BA English Language with a Year Abroad

2018 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We expect to have a limited number of places available for Late, Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2018 on a range of programmes.  Entry requirements might vary from those shown below.  For information on vacancies and applying late or through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2018 Clearing and Adjustment pages

Course Overview

Study an English Language degree with a Year Abroad and explore how language works and how societies communicate. You will look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts. In the second year you will have the opportunity to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) to enhance your career prospects. Study a year abroad in the USA or Europe to enhance your student experience and career prospects. Come and join us!

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

Why study an English Language degree with a Year Abroad?

  • Ranked 7th in the UK for research (REF 2014)
  • Ranked in the Top-15 for graduate prospects (Time and Sunday Times 2018)
  • Year 1 provides you with a grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language, as well as an introduction to different teaching methods
  • In year 2, you have option of taking the internationally recognised Cambridge Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA), a professional qualification for teachers of English as a foreign language. Places are limited, subject to academic progression and students will have to undertake an interview process similar to PGCE interview.  You will only pay the exam fee, currently £140
  • In year 3, you can study a year abroad in Europe or the USA to enhance your student experience and career prospects. 
  • In year 4, you can undertake an independent research project in an area of specialism supported by academic staff. Some of our students’ work is showcased at our annual conference and. students have published their work in international journals and presented at international conferences
  • You can learn how to use technology to create your own materials through computer-assisted language learning materials and receive training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data
  • Our English Language Graduates have careers in education, teaching English as a foreign language, business, journalism, media and public relations, law and Speech and Language Therapy
  • Salary scale - £20,000-£42,000

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules
Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule Name
ALE100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Grammar and Meaning
ALE114Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20The Sounds of English
Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least three 20 credit modules. You may choose four modules if you do not wish to take a module from outside the Department (see below). Modules should be split equally across the teaching blocks

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE108Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language Teaching Methodology
ALE115Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language of Everyday Life
ALE116Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the English Language
ALE120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying the English Language
AND
Optional Modules Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select up to 20 credits from outside the Department but you do not have to do so. Modules should be split equally between teaching blocks. The Language modules are 10 credits each and must be taken as a pair

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to American Literature and Culture
CLC103Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Ancient Philosophy and Rhetoric
CLG101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Greek Language I
CLL101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Beginning Latin Language I
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
EN-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Monsters, Theories, Transformations
EN-112Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Approaches to Gender in English Literature
EN-113Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Literature and Society in Medieval Europe.
EN-117Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Creative Writing: Fiction Genres
EN-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Creative Writing: Styles of Fiction
EN-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Stage Play World
EN-120Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20English Essentials
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MS-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Media History
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hollywood: A History of American Film
PO-100Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20How Politics and IR count
PO-118Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20War and Peace in the Nuclear Age
PO-119Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Politics and the People
PO-125Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20What is Politics and International Relations?

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least five, a maximum of six 20 credit modules from the list below. Modules should be equally split across the teaching blocks. ALE204 and ALE225 are subject to interview prior to module selection. You CANNOT choose both ALE204 and ALE225. Your CANNOT choose ALE200 if you have chosen either ALE204 or ALE225.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ALE202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sociolinguistics
ALE204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) A
ALE211Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Psycholinguistics
ALE218Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discourse Analysis
ALE224Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Vocabulary Studies
ALE225Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Practice (CELTA) B
ALE250Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
EN-260Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Dialect
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select up to 20 credits from outside the Department but you do not have to do so. Modules should be split equally across the teaching blocks.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Race and Ethnicity: American Perspectives
AM-215Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20American Word/American Image
AM-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ghettos, Streets, Suburbs: Cultural Representations of the American City, 1890 - present
EN-204Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Creative Non-Fiction
EN-206Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Debating Texts: Theory in Literature
EN-207Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution of the Word: Modernism
EN-226Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Conflict and the Gothic in the long nineteenth century
EN-232Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Poetry
EN-234Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Writing Fiction
EN-236Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Writing Drama
EN-237Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Exploring the Bloody Chamber: Medieval to Postmodern
EN-239Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-241Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fragments of Union: The Cultural Making and Breaking of Britain
EN-242Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Contentious Shakespeare
EN-266Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Medieval Encounters
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUP202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Founders of Modern Philosophy: Descartes to Kant
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-235Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media Law
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students will have the opportunity to study abroad at one of our partner institutions and to experience different cultures. Depending on the country, students may also have the opportunity to learn another language.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Study Abroad (Applied Liguistics)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Language- Compulsory Modules Selective  

