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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.

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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

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"The scope of the course content meant that I could research and write in a wide variety of areas, sometimes crossing into other disciplines such as Sociology. This kept the process of studying fresh and interesting."

Josh Crampton, BA (Hons) English Language Joint Honours graduate.

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points (for example, BCC at A Level)

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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Fifty words for snow:  A Festive Humanities Showcase, a virtual event 

Monday 14th December 2020 - 1.00pm to 4.00pm

Ghost stories told by a roaring fire. The wait for that Christmas advert. Inspiration in a field of snow. Curling up in front of a festive film. Debating the linguistic pitfalls of the Christmas Dinner table. The Department of English, Media and Culture warmly invite you to their festive Humanities Showcase. Featuring taster lectures and interactive sessions across all of our courses, this afternoon of events will give you a flavour of our subjects at degree level, provide you with an opportunity to speak to our academic staff, and get you thinking about the varied and sometimes surprising ways winter festivities find their way into culture. Come along just for one subject session, drop into a couple, or enjoy the full showcase - it's up to you.

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1


  • Describing English
  • Foundations of Sociolinguistics
  • The History of the English Language



Year 2


  • Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and Theoretical Matters


  • Language and Power
  • The English Language in the 21st Century
  • Sociolinguistic Research Methods
  • Name Studies
  • Work Project Module

Year 3


  • World Englishes
  • Multilingualism Matters
  • Language, Style and Identity
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition
  • Independent Research Project
  • Introduction to Forensic Linguistics

"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

Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

The University places emphasis on enabling students to develop the independent learning capabilities that will equip you for lifelong learning and future employment, as well as academic achievement. A mixture of independent study, teaching and academic support through the personal academic tutoring system enables you to reflect on progress and build up a profile of skills, achievements and experiences that will enable you to flourish and be successful.


You are taught through a combination of interactive workshops, lectures, seminars and laboratory practicals. Interactive workshops take a variety of formats and are intended to enable the application of learning through discussion and small group activities.

You will investigate critically and analyse theoretical and conceptual issues, synthesise and evaluate material, develop skills of analysis and prepare for the workplace through CV building, career mapping and group activities.

Seminars enable the discussion and development of understanding of topics covered in lectures, and laboratory practicals are focused on developing subject specific skills (e.g. the use of statistical software) and applied individual and group project work.

In addition, meetings with personal academic tutors are scheduled on at least 4 occasions in the first year and three occasions in each of the other years of a course.

You have an opportunity to undertake a semester long exchange abroad (ERASMUS) in the second year of the course.

Contact time

In a typical week you will have around 12 contact hours of teaching. The precise contact hours will depend on the optional modules selected and in the final year you will normally have slightly less contact time in order to do more independent study (normally 9 contact hours in the classroom).

Typically class contact time will be structured around:

  • 6 hours of lectures
  • 6 hours of seminars in groups of around 15-20 students

Independent self-study

In addition to the contact time, you are expected to undertake around 25 hours of personal self-study per week. Typically, this will involve completing online activities, reading journal articles and books, working on individual and group projects, undertaking research in the library and online, and preparing coursework assignments and presentations.

Independent learning is supported by a range of excellent learning facilities, including the Hive and library resources, the virtual learning environment, and extensive electronic learning resources.


The course provides opportunities to test understanding and learning informally through the completion of practice or 'formative' assignments. Each module has one or more formal or 'summative' assessments, which are graded and count towards the overall module grade.

Assessment methods include a range of coursework assessments such as essays, reports, portfolios, presentations and a final year independent study project.

The precise assessment requirements for an individual student in an academic year will vary according to the mandatory and optional modules taken, but a typical formal summative assessment pattern for each year of the course is:

Year 1
1 x portfolio
6 x essays
2 x project reports

Year 2
6 x essays
3 x project reports

Year 3 
Major independent study project of approx. 7,000- 8,000 words 
6 x essays 
2 x presentations


You will receive feedback on practice assessments and on formal assessments undertaken by coursework. Feedback is intended to support learning and you are encouraged to discuss it with personal academic tutors and module tutors as appropriate.

We aim to provide you with feedback on formal course work assessments within 20 working days of hand-in.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification document.

Meet the team

You will be taught by a teaching team whose expertise and knowledge are closely matched to the content of the modules on the course.


Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Dr Lefteris 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.


Jenny Lewin-Jones

Jenny is a lecturer in English Language and Sociology, teaching a range of modules and researching in Applied Linguistics.

She runs a Twitter account on language and linguistics @JennyLewinJones.


Christina Wright

Christina has extensive and varied experience in English language teaching and management, having worked in the ELT sectors in Spain, Japan and the UK prior to joining the University in 2002. She holds the Trinity College Licentiate Diploma in TESOL (1997), and her research interest for her MA Applied Linguistics/TESOL (2003) was ‘The perception of lexical items across different speech communities’. She is also a member of the English Language Studies team in the School of Humanities.

Joanna King

Jo gained her MA in Applied Linguistics (TEFL) in 2003, specialising in first- and second-language acquisition, with specific focus on the Effect of Formal Instruction on Classroom Teaching. She also has a 1st class BA (Hons) degree in Modern Foreign Languages (French and Italian) and TEFL, together with the Trinity TESOL Certificate and a Cert. Ed. in Further and Adult Education. She was approved as Assistant CELTA Tutor by Cambridge English in February 2015.


Where could it take you?

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 students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international students registering in the academic year 2021/22 is £13,100 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK students registering on this course in the academic year 2021/22 are £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module, £2,313 per 30-credit module, £3,083 per 40-credit module, £3,469 per 45-credit module and £4,625 per 60 credit module.

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.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.


Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience. Our halls of residence are home to friendly student communities, making them great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our range of student halls. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

Applying through UCAS

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

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.

Get in touch

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



Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Admissions tutor