Linguistics BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeQ100
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration3 years
Study modeFull-time
Typical offer104–120 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

We tend to take our ability to produce and understand speech for granted until we try to learn another language, watch how a child learns a first language, or witness the effects of language handicap. Linguistics is the study of language abilities, how they are acquired, how they are used, and how they may be impaired. Because speech is so central to our very existence it is a fascinating and rewarding subject to study. This course is an ideal background for many careers, especially those in the teaching and caring professions, but also in more 'high-tech' fields like computing and telecommunications.

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • We received 100% overall student satisfaction in the 2016 and 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) for Linguistics. This places Bangor University 1st in the UK for Linguistics as well as in the UK top 20 for English Studies (NSS 2017).
  • 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 Linguistics degree modules will give you a scientific insight into the structure and use of language, psycholinguistics (the relationship between mind and language) and sociolinguistics (the relationship between society and language).
  • 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 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 students in the School.
  • A unique feature of this degree is the opportunity to take a Certificate in the Teaching of English as a Foreign Language alongside your degree.

Key Facts from UniStats

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 involves a variety of approaches - essay writing, practical assignments, empirical research studies, oral presentations and examinations.

What will you study on this course?

Year 1

You take six modules totalling 120 credits, including the compulsory Linguistics modules below.

Compulsory modules:

  • Introduction to Language: how to be a linguist; the different subfields of linguistics; introduce basic linguistic terminology; academic skills.
  • Introduction to Syntax and Morphology: the structure of words and sentences. 
  • Introduction to Phonetics & Phonology: the study of sounds and sounds systems.
  • Introduction to Meaning

Years 2 and 3

In each of these years you take six 20-credit modules. In the second year some modules will be compulsory, and will include in-depth modules e.g. on phonology, syntax, semantics, and bilingualism.

In the third year 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. Third year modules can include topics such as:

  • Bilingualism
  • Cognitive Linguistics
  • Language Acquisition
  • Psycholinguistics
  • Phonology and Phonetics
  • Syntax
  • Metaphor and Meaning
  • Discourse Analysis
  • Welsh Linguistics (English-medium)
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language (practice and theory)

There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in the second and third year. If you take Linguistics as a joint degree, you will take half of your modules from Linguistics and the other half from another School.

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 Linguistics Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

A degree in Linguistics will increase your knowledge of language structure and use for communicative purposes, the history of the English language, competence in the grammatical structure and use of the English language. 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

Opportunities at Bangor

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.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2019 entry:

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* – no specific subjects required. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2018 entry:

  • 120-104 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* – no specific subjects required. *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

 

General University entry requirements

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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course 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 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

Specific entry requirements can be seen on the individual course pages.

EU and International students' entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on 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.

More information

Home/EU students and International UCAS applicants

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

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 383717 

International students (non-UCAS applicants)

Email to International Admissions: internationaladmissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2TF

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

Course Costs

When coming to University, you will have two main costs, Tuition Fees and Living Costs.

There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:

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:

  1. 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.
  2. 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.
  3. 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.

Mandatory Costs:

Students will need to buy textbooks for certain modules as e-books for these are not available.

Year 1

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.

Year 2

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.

Year 3

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

How to Apply

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.

Further Information

Contact us

Admissions
School of Linguistics and English Language
Tel: 01248 382118
E-mail: cah@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/linguistics

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’
  • At the WhatUni? Student Choice Awards, 2017 we were rated Top in the UK for Clubs and Societies, Top 3 in the UK for Courses and Lecturers, and Top 5 for accommodation.
  • The most recent Research Excellence Framework (2014) 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

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) 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 with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2018.

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 in award-wining halls of residence

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as their Frm Choice. Our accommodation has been named the best in the UK at the 2018 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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