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Undergraduate study

English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages 2019/20


Our trophy cabinet The awards we’ve won don’t just make us feel proud. They give you an idea of what the University is like.

Teaching Excellence Framework Gold Award Huddersfield is a TEF gold-rated institution delivering consistently outstanding teaching and learning of the highest quality found in the UK (Teaching Excellence Framework, 2017).

Global Teaching Excellence Award We won the first Global Teaching Excellence Award. It recognised the University’s commitment to world-class teaching and its success in developing students as independent learners and critical thinkers (HEA, 2017).

University of the Year The Times Higher Education named us as University of the Year in November 2013. They liked our “bold, imaginative and innovative initiatives.”

Queen’s Anniversary Prize The Queen’s Anniversary Prize is a big thing in UK Higher Education. We were delighted to earn one for our role in expanding global boundaries of new music.

A Four Star University QS Stars has given us four stars. That means we are “highly international, demonstrating excellence in both teaching and research with an excellent environment for students and staff.”

Athena Swan We’re serious about gender equality. We want an equal number of men and women on our science and engineering courses, for instance. Our commitment was recognised in 2015 with the Athena SWAN Bronze Award.

Find out more about our awards at hud.ac.uk/about/our-awards

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What’s inside Study with us

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Elliott Land’s student journey so far

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Hear from Dr Erica Gold on the science behind linguistics

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Welcome to English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages Are you looking to bring alive your interest in English language, linguistics or a foreign language? Within this subject area we offer a wide range of full-time and part-time courses. You’ll be taught by people who are experts in their fields, in an environment characterised by its innovation. We undertake research that is internationally recognised and apply that knowledge to the design of our courses, enabling you to study real language in its wider social context.

We hope you’ll find this guide inspiring and look forward to hearing from you if you’d like to visit our campus or discuss your interests with us. Liz Holt Subject Leader

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Are you fascinated by how language works and what people can do with it? Language is a uniquely human phenomenon with lots of intricate aspects to explore.

Study with us Huddersfield is a well-respected university with a strong research focus and offers a variety of modules in Linguistics. Elliott Land, English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons)

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Department magazine, Babel, has hundreds of subscribers around the world including Stephen Fry.

The UK’s only University where all our permanent teaching staff are Fellows of the Higher Education Academy.*

English Language and Linguistics degrees focus on language as a system and how humans use it in everyday life. From analysing conversation to examining child language acquisition, or examining forensic applications of language knowledge, our courses offer a wide range of modules. As a student with us, you will use state-of-the-art facilities like our forensic linguistics lab, our research and resource centre and our conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work. You can also get involved with our in-house popular linguistics magazine, Babel, too. You can combine your studies in English Language or Linguistics with a number of other fields through our joint courses. Choosing English Literature allows you to look deeper into the effects of language as used in poetry, novels, sagas and plays. If you choose our Creative Writing route, you’ll develop your own writing techniques and skills, crafting your work for publication. Our new courses with Politics, Sociology and Criminology allow you to examine how language is intimately connected with the formation and regulation of society, not to mention the ways in which language affects subcultures and those who live outside of society’s usual boundaries.

Whichever course you choose, you can study a modern language as part of your degree to add another dimension to your knowledge. Whether you’re a complete beginner or on your way to fluency, we can help you build up your language skills and gain understanding of different cultures, societies and economies. At Huddersfield, we make all of our courses relevant to your future career. You’ll have the opportunity to undertake a 5-week work related project in your second year as well an optional year-long placement in your third year – all the time considering the impact of language on the workplace. It’s a great way to build up your skills and CV and a helping hand towards making valuable contacts in readiness for your future career. *Permanent staff, after probation: some recently appointed colleagues will only obtain recognition in the months after their arrival in Huddersfield, once they have started teaching.

