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Course details

Study options

Full-time: 3 years, Part-time: up to 6 years

UK/EU fee

£9,250 per year (2020/21)

International fee

£14,045 per year (2020/21)

UCAS points

120* (September 2020 entry)

UCAS code

Y002

Course level

Undergraduate

Qualification

Joint Honours

Start date

September

Location

Kedleston Road, Derby Campus

What is Joint Honours?

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

You can combine any two subjects as long as they’re in different zones, find out what you can combine this subject with.

Course description

Study English Language as part of our Joint Honours programme and you will enjoy a distinctive, diverse and challenging learning experience, building skills which are relevant to a wide range of career paths.

You can also study English or English Literature and Language as single honours subjects at Derby.

If you’re interested in how language works, this course offers a fascinating intellectual challenge while developing practical and analytical skills which are highly sought after by employers.

Exploring the power of language

Our programme covers a range of approaches which enable you to describe and analyse language at all levels, from the individual sounds of English through words, phrases and sentences to stretches of written and spoken language.

It brings a new dimension to areas you may have encountered already, such as language and power, stylistics and Gricean pragmatics. It also introduces you to other branches of language including psycholinguistics, cognitive pragmatics and literacy.

In addition, we will help you become familiar with significant historical, social and global varieties of language as well as the nature of linguistic representation and the construction of meaning.

In the second and third stages of your programme, you will have increasing control over the modules you study and the assignment topics you pursue. We provide a broad choice of optional modules to allow you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.

Conduct your own research

The study of English Language is based on observation and experiment. As you progress through this programme, you will learn how to undertake your own hands-on research into key questions surrounding language. You will design research projects, collect and analyse spoken or written linguistic data, and draw conclusions.

In stage two of the course, you will collaborate with other students on a research initiative and present your findings as a conference poster, which you will display to the group and discuss with the staff members who are assessing you.

Work-based learning opportunities

We offer exciting opportunities for you to apply your skills and knowledge in the context of the workplace. Our strong partnerships across the creative and cultural industries open doors to a range of work-related learning activities and employer-led projects.

You can make the most of these experiences through modules in stages two and three of the course – Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries and Work-Based Learning (PDP). They will not only add substance to your CV but also help you make more informed choices about your potential career direction.

Compelling subject combinations

Because Joint Honours gives you the flexibility to cover two subjects in one degree, you will be able to impress potential employers with your resourcefulness, breadth of knowledge, organisational abilities, communication skills and capacity to work to deadlines.

Subject combinations which might work particularly well include:

 

What you will study

Example modules are shown below, the modules available as a Joint Honours student will be dependent on the subject that you combine with. In your first year, modules will be defined for you, and will be dependent on your subject combination to ensure you have the best fit. In your second and third years, module availability and the number of modules you are required to take will depend on whether you choose this subject as a major, joint or minor.

Year 1Year 1Year 2Year 2Year 3Year 3

Code: 4ES505

Key Concepts in Linguistics

This module introduces key analytical models and methods in linguistics, providing you with the concepts and terminology for describing language from the smallest sound segments through word formation, to phrase structure and sentence structure. You will learn to use this terminology with precision, as well as looking at examples of language which present difficulties for analysis.

This will enable you to practise a key research procedure in linguistics, which is to hypothesise, test and look for counter examples as a way of improving on existing models and theories of language. In addition to learning to describe the phonology and syntax of English, you will learn about approaches to word meaning and language in use, and you will practise using these approaches to analyse examples of naturally occurring speech.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4ES506

The English Language in History (PDP)

On this module, you will be given a contextualised overview of the history of the English language. You will be encouraged to consider the processes and mechanisms by which the language has changed and evolved, and the many factors which have influenced it.

You will draw on skills acquired in the module Key Concepts in Linguistics in a focus on changes at all levels of language. You will continue to review your personal development by reflecting on skills specific to the study of language.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 4ES507

Style: Language and Literature

This module draws on the descriptive and analytical skills you have acquired in the module Key Concepts in Linguistics, using the terms and concepts to describe, analyse and consider the effect of linguistic forms in a range of literary and non-literary texts.

