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English Language (BA)

  • Q313

3 years (full-time) / Options available, please contact the Admissions Tutor (part-time) / n/a (distance / e-Learning)

English Language at Cardiff has a distinctive character. As would be expected of any good English Language programme, you will be provided with a rigorous grounding in the analysis of the English language. Thus you will learn such essential linguistic tools as phonetics, grammar and discourse analysis from those who are helping develop those fields. Since we take a broad approach to language, you will also learn how to analyse the types of multimodal (e.g. word+image+sound) texts that predominate in contemporary and new media.

Student studying English

Language description and analysis, though, is just the starting point. What makes Cardiff special is our focus on the intersection of language with culture, society, politics and mind. While arming you with technical skills of analysis, we then expect you to grapple with exciting theories that will enable you to take into account the multifarious aspects of the context of language use and interpret the communication in a complex and meaningful way.

We aim to provide a programme that you can personalise to your own requirements. We provide a set of carefully-designed core modules that guarantee a solid base for all, but then allow you, with advice from your Personal Tutors, to carve out a programme that will best fit your interests and career aspirations. The programme is organised to match a wide range of relevant career options. As a student in the School of English, Communication and Philosophy at Cardiff you will be taught by leading researchers in English Language in a discipline graded at the highest rating for research power in the last Research Assessment Exercise.

Your scheduled contact hours will be supplemented by the opportunity for individual meetings with academic staff, by supportive academic progress meetings with your Personal Tutor and by the opportunity to attend research seminars and careers activities.

The School prides itself on nurturing a friendly, personalised and supportive environment for its students, with staff spending a great deal of time at various points in the semester in individual one-to-one meetings with students.

Key Facts

UCAS Code Q313
Duration 3 years
How to apply
Typical places available The School admits c360 students each year to its undergraduate degree programmes
Typical applications received 1,500 across the School
Scholarships & Bursaries
Typical A-level offer ABB
Admissions Tutors Dr Virpi Ylänne
Tel Number 029 2087 4243
Email address
School website

The degree programme is organised in a way that provides the solid grounding needed to allow you to choose in an informed way from among the options available.

Six core modules (four in Year One and two in Year Two) provide an excellent grounding in language description, analysis and interpretation. These cover all the essential elements of phonetics, grammar and lexical semantics (word meaning) and all the major theories of discourse analysis so that this common stock of knowledge and understanding can be drawn on in our many exciting optional modules.

The ten optional ‘Foundation’ modules in Year Two provide engaging introductions to a range of key areas of study in English Language: sociolinguistics, language and culture, language and mind, history of English, phonology, functional grammar, language and mind, and others. The training provided by these modules prepares you to make your choice from among the more specialised, research-led ‘extension’ modules available in Year Three.

The Year Three modules are offered in the subject areas in which staff are currently working, thus giving you a unique insight into some of the most up-to-date and innovative work in English language research. These modules also often require you to gather and analyse your own data. Currently the modules address areas such as communication disorders, forensic linguistics, persuasive communication, second language acquisition, language and ideology, digital literacy, health communication, stylistics, discourse of broadcasting, phonology, and language and ecology. There are also opportunities to undertake a project or dissertation in your chosen area of research.

The Cardiff BA in English Language will be taught using the following methods:
  • Weekly lectures
  • Weekly small group seminars
  • Teaching via Virtual Learning Environments.

We use a variety of different forms of assessment, such as:

  • Academic essays
  • Project-based coursework
  • Formal written exams
  • Oral presentations
  • Research-based projects and dissertations
  • Technical exercises
  • Practical design and computer work

Many of our modules are 50% coursework and 50% exam but there are also sufficient modules with 100% coursework for those who prefer coursework to exams.

Typical A-level Offer


General Studies is not accepted

Typical WBQ Offer Grade A in the Core plus AB at A-level
Typical Int Bacc Offer  34 points including 655 in Higher Level subjects.
Other Applications from those offering alternative qualifications are welcome. Please see detailed information about alternative entry requirements here

Please find here further information about admissions and selection criteria for this degree programme.

The School of English, Communication and Philosophy provides its students with a highly satisfying academic experience that assists their development as critically-minded, culturally-aware citizens whose high analytic skills, powers of expression and progressive self-reliance make them extremely attractive to employers.

Degrees in English Language combine the best of humanities skills (flexibility, communication, critique) and social science skills (technical analysis and systematic method). Common destinations include primary and secondary school teaching, TEFL, marketing and PR, sales and advertising, the civil service and public administration.

As a graduate in English Language at Cardiff you will have shown yourself to be able to:

  • Grasp complex issues with confidence
  • Ask the right questions of complex data and texts
  • Have an imaginative appreciation of different views and options
  • Analyse these critically and reflectively
  • Identify and apply relevant data
  • Propose imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence and critical analysis
  • Do so clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
  • Do so clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech.
  • Work to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time
  • Articulate well-researched ideas with the right degree of assertiveness
  • Learn from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights in revising your work and in future work on different topics
  • Demonstrate enterprise and initiative in researching your topics and developing your point of view
  • Work as part of a team, developing qualities of respect for the ideas and arguments of others and a collaborative approach to inquiry and problem-solving.
  • Develop a range of communicative skills, including the use of IT programmes and digital media, where appropriate.

Next intake: Varies depending on course. Contact School for details.

School Contact

Name: Miss Carol Rees  

Telephone: +44 (0)29 2087 4243 



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