About This Course
Our English Language for Speech and Language Therapy degree has been developed specifically for those aiming for a future career in Speech and Language Therapy. While this degree does not lead to SLT certification upon graduation, the aim and goals of this undergraduate course is to help build a strong foundation for further postgraduate study in Speech and Language Therapy (SLT) and subsequent certification as a speech language therapist.
English is an important language socially, politically and economically. Today it is a global language, with an estimated 1.5 billion speakers worldwide. English is the best-described language in the world and by studying for a BA in this field you can become proficient in understanding how English works, why and how it is used, where it has come from, as well as gaining knowledge in linguistic study.
You will get the chance to learn about subjects like the grammatical structure of English (word order, sounds, vocabulary, meaning and so on), the history of English, English dialects and social variation, English in society, English in education, cultural aspects of English, global English, and more.
You will also develop extensive knowledge of English linguistics and the areas of general linguistic theory that underpin study in this field, which, depending on the modules taken, could include topics like language acquisition by children, discourse analysis, psycholinguistics, bi/multilingualism. Central to this particular degree is a specialized module taken in the final year that provides an introduction to the field of speech language therapy.
This course is available as a 4-year ‘with Placement Year’ option. Please apply for English Language for Speech and Language Therapy with Placement Year BA. Find out more about 'with Placement Year' courses here.
The placement year provides you with a fantastic opportunity to broaden your horizons and develop valuable skills and contacts through working with a self-sourced organisation relevant to your degree subject. The Placement Year is undertaken at the end of the second year and students are away for the whole of the academic year. The minimum period in placement (at one or more locations) is seven calendar months; more usually you would spend 10-12 months with a placement provider. You would normally start sometime in the period June to September of your second year and finish between June and September the following year. Placements can be UK-based or overseas and you will work with staff to plan and finalise the placement arrangements.
You will be expected to find and arrange a suitable placement to complement your degree, and will be fully supported throughout by a dedicated member of staff at your academic School and the University’s Skills and Employability Services.
Why Choose Bangor University for this course?
- 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.
You will spend about 8 hours in lectures, seminars and tutorials each week. You will also spend time reading, working on assignments, undertaking homework tasks, meeting lecturers and tutors in their offices, attending general seminars, and so on. Assessment types includes essay writing, report writing, data analysis, practical assignments, empirical research studies, oral presentations and exams (including online tests).
What will you study on this course?
In Year 1 you will take the following Compulsory/Core modules:
- Introduction to Language (20 credits)
- Intro to Phonetics and Phonology (20 credits)
- Psychology as a Science (10 credits)
- Scientific Writing and Communication I and II (10 credits each)
- Brain and Mind (10 credits)
- Introduction to English grammar (20 credits)
In addition you will choose a further 40 credits in optional modules from a list that may include:
- Young Children's Development (10 credits)
- Physiology & Anatomy 10 Optional 1
- Language and Society (20 credits) or Iaith a Chymdeithas (20 credits)*
- Language, Literature and Culture 20 Optional
- Disgrifio Iaith (20 credits)*
In Year 2 you will take Core modules in Sounds and Sound Systems (20 credits), Developmental Psychology (10 credits) and Cognitive Psychology (10 Credits). The remaining 80 credits will be chosen form a list of Optional modules that may include:
- Introduction to Bilingualism (20 credits)
- Ieithyddiaeth Gymraeg (20 credits)*
- Personality and Individual Differences (10 credits)
- Social Psychology (10 credits)
- Morphosyntax (20 credits)
- History of English (20 credits)
- Functions of Discourse (20 credits)
- English Teaching in the Classroom (20 credits)
- Amrywiaeth yn y Gymraeg (20 credits)*
During the final year you will take Introduction to Speech Language Therapy (20 credits) and choose Optional modules from a list that may include:
- Child Language Acquisition or Language Disorders & Bilinguals
- L2 Speech Learning or Speech Science
- Brain and Language
- Child Language and Bilingualism
In addition, you will also have the opportunity to undertake a Dissertation. This personal research project in an area of English language study or linguistics or language acquisition or language disfluency will be completed under the supervision of a member of teaching staff.
*These are modules taught through the medium of Welsh.
Students will need to buy textbooks for certain modules as e-books for these are not available.
Compulsory module: QXL-1117 Intro to Morphology & Syntax An Introduction to English Syntax (Edinburgh Textbooks on the English Language) by Jim Miller, Paperback, £14.23.
Compulsory module: QXL-2222 History of English - A History of the English Language, 2012 by Albert C. Baugh and Thomas Cable, Paperback, £27.19.
Optional module: QXL-2235 Introduction to Bilingualism - Bilingualism: An Advanced Resource Book (Routledge Applied Linguistics Series) by Ng Bee Chin; Gillian Wigglesworth, Paperback, £31.99.
Compulsory module: QXL-3341 Dissertation - Projects in Linguistics and Language Studies: A Practical Guide to Researching Language by Alison Wray, Aileen Bloomer 2012, £22.78 and Research Methods in Linguistics by Lia Litosseliti c2010, £19.99.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96-112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels.
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM-DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- Welsh Baccalaureate
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements): IELTS: 6.0 (5.5).
We also welcome applications from mature applicants.
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and 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.
We also consider applications from mature 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 information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
A degree in English Language teaches transferrable skills which include, but are not limited to: critical reading and evaluation, research and analytical skills, proficiency in diverse modes of presentation (written, electronic and spoken), problem solving, working effectively with others, working with and without supervision, time management, information technology skills, effective interpersonal communication and personal organization.
This course is primarily aimed at those seeking to pursue advanced SLT studies and then subsequent certification as a speech language therapist. With strong elements in linguistics, English Language and psychology, graduates will be well positioned for a range of other employment opportunities in media, languages, education, management, government, research etc. Others may embark on further postgraduate qualifications in areas such as linguistics, psychology, language acquisition or education to further enhance their employability or to pursue a particular career such as teaching in the Further Education or Higher Education sectors.
Students also have the opportunity to take International Experience and/or Work Placement with this degree to increase their employability.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.