English Language and English

Anglia Ruskin University
In Cambridge (England)

Price on request

Important information

  • Bachelor's degree
  • Cambridge (England)
  • Duration:
    3 Years

This degree will allow you to gain an in-depth understanding of the nature and mechanics of the English language. You will explore a range of issues in applied linguistics and language studies, developing your awareness and understanding of their application in a range of contexts. The course addresses issues such as the global spread and increasing diversification of the English language, looks at how language is systematically employed to shape and manipulate people's ideas and opinions, and asks how children and adults acquire English as a first and second language.

Important information

Requirements: Required subject(s): A-level English or English Language or English - Language & Literature at grade C GCSE(s) Required: English grade C We welcome applications from International and EU students. There are country-specific entry requirements.


Where and when

Starts Location
01 October 2016
Cambridge Campus, East Road, CB1 1PT, Cambridgeshire , England
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What you'll learn on the course

English Language
Communication Training

Course programme

Course overview

The combination of English Language and English offers a challenging and stimulating programme of study that seeks to enhance your understanding of a range of texts and to engage critically with some of the key issues and debates of our time. It offers you the opportunity to study in a Faculty that has a thriving and internationally recognised research culture.

Reading English allows you to study some of the most interesting and exciting books ever written. The English programme strikes a balance between the study of writers such as Shakespeare, Milton, Wordsworth, Dickens, and Woolf, and the exploration of less traditional areas like modern science fiction, children's literature and contemporary women's writing.

English Language introduces you to the nature of language and communication before progressing on to more complex areas. You will explore some of the main applications in linguistics as well as focusing on areas such as semantics, phonetics and phonology and the analysis of text and communication.


Year one core modules

  • Introduction to English Literature 1
  • Ways of Reading
  • The Nature of Language
  • Revealing English Structure 1 & 2
  • Intercultural Awareness
  • Language and Society

Year two core modules

  • Shakespeare and His Contemporaries
  • Written Texts 1 and 2 - From Principles and Patterns to Genre
  • English Phonetics and Phonology

Year three core modules

  • Undergraduate Major Project in English Language or English
  • Vocabulary and Semantics
  • Spoken Discourse 1: Patterns and Principles

Year one optional modules

  • Introduction to English Literature 2 (Recommended)
  • Introduction to Imaginative Writing
  • Introduction to Film and Cinema
  • Western Civilisation
  • Language and Criticism for Writesr
  • Writing to Entertain, Perform and Persuade
  • Language and Image
  • Anglia Language Programme

Year two optional modules

  • Romantic Conflicts
  • The Victorian Experience: Texts and Contexts
  • Poetry from Marlowe to Milton
  • Myth and Medievalism
  • Imperial and Postcolonial Writing
  • Enlightenment in England and France
  • Performance and Identity
  • History of the English Language
  • Introduction to European Cinema
  • Language, Power and Identity
  • European Cinema and Identity
  • Language Mind and Brain
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language 1 & 2
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Writing at Work
  • Theorising Popular Culture
  • Special Topic 1
  • Anglia Language Programme

Year three optional modules

  • Contemporary Fiction
  • Modern Science Fiction
  • Special Topic 3
  • Women's Writing, Gender and Sexuality
  • Genocide: Perspectives on the Holocaust
  • Writing Poetry
  • Film Art
  • Modernism and the City
  • Synoptic Course Review
  • Autobiography: Self, Narrative and Truth
  • Global English
  • Language Acquisition
  • Methods and Developments in TEFL
  • Language, Culture and Reason
  • Intercultural Competence and Graduate Mobility
  • Images and Rhetoric of Conflict
  • After the Deluge: Writing, Film, Culture and Society Since 1945
  • Anglia Language Programme


Personal Development Planning (PDP) is an integral part of assessment at Anglia Ruskin University which encourages students to reflect and evaluate personal progress in the module and the degree course, and on the skills and abilities acquired in the degree course and their value outside the domain of academic literary studies.

Assessments will be both formative (e.g. non-assessed discussions and presentations, language laboratory work, class exercises etc) and sumative (e.g. unseen examinations, in-class assessments, essays, portfolios, assessed seminar presentations, and Major Project).

Dedication: full-time.

Additional information

Career opportunities: Graduates go on to a huge variety of careers, including teaching, journalism, television, radio, the music industry, arts administration, gallery work, fundraising, personnel work, publishing, librarianship, marketing, local authority work, publicity, social work, tourism and IT-related industries. Some choose to stay on and complete an MA with us in Applied Linguistics & TESOL, Intercultural Communication, English, Creative Writing, Film Studies, or Publishing. The latter degree offers the opportunity of work experience with local publishers, including Cambridge University Press.