(BA) Bachelor of Arts
English Language with Media Communication (Including Year Abroad)
University of Essex
University of Essex
Language and Linguistics
GCSEs: Linguistics with Data Science requires GCSE Maths grade C/4
IB: 32 points or three Higher Level certificates with 655 (Linguistics with Data Science also requires Standard Level Mathematics grade 4). We will accept grade 4 in either Standard Level Mathematics: Analysis and Approaches or Standard Level Mathematics: Applications and Interpretation.
We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programme Courses (formerly certificates) at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for.
We can also consider combinations with BTECs or other qualifications in the Career-related programme – the acceptability of BTECs and other qualifications depends on the subject studied, advice on acceptability can be provided. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
Access to HE Diploma:15 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 30 level 3 credits at Merit, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
T-levels: Distinction, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.
What if I don’t achieve the grades I hoped?
If your final grades are not as high as you had hoped, the good news is you may still be able to secure a place with us on a course which includes a foundation year. Visit our undergraduate application information page for more details.
What if I have a non-traditional academic background?
Don’t worry. To gain a deeper knowledge of your course suitability, we will look at your educational and employment history, together with your personal statement and reference.
You may be considered for entry into Year 1 of your chosen course. Alternatively, some UK and EU applicants may be considered for Essex Pathways, an additional year of study (known as a foundation year/year 0) helping students gain the necessary skills and knowledge in order to succeed on their chosen course. You can find a list of Essex Pathways courses and entry requirements here
If you are a mature student, further information is here
IELTS (International English Language Testing System) code
English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. Different requirements apply for second year entry, and specified component grades are also required for applicants who require a visa to study in the UK.
Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications
If you are an international student requiring a visa to study in the UK please see our immigration webpages for the latest Home Office guidance on English language qualifications.
If you do not meet our IELTS requirements then you may be able to complete a pre-sessional English pathway that enables you to start your course without retaking IELTS.
If you’re an international student, but do not meet the English language or academic requirements for direct admission to this degree, you could prepare and gain entry through a pathway course. Find out more about opportunities available to you at the University of Essex International College here.
Rules of assessment
Rules of assessment are the rules, principles and frameworks which the University uses to calculate your course progression and final results.
External Examiners provide an independent overview of our courses, offering their expertise and help towards our continual improvement of course content, teaching, learning, and assessment.
External Examiners are normally academics from other higher education institutions, but may be from the industry, business or the profession as appropriate for the course.
They comment on how well courses align with national standards, and on how well the teaching, learning and assessment methods allow students to develop and demonstrate the relevant knowledge and skills needed to achieve their awards.
External Examiners who are responsible for awards are key members of Boards of Examiners. These boards make decisions about student progression within their course and about whether students can receive their final award.
- Introduce students to contemporary linguistic approaches to the study of language.
- Develop students' knowledge and understanding of the linguistic structure of English.
- Develop students’ knowledge of the communicative functions and varieties of English.
- Develop students' knowledge and understanding of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, evaluation criteria, methods and materials used in relevant English Language work.
- Develop students’ ability to apply knowledge and methodological approaches from Linguistics, Government, Literature, Marketing, and Sociology to the interpretation of media texts.
- Develop students’ knowledge of how the media are used for literary, political, or business purposes, depending on the optional modules taken.
- Equip students with a range of transferable cognitive, practical and key skills, and a foundation for further study, employment and lifelong learning.
Learning outcomes and learning, teaching and assessment methods
On successful completion of the programme a graduate should demonstrate knowledge and skills as follows:
A: Knowledge and understanding
A1: Developing an understanding of contemporary work on linguistic structure and other aspects of English
A2: Developing systematic knowledge of key concepts, issues, ideas, theories, styles of argumentation, methods used in English Language research
A3: Learning about the communicative functions and varieties of English
A4: Understanding of how the English language is used in the media
A5: Understanding how the media are used for literary purposes
A6: Understanding how the media are used for political purposes
A7: Understanding how the media are used for business purposes
A8: Understanding of the different roles that the media play in cultural life and society
A9: Understanding of research methods, techniques and data analysis in English Language through specialised study in the final year in areas students have identified as being of particular interest
A1-A4 are developed in LG modules through lectures, seminars and classes.
A5 is developed in LT courses through lectures, classes and continuously assessed coursework (with regular feedback, both oral and written, from tutors).
A6 is developed in GV modules through lectures, classes and seminars.
A7 is developed in BE modules through lectures, seminars and classes.
A8 is developed in SC modules through lectures, seminars and classes.
A9 is developed through the LG project (LG831), where students benefit from supervision during all stages of project preparation.
Note: Given that only LG and SC modules are compulsory, learning methods A5, A6 and A7 will not apply to students who will not take LT, GV or BE modules as options.
A1-A7 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.
B: Intellectual and cognitive skills
B1: Summarise and synthesise information from a range of sources (lectures/seminars/classes, journals, books, internet etc.)
B2: Compare competing theories and explanations
B3: Develop a reasoned argument
B4: Assemble, evaluate and interpret evidence
Skills B1-B4 are developed in all modules in this programme.
Learning methods are lectures which will involve group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class, and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in academic support hours and via email.
Outcomes B1 to B4 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.
C: Practical skills
C1: Retrieve relevant information using bibliographic and web searches
C2: Summarise, report and evaluate arguments, texts and findings
C3: Design, conduct and write up a small-scale piece of research
Skills C1-C2 are developed in all modules in this programme.
Skill C3 is mainly developed in modules LG222 (‘Language in the Media’) and LG831 (‘Project: Linguistics’). Earlier LG modules provide the conceptual and research-methods knowledge necessary to conduct these projects.
Learning methods are lectures and seminars which will involve group discussion of topical themes and analysis of authentic (textual, or video, or film, or aural) materials in class, and staff advice, feedback and interaction with students in academic support hours and via email.
Outcomes C1 and C2 are judged and evaluated in every piece of assessed work that the student has to do as part of this programme.
Outcome C3 is judged and evaluated in module ‘Language in the Media’ and LG831 (‘Project: Linguistics’).
D: Key skills
D1: Verbal and written communication skills
D2: Use of widely used as well as specialised software; familiarity with internet searches; familiarity with online media software
D3: Statistical data analysis
D4: Problem solving
D5: Working with others
D6: Improving own learning and performance
Verbal communication skills (D1) are developed through group tasks involving oral presentation, group discussion, and engaging in organised debates in the seminars.
Written communication skills (D1) are developed primarily through essays.
D2 is developed via students’ introduction to and use of both widely used (e.g., Word, Excel) and specialised (e.g., SPSS) software as well as internet searches and use of online media (e.g., Twitter) to access content discussed in their courses.
D3 is developed via the statistical data analyses involved in some of the projects students will conduct.
D4 are developed principally through specific problem based exercises and projects given to the students.
D5 is developed in student group projects and presentations as well as group work in seminars.
D6 is developed through the use of formative feedback on seminar activities and coursework as well and thanks to receiving advice from instructors.
All skills (D1-D6) are formally assessed via coursework assignments.