BA English Language and Media 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 and Media degree with a Year Abroad and explore creative media practice, radio and video production, digital and social media, journalism, public relations including strategy, branding and marketing, media theory, media law and film. 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. Spend a year abroad to enhance your study 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 and Media degree with a Year Abroad?

  • Media is ranked 8th in the National Student Survey (NSS) 2017 and 11th in the Guardian University Guide 2018.  English is ranked 7th in the UK for research (REF 2014) and in the Top-15 for graduate prospects (Time and Sunday Times 2018)
  • You will be taught by industry professionals and academic lecturers
  • You will have a work placement to enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • 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
  • You will study and live abroad in the third year of your degree. A great experience that will enhance your student experience and career prospects
  • You will have an academic mentor who will provide you with pastoral and academic support
  • Guest Speakers will offer workshops and seminars as part of our programme
  • 96% of Graduates are employed or in further study within 6 months after graduating (DLHE 2015)
  • Our English Language and Media Graduates are truly international and are employed not just in the UK but all around the world. They have careers in journalism, media, business, public relations and marketing, digital marketing, broadcasting, TV and radio and publishing. 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
MS-100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Introduction to Media Communication
Optional Modules
English Language - Compulsory Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select one 20 credit module from the list below

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

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, and depending on the country, have the opportunity to learn different languages

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 Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 3 x 20cr modules. Over all, students must select 60 credits in each teaching block. Joint honours students wishing to take a dissertation / research project in English Language must seek permission of the Programme Director prior to selection. Joint honours students are not permitted to take a dissertation / research project in both joint honours subjects. 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
Media & Communication - Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select three 20 credit modules across both teaching blocks. These should balance with your other modules 60 credits per teaching block. If you choose MS-311 (Dissertation) you MUST also choose MS-310 (Dissertation Preparation). You can only choose a dissertation in ONE of your joint honours subjects. You MUST NOT choose MS-323 (Video Production) and MS-327 (Radio Production). You may only choose ONE of these modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
EN-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Writing for Radio and Screen
EN-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Further Creative Non Fiction
HUA308Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Real War, Imagined War: War in Literature, Art, Cinema and Music
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
MLF305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema
MS-302Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Media, Gender and Sexuality
MS-306Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Digital Futures
MS-307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Practical Web Technologies
MS-309Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Online Journalism
MS-310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Dissertation Preparation
MS-311Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Dissertation
MS-323Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Video Production
MS-327Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Radio Production
MS-332Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Drama and Documentary on Screen
MS-336Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Mediating the 21st Century
MSS312Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Media & Communication Internship

Description

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

The degree structure is flexible, offering a wide-range of specialist modules. You have the option choosing pathways in creative media practice, professional writing and journalism, film studies, public relations, media theory and optional creative writing module. You will study how language is used in everyday communication including in different contexts, how to persuade and mislead (particularly in social media) and how language has developed over time.

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 £14,450

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.

The typical cost for a CELTA qualification is £1430 but English Language degree scheme students only pay the exam fee, currently £140.

Student Quotes

"The year spent studying Media in Swansea University is my best study experience ever in my life. It helped to lay the foundation of my career that I have now. I work for China Central Television 6 World Film Report programme as a reporter and international producer. I travel around the world to cover film festivals and interview film producers, directors, actors and actors from different countries. I’m always grateful to my teachers in Swansea who introduced me to the world of Journalism and Media studies. The knowledge and experience I gained in Swansea is crucial to my career now."

Dan Mu


"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


"I enjoyed studying English at Swansea University because of everything that it offered me. Every module offered a different insight. The lecturers were friendly, encouraging and most importantly, able to make their modules interesting and enjoyable."

Hannah Marie Prosser

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

92.3 per cent* of Media, Communication and Public Relations Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University are in work and/or further study six months after graduation.

We know from experience that you should engage with potential employers throughout your time studying BA Cyfryngau a Chysylltiadau Cyhoeddus (Media and Public Relations) at Swansea University, and our contacts within the industry across Wales and Britain mean that you have the opportunity to meet and discuss your future with some of the UK's leading public relations producers, directors and practitioners.

You'll also come face to face with potential employers in several modules within the Department of Media and Public Relations. This could be in delivering a communications strategy in a competitive pitch to a company director or as you proceed to conduct interviews whilst creating market research or whilst visiting some of Wales’ busiest translation units.

In addition, we offer a work experience module (Module No AHT200). On this module you will spend 10 days work experience with an organisation, charity, business or government organisation in Wales. Ideally you will attend the placement for a day a week throughout the term in order to develop employability skills and a comprehensive understanding of the world of work.

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