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Graduates employed from this subject

Linguistics BA(Hons)

88%* Key information: UCAS code: A514 Duration: 3 years full-time , 4 years inc. placement year, 4½-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B in any form of English

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore there are no graduate statistics available, 88% of graduates from courses in this subject area at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

Are you fascinated by how language works and what people can do with it? Language is a uniquely human phenomenon with lots of intricate aspects to explore. A Linguistics degree at Huddersfield will introduce you to the science of language and help you to understand how human beings communicate in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. Our study of language will take a systematic look at language and how humans use it in everyday life. On this course language is studied as a human behaviour from a number of viewpoints including its structure (e.g. grammar, phonetics, semantics); its function (e.g. in conversation, translation, persuasion and manipulation); its acquisition (e.g. child language acquisition, multilingualism, language teaching) and its impact or application in the world (e.g. language and power, forensic linguistics, subtitling, comedy).

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in which language is central, such as speech therapy, language teaching, forensic linguistics, speech analysis, and audio description. Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work. You can study one or more modern languages alongside your linguistics modules too if you wish.

We offer British Sign Language (BSL) classes and are an approved centre for Signature, the leading awarding body for deaf communication qualifications in the UK. If you choose to study BSL with us you also have the option to be assessed by Signature and receive a certificate on successful completion.

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this course

English Language BA(Hons)

85%* Key information: UCAS code: Q301 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Additional criteria: Evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in personal statement.

Do you want to know more about how English developed historically; what variations there are in English dialects and how it works as the world’s lingua franca? An English Language degree at Huddersfield will enable you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and help you to understand how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. Your course will take a systematic look at language and how humans use it in everyday life. You’ll be introduced to different approaches to the study of the language, including its history and structure (e.g. grammar, phonetics, semantics); its function (e.g. in conversation, translation, persuasion and manipulation); its acquisition (e.g. child language acquisition, multilingualism, language teaching) and its impact or application in the world (e.g. language and power, forensic linguistics, subtitling, comedy).

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in which language is central, such as speech therapy, language teaching, forensic linguistics, speech analysis and audio description. Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work. You can study one or more modern languages alongside your linguistics modules too if you wish.

Emma Stoker, English Language with Creative Writing BA(Hons), placement at The Tameside Reporter “The major benefit of being on placement was opening my eyes to what it would be like to have a full time job in something that has interested me. I can now definitely see myself working in the media due to this placement.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this course

100%

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Key information: UCAS code: Q302 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Additional criteria: Evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in personal statement.

English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons)

Have you enjoyed studying English Language and want to take it further? Do you wonder what Linguistics is all about and whether it’s as good as English Language? An English Language and Linguistics degree at Huddersfield will enable you to combine your interests by investigating English through the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics. As well as understanding how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts, you will learn something of how other human languages function and how similar or different they are from English. Your course will take a systematic look at English and how humans use it in everyday life. You’ll be introduced to different approaches to the study of the language, including its history and structure (e.g. grammar, phonetics, semantics); its function (e.g. in conversation, translation, persuasion and manipulation); its acquisition (e.g. child language acquisition, multilingualism, language teaching) and its impact or application in the world (e.g. language and power, forensic linguistics, subtitling, comedy).

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in which language is central, such as speech therapy, language teaching, forensic linguistics, speech analysis and audio description). Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work. You can study one or more modern languages alongside your linguistics modules too if you wish.

*Percentage of graduates from this course who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

85– 89%*

Key information: UCAS code: Q3R9 Duration: : 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Additional criteria: Evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in personal statement. Standard entry level point for your modern language is an A Level in the chosen language (e.g. French, Spanish or German). However, depending on your profile, it might be possible to start below this level as the School offers a wide range of modules. Please contact the Admissions Tutor to discuss.

