Faculty of Arts, Cultures and Education

English Language, Linguistics and Cultures

UndergraduateBA (Hons)

Year of entry:
UCAS code: QQ31

What you'll study

First year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Introduction to Language Awareness

    This module has been designed as an introductory overview and analysis of the core features of English language. You will be exposed to a variety of structures and systems of the English language and you'll de-construct and evaluate their nature and form.

  • Skills for Communicating Cultures

    Develop awareness of the cultural influences affecting your use of language to become a better communicator in an increasingly globalised world. You'll explore the subject through your own language knowledge and through engagement in other languages being studied and taught across the school.

  • Language, Power and Society

    Develop your ability to closely analyse texts using the techniques and methods of critical discourse analysis. Learn how to systematically identify the ways that ideology, inequality and social injustice are excused, perpetuated, made less obvious, and how they are resisted.

  • English Language in its Global Context

    Examine the complex social and political processes involved in the establishment and ongoing development of the English language. This module provides an insightful awareness to the dynamic roles, status and variation in this global common language from a worldwide perspective.

  • Ideas and Identity: The Construction of National Identity

    Discover new and innovative ways of thinking about the national and cultural identities that are central to the language(s) you will be studying during your degree. You will learn about important cultural narratives and identity politics, by focusing on topics and texts in your chosen language(s) of study: French, Spanish, English, Italian, German and Chinese.

Optional modules

  • America: in Theory

    ‘America in Theory’ provides an overview of critical theories that can enhance your understanding of culture, history, and society, and offers the means to apply these ideas through discussion of case studies. For example, we explore feminist readings of American television programmes, and use critical race theories to examine Gangsta Rap.

  • American Revolutionary Readings

    You'll study some of the greatest works of American literature from the founding of the nation to the start of the 20th century. You'll examine these in the context of religion, folklore, women's rights, slavery and the birth of the modern city – producing new perspectives on classic novels and short stories.

  • Global Histories: the Non-Western World, 1500–Present

    Our histories are Euro-centric: they interpret events from a western perspective. But even though Europe became the world's primary arbiter between the 18th and 20th centuries, history is poly-centric – with many hubs of civilization, culture, trade and influence. This module presents a more balanced view of the world after 1492, when it's possible for the first time to speak of a true global history.

  • The Philosophy of Contemporary Thought and Culture

    This module introduces and explores philosophical questions and influences in their cultural setting; for example, in music, photography, art, film, digital media and entertainment, politics, and contemporary commentary.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Second year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Presenting and Representing the Past

    Can you trust History and historical facts? Is one person’s truth another person’s lie? In this module, you will compare the way the past has been presented and used by rulers, novelists, film-makers, and artists in a variety of cultures and languages.You'll explore further, the notions of memory, authenticity and changes within History and cultures.

  • Contemporary Cities: Migration, Place and Belonging

    This module puts cultural representations of European and Chinese cities in conversation using a variety of forms (cinema, art, literature amongst others) to see how and why contemporary cities and their societies are interpreted and imagined, allowing us to engage with them in new, and sometimes unexpected, ways.

  • Language, Journalism and Media

    Develop and advance your understanding of critical discourse analysis and its application to the social practices of journalism and media. Topics include: the social practices and structures of journalism; the language of broadcast journalism; the language of magazine journalism; the language of newspaper journalism; and the language or sports journalism to name just a few.

  • Language and Communication

    This module introduces you to the main ideas and principles of communication and interpersonal communication by examining communication from everyday situations to more formal contexts in the workplace. You will examine how people construct, establish, and negotiate relations in a variety of interactional situations.

  • Introduction to Intercultural Communication

    Discover, in exciting and transformative ways, the fundamental role of communication skills in intercultural contexts and develop the ability to understand and manage intercultural experiences. This is a core knowledge for employability in our global reality.

Optional modules

  • Introduction to Language Teaching

    Develop basic language teaching skills, with a particular focus on English as a Foreign Language. As such, it is especially relevant if you are considering spending your Year Abroad as a teaching assistant.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 1

    This module offers an introduction to English language teaching leading to the Trinity Certificate in TESOL professional qualification. You'll cover core areas and competencies such as teacher language awareness, teaching approaches, lesson planning and classroom management - as well as gaining some teaching practice experience.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

Final year

* Modules are subject to availability

Core modules

  • Languages and Cultures Dissertation

    Hone your research, critical thinking, analytical, writing, and independent study skills by working on a Modern Languages topic related to your programme of study. With input from your subject supervisor, you select your chosen area and conduct research to produce a final dissertation in your specialism.

  • Introduction to Second Language Acquisition

    You will explore the nature of second language acquisition, in particular how languages are learned and the various factors that can explain why some learners are more successful than others.

Optional modules

  • Popular Cultures

    Engage with cultural products directly as a way of understanding their meaning in a variety of contexts. You'll be introduced to the complexities of the cultural world around us, and, through the use of predominantly popular cultural artefacts, to the ways in which we speak about, consume, like and dislike culture.

