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What makes English Language at Worcester special?

Language shapes our world. It influences our perception of reality, brings our thoughts to life, and enables us to form relationships and forge communities. Richly textured and infinitely diverse, we work with language every day to communicate with those around us, from the formality of the boardroom to the clarity of the classroom.

At Worcester, you will have the opportunity to explore the power that language has to influence how people view their world, from community formation to personal identity, and business relations.

For updates and general information concerning events and activities in the English Subject Area see our official blog.

Key features

  • Work project module available to take as part of the course
  • Available in a range of joint honours combinations to suit your interests and form a solid foundation for your future
  • Opportunities to study modules in Teaching English as a Foreign Language, enhancing your professional portfolio
  • Work project module available to take as part of the course

"The modules enable students to follow a very broad range of subject areas, which gives excellent experience for the future."

Kelly Laydon, English Language graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?


UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

The points above are the new UCAS tariff, which will be used for courses starting from September 2017. See our new UCAS tariff page for more information.

Other information

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the Admissions Office on 01905 855111 or email for advice.

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Course content

What will you study?

Here is an overview of current modules available on this course. Regular updates may mean that exact module titles may differ.

Year 1


  • Describing English           


  • The History of the English Language
  • Name Studies
  • Introduction to Sociolinguistics
  • Introduction to TEFL
  • Improving English usage and style in Academic Writing
  • French/German/Spanish/Japanese/Italian/Chinese Mandarin Stage 1

Year 2


  • Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and Theoretical Matters


  • Language and Power
  • The English Language in the 21st Century
  • Research Language Variation
  • Language Awareness and Analysis in TEFL

Year 3


  • World Englishes
  • Multilingualism Matters
  • Language, Style and Identity
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • Independent Research Project
  • Work Project           
  • Key Concepts and Principles in TEFL Methodology

Teaching and Assessment

How will you be taught?

You will learn how to:

  • Investigate critically and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues central to English language studies.
  • Synthesis and evaluate material.
  • Develop skills of analysis.
  • Prepare yourself for the workplace through CV building, career mapping and group activities that develop productive working relationships.
  • Hone your specialist skills.

Assessment Strategy

The English Language course offers a range of assessment experiences, enabling students to develop and demonstrate a wide variety of skills. There are different assessment tasks, including essays, the analysis of written and spoken language, individual or group oral presentations, the production of various types of writing, and research projects.

Assessments are carefully devised to provide students with the opportunity to practise and improve skills as these develop, with shorter and more guided assessment in year 1 moving to longer, increasingly independent work in year 3. There are formative and summative assessments for each module.

Teaching approach

  • Lectures; seminars; demonstrations; tutorials; group and individual project work; supervised independent learning; open and resource-based learning; e-learning; work placements.
  • Teaching involves large and small group sessions, the latter especially in relation to research activities.
  • A mix of tutor- and student-led and independent learning.
  • Learning opportunities enable active assimilation, application, questioning, debate and critical reflection.
  • Guest speakers and visits form part of the learning process.

Meet the team

Here are a few of the current members of the department who teach on this course:

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    Dr Eleftherios Kailoglou

    Dr Elefteris Kailoglou is the Course Leader for English Language. He has been working at the University of Worcester from 2011, and previously taught at the University of Essex and University of Sussex. He has been supervising a number of dissertations on sociolinguistic variation in Worcester as well as topics on language and identity. He has also been involved in the establishment of the Worcester dialect archive which is located within the Institute.



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    Ella Jeffries is a lecturer in English Language. Before working at the University of Worcester, she taught on a number of courses at the University of York whilst carrying out her PhD research.  Her PhD research investigated children’s perception of regional accent variation.

  • Dr Charlotte Selleck

    Dr Charlotte Selleck is a lecturer of English Language. She has been working at the University of Worcester since February 2015. Prior to this, she taught at Cardiff University. Most recently she has, as a post-doctoral researcher at the University of Copenhagen, undertaken research on British English accents and dialects.

  • Christina Wright

    Christina is one of the tutors responsible for teaching the mandatory first-year module Describing English on the University’s BA English Language Studies course. She also teaches English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP), and Academic Writing Skills in the Language Centre. Her teaching interests lie in semantics, and the development of reading and listening skills in EAP. Her research interest for her MA was the perception of lexical items across different speech communities.

    Christina has extensive and varied experience in English language teaching (ELT) and ELT management. She worked in the ELT sectors in Spain, Japan and the UK prior to joining the University in 2001.

    For further information see Christina’s home page

  • Joanna King

    Jo lectures on first- and second-year English Language and TEFL modules, as well as teaching English as a Foreign Language (EFL), English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and Italian in the Language Centre.

    For further information see Joanna’s home page

  • Jenny Lewin-Jones

    Jenny teaches on the University’s BA English Language Studies, and has developed new optional modules in Name Studies and the English Language in the 21st Century. She also teaches German language, English for Academic Purposes (EAP) and English as a Foreign Language (EFL) in the Language Centre. She is a CELTA Tutor (approved by Cambridge English Language Assessment). Jenny is a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy.

    Jenny’s research interests are in learning and teaching, and in the field of contemporary English language usage. She has published papers on language teaching methodology, widening participation in language learning, and using new technologies in teaching. She is always keen to collaborate with colleagues in other subject areas, and has worked, for example, on the use of language in television commercials aimed at children.

    For further information see Jenny’s home page


Where could it take you?


Career Opportunities

Many graduates of this course will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication.

The course provides continuous opportunities to develop employability and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year. 

Skills gained:
Written and oral communication, critical thinking, research and organisational abilities
Ability to analyse both spoken and written texts including both multicultural and historical perspectives
Observational skills in noticing and evaluating others’ language use as tools of representation
Research methods that are transferrable to a range of employment opportunities
Highly developed writing skills
Understanding of English as a second language and the key constituents of language
The course will be appropriate for those who are attracted to combining the study of the English Language with the acquisition of skills in the teaching of English as a foreign language. A sound framework for language analysis, acquired through mandatory level 4 and 5 modules, will be further developed in later modules which focus the application of these ideas in the analysis of English usage.


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How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in 2017 will be no more than £9,250, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in 2017 will be £11,700 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in 2017 will be no more than £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module, subject to approval by Parliament.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls, 358 of which were new in 2009. We offer halls of residence to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £91 per week to the £149 per week 'En-suite Extra'.

For full details visit our accommodation page.


How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

English Language Studies must be studied as part of a joint degree with another subject.


Creative & Professional Writing and English Language BA - WQ83
Education Studies and English Language BA - XQ3H
English Language and English Literature BA - QQ23
English Language and Film Studies BA - QP3J
English Language and Illustration BA - QWF2
English Language and Journalism BA - PQ53
English Language and Media & Culture BA - PQ33
English Language and Physical Education BA - QCJ6
English Language and Screenwriting BA - QW3V 
English Language and Religion, Philosophy & Values in Education - Q310              

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.


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Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Admissions office

01905 855111  

Admissions tutor

Dr Ella Jeffries
01905 54 2763

Course Administrator

Janey Robins
01905 852015