English Language with a Modern Language BA(Hons)

Humour, power, relationships: none of these would be possible without language. We’ll look at linguistics in depth and give you the chance to learn the descriptive terms so you can analyse language and assess how it works. Your tutors will give you the chance to develop a range of language styles, and the tools to describe them. As your course progresses you could build up an understanding of what language is and how it really works. We’ll look at the different concepts, theories and tools of different branches of linguistics. On your course you could also build up transferable skills that will be useful in the professional environment. We aim to help you develop skills in communication, self-motivation, teamwork, analysis, creative problem-solving and persuasiveness. In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. You’ll have the chance to see how

the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied to communication in the working environment. Studying a foreign language alongside your linguistics studies will give you a unique perspective on the importance of language. You’ll study two language options from a variety of modern language modules. The modules available to you depend on your prior knowledge and experience. Options include French, German, Spanish, Japanese, Urdu and Chinese. You won’t just be learning a language that you can use elsewhere, you’ll have the chance to gain an understanding of how language shapes us and shapes cultures too. Studying a foreign language will also give you the opportunity to look at the society and cultures of the countries where the language is spoken. It could prove invaluable when you come to look for a career, as many potential employers have overseas offices and do business around the world.

Dounia Joys, English Language with a Modern Language BA(Hons), placement at Kexborough Primary School “My placement gave me an insight into how young children are prepared for school and education from a young age. It was very helpful as I chose a field of interest for my future career.” *Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from this subject

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Key information: UCAS code: Q300 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Additional criteria: Evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in personal statement.

English Language and Literature BA(Hons)

Literature has been a source of inspiration, entertainment and education for hundreds of years. We’ll look at some of the classic texts from the English Renaissance of the 16th-century right up to the present day. So whether you want to immerse yourself in Jacobean tragedy or Romantic poetry, you’ll have the chance to explore some of your favourite genres – and discover new ones too. We’ll also look at a wide range of theoretical perspectives, so you can engage with literary theory and think critically about the link between literature, society and the environment. Every text can raise cultural, ethical and political issues, and if you want to explore those then we’ll give you the chance to develop your analytical skills. For the language and linguistics elements of your course, we’ll assess how language shapes the world we live in, and how principles like humour, power and crosscultural relations are all dependent on the formation of language.

*Percentage of graduates from this subject area at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

The course is equally split between literature and linguistics, and studying both subjects together can help give you a truly rounded understanding of both disciplines. You could use the theory you learn in linguistics to bring to bear on literary texts, for instance. All the while you’ll be given the opportunity to gain transferable skills that employers are looking for, like how to assess the written word, how to read situations, putting forward an argument, and working as a team and individually. Your learning will extend beyond the classroom, as we’ll also get you out in the field to visit key locations. You could visit the nearby Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, or go to the British Library. Every year students also have the chance to attend events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival. In your second year you’ll have the chance to go on a work placement, which is designed to enhance your skills ready for employment and to help you gain useful contacts in your chosen field.

The University Languages Programme is open to all students and allows you to study a modern language outside your degree programme and receive formal recognition of your achievement. We offer a range of languages at beginner, intermediate and advanced levels including Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, French, German, Portuguese, Italian, Spanish, British Sign Language, Professional and Business English (for non-native speakers).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

85– 95%*

Key information: UCAS code: Q3WV Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications Additional criteria: Evidence of interest in language and linguistics demonstrated in personal statement.

English Language with Creative Writing BA(Hons)

On the course you’ll be taught by tutors who are actively involved in writing and getting their work published. They’re passionate about their subject, and will focus on giving you the opportunity to explore your own talents. You’ll be encouraged to develop your writing across a whole range of creative media, including theatre, film, television and radio as well as fiction and poetry. In your first year we’ll look at both English language and creative writing. Then once the year is over you’ll be able to choose how you want to specialise for the next two years of your degree.

In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. You’ll have the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied in the working environment. Recent graduates have taken placements at Pen and Sword Books, Quest Media, M-Four Translation (Manchester City Council) and various primary and secondary schools.

Your learning will extend beyond the classroom, as we’ll also get you out in the field to visit key locations. You could visit the nearby Brontë Parsonage in Haworth, or go to the British Library. Every year students also have the chance to attend events at the Huddersfield Literature Festival.

