Canterbury Christ Church University - BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation Year

Canterbury Christ Church University

BA English Language and Linguistics with Foundation Year

A foundation year helps you develop the study skills and self-confidence needed for higher education when you don’t reach the entry requirements for your subject.

Studying this course, you’ll develop an in-depth understanding of the English language. You’ll learn about the importance of language in communication at personal, public, group and cross-cultural levels.

Our work placement module allows you to develop your communication skills in a professional setting. By the end of the course you’ll feel ready to move into one of the many jobs where a strong command of the English language is highly valued.

Entry Requirements

Applicants should normally have 32 UCAS Tariff points. We will also welcome applications from students with few or no formal Level 3 qualifications who wish to return to education and applicants may be asked to attend an interview.

You do not need to have significant prior knowledge of arts and humanities related subjects but should be motivated to study the subject.

For more information on the IELTS (International English language Testing System) requirements for this course

Career Prospects

The BA English Language and Linguistics provides a range of study and subsequent career options. You can ‘mix-and-match’ the option modules to reflect your interests, or you can select one of three pathways broadly corresponding to three of the main areas covered in the degree: the English Language Teaching Pathway, the Communication Pathway and the Applied Linguistics Pathway. All three pathways provide a sound basis for the study of English Language.

The English Language Teaching Pathway offers theoretical instruction and practical training for the teaching of English as a foreign language, including the internationally recognised CELTA teaching qualification. The Communication pathway provides background in communication studies, including intercultural and professional communication.

These provide valuable transferable skills for any profession in today’s global employment market, but render you particularly suitable trained for any post involving communication with stakeholders and requiring a high degree of intercultural expertise and sensitivity (for example in business, policing or civil service). The third pathway, Applied Linguistics, is also concerned with issues of culture, identity and society, but is more linguistically oriented. Students who have followed this pathway have a firmer grounding for pursuing careers including producing language (in writing, speaking or multiple modes), such as journalism, public relations, copy writing and publishing, in both traditional and new media. Providing these pathways enables you to choose more easily combinations of modules that suit not only your interests but also your aspirations for future careers, and make the focus of your degrees and training more visible to employers.

Course Details

The foundation year is designed to help you develop self-confidence, knowledge and skills in a highly supportive environment, so you are prepared to study at degree level. You'll learn about arts and humanities and will begin to understand research methods and skills that are needed to progress through the degree. 

You'll study a range of modules focusing either on the English language or the interface between language and communication. You'll develop both your ability to understand language and communication, as well as the ability to investigate these areas. In each year, you'll study a range of compulsory modules that cover the key concepts and ideas in language and communication. As you progress into the second and third years, you'll have the opportunity to study optional modules that focus either on professional applications of language and communication, or on areas with a more traditional academic focus.

The course is divided into two parts; the first part is the more structured first year, and the second includes your second and third years, where you have few essential core modules but are generally more free to ‘mix-and-match’. Options offered in the second and third years may include how to teach English as a foreign language, business communication as well as options on language and gender, digital communication, or intercultural communication.

Year 1

Language in Use: Global & Local Perspectives
Exploring Language
Exploring Communication
The Roots and Routes of English (compulsory for Single Honours only)
Sociolinguistics (compulsory for Single Honours only)
Contemporary Language Studies (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese - compulsory for Single Honours only)

Year 2

Research Methods in Language and Communication (compulsory for Single Honours only)
English Language and Communication in the Workplace (compulsory for Single Honours only)
Language and Gender
Business Communication
Investigating Digital Communication
Language, Society & Power: Explorations in Sociolinguistics
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Contemporary Language Studies (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese)
Extended Essay
Individual Study: 20 credit version

Year 3

Individual Study (compulsory for Single Honours only)
CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
Intercultural Communication
Intercultural Global Experience
Language in the Real World: Discourse Analysis
Intercultural Professional Communication
Language Acquisition and Literacy
Contemporary Language Studies (French, Spanish, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese)
Individual Study: 20 credit version (option for Combined Honours only)

Life and Study
Understanding Arts and Humanities
Being Human
Experiencing the Humanities
Foundation English Literature
Foundation English Language and Communication

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