BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics

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Introduction

Discover how language shapes people’s ideas, attitudes and identities, and become an expert communicator in a global language by studying for our English Language and Linguistics degree in Cambridge.

A day in the life of BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics student Natalie

English Language and Linguistics at ARU

"The lecturers have given me access to volunteering and work opportunities."

Join a course that's been ranked 1st in the UK for Teaching on my course, Learning Community and Academic Support (Source: Subject ranking for English language, NSS 2021).

By exploring the structure, development and social context of the English language in the UK and beyond, you’ll dig beneath the surface of everyday language to discover the physical and abstract mechanics that allow us to communicate . You’ll study topics such as syntax, semantics and phonology, and the similarities and differences between English and other languages.

You’ll also develop research and communication skills that are highly valued in the job market, and can tailor your degree to your particular career goals by choosing from our wide range of optional modules, taking an optional placement year, spending a semester abroad, learning a foreign language, or studying for the internationally recognised CELTA (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)* qualification alongside your degree.

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Join our student community and:

  • benefit from award-winning learning facilities, including extensive library and IT resources
  • learn from expert staff who will guide your research interests and career development
  • access support, should you need it, with study skills, careers advice, health and wellbeing, and more
  • study on a course that's been ranked 1st in the UK for Teaching on my course, Learning Community and Academic Support (Source: Subject ranking for English language, NSS 2021).

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Careers

Our BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics can help you to achieve a career in an area directly related to language and linguistics, such as speech therapy or teaching. It can also help you find work in any area that requires good linguistic and analytic skills, such as public relations, marketing and other areas of communication.

We work with employers to make sure you graduate with the knowledge, skills and abilities they need. They help us review what we teach and how we teach it – and they offer hands-on, practical opportunities to learn through work-based projects, internships or placements.

Or you could continue your studies, to develop your specialisms or launch a career in research, on our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL or MA Intercultural Communication. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.

Laura Collins

"If I could highlight one great thing about my first month at ARU, it would be my lecturers. They are so passionate about language and so knowledgeable that it makes it an enjoyable and rewarding experience to learn linguistics from them."

Laura Collins

BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics student

Laura's story

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Placement year available

You have the option to take a placement year as part of this course. It’s a great chance to get hands-on experience in the industry you want to work in.

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