  • Trinity CertTESOL 2

    The final stage of the CertTESOL qualification, this module develops and extends core professional skills and competencies - with further teaching practice, learner analysis and materials design and development. On successful completion of integrated Trinity syllabus unit work and requirements, you will then be put forward for this externally awarded qualification.

  • Engagement and Resistance

    Explore the causes and effects of social, political and economic developments. You'll look at global and/or local movements to show how citizens have resisted or created change, to engage with the relationship between cultural life in the countries your are studying and real life, and to reflect on similarities and differences in this relationship across different cultures.

  • Language Learning and Teaching

    Following on from the Introduction to Language Teaching module, you'll look at specific approaches to language teaching in more depth. It is especially relevant if you are considering doing a PGCE or other formal language teacher training after completing your degree.

  • Passport Languages

    The Passport Foreign Language Scheme provides you with the opportunity to develop your language skills. You can join a module to learn a new foreign language or to improve your existing language skills and intercultural competence. Languages include French, German, Spanish, Italian, Dutch, Chinese, Japanese and Russian.

  • Discourse, Politics and Power

    Develop a critique of contemporary political practice through the application of critical discourse analysis and its synthesis with work in other relevant disciplinary fields such as politics, policy analysis, sociology and political economy. Engage with current academic work at the forefront of political discourse studies and build your own dataset, analysis and critique.

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More about this course

In Hull we address English language through an intercultural approach, which is crucial in today’s globalised world. Our students know what it means to be able to mediate across cultures and gain a clear understanding of the key cultural and historical developments of the language. English is one of the most commonly spoken languages in the world and is used by more than a billion people. It’s the main language in areas such as science, communications, technology, business, entertainment and diplomacy. The programme at Hull will allow you to study key language issues from various perspectives and examine different cultural contexts, to trace the rise of English to the level of a global common language, and to gain insights into different types of discourse as well as examine approaches to professional communication.

After the first year, you can tailor the course to reflect your own interests and career aspirations. You can also study for a recognised teaching qualification in Trinity CertTESOL (Certificate in Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages) while studying for your degree. Hull offers excellent language learning facilities, with a dedicated space for languages students. Our team of Language Learning Advisors offer extra one-to-one support to help you with your studies. If you don't have the qualifications to enter the programme directly, we offer a foundation year to prepare you for degree-level study.

Teaching and Learning

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Study English in the city described as the most poetic in England, where Philip Larkin wrote most of his best work.

Become part of the thriving literary and creative scene at the University and beyond.

Superb facilities include the Brynmor Jones Library which is open 24/7 and boasts cutting edge technology and more than a million books.

Gain a first-class grounding in literature, from the medieval era to the 21st century, under the guidance of world-leading experts.

Entry requirements

2019 Tariff points: 112 points. Points can be from any qualifications on the UCAS tariff, but must include at least 80 points from

  • A levels
  • BTEC Subsidiary Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • OCR Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma, Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • CACHE Diploma or Extended Diploma
  • Irish Leaving Certificate
  • Scottish Highers
  • Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Diploma
  • or a combination of appropriate Level 3 qualifications 

UCAS has changed the way that qualifications earn points under the Tariff system. Please click here to work out your estimated points and to find out more about how the University of Hull considers qualifications.

Alternative qualifications 

  • IB Diploma: 28 points.
  • Access to HE Diploma: pass with minimum of 45 credits at merit.

We welcome applicants with a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not exactly match the combinations shown above. Please contact the University’s Admissions Service for individual guidance.

At a glance

For this course, you'll need...

112 UCAS points

Points can be made up of a variety of qualifications. Calculate your points here.

We welcome a range of qualifications from the UK and worldwide which may not be listed.

Many of our courses offer a Foundation Year for applicants without the qualifications for direct entry on to the degree.

If you have any questions about our entry requirements or the tariff, please contact admissions or call 01482 466100.

International students

If you require a Tier 4 student visa to study or if your first language is not English you will be required to provide acceptable evidence of your English language proficiency level.

This course requires academic IELTS 6.0 overall, with no less than 5.5 in each skill. For other English language proficiency qualifications acceptable by this University, please click here.

If your English currently does not reach the University's required standard for this programme, you may be interested in one of our English language courses.

Visit your country page to find out more about our entry requirements.

Fees and funding

  • Home/EU: £9,250 per year*
  • International: £14,000 per year

*The amount you pay may increase each year, in line with inflation.

UK and EU students can take out a tuition fee loan to cover the cost of their course, and UK students can take out a maintenance loan of up to £8,700 to cover living costs.

Substantial discounts are available for International students.  

More information on fees can be found in the Money section of the website.


Future Prospects

Language skills and cultural understanding are vital in a world of international cooperation, business and trade. English is no exception - well-developed communication skills are needed at all levels in the workplace. Employers value graduates who have the ability to use different forms of communication, and who are skilled professional communicators.

You’ll leave Hull with strong critical and analytical skills in a range of subjects including history, literature, politics, media, film and visual cultures. This will open up a variety of career paths. You can also choose the pathway to further study – our MA in TESOL and MA in Translation Studies are fantastic progression opportunities.