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

Gabriella Gregory graduated from English Language with Creative Writing BA(Hons) in 2016 and is now Assistant Editor at Roma Publications Ltd “Completing a placement as part of my course was the best decision I made, it put me in a really good position to secure my current role and the starting path to my whole career. I chose Huddersfield as I fell in love with the campus and the creative writing team are the best.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

88– 90%*

Key information: UCAS code: A513 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B in any form of English

Linguistics and Criminology BA(Hons)

Language is central to the way all aspects of society are conducted, including crime and the criminal justice system. This course enables you to study both. It will enable you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and help you to understand how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the major criminological concepts, theories and perspectives. You will learn how language is central to both understanding the workings of the criminal justice system and crime. So, for example, the module in forensic linguistics brings together both fields to understand how analysing linguistic evidence (e.g. recordings of interactions) can be used in solving crime.

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you with particular relevance to the criminal justice system. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3.The kinds of careers that relate most closely to this course lie in the police and criminal justice system as well as in forensic linguistics and speech analysis. Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work.

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore there are no graduate statistics available, 88-90% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

88– 90%*

Key information: UCAS code: A524 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B in any form of English

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore there are no graduate statistics available, 88-90% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

English Language and Politics BA(Hons)

Language is central to the way all aspects of society are conducted, including politics and political systems and debates around the world. This course enables you to study both. It will enable you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and help you to understand how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the major political and historical perspectives which underlie current debates on the nature, structure and content of politics and in various contexts. You will learn how language is central to politics and political systems at home and abroad. So, for example, the third year module ‘The Language of Power’ brings together both fields to investigate the way political ideologies are created and communicated.

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you and to understand how it contributes to the political system. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in politics and the public sector (e.g. local government and councils). Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work.

Viktoria Gamolova, Final year English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons) student “Taking this course is one of the best decisions I have ever made! The modules are interesting, the lecturers are inspiring and supportive, and the overall experience is definitely worth it. I love that every year gives you more choice on what you want to study, allowing you to shape the course in a way that suits you.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

88– 90%*

Key information: UCAS code: A523 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year, 41/2-6 years part-time Entry requirements: ABB at A Level including a minimum grade B in any form of English DDM at BTEC 128 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B in any form of English

English Language and Sociology BA(Hons)

Language is central to the creation and maintenance of society in terms of the interactions and communications through which beliefs, structures and patterns of behaviour are passed on. This course enables you to study both Sociology and English Language. It will enable you to investigate language using some of the techniques and frameworks of modern linguistics and help you to understand how English functions in so many diverse ways and in different contexts. You will also develop a thorough understanding of the major sociological perspectives which underlie debates about the structure and functioning of past and present society, and will examine the practical and analytic implications of sociological theory and research in a variety of contexts.

The course aims to equip you for the real world by educating you to understand, analyse and critique the communication going on around you and to understand how it contributes to society as a whole. In your second year, you’ll have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, as part of the ‘Language in the Workplace’ module and an optional year-long placement in Year 3. These skills are relevant to most modern careers, but can be closely linked to a wide range of careers in the public sector (e.g. local government), charity and campaigning organisations and a broad range of service industries. Our facilities are world-class and include a forensic linguistics laboratory, our research and resource centre and conference labs. They’re all fully equipped with the tools needed for specialist linguistics work.

*Whilst this is a new course and therefore there are no graduate statistics available, 88-90% of graduates from courses in these subject areas at Huddersfield go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

85– 95%*

Key information: UCAS code: VQ31 Duration: 3 years full-time, 4 years inc. placement year Entry requirements: BBB at A Level including a minimum grade B in History or English Language DDM at BTEC 120 UCAS points from a combination of level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in History or English Language.

History and English Language BA(Hons)

For the History side of the course, we’ll give you the chance to shape your studies to your interests. Our modules are historically and geographically diverse, so you can pick the periods and places that fascinate you the most. You’ll be able to engage with a range of approaches to history, and work with primary source materials too. While you’re here you could build up some very useful and transferable skills: to analyse and communicate; to put together a convincing argument; to gain the self-discipline to work on your own; and to work with others to assess challenges and solve them. You could build up the skills that employers are looking for. In your English Language studies, you’ll be introduced to the basic concepts and theory of different branches of linguistics, like phonetics and morphology. We’ll also encourage you to study the role of language in society and how it helps humans understand things. How we acquire it, the way it changes, and the way it forms an array of ways to communicate.

