English Language with English Literature BA (Hons)
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 lignuistics department 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, 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 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
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?
You will take 4 modules in Linguistics or the English Language and 2 in English Literature.
Compulsory 20-credit modules in the School of Linguistics and 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.
Years 2 and 3
Compulsory 2nd year modules will include such topics as phonology, syntax, semantics, and bilingualism. In the third year you will get a choice from a wide range of English Language and English Literature modules. There are also Welsh-medium modules available as options in the second and third year. For more details see the listing for English Language including the requirement for a dissertation, and the entry for English Literature for module selections from that School.
Examples of recent dissertation topics include: A study of the writing skills of a child with dyslexia, The language characteristics of an adult suffering from schizophrenia, A linguistic analysis of Shakespeare's English, Do men dominate conversation more than women?, An analysis of Welsh clause structure, The use of language in children's literature in the 19th and 20th centuries, An analysis of doctors' speech to patients, The teaching of literacy skills in primary schools.
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 English Literature Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
A degree in Linguistics/the English Language will increase your knowledge of language structure and use for communicative purposes, the history of the English language, the role of the English language in the world, and your 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
Employability and the School of English Literature
A degree from the School of English Literature provides our students with excellent employment prospects, in a wide range of career options. In the past our graduates have gone into teaching, publishing, advertising, journalism, the law, social work, business, politics, accountancy, the police, human resources, and academia. Several of our graduates have become leading figures in the arts.
Our degree will teach you the skills of critical analysis, imaginative problem solving, and presentation. Our graduates are typically independent-minded, yet able to work as part of an effective team. The skills they possess are highly valued by employers.
Each year several of our students decide to undertake postgraduate study, lasting from one to four years. Postgraduate study is an opportunity to further deepen your knowledge and expertise, and leads to a truly individual contribution as a literary critic or creative writer. Academic postgraduates often go on to teach in universities, or make their way in the literary world.
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) and Higher Education Achievement Report (HEAR)
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 HEAR is a final graduation report that all undergraduates receive. The report itemises all academic achievements and additional extra and co-curricular achievements. Academic achievements appear on the report automatically and students are able to note their eligible activities by using the online platform ‘My Employability Hub’. This ensures that future employers are made aware of the additional skills the student has gained outside of the curriculum.
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.
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 workplace and there are a range of internships you can get involved in.
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.
TARGETconnect - Working while you StudyThe Careers and Employability Service offers support to students searching for employment during and after their studies.
- Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
- Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
- Work experience / internships
- Voluntary opportunities
TARGETconnect advertises the following opportunities:
For 2020 entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.:
- A Levels (English Literature / English Language / English preferred but not required)
- International Baccalaureate Diploma (including H6 in English Literature or Language)
- BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: DMM**
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: case by case **
- Access course with English Literature element: Pass
- 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.
**Can be considered in conjunction with English Literature or Language, e.g. A l her in the relevant subject.
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).
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.
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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:
- 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 guest tickets (£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.
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.
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.
In English Literature, mandatory costs will be the purchase of books. The precise cost will vary according to the choice of modules, but the average cost would not normally exceed £50 per module in English Literature and/or Creative Writing.
Theatre and cultural visits - the cost of these will vary from year to year depending upon the organised programme of events.
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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.
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;
- apply via UCAS,
- or apply direct to Bangor through our online direct application system
- or apply with the help of one of our recruitment agents
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.
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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’
- 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.
Why Study English Literature or Creative Writing at Bangor?
There are many fantastic reasons for choosing to study English Literature and/or Creative Writing at Bangor.
- Students rate our teaching extremely highly. The 2017 National Student Survey (NSS) put us 1st in the UK again! Our English Literature BA has scored a fantastic 100% for overall student satisfaction for the third year running (NSS 2015, 2016 and 2017).
- At undergraduate and postgraduate level, we offer a broad and flexible range of module choices, combining the innovative (e.g. The Literature of Laughter, Transformative Writing and The Gothic in Literature and Film) with the more traditional (e.g. Victorian Literature and Jonson to Johnson)
- Our teaching is based on the latest research. The world-class quality of our research and writing was recognised in the most recent Research Excellence Framework (REF 2014) placing our School in the UK Top 10 for research intensity.
- With award-winning pastoral care, one-to-one support and individualised feedback, we get to know our students as individuals and enable them to pursue their own creative interests.
- Employability. We provide our students with transferrable skills that are valued by employers. 85% of our graduates were in employment or further study within six months of finishing the course (source: DLHE). Our graduates have gone on to have wide-ranging and successful careers in many sectors, including the performing arts, education, law, the civil service, press, media and public relations.
- Arts and Culture. Our close links with Pontio (the University’s £40 million Arts Centre), local theatres, poetry groups and vibrant student societies - including our Bangor English Drama Society (BEDS) - give students plenty of opportunities to get involved.
- Bangor is an inspiring location for creative writing or literary study, situated on the Menai Straits at the foot of Snowdon, and less than three hours by direct train from London!
- Read what our students say.
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
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 2019.
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
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Guaranteed accommodation in award-winning 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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