BA English Language with a year abroad (4 year)

2017 Clearing and Adjustment Availability

We have places available for Clearing and Adjustment applicants for 2017. For up to date information on vacancies and applying through Clearing or Adjustment, visit our dedicated 2017 Clearing and Adjustment pages.

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Course Overview

Our English Language degree scheme looks at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts.
Opportunities offered to students include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA) during year 2, subject to interview.
This degree scheme also allows students to spend a year abroad after year 2.
Together with English Literature, we are ranked 7th in the UK within the recent Research Excellence Framework exercise (REF 2014), gaining a score of 100% for the social impact of its research activities.

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

Year 1:

  • A comprehensive grounding in the principles and terminology used in the study and analysis of language, as well as an introduction to different teaching methods.

Year 2:

  • Students have the 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.  The typical cost is £1430 but TESOL students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.

Year abroad:

  • Students have the opportunity to study abroad in a number of international locations. Currently, these include universities in China, Hong Kong, USA, Canada, Australia, New Zealand, South Korea, France and Germany.

Year 3:

  • Students can undertake a research project in an area of specialism supported by current academic staff. Previous students have worked on topics including language learning aptitude, vocabulary studies, online grooming communication, evaluation of teaching materials, and many others. Students showcase their work at our annual BA conference and some students have published their work in international journals and presented at international conferences.
  • Students also have the opportunity to develop their programming skills through the development of computer-assisted language learning materials.
  • Students receive thorough training in research methods including reporting and analysis of data.

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 : Students select 60 credits from below plus 20 credits from the optional modules from outside the Department OR 80 credits from below and NO optional module choices.

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

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : You may select 20 credits from outside the department but this is not mandatory. Modules should be equally split across the teaching blocks. If you select a 10cr language module in TB2 you MUST select the corresponding 10cr module in TB1.

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
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
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-114Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Voices of Poetry
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
HUP101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ethics, Justice, and Society
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
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
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
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
MS-106Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Contemporary Welsh Society
MS-120Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Media History
MSP100RSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Public Relations: Strategic Communications
MSS106Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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
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. Please note all Language for all modules are 10 credits and must be taken as a pair.

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
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
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-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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20No-Man's Land: Literature of the Great War
EN-240Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Revolution and Romanticism
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 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Medieval Encounters
HUA207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Business & Entrepreneurship
HUP201Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Fundamental Issues in Moral and Political Philosophy
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLF140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 1
MLF141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 2
MLF150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - French 3
MLF151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - French 4
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLS140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 1
MLS140WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 1 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 2
MLS141WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ieithoedd i Bawb: Sbaeneg 2 cyfrwng Cymraeg
MLS150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 3
MLS151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Spanish 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4
MS-200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising the Media
MS-219Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Studying Digital Media
MS-235Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media Law
MSP200RSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Public Relations Theory
MSS202Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The History of Screen Animation

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
English Language Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select at least 5x20 credit modules, maximum of 6. Students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. ALE317 must be taken together with ALE318

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE305Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20First Language Acquisition
ALE306Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Second Language Acquisition
ALE308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Issues in current ELT
ALE316Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Language in the Media
EN-376Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Prehistory, History and Language
ENA300Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Research Project Preparation (Linguistics)Must be taken with ENA301
ENA301Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Research Project (Linguistics)Must be taken with ENA300
ENA302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Computer-Assisted Language Learning
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select up to 1x 20 credit module from the list below. You must select an overall total of 60 credits in each teaching block.

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-3010Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Uncanny places and cyberspaces: Gender and the fantastic
EN-3011Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Discovering old English
EN-3014Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Further Fiction Writing
EN-3019Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Thomas Hardy
EN-3027Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20William Blake: Poetry and Designs
EN-3029Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Postmodernist and Post-war Fiction
EN-3036Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20'Love, and a bit with a dog': Comedy in Renaissance England
EN-3037Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Exodus: Moses and Minority Literature
EN-3038Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20'If You Can Remember Them, You Weren't There': Literature of the 1960s
EN-3042Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Postcolonial Literature
EN-3043Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Poetry in the Twentieth Century
EN-3044Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20HEARTS IN HIDING: HARDY AND HOPKINS AS POETS OF INNOVATION AND IDIOSYNCRASY
EN-3045Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Crime Fiction since 1920
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-3048Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Professional Development: Preparing for Work
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-334Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Irish Fiction in English
EN-335Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20European Fiction and Drama 1850 - 1920
EN-339Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dylan Thomas
EN-374Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Theorising Texts: Shakespeare, Bronte, James
EN-390Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Erotics and Exotics of Romantic Orientalism
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 degree programmes look at ways of analysing language knowledge and language use across contexts and time. We look at:

•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 as well as 

•how the underlying language system works for sounds and grammar. 

 

We relate this to real world issues with crucial impacts on individuals and communities. These include the use of language to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media); the effect of dialect and accent on identity; the challenge of learning or teaching new languages.

Opportunities offered to students on our degrees include the chance to obtain an internationally recognised, professional teaching qualification (Cambridge CELTA), and the chance to spend a semester or a year studying abroad.

Entry Requirements

Our standard entry requirement is BBB or equivalent but a typical offer could be BBB-ABB (UCAS tariff points 120-168), as 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-DDM; International Baccalaureate 32-33; 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 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,300

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.