The English Language and Linguistics BA (Hons) degree gives you the opportunity to explore the nature and complexity of the English Language. You will gain an understanding of its structure, of how it works and how it is learnt.
Through exploring language use in a range of social and professional contexts, you will develop powers of analysis and critical thinking as well as professional communication skills – a skill set which is in great demand across a wide range of professions.
- Language is what makes us human – so, studying language is not just of academic interest, it gives insights into what makes people and society tick
- A course combining theory and practice
- Learn valuable skills for careers that require high-level analytical and communication abilities
- Develop your understanding of how language works: grammar, pronunciation and meaning
- Explore how language realises our meanings and our social identities
- Gain expertise and a deeper understanding of a topic of particular interest to you through research tailored to your personal interests
- Explore the practical applications of linguistic theory in various contexts
- Benefit from a course which prepares you for a wide range of careers or for further postgraduate study
Linguistics is at the crossroads between the arts and the sciences. Consequently, you will call on and develop a wide range of skills and ways of thinking – from the analytic and theoretical through to the more practical and intuitive.
There are many professions that directly or indirectly apply theoretical and practical knowledge of how language works: education, law, speech therapy, journalism, media and marketing to name but a few.
The BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics course at Bedfordshire has an excellent track record of both high-quality teaching and student satisfaction and is prominent in subject league tables (ranked 7th nationally for Linguistics, Complete University Guide 2017).