Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code Q3Q1
Duration 3 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Linguistics

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 8480
Email english@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/ugc

School of English

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Course description

In the first year of the course, you will learn essential analytical tools and concepts. You will take compulsory modules dealing with the structure and sounds of English. You will also take a module introducing you to linguistic study. These modules will allow you to learn about how language actually works and how linguists study it.

You'll then apply the things you've learned in these modules to the history of English and language variation, which will teach you about how language varies in space and time.

In the second year, you can start to specialise in areas that capture your imagination. You will have the freedom to design the course that suits you, building on the topics from the first year that most interest you. You will have the chance to study modules in formal linguistics such as phonetics and syntax, modules that deal with the history of language and linguistic thought, and modules that deal with language and society, as well as modules that explore how language is acquired and taught.

Your third year will allow you to further specialise your interests in topics that inspire you. You will have the opportunity to continue your interest in formal linguistics by developing your thinking about language and the mind. You can build on your passion for the history of English by learning about the latest thinking on the development of the language. Your interests in language and society can be developed as you take modules exploring the relationship between language and gender, discourse, and place.

Throughout your final year you will have the opportunity to work on your own research project, which will inform your final dissertation.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB, plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB+ B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement required
International Baccalaureate 33 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement. English Language or a foreign language is preferred but not essential
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + B with evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+ AB plus evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *Applicants without English Literature or English Language may be considered where relevant interest and experience in the subject can be demonstrated
  • General Studies is accepted
  • *Applicants without English Literature or English Language may be considered where relevant interest and experience in the subject can be demonstrated
  • For more information about subject requirements and writing your personal statement, please see www.sheffield.ac.uk/english/ugc/programmes/linguistics or contact the department
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

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The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 13%
Independent study 87%
Placement 0%

Assessment
Exams/tests 28%
Coursework 67%
Practical 5%

School of English

Jessop West

Our staff are researchers, critics, writers and practitioners. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired. Two members of the department, Professor Brendan Stone and Dr Duco van Oostrum, are National Teaching Fellows. Many others have received awards for their teaching, as well as for their research and creative practice.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. You will have regular timetabled meetings with your personal tutor. But it doesn't stop there. We organise extra lectures, reading groups and study sessions. All our modules are supported by online resources - many of our students work on blogs and discussion boards each week.

We're famous for our pioneering work with communities and we encourage all our students to get involved. This could mean helping people find a voice through our Storying Sheffield project or working on Lyric, our annual city-wide festival of music and words.

School of English website

What our graduates do

Our graduates go into a wide range of careers. Teaching is a popular option for those who want to make direct use of their subject knowledge. Others apply the transferable skills they have acquired in many different sectors. Their job titles include Radio Presenter, Charity Administrator, Retail Management Trainee, Copywriter, Language Assistant, Marketing Officer, TV Researcher, Parliamentary Researcher, Press Assistant, Learning Disabilities Key Worker, Informatics Assistant, Recruitment Consultant, Assistant Brand Manager, Audit Associate, HR Assistant, Assistant Export Administrator, Public Relations Account Executive, and Pastoral Support Worker.

Some graduates stay on for postgraduate study. Approximately half of students taking a masters course choose to study aspects of English in greater depth. Other choices for further study include journalism, law conversion courses, human resources and other types of management.

Student profile


"I've always been pretty interested in language innovation and language use, and the degree can be related to the outside world. So we focus on, say, how texting and social media affect language."

Lewis Clarke
English

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