You will work through the complexities of written texts, considering their structures and contexts as well as alternative analyses and interpretations, and you will explore the similarities and differences between the literary and the non-literary.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 4ES509

Shakespeare and Early Modernity

The English Literary Renaissance, in the context of the spiritual and cultural upheaval of the Reformation and the development of Humanism, produced some of the most significant achievements in English literature. This module will introduce you to a range of drama, poetry and prose from this critical and tumultuous period. We will study the sonnet form as well as the dramatic innovations of late Elizabethan comedy and tragedy. In this way, some key works by Shakespeare will be considered alongside those of other influential poets, dramatists and prose stylists of his age. Assessment is by two coursework essays.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ES509

Pragmatics and Literature

On this module you will build on the first-year module Style: Language and Literature, using a cognitive pragmatic theory - relevance theory - to think about the way that we process and interpret literary and non-literary texts beyond the level of linguistic decoding.

You will consider the various levels of context which influence the way we use language and make inferences about other people’s language use, and you will be encouraged to compare the theoretical model presented here with other accounts of language in communicative acts.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5ES510

Investigating English Language (PDP)

This module offers you the opportunity to conduct an investigative group project on a topic in linguistics and to present your results to a professional level. You will work in a small group to plan your project, research existing work in the area you have chosen, carry out the research and present your findings in poster format at a student conference with questions and discussion with other students, tutors, and assessors.

Your research might involve recording naturally-occurring spoken language, collecting written data and/or setting up and carrying out linguistic experiments.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ES511

Language and Society: Sociolinguistics

On this module, you will be introduced to the theories and models of variationist linguistics. You will consider the factors that influence language variation, and you will learn to use the methodologies that have been developed to observe, analyse and interpret it. There will be a particular focus on regional and social variation as well as contemporary varieties of English.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ES512

The Concept of Literacy

On this module, you will be introduced to ideas and theories around the concept of literacy. You will consider the nature and emergence of literacy, the relationship between orality and literacy, between literacy and language standardisation, and between literacy and technology.

You will also consider the impact of literacy on education, cognition, communication, and culture. You will encounter and engage with conflicting arguments about literacy and you will be encouraged to enter into discussion and debates around these ideas.

 

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 5ES513

Ideology, Discourse, and Power

This module will introduce you to a body of work which argues that that language and discourse interact with ideology, shaping our experiences and identities, representing events in certain ways, empowering certain groups and disempowering others, and reflecting, constituting and reinforcing existing hierarchies.

On the module, you will be shown how these approaches work by applying theoretical material and analytical models to examples of language in use in interpersonal, social, media and institutional settings.

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20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 5HY509

Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries

This module will give you an opportunity to experience what it is like to work in the creative and cultural industries. Working closely with an external organisation or business in the creative and cultural industries for a minimum of 30 hours, you will consider real-life challenges facing the organisation and collaboratively devise a solution for these challenges, applying the academic and transferable skills you have acquired in a real-world situation.

You will be part of a small group, conducting research into the organisation, considering the needs of various stakeholders and thinking about how these can be balanced against each other in finding a solution to the challenge you have been presented with. In the end, you will present the solution you have devised to a panel of experts in a professional pitch.

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20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6ES510

Language and Mind: Psycholinguistics

The module will introduce and develop your understanding of a range of current approaches in the area of psycholinguistics. The module covers a range of psycholinguistic theories and models, and you will learn how these theories and models are developed and refined through evidence and experimental methodologies.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6ES512

The Globalisation(s) of English

This module will introduce you to the diversity of varieties of English across the world. You will consider these varieties from a sociolinguistic perspective as well as learning about their histories and political and practical implications.
20 Credits
optional
Practical
Coursework

Code: 6ES513

Language and Identity

On this module you will use theories and methods from sociolinguistics and critical discourse analysis to explore the relationship between language and identity, considering the linguistic representation and construction of identities.
20 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6ES996

English Independent Study (PDP)

This double module, extending over two semesters, aims to facilitate your undertaking a piece of independently researched work, on a subject area generated by you in negotiation with a designated supervisor. The topic will be theoretically-based, in depth, and will extend your understanding, skills, and analyses developed through the first two years of the programme.

Your approach in terms of research methodology, theoretical basis and level of engagement will reflect the increased intellectual sophistication of the subject at Level Six. The varying skills accrued in this module will prove essential to your future employability and personal development, as well as providing an excellent framework for Postgraduate study. Assessment is by extended dissertation.

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Code: 6HY508

Advanced Research in Practice

This module provides you with an opportunity to experience working in a cultural, creative, arts, heritage or related organisation and to develop valuable academic and transferable skills.

The main focus is to negotiate and conduct a work-based project with an employer or other outside body. This might be a museum or gallery, a cinema or theatre, a radio or TV station, or an educational establishment, for example. It allows you to bring your academic skills to an organisation, to complete a project that would be useful to them (and, in many cases, the wider community), and gives you the opportunity to gain valuable work experience relevant to your chosen career path.

