During this course, you will study the fundamental structures and theoretical principles of English and language in general, and use them to understand and analyse spoken and written English discourse in context. This may include investigating sounds, word meanings, sentence structures, discourse analytical principles, child language acquisition, and language variation and change.
Why Study English Language with us?
The English Language course at Chester is a recent and popular innovation. We therefore include some of the most cutting-edge subjects in the study of English language and linguistics, such as corpus linguistics (computer-assisted discourse analysis), acoustic phonetics (useful for speech therapy), and cognitive stylistics (how our minds process fictional and non-fictional texts).
You can also study and debate the relationship between language and power, the influence of the media, and conflicts and controversies in the discipline (Language Debates) with the opportunity to contribute to an on-line blog.
|Typical Entry||112 UCAS points|
|GCE A Level||
112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical Offer - BCC/BBC. GCE A Level: English Language, English Literature, English Combined (Language and Literature) plus a modern foreign language at GCSE level, grade C or above.
BTEC Extended Diploma/Diploma: merit/distinction profile plus one of the GCE A Level subjects listed above
Grades BBBB including English
26 points, including 5 in English
Access to HE Diploma (must include English Language or Literature at Level 3) and to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended/Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus one of the GCE A level subjects listed above
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 UCAS points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and A Level General Studies will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs. Please Note: There are two entry cohorts to the combined honours programme.
Entry Cohort 1:
Students will be expected to hold GCE A Level Spanish, or AS Level Spanish, or equivalent (e.g. IB Spanish grade 4)
Entry Cohort 2:
Students with no previous knowledge, or only a basic knowledge (up to GCSE level), of Spanish will be considered, providing they have GCSE grade C in a language.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
What will I learn?
In Year 1 (Level 4), you will explore linguistic frameworks: phonetics/phonology (sound); morphology (word structure); syntax (sentence structure); and discourse (chunks of text). You will use these to investigate how language works in written and spoken contexts and, if you are a Single Honours student, you will also study sociolinguistics and language theory.
What will I learn?
In Year 2 (Level 5) you will study the historical roots and development of English, and have the opportunity to specialise in topics of particular interest.
What will I learn?
Year 3 (Level 6) provides you with the opportunity to develop your specialist interests further through module choices.
" It has been a pleasure seeing the programme develop since its inception into a genuinely innovative course taught by a great bunch of colleagues. The study of language offers infinite possibilities and our students often excel in their inventiveness and originality."
How will I be taught?
In most modules you attend a lecture and discuss ideas in smaller seminars and workshops.
Our classrooms are equipped with the necessary technology for various multimedia experiences. You may work in pairs and small groups, and occasionally give a short presentation.
Most resources (such as handouts and slides) are available to download on the University's intranet site (Moodle). The library is well stocked with the most up-to-date English language and linguistics textbooks and specialist journals.
You will spend around ten hours a week in your first year in lectures and seminars, and are expected to spend the rest of the working week preparing set work. The timetabled contact hours will reduce in Years 2 and 3 as the volume of self-directed study increases and to make time in Year 3 for a dissertation.
How will I be assessed?
Assessment varies widely to reflect different topics and skill sets. This includes on-line blog entries, seminar presentations, conversation and phonetic transcriptions, data collection, research and analysis, syntax trees, and short answer exercises. There are also traditional discussion essays and some formal written examinations.
Work Based Learning
Work Based Learning (WBL) provides you with the opportunity to ‘test-drive’ a future career by undertaking a work placement of at least 150 hours. Alternatively, you may wish to undertake Experiential Overseas Learning, where you can take advantage of our long-established links with organisations worldwide. Most students have the opportunity to undertake either one of these options as an integral part of their undergraduate course.
Study Abroad Opportunities
At the end of your second year, you have the opportunity to study English Language and Linguistics at the University of Duisberg-Essen, Germany (EN5308 Linguistics Study Placement).
Fees and Funding
UK/EU Fees 2018
It is not currently possible to state what our exact fees will be for students starting an undergraduate degree in 2018.
Our full-time undergraduate tuition fees for UK and EU students entering University in 2017/18 are £9,250 a year, or £1,540 per module for part-time study. The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by increases in the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
The level of fees that students starting their studies in 2018 will pay is expected to be determined by outcomes of the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF). The TEF has been introduced by the Government to encourage universities to focus on the quality of the teaching that they offer and to help prospective students find clear information about where teaching quality is high, and where students have achieved the best outcomes.
The TEF outcomes are not currently known. The TEF process has been designed to help students applying for university places for 2018 and the outcomes will be announced at the end of May 2017 in time for prospective students for 2018 entry to apply from September 2017. Following the announcement of the TEF outcomes, fees for University of Chester students starting in 2018 will be published here.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
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Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at firstname.lastname@example.org for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
From its beginnings as a Roman fortress 2,000 years ago, Chester has managed to retain its unique character whilst offering everything that you would expect from a modern city today, as it becomes "a must-see European destination".
The City of Chester is a vibrant mix of cafes, shops and ancient walls, rows and architectural and archaeological features. The City is home to all-year-round arts festivals, events, exhibitions and street entertainment, including the famous Chester Races, the Rowing Regatta and the internationally acclaimed Chester Zoo.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an undergraduate Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
Open Days 2017
Visit us at an Open Day and find out what it’s really like to study at the University of Chester.
- Saturday 14th October
- Saturday 28th October
- Saturday 21st October
- Saturday 21st October