. In the following year you can choose to study more of one of your two subjects, and then, in your final year, you can ‘Major' or ‘Minor' in one (or opt to do an equal amount of both). The Combined Honours programme, therefore, gives you the opportunity to balance your studies to suit your developing interests.
You will be introduced to core concepts in the study of English Language and tools of linguistic analysis: the sounds of speech (phonetics and phonology) and the structure of words and sentences (morphology and syntax).
You will apply your knowledge of language structures and functions to the analysis of spoken and written discourse, whether it be poems, speeches, reviews, text messages or news reports. You will be introduced to conversation analysis including ways of recording and transcribing speech. You will also study genre, style and audience.
Where English comes from, how it has changed, and where it is going.
In the final year students may choose - depending on how many credits of English Language they take - to do a research-based Dissertation in a language and linguistics-related subject of particular interest to them
Assessment methods vary. You will write standard essays and give short seminar presentations, and also be encouraged to collect your own original language data for analysis as part of a coursework assignment.
You may be asked to record and transcribe spoken data. Although the majority of assessment is coursework based, some modules include formal examinations.
The course will prepare you for a wide range of jobs including:
Jobs directly related to your degree:
Jobs where your degree would be useful:
You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:
If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.
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|UCAS points:||A minimum of 260 - 300 UCAS points from GCE A Levels, including a grade C in one of the subjects recommended by the department|
|GCE A Level:||
The department requires one of the following subjects:
English Literature, English Language, English Combined (Language and Literature)
|BTEC:||BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above|
|Irish/Scottish Highers:||B in 4 subjects including English|
|International Baccalaureate:||28 points including 4 in English|
|QAA:||QAA recognised Access to HE Diploma (must include English at Level 3), Open College Units or Open University Credits|
|OCR:||OCR National Extended/Diploma: merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above|
The Advanced Diploma: acceptable in combination with one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Welsh Baccalaureate (core) will be recognised in our tariff offer.
Studying English at Chester has been a joy. I feel I have matured intellectually and my passion for English has continued to grow."
English Language StudentAlyson O'Hare