 

 

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40 Credits
optional
Coursework

Please note that our modules are subject to change - we review the content of our courses regularly, making changes where necessary to improve your experience and graduate prospects.

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How you will learn

We have a blended learning strategy. This means that, in addition to face-to-face teaching and learning, all modules will be supported through the University of Derby Online, with Blackboard course resources.

In face-to-face learning you will benefit from a stimulating combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. We aim for an inclusive style and for active student participation. Lectures are designed to be interactive, with opportunities for questions and discussion, and seminars on a number of modules across the programme are led by student presentations. Our lecturers are available for tutorials throughout the week, and can be contacted by email.

How you'll be assessed

You will be assessed in a range of ways including written reports, essays, workbooks, seminar participation, oral presentations, poster presentations and, if you choose to do the Independent Study, a dissertation.

The English Language programme is not assessed by exams. Each module has an element of formative assessment, which means you can gain practice on certain tasks and receive feedback on your work before completing the assignments which count towards your grade for the module.

Who you'll meet

You will be taught by a highly qualified and experienced team of lecturers who publish widely on their individual areas of expertise and research. They include two leading English Language specialists:

The teaching team also includes History specialists who contribute to the Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries module and the Work-based Learning (PDP) module. They are:

Personal academic tutoring

Your personal academic tutor will work with you to help you get the most out of your time at university. Having someone to talk to about your academic progress, your university experience and your professional aspirations is hugely valuable. We want you to feel challenged in your studies, stretched but confident to achieve your academic and professional goals.

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Who will teach you

Barbara MacMahon

Dr Barbara MacMahon
Programme leader

Barbara is a Senior Lecturer in English Language.

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Entry requirements

September 2020 typical entry requirements

RequirementWhat we're looking for
UCAS points120* (up to 16 from AS-levels)
Specific requirements at A-level

At least a C in English or similar at A-level (or equivalent qualification)

Specific requirements at GCSEGCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Interview / AuditionN/A
PortfolioN/A

Alternative entry qualifications:

We usually consider an A-level in General Studies as a supplementary qualification. A good application/performance will be taken into account if you do not meet the criteria/offer conditions.

*The UCAS Points required for entry will depend on the subjects you choose to combine. The subject with the higher entry requirements will determine your offer.

Our entry requirements for this course should be read together with the University's general entry requirements, which details subjects we accept, alternative qualifications and what we're looking for at Derby.

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Fees and funding

2020/21 Fees

 Full-timePart-time
UK/EU

£9,250 per year

£1,155 per 20 credit module

International

£14,045 per year

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How to apply

UK/EU students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

Part-time students should apply directly to the University.

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International students

Full-time students applying to start in September should apply for this course through UCAS or you can apply directly to the University for an undergraduate course if you’re not applying to any other UK university in the same year.

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Careers

A Joint Honours degree with an English Language component opens up a wide range of career opportunities for you. As a Joint Honours graduate, you will stand out to potential employers as a versatile, well organised, adaptable and independent learner.

Graduates in English Language find work in the civil service, local government, the media, libraries and archives, language planning and policy work, law, information technology, counselling, publishing, journalism, advertising and the creative industries.

This degree will also give you a firm foundation for postgraduate study, either at the University of Derby or elsewhere. If you wish to enter the teaching profession, for instance, there is the opportunity to progress to a PGCE course and to specialise in primary, secondary or tertiary education. You may also wish to consider further study on a specialist masters course, with subsequent options to pursue a PhD.

Ensuring you’re ‘work-ready’

Our Careers and Employability Service will provide you with support from day one of your course to ensure that you leave Derby as a ‘work-ready’ graduate – industry aware, motivated and enterprising.

The support continues once you’ve completed your course too: you are entitled to further help and guidance from the Careers and Employment Service for up to three years after leaving the University.

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Additional information about your studies

You will typically study your two subjects equally at stage one, before choosing whether you want to major in one subject at stages two and three.

Teaching hours

Like most universities, we operate extended teaching hours at the University of Derby, so contact time with your lecturers and tutors could be anytime between 9am and 9pm. Your timetable will usually be available on the website 24 hours after enrolment on to your course.

Please note: Our courses are refreshed and updated on a regular basis. If you are thinking about transferring onto this course (into the second year for example), you should contact the programme leader for the relevant course information as modules may vary from those shown on this page.

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