We’ll carry out conversation analysis, sociolinguistics and stylistics to get under the surface of the spoken or written word and understand more about what’s really going on. In each year of your course you’ll be able to choose option modules to focus on topics that interest you. In your second year you’ll also have the chance to go on a work placement, which is designed to enhance your skills ready for employment and to help you gain useful contacts in your chosen field. We also offer innovative assessments for both subjects in your course, so you could find yourself analysing children’s speech development, making a podcast on 1970s culture or creating a visitor trail for a national museum. By taking a creative approach, we give you the chance to develop your skills and look at your subjects in a new and inspiring way.

Katie Langan, History BA(Hons), placement at Royal Armouries Museum *Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2015/16).

“This role was a vital step in my career plan of moving into the heritage industry, this type of ground-level experience is essential for later heritage management jobs. I now have experience in museum education, handling sessions, leading tours, leadership skills and management skills, as well as it being a valuable networking opportunity.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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Graduates employed from these subjects

85– 89%*

Key information: UCAS code: W401 Duration: 3 years full-time Entry requirements: BBB at A Level including minimum grade B in two relevant subjects, preferably Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English DM at BTEC in Performing Arts or related subject and a minimum grade B at A Level in English 120 UCAS points from a combination of Level 3 qualifications including a minimum grade B at A Level in two related subjects, preferably in Drama, Theatre or Performance Studies and English Additional criteria: Applicants will be invited to attend a selection day workshop by way of audition. Some applicants may also be invited to interview. You must show evidence of practical and theoretical interest in drama.

Drama and English Language BA(Hons)

On the course we’ll give you the chance to gain a deep understanding of contemporary approaches to drama, alongside English Language. You’ll have the opportunity to work with internationally renowned theatre companies. Recent partners have included Slung Low, IOU Productions and Northern Broadsides. Professor Sir Patrick Stewart, John Britton, Andrew Morrish and Nicolás Núñez have all visited the department and worked with our students. We want to help you draw on your own creativity to produce intelligent, thoughtful and innovative work. We’ll encourage you to develop principles and approaches that could carry you through your chosen career and help you reach your full potential.

On the English language side of the course, we’ll cover a broad range of topics in English language and linguistics, all with the aim of furthering your understanding and helping you gain useful and transferable skills. We’ll look at literary and linguistic approaches to texts and interaction to help you build your analytical and interpretive abilities. In your second year, you’ll also have the opportunity to take a placement for 5-weeks, looking at ‘Language in the Workplace.’ You’ll have the chance to see how the language skills you’ve learnt on the course can be applied to communication in the working environment.

Fjona Shala graduated from Drama and English Language BA(Hons) in 2016

*Percentage of graduates from these subject areas at Huddersfield who go on to work and/or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers Survey 2014/15 and 2015/16 aggregated).

“My degree has prepared me for the world of work extremely well. The modules that were covered throughout the course have taught me key language techniques as well as essential life skills. At Huddersfield, staff and students work as a team to ensure you get the best result. The teaching styles are amazing. If you want to question a theory the lecturers are more than open to you doing so and they encourage you to question your learning and sculpt your own degree.”

For detailed course and employability information, including full entry requirements, please visit courses.hud.ac.uk

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The Oastler Building Providing state-of-the-art language and linguistics facilities including experimental laboratory, linguistics laboratory and language laboratories equipped with international multimedia viewing and recording facilities. The Language Research Centre is integrated with four high quality sound booths with two way glass finish for students to carry out audio and video recordings, interpreting, video conferencing, aural and data analysis work. The Forensic Laboratory features ultrasound technology facilities with automatic speaker recognition software specifically designed for phoneticians to carry out forensic speaker comparisons.

