Learn how language influences and creates social change.
Three A-levels at grades CCC or above; English Language and/or Psychology A-level are helpful but not essential.
Or BTEC triple grades MMM or above.
Or Access 23-45 D/M with min 6D.
And GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.
UCAS points 96
UCAS code B621
Duration 3 years full-time or up to 6 years part-time.How to apply for this course
Communication is at the heart of everything we do as humans. Studying English language and communication delves into topics from advertising to autism, from body language to bilingualism, from creativity to cognition, from diversity to disorders, from English past to English present, from form to function and so on. This fascinating and practical degree covers the science of language and linguistics, the psychology of language and even some aspects of speech and language disorders in children and adults, to help you understand what happens and how people can be helped.
At the practical level, you’ll learn how to describe language in terms of linguistic structure, sound systems and communication theory. You will analyse what people say and the way they say it, in conversation, politics, media and advertising. If you want to learn about language, human beings and the way they interact, this degree is perfect for you!
Focus on how language can be used to change or improve people’s experiences.
Placements to give you confidence in the work environment – for example, with schools, businesses, refugees or care homes.
Includes elective and shared modules from across the university.
Varied placement opportunities.
Apply theory to real life environments.
Small class sizes.
How do people persuade and influence others using language?
How can we describe language and what does language tell us about being human?
How is language used to include and exclude people and groups?
How do we teach it and can we fix it when it goes ‘wrong’?
You will excel in careers where strong communication is crucial. You might move into teaching, counselling or language therapy or teaching English in another country. Areas such as advertising, management and publishing need good language and good communication skills, while many other graduates work freelance or are employed as proof readers, translators or technical writers. There is also a growing need for work on ‘plain English’ documentation.
“My job is exciting, fast paced and creative. I hold various responsibilities and feel trusted and valued, I create the newsletter, coordinate the PR and create marketing materials. Gaining work experience while studying is my main advice, as this also helped me to prepare for work. Marjon has so much to offer students in this area. Going to university allowed me to grow my skills and mature, I felt self-assured going into the workplace with my degree behind me.”
Harriet is now Digital Marketing Communications Executive at Healthxchange.
"What I enjoyed most about the course was the small teaching groups. It meant that you were able to ask questions easily, and discuss aspects with other people, without feeling intimidated by a large group. I also really enjoyed writing my dissertation. I loved that we were able to work on it throughout the academic year, enabling ideas to develop and improve, with the help of very supportive lecturers and tutors."
Beth is now studying PGCE Primary Education.
"My experience at Marjon included a caring, holistic learning experience, studying in a friendly, inclusive environment and the lecturers passion for linguistic study. My continuing interest in sociolinguistics led me to go on to achieve an MA in Modern English Language and I will soon be commencing PhD study.
Karen is now a PhD student at Lancaster University.
“ Your first year is spent describing language and speech and is very ‘hands on’ with many practical sessions. You also start learning about how human communication works; what the pitfalls are and how people talk in various professional environments like medicine, education and business. In your second year you build on this knowledge to learn in-depth about language in the mind, in social life and across the world. You’ll have an amazing opportunity to put those skills into practice in a work placement that you can choose for yourself, or do a project on something that really grabs you! Your third year questions might include; what are the ‘rules’ of conversation? How do children and adults learn language? How and why might language disorders occur? Why are some things people say considered rude? Why do people battle illness, say cheer up, and talk about floods of migrants?”
Fees UK students: £9,250 per annum
Fees for International students: £12,000 per annum
Includes lectures, small seminars, one to one and group tutorials and lots of practical workshops and placement opportunities.
We have a range of assessments that look at the theory of language and communication in a huge variety of social and individual contexts. Other assessments are highly practical working with the real language data, which you can collect yourself based on your interests.
Steve has taught English in Poland, Qatar and Japan. His PhD from Lancaster University was in usage-based linguistics and he is principle investigator for a project on migrants’ healthcare and ‘fitting in’ experiences. He is interested in how people do things with words.View full profile
Senior Lecturer in Speech and Language TherapyView profile
Sally is a dual trained phonetician and speech and language therapist with a clinical specialism in developmental speech disorders. She teaches clinical linguistics and phonetics, psycholinguistics and developmental speech and language disorders.
Programme leadView profile
Hazel is a chartered member and associate fellow of the British Psychological Society, and a senior fellow of the HEA. She teaches psychology, mental health and wellbeing and neuropsychology. Her research focuses on identity, student engagement and hidden disabilities.