With a practical and applied focus designed to meet the needs of the 21st Century English Language specialist, this course engages with the creative media industries to give you the transferable knowledge and skills most valued by employers in today’s job market
Learn from a dedicated team of internationally recognised researchers with an excellent track record in research-led teaching and student support
A wide and exciting range of introductory and advanced modules allows you to follow your own interests in the study of English language
Language is at the centre of most human activities, including the arts, media and creative industries. With an estimated 1500 million speakers as a first, second and foreign language, English has achieved a genuine global presence.
This course focuses on the nature, acquisition, origins, and use of the English language. It explores the fundamental questions of what language is and how it relates to the other human faculties. In answering these questions, you will study English as a cultural, social and psychological phenomenon.
This course will give you the skills and specialist knowledge required to analyse the English language from different perspectives: how it is structured and acquired, how it varies across speakers and geographic regions, how it influences the way in which we communicate with others and think about the world, and how it is used in context.
You will develop hands-on experience in collecting and identifying patterns in English language data and texts, and learn to critically analyse evidence and arguments. You will also acquire key skills for employability in research methodologies, information technology, critical thinking, and written and oral communication.
This course will open up excellent opportunities for employment in a wide variety of fields, including teaching English in the UK and abroad, business and management, the civil service, human resources, speech and language therapy, library and information management, journalism, publishing, advertising, marketing, media and communications.
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The flexible structure of this course is designed to give you a thorough foundation in English language in the first year of study, and then to allow you to specialise or to study the full breadth of the subject in the second and third years. This flexibility allows you to tailor your degree to suit your developing interests and career goals.
The course covers a range of aspects of the study of language including topics specific to the description of English. You can also choose to study ‘outside’ modules in English Literature and Creative Writing, as well as a modern foreign language. This can be an excellent opportunity to develop a broad range of skills that will further enhance your employability.
If you are interested in travelling and broadening your experience, this course also offers you the opportunity to complete part of your programme of study at one of our European partner institutions under an ERASMUS European exchange.
Please note that it may not be possible to deliver the full list of options every year as this will depend on factors such as how many students choose a particular option. Exact modules may also vary in order to keep content current. When accepting your offer of a place to study on this programme, you should be aware that not all optional modules will be running each year. Your tutor will be able to advise you as to the available options on or before the start of the programme. Whilst the University tries to ensure that you are able to undertake your preferred options, it cannot guarantee this.
|GCSE||English and Maths GCSE grade C|
|UCAS tariff points||104-120 points|
|GCE A level||No specific subjects required. General Studies and AS levels are also considered.|
|BTEC National Diploma||DMM|
|BTEC Higher National Diploma||104-120 points|
|Foundation Degree||The International Foundation Year (IFY) programme is for international students who have not fully met the requirements for direct entry to UG courses. In some cases students will choose to take IFY in order to become accustomed to studying in the UK system in spite of already having the required standard for Level 4 entry. Academic subjects: Students will have the equivalent of GCSE grade C in relevant academic subjects.|
|Scottish Highers||104-120 points|
|Irish Leaving Certificate||104-120 points|
|International Baccalaureate||25 points|
|Other Qualification||Home UG candidates may be considered entry onto the course via the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme. This scheme considers factors other than traditional qualifications such as ability to study at Higher Education level and also previous experience. Appropriately experienced International UG applicants may be considered in line with the University’s APL procedure.|
|Access to HE||QAA Approved - Pass|
We welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to pursue the course successfully. Once we have received your application we will assess it and recommend it for SAES if you are an eligible candidate.
There are two different routes through the Salford Alternative Entry Scheme and applicants will be directed to the one appropriate for their course. Assessment will either be through a review of prior learning or through a formal test.
International applicants will be required to show a proficiency in English. An IELTS score of 6.0 (with no element below 5.5) is proof of this. If you need to improve your written and spoken English, you might be interested in our English language courses.
This course is ideal for anyone who is interested in the study of language in general and English in particular, and who aspires to build a career as an English language specialist.
We positively welcome applications from students who may not meet the stated entry criteria but who can demonstrate their ability to successfully pursue a programme of study in higher education.
This course is delivered through a combination of:
You will be assessed through a combination of:
Language is at the centre of most human activities, including the arts, media and creative industries. According to recent estimates, English is currently spoken as a first, second and foreign language by approximately 1,500 million people and has achieved a genuine global presence, firmly establishing itself as an international common language.
This course places strong emphasis on the development of key skills for employability, including through access to the Wordscope project and the Salford Advantage scheme. You will be able to explore further opportunities for work placements and internships linked to the training received as part of your studies.
The knowledge and skills you will gain in this course are marketable in most career areas. This course is tailored to the needs of employers and is your route to a variety of rewarding careers, including (but not limited to): teaching English in the UK (in the primary, secondary, and further education sectors) and abroad, business and management, the Civil Service, human resources, finance, and specialised areas such as counselling, speech and language therapy, library and information management, journalism, lexicography, publishing, advertising, marketing, media, PR and communications.
Careers & Employability staff work across campus throughout the year to provide students like you with access to useful resources. You can ask questions at drop-in sessions, get expert help with your CV and job applications and more.
“I chose to study English Language at university because I had really enjoyed studying it at A level. I decided to study at Salford as they had a wide range of modules available for me to study, with the added ability to combine topics from English language, literature, and linguistics.
One of the biggest advantages of studying at Salford was the close contact and support I had from both academic and professional staff. I had regular detailed feedback on my assignments, and was actively invited to discuss my work with my tutors. Most lecturers followed an open door policy, meaning that if you had a query about your work you just had to send an email and arrange to meet. Talking to my friends from other universities, it seems that this kind of support is unique to studying at Salford.
Throughout the course we were actively encouraged to think about our employability. The skills I developed enabled me to successfully gain employment on a graduate training scheme a week after graduating.
I am currently one of 16 graduates across the country on the Higher Education Graduate Training Programme. The scheme was designed to equip graduates with the skills and experience to enable effective leadership and management within the Higher Education sector, and Salford is one of only eight universities involved in the scheme - demonstrating the institution's distinctive commitment to graduate employment.
In all, I thoroughly enjoyed my three years at Salford. As a student at Salford you are encouraged to succeed and develop yourself academically and outside of your studies, and for me that is what going to university is all about.”
Jessica Clark studied English Language at the University of Salford and graduated in 2012.
This course responds to the needs of industry in developing subject expertise and transferable skills appropriate to a wide range of careers.
The English Subject Group has close associations with industry and professional bodies such as:
There are also employability-linked opportunities with a large number of primary and secondary schools, enabling vital experience for would-be teachers.
|Type of Study||Fee|
|Full-time||£9250 per year|
A range of scholarships and bursaries are available to Home/EU and International students.
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The Gateway is a stunning new building currently under construction on our main Peel Park campus. Once finished, it will be the home of the School of Arts & Media and will contain state of the art facilities including a theatre, performance and rehearsal spaces, photography and recording studios, café areas, computer suites and a roof terrace. The project is well under way and the building is due to open in early 2016.
Start Dates: September
Three years full-time
"A great course with an excellent range of modules."
- Matthew Wassell, second year student