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My student journey so far

Elliott Land

English Language and Linguistics BA(Hons) Elliott has always been interested in speech and communication. “I find it fascinating that several intricate movements of the mouth can be involved in the production of just one, single word, let alone a sentence” he comments. Elliott decided to study English Language and Linguistics to open the door to further study and a career in Linguistics. “I aspire to study and work within the field of Forensic Phonetics which applies the study of speech to a forensic setting, involving tasks such as speaker comparison of, for example, a criminal and suspect, to provide evidence in legal cases.”

Lecturers are not only extremely knowledgeable, they are also very approachable, friendly and always provide timely and informative feedback.

“I knew Huddersfield was the right place for me when I came to an Open Day. It is a well-respected university with a strong research focus and offers a variety of modules in Linguistics.” Elliott’s favourite module, Phonetics and Phonology, involves analysing the production of speech sounds. Specialist acoustic software allows Elliott to maximise his skills in this area. He makes use of specialist software in other modules too, such as Corpus Linguistics which involves the computerised study of large sets of language data. He also values the expertise of his lecturers who are all specialists in their fields. “Not only are they extremely knowledgeable, they are also very approachable, friendly and always provide timely and informative feedback.” Elliott will be taking a work experience placement in a school as part of his second year of study. He explains, “As part of the placement I will be studying how people use language to communicate. I will be collecting data and producing a report and presentation of my findings.”

To hear Elliott talk about his student journey visit hud.ac/profiles

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Meet our staff

The science behind linguistics

Dr Erica Gold

Senior Lecturer, Forensic Speech Science “I was born and raised in sunny southern California”, explains Erica Gold, Senior Lecturer in Forensic Linguistics. “When I was younger, I wanted to be a range of things from an astronaut to a foreign language analyst. But the thing I always said I wanted to do was have a positive impact on society. Now that I am a lecturer, I would like to think that my younger self would be very pleased. I am able to contribute to society through my research and through the students that I teach.”

We offer a degree that really emphasises the applicability of linguistic research to the real world.

After studying in San Diego, Erica then came to the UK to do a Master’s degree. “My area of expertise is in forensic speech science and phonetics. After completing my PhD, I applied for my current position as a senior lecturer, and haven’t looked back since. “The aspect I enjoy most about teaching in my subject area is introducing students to more technical elements of linguistics. Students are often surprised by the level of science that is actually involved in phonetics, so I enjoy introducing the discipline at an accessible level and making students more interested in the topic. “Huddersfield is an amazing place to come and study English Language and Linguistics. We have newly developed facilities, a cohesive group of lecturers, and offer a degree that really emphasises the applicability of linguistic research to the real world.”

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We hope you’ve found all the information you need to inspire you to become a student here at Huddersfield. Now all you need to do is apply.

Apply to us UCAS If this is your first (undergraduate) degree and you want to study a full-time course, then you’ll apply via UCAS at ucas.com If you’re at a college or school right now, it’s probably already registered with UCAS. The best thing to do is ask your teacher or careers adviser to help with your application. Once you’ve applied we’ll keep in touch with you throughout the application process, so you’re up to speed with what’s going on.

When to apply If you want to start your course in September 2019, you can apply to UCAS any time from 1 September 2018 onwards. Please make sure UCAS receives your application by 15 January 2019. Our course codes You have to enter the code for the course you want to study on your application form. You can find our course codes on each of the course pages in this brochure, or on the UCAS website. By the way, the institution code for Huddersfield is HUDDS H60.

Contact us Got a question? Get in touch with us. Tel. +44 (0)1484 472606 Email. linguistics@hud.ac.uk @Huddlinguistics HuddersfieldUniversityLinguistics ModernLanguages

Important Information This brochure is provided for information only and will not form part of your student contract. For full, up to date details on our courses, including when and how that information may change, visit our website at www.courses.hud.ac.uk

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English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages 2019/20 Undergraduate Guide  

Everything you need to know about undergraduate English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield (2019/2...

English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages 2019/20 Undergraduate Guide  

Everything you need to know about undergraduate English Language, Linguistics and Modern Languages at the University of Huddersfield (2019/2...