English Language and Linguistics - BA (Hons)

Join a course that’s been ranked 1st in the UK for Learning Resources, and Top 5 in the UK for The Teaching on my Course, Academic Support and Student Voice (Source: subject ranking for English Language).

By exploring the structure, development and social context of the English language in the UK and beyond, you’ll dig beneath the surface of everyday language to discover the physical and abstract mechanics that allow us to communicate .

Course details

You’ll study topics such as syntax, semantics and phonology, and the similarities and differences between English and other languages.

  • Mode of study: 3-4 days  a week
  • Intakes: September
  • Course length: 3-4 years
  • Course fee: 9250 per year
  • Locations: Chelmsford campus

Anglia Ruskin Univesity, ARU

Course overview

You’ll also develop research and communication skills that are highly valued in the job market, and can tailor your degree to your particular career goals by choosing from our wide range of optional modules, taking an optional placement year, spending a semester abroad, learning a foreign language, or studying for the internationally recognised CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)* qualification as an intensive course alongside your degree.


Entry requirements

96 UCAS Tariff points from a minimum of 2 A Levels (or equivalent).

3 GCSEs at grade C, or grade 4, or above.

If English is not your first language you will be expected to demonstrate a certificated level of proficiency of at least IELTS 6.5 ( Academic level) or equivalent English Language qualification, as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University.

You may also be accepted to this course with an IELTS 5.5 (Academic level- with no individual score being lower than 5.5) or equivalent English Language qualification as recognised by Anglia Ruskin University, but will then be required to undertake additional compulsory free English language modules in your first year.


Our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics can help you to achieve a career in an area directly related to language and linguistics, such as speech therapy or teaching. It can also help you find work in any area that requires good linguistic and analytic skills, such as public relations, marketing and other areas of communication.


You’ll learn about the theoretical and methodological issues relating to accents and dialects, socio-economic stratification, language, age, gender, linguistic disadvantage and multilingual communities. You’ll also develop an understanding of the psychological representation of language, covering first language acquisition, the connection between language, thought and meaning, and language disorders.

  • Introduction to Linguistics 1
  • Introduction to Linguistics 2
  • Revealing English Structure
  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Language and Society
  • The History of English
  • English Phonetics and Phonology
  • Language and Image
  • Contemporary Issues in Stylistics
  • Research Methods for English Language, Linguistics and TESOL
  • Regional Varieties of British English
  • Ruskin Module (15 credits)

Optional modules

  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Teaching the Language System
  • Language, Gender, Identity
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages – Teaching Language Skills
  • Science Fiction
  • Using Linguistics: An Introduction to Forensic, Clinical and Computational Linguistics
  • Anglia Language Programme
  • Major Project
  • Language Acquisition: Topics and Issues
  • Languages in Contrast

Optional modules

  • Global English
  • Language, Flesh, Philosophy
  • Careers with English
  • Methods and Development in TESOL
  • New Media Discourse
  • Anglia Language Programme