About This Course
This exciting English Language with Media Studies degree is run by the School of Linguistics and English Language and the School of Creative Studies and Media. It is aimed at students who want to study English Language with Media Studies (which includes television and radio, film and video, software and computer games, design, professional writing, journalism and advertising). Skills and techniques learnt during the study and writing of texts lie at the core of many of the key areas in these industries. This course will equip you with a solid grounding in the technical and practical skills required to make you a sought after professional in these fields.
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, sociolinguistics (the relationship between language and society) and current issues in the field of English Language study.
- Our modules cover a wide range of subject matter, 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.
- We have a wide range of learning facilities including 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 be able to develop your word-processing and powerpoint presentation skills.
- We have an annual David Crystal day when Prof. David Crystal, the world's foremost authority on the English language gives classes to our students.
- Creative Studies and Media at Bangor specialises in three key areas: Creative Writing, Professional Writing, Journalism; Media, Film and Cinema Studies, New Media; and The Entertainment Industries and Performance Arts. Staff have research interests in all areas of the Creative Industries, with research programmes running in several key areas.
- The University has a dedicated Creative Studies and Media building housing its own digital cinema, performance space, teaching rooms and meeting area. It is also the home of a number of national and international researchers, development and outreach programmes in the creative arts and creative industries.
- The University has a fully equipped Media Centre, with editing suites, production studios and media equipment available to students.
- A unique feature of our English Language with Film Studies degree is the opportunity to take a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language alongside your degree.
In Media Studies you will be taught through a wide range of learning and teaching methods, from workshops and practical exercises, to seminars, discussions and lectures.
Some modules are assessed entirely on coursework (i.e. stories, poems, films, journalistic assignments, dramatic pieces etc). Others are assessed by essay, or even by examination. The combination of assessment methods is designed to enhance the learning process, allowing you to develop a range of responses to your subjects.
In English Language you will learn through a combination of lectures, seminars and tutorials. Modules are assessed by examinations, continuous assessment or a combination of both. The continuous assessment can include some supervised practical element or independent study, followed by report writing. Your module results/individual project marks contribute to your degree final grade.
What will you study on this course?
In your first year you will take four 20-credit modules from English Language, and two modules from Media Studies.
Compulsory 20-credit modules for English Language:
- 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
Compulsory 2nd year modules will include such topics as phonology, syntax, semantics, and the history of English.
In year 3 you will get a choice from a wide range of English Language and Media Studies modules. There are also Welsh medium modules available as options in years 2 and 3. For more details see the listing for English Language, including the requirement for a dissertation.
Module choices may vary from year to year.
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 with Media Studies Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
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 Morphology: Words and Their Structure by Andrew Carstairs-McCarthy, £14.23 (e-version available via Bangor Library); 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.
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.
QXL-3377 Using Corpora: Theory&Practice - Corpus-Based Language Studies: An Advanced Resource Book (Routledge Applied Linguistics) Dec 2005 by Anthony McEnery, Paperback £24.64.
The following modules are scheduled to run, assuming staff availability (viz. study leave) in 2018/19.
QXL-3335 L2 Speech Learning - Second Language Speech by Colantoni, Steele and Escudero, direct from Cambridge, £28.99
QXL-3325 Advanced Phonetics - A Course in Phonetics, 7th Ed, Ladefoged and Johnson, direct from Cengage £49.99
QXL-3377 Grammatical Systems & Change (to be renamed ‘Language Change’) - Language Change: Progress or Decay?(Cambridge) Dec 2012 by Jean Aitchison, paperback £20.84
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.
The entry requirements below are the School of Languages, Literatures and Linguistics requirements. Please also check with the School of Music and Media for any additional requirements.
For 2021 entry:
Offers are tariff based, 96 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (no specific subjects required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMM - DMM
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: considered on a case by case basis
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted.
International Candidates: school leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements). More information here.
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 will increase your knowledge of language structure and use for communicative purposes, the history of the English language and the role of the English language 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.
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.