Choose Minimum Of 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select at least five 20 credit modules, and maximum of six 20 credit modules. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. . If ALE318 is selected in TB2, then ALE317 must also be selected in TB1. ALE317 does not have to be taken with ALE318.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Language in the Media
ALE317Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Project Preparation (Linguistics)
ALE318Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)
ALE319Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
EN-376Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select one 20 credit module from outside the Department but you do not have to do so. Modules should be split equally across the teaching blocks.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
AM-316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary American Fiction
AM-333Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20African American Literature 1910-1940: The Harlem Renaissance
EN-3011Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Discovering Old English
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3040Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Welsh Gothic / Gothic Wales
EN-3042Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3046Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Stuff: Victorian Literature and Material Culture
EN-3047Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Other Tongues: Multilingualism in English Language Literature
EN-3051Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Madness, Malady and Melancholia: Literature and Medicine from Genesis to Genomes
EN-3052Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sex and Death: Jacobean Drama
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
EN-314Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Chaucer
EN-319Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Poetry Writing
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-394Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Reading/Writing Trauma
EN-398Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Masculine and Monstrous in the Middle Ages
HUP301Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Religion, Science, and Superstition
HUP304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Philosophy and the Social Sciences
ML-322Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MSP300RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Strategy, Marketing and Branding

Description

Our English Language course with a Year Abroad offers...

You will study:

  • how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts
  • how language has developed over time
  • how we learn our first language and subsequent languages
  • how language operates in bilingual contexts
  • how we produce and understand language in real time 
  • how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar
  • how to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media)
  • the effect of dialect and accent on identity 
  • the challenge of learning or teaching new languages

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including BTEC Diploma DMM; International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,700

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quotes

“I am currently on the HR Graduate scheme at Tata Steel, Port Talbot works, having joined in September 2015. Prior to this, I taught English in China for a year and worked as a 1:1 English tutor at a local school in the UK.

Beyond the technical elements of my degree, I feel that my studies at Swansea University developed a broad range of valuable workplace skills, including presenting, time management and data analysis. These skills have undoubtedly supported me in applying for, and becoming successful in, a number of roles following graduation.”

Adam Day, BA English Language


"Every lecturer is very approachable and helpful. You can just go to their office hours and ask for help if you’re stuck on an assignment and they will do everything they can to help you. They’re also very knowledgeable and passionate about their subjects, which in turn inspires and motivates students."

Anina Kinzel, BA English Language


"My undergraduate degree at Swansea University has been extremely beneficial to me in gaining a place on a Speech and Language Therapy course. Several modules that I studied are very similar to the modules that I will be studying in September and so it will give me a great advantage. I also believe that having a degree in English Language has contributed to me gaining a place on the SLT course as places are very limited and competitive."

Samantha Thomas, BA English Language


 

Research

The Department of Applied Linguistics has a strong research profile in a number of specialist areas. These include vocabulary studies, second language acquisition, discourse analysis, corpus linguistics, pragmatics and language teaching pedagogy. These are reflected in many of the modules offered in this degree scheme

We have recently invested in an Applied Linguistics research lab, including an eye-tracker and reaction time software. Students will have the opportunity to use these facilities during their dissertations, depending on topic chosen.

Our staff are members of the The Language Research Centre (LRC)a global hub for single, inter- and multi- disciplinary empirical research into language data and processes. It draws together academics and postgraduate researchers from across Swansea University and connects their activities with those of the Centre’s global network of Associate Members and distance learning doctoral students. 

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

97.4 per cent* of English Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. English at Swansea is ranked 2nd for graduate prospects in The Guardian Good University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in English will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, social media, and project administration, working for companies such as:

  • Jobs Growth Wales
  • BUSINESS WIRE UK
  • Cardiff Council

A significant number of our graduates choose to teach abroad using their TESOL and CELTA qualifications. 

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA TESOL;
  • PGCEs in Primary and Secondary education;
  • Speech and Language Therapy courses;
  • MA Communication, Media Practice and Public Relations;
  • MA by Research.

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of English. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

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