Course details

A Levels AAB Other entry requirements
UCAS code Q3Q1
Duration 3 years
Fees and additional costs Home/EU students International students
Related subjects English Language and Linguistics Linguistics

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Undergraduate admissions team
School of English
Telephone +44 (0) 114 222 0236
Email english.admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/english/undergraduate

School of English

1st for research environment
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

This degree is designed to give you a solid foundation in linguistic theory, and to link this theory to the huge array of real-life contexts in which language is used. Our mix of core and an optional modules means that you will have the freedom to design the course that suits you, building on the topics that most capture your imagination.

In your first year, you take modules that encompass the fundamentals of linguistic research: linguistic theory, historical linguistics, sociolinguistics, and research methodology. Our modules focusing on linguistic theory and the structure and sounds of English will allow you to learn about how language actually works and how linguists study it. You'll then apply this knowledge to modules that examine the history and varieities of English, teaching you about how language varies in space and time.

How you choose to build on this foundation throughout the remainder of your degree is up to you: expand on any (or all) of these four areas, and take modules from the other degree programmes within the department or from across the University. In second year, you will have the chance to study modules in formal linguistics such as phonetics and syntax, as well as modules that deal with the history of language and linguistic thought, language and society, and how language is acquired and taught.

Your third year will allow you to further specialise your interests in topics that inspire you. You'll 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.

Because language is used in every facet of human life, linguistics links to every other field of study. As well as taking an extensive range of optional modules available within the School of English - such as literary linguistics, language teaching pedagogy, and creative writing - you can combine linguistics with other modules from across the University, including in human communication sciences, psychology, modern languages, computer science and mathematics.

Through the Centre for Linguistic Research, Sheffield's English Language and Linguistics programme has links to these other departments, and we encourage you to explore the area of language you are most passionate about.

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 AAB + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
A Levels + additional qualifications ABB + B in a relevant EPQ. Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the Personal Statement required.
International Baccalaureate 34 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Cambridge Pre-U D3 D3 M2 + evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AAABB + A with evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B + AA with 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
  • General Studies is accepted
  • You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade C/4; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
  • Access Sheffield - find out if you're eligible for additional consideration or an alternative offer
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of English website

First year

Core modules:

History of English
Linguistic Theory
Varieties of English
The Sounds of English
The Structure of English

Optional modules:

Early Englishes
Practical Stylistics

Second year

Optional modules:

A Sense of Place: Local and Regional Identity
Big Data:Language & Digital Corpra
Chaucer
Exiles and Monsters: An Introduction to Old English
First Language Acquisition
Historical Linguistics
Phonetics
Phonology
Sociolinguistics
Syntax
The History of Persuasion
Writing the Real

Third year

Optional modules:

Advanced Phonetics
Advanced Syntax
Conversation Analysis
Dialect in Literature and Film
Dissertation
Experiments in Digital Story-Telling
Historical Pragmatics
Language and Gender
Language attitudes, perceptions and regard
Narrative Style in the Contemporary Novel
Psychology of Language
Research Practice
Sociolinguistics Project
Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages
Text-Worlds
Theolinguistics
World Englishes

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

We are a research-intensive school with an international perspective on English studies. Students can specialise in their chosen subject, whilst taking modules from other programmes, forging interdisciplinary connections. We are famous for our pioneering work with communities, locally and internationally. We encourage our students to get involved and to apply their academic learning, working in partnership with external organisations both within the city of Sheffield and beyond.

Our staff are researchers, critics, and writers. They're also passionate, dedicated teachers who work tirelessly to ensure their students are inspired.

We keep seminar groups small because we believe that's the best way to stimulate discussion and debate. Our modules use a range of innovative assessments and can include designing websites, writing blog posts, and working with publishing software, in addition to writing essays and delivering presentations.

We're committed to providing our students with the pastoral support they need in order to thrive on their degree. All students are assigned a personal tutor with whom they have regular meetings. You are welcome to see any of the academic staff in their regular office hours if there's anything you want to ask.

School of English website

What our graduates do

The academic aptitude and personal skills that you develop on your degree will make you highly prized by employers, whatever your chosen career path after university:

- Excellent oral and written communication
- Independent working
- Time management and organisation
- Planning and researching written work
- Articulating knowledge and understanding of texts, concepts and theories
- Leading and participating in discussions
- Negotiation and teamwork
- Effectively conveying arguments and opinions and thinking creatively
- Critical reasoning and analysis

Our graduates are confident and articulate. They have highly developed communication skills, equipping them for a wide range of careers in journalism, the charity sector, marketing and communications, theatre and television production, PR, copywriting, publishing, teaching, web development, accountancy, and speech and language therapy, among other fields.

Many of our students go on to postgraduate study, research, and an academic career.

Student profile


English

"The academics in the department are friendly and supportive, going above and beyond whenever I have needed assistance. Every single module I have taken has been engaging and intellectually stimulating. Under their excellent teaching, I feel that I have grown into an independent researcher and critical thinker."

Scott Moore ,
BA student in the School of English

Work experience
You can study our courses with the Degree with Employment Experience option. This allows you to apply for a placement year during your degree where you’ll gain valuable experience and improve your employability.

Study abroad
There are opportunities to study abroad, for a semester or a year, as part of a three or four year degree programme. We have exchange agreements with universities in the USA, Australia, Canada, Singapore and throughout Europe.

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