The University of Kent, Canterbury, Kent, CT2 7NZ, T +44 (0)1227 764000
English Language and Linguistics and Comparative Literature BA (Hons)
This is a full-time joint honours programme within the English Language and Linguistics subject area.
- Subject area: English Language and Linguistics
- Award: BA (Hons)
- Code: QQ32
- Location: Canterbury
- Honours: Joint
- Mode of study: Full-time
- Duration: 3 years
- Start: 2013
- Year in industry: No
- Year abroad: No
- Institution(s): University of Kent
Studying English Language and Linguistics provides an opportunity to discover and explore a dynamic and often controversial field which is crucial to our understanding of spoken and written language in all their complexity. English Language and Linguistics at Kent is a broad and exciting programme which allows you to tailor your studies to suit your individual interests and possible career paths. You will be studying the most varied and rapidly changing language in the world – a large and all-encompassing subject.
Combining theoretical and practical elements, the programme explores both the structure of language and its multifaceted relationship with culture and society. The choice of topics covered is very wide, including areas such as sociolinguistics, language acquisition, syntax, semantics, pragmatics, phonetics and phonology, morphology, language learning and teaching, language impairments, literary stylistics and critical and cultural theory. You can even study creative writing and media writing.
As this is a joint honours programme, you may find it useful to read both of the following subject leaflets for more information:
As this is a joint honours subject, please see both subject leaflets below for more details about the modules you may take:
Please contact us if you have any queries (Contacts are listed under the 'Further information' tab).
Teaching and assessment
For most modules, you have one two-hour seminar per week. The Final-Year Dissertation is based entirely on your private research but is supervised by a tutor and includes workshops and the chance to participate in an undergraduate conference.
Assessment varies from 100% coursework to a combination of examination and coursework, usually in the ratio 50:50 or 40:60.
English Language and Linguistics
On average, you have four one-hour lectures each week plus four seminar classes of two hours each. However, this varies depending on the material and the nature of the module, and may include workshops, discussion groups and practical sessions. You have group or one-to-one tutorials for research projects and dissertations, and also have tutorials with your lecturers and seminar leaders to discuss coursework and assignments. In addition, you have access to further information and support via Moodle, our interactive web-based learning platform.
At each stage, some modules are continuously assessed, while others combine coursework and examination. Stage 2 and 3 modules count towards your final degree result.
Studying Comparative Literature you learn to think critically, develop the skills of close reading and effective communication, and gain confidence and experience in expressing your ideas. These key transferable skills are essential for graduates as they move into the job market.
Recently, our graduates have gone into careers such as teaching, publishing, marketing, radio, journalism, television and film, the Civil Service, advertising, graphic design and copywriting.
English Language and Linguistics
Single and joint honours programmes in English Language and Linguistics help you acquire highlevel skills in communication, problem solving, group work, IT and numeracy, which will be very important in your future career. The programme prepares students for an extensive and wide range of careers where an in-depth understanding of how language functions is essential. These include advertising, journalism and professional writing, media, public relations, marketing and sales, publishing, teaching at all levels, company training, broadcasting, conversation analysis, and the civil or diplomatic services. The single honours programme is particularly useful for students who are thinking of English teaching either in the UK or abroad.
For more information on the services Kent provides to improve your employment prospects, visit www.kent.ac.uk/employability
Passing the Kent IFP with an overall average of 50%, including passing all components, and achieving 60% in the academic skills module, guarantees you entry onto the first year of this degree programme.
ABB at A level, IB Diploma 33 points or IB Diploma with 16 points at Higher. International students need national school-leaving qualifications at the appropriate level.
You need to be a proficient English speaker with a strong interest in language reflected in your qualifications, but all applications will be carefully considered.
A level English Language or English Language and Literature grade B where taken.
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Key Information Sets
The Key Information Set (KIS) data (right) is compiled by UNISTATS and draws from a variety of sources which includes the National Student Survey and the Higher Education Statistical Agency. The data for assessment and contact hours is compiled from the most populous modules (to the total of 120 credits for an academic session) for this particular degree programme. Depending on module selection, there may be some variation between the KIS data and an individual's experience. For further information on how the KIS data is compiled please see the UNISTATS website.
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