Undergraduate Courses at Bangor University

English Language BA (Hons)

Course facts

  • UCAS code: Q301
  • Bangor code: BA/EL
  • Course length: 3 years

Joint Honours UCAS codes can be seen next to the subject combinations here.

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School of Linguistics and English Language
Tel: 01248 382264
E-mail: linguistics@bangor.ac.uk

Course Overview

English is an important language socially, politically and economically. It is a World language, with an estimated 1,500 million speakers worldwide. English is also the best-described language in the world. The introductory modules for this course look at issues such as how our language changes according to the context in which it is being used, how men's and women's language use differs, how we acquire language and and how and why it continues to evolve.

Why choose Bangor for this course?

  • Our School of Linguistics and English Language is one of the oldest linguistics departments in the UK. Our degree programmes are taught by staff who are active researchers in a range of theoretical and applied areas relating to the English Language degrees - many have international reputations in the field.
  • Our modules will give you a sound and scientific insight into the structure and use of language, as well as into the history of English and sociolinguistics (the relationship between language and society.
  • Our modules cover a wide range of subject matters, and in your third year you will be able to focus your attention on those questions that interest you most - the final year consists of option modules.
  • Our wide range of learning facilities includes an extensive collection of books on Linguistics and English Language, a speech laboratory (in the Bilingualism Centre), as well as recording equipment for hire. 

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

You will spend about 10 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, collecting and analysing natural language data and working on practical tasks in the laboratory. Your dissertation will allow you to investigate a topic of interest in depth and you will work with supervision from a member of staff.

Assessment includes essay writing, practical assignments, empirical research studies, oral presentations and examinations.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

You take between four and six modules from the School. You may select the remainder of your modules from those offered by other academic Schools. This allows you to continue with a language or other subjects you have enjoyed at school or learn new IT skills.

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
  • Introduction to Syntax & Morphology: the structure of words and sentences and how it is analysed in different theories.
  • English and Society or Language and Culture: how language varies according to dialect and social aspects; the relationship between language and cultural aspects such as language policy and bilingualism.

You will also have the option of taking Welsh-medium modules on core aspects of linguistics.

Years 2 and 3

In each of these years you take six 20-credit modules. In the second some modules will be compulsory, and will include in-depth modules e.g. on phonology, syntax, semantics, and the history of English. In year three you will have a freer choice of modules, and you will be required to complete a dissertation study on a linguistic topic of your choice as one of your modules. The third year modules modules can include topics such as:

  • Language Contact and Bilingualism
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Metaphor and Thought
  • Welsh Linguistics (English-medium)
  • First and Second Language Acquisition
  • Language and Communication
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Issues in Cognitive Linguistics

There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in years 2 and 3.

Modules for the current academic year

Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the English Language Modules page.

Programme Specification

Careers & Employability

A degree in English Language and/or Linguistics will increase your knowledge of language structure and use for communicative purposes, the history of the English language and the role of English in the world. Recent graduates have gone on to do further academic study such as the PGCE and postgraduate qualifications leading to speech and language therapy, overseas teaching, and other training in order to pursue careers in social work, police work, immigration work, local government, banking and accountancy, librarianship, media and journalism, creative writing and publishing.

Employability and the School of Linguistics and English Language

A degree from the School of Linguistics and English Language equips you with knowledge and skills which will open many doors for you when choosing a career.

  • Our courses in Child Language Acquisition, Speech and Language Disorders offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue postgraduate training in speech and language therapy in order to qualify as a speech and language therapist.
  • Our courses on English Grammar and Child Language Acquisition offer a good foundation for those who wish to pursue a PGCE (teacher training qualification).
  • Courses in Teaching English as a foreign Language are invaluable for those who wish to teach English Overseas.

However, some English Language/Linguistics degree, as with most other Arts graduates follow a career path that's not directly related to their degree.

Recent Graduates from the School of Linguistics and English Language went on to do the following:

  • 48% achieved employment within the UK (e.g. in accountancy, librarianship or the police force)
  • 4.5% went to work overseas (e.g. teaching English as a foreign language)
  • 6.8% went on to research or academic study (e.g. an MA in Linguistics)
  • 16% went on to teacher training (e.g. PGCE primary or secondary education)
  • 11.4% went on to other training (e.g. Diploma in social work or postgraduate training for speech and language therapy)
  • 13.6% unknown destination

Careers and Employability Service

The University’s Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

Amongst the experiences offered by the Careers and Employability Service to help both your personal and career development are work placements, work taster schemes, part-time work, and volunteering and mentoring opportunities.

Bangor Employability Award

The Bangor Employability Award is designed to enhance the immediate and longer-term career prospects of our students. It offers free opportunities to gain the skills and experiences employers need, based on up-to-date research.

BEA graduates get a certificate, a transcript and formal verification of their extracurricular activities from Bangor University. The Award also offers free training courses, interview preparation, access to online careers software and helps develop a skills portfolio of evidence for employers.

Student Volunteering

Student Voluteering is both worthwile in itself but also improves your employbility and widens your experiences. The Students' Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office - Student Volunteering Bangor (SVB) within the Students' Union which has over 1,500 members, 600 of whom volunteer on one or more of our community based projects. SVB volunteers currently contribute a total of 600 hours each week which promotes a close relationship between the university and the local community.



Entry requirements for this course

  • 260-300 points or equivalent, no specific subjects required
  • We consider mature students and Access students with non-standard qualifications.

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We consider each application individually.

All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.

As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points . Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Why study at the School of Linguistics & English Language?

  • All our members of staff at the School of Linguistics and English language have wide-ranging teaching and research interest so we offer a more varied programme of modules than most universities.
  • We offer a virtually unrestricted choice of options so you can concentrate on theoretical topics, practical topics or a bit of both.
  • The School has its very own computer room, phonetics laboratory and linguistics lecture room.
  • We have our very own student society – Bangor Linguistics Society – which organises weekly social events and one off events such as guest lectures and the Christmas party.
  • Over half of the departments at Bangor assessed to date in the teaching quality assessments have received the top rating of 'excellent'
  • We are rated in the top 20 universities in the UK for the help and support provided to students
  • Our accommodation has been rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).
  • The most recent Research Excellence Framework recognised that more than three-quarters of Bangor’s research is either world-leading or internationally excellent
  • We have one of the largest Peer Guiding schemes in the UK

Studying at Bangor

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) and top in Wales for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students – in university accommodation that’s rated within the top 10 in the UK (What Uni Student Choice Awards).

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