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English Language and Communication (Honours), B.A.

  • Application Deadline
  • 36 months
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Course Overview for The English Language and Communication (Honours) degree offered by Plymouth Marjon University

We train you in the skills to describe what you observe. You will analyse what people say and the way they say it. How do we do things like criticise and compliment people, persuade and instruct them? The variation we observe could be because they are being polite, are foreign, are aligning with a particular social identity or because they have a disorder, for example. At its heart the degree talks about the question “why do people say what they say, in the way that they say it?” For example, I chose those particular words to express that particular thought because the vowels in ‘they’, ‘say’ and ‘way’ are the same, adding alliterative power to my sentence. This is a key skill in persuasive texts in politics, media, religion and advertising, as well as in creative texts.

Linguistics is at the centre of academia. It bridges fields as diverse as psychology, sociology, philosophy, education, history, business and wherever else people are the subject of study. Our students come to us with really varied interests and the degree embraces that. Because it is a broad subject area, it will benefit any career path you choose, equipping you with an unrivalled flexibility on your career path. And if it takes you a bit of time to find your path, that’s fine too as it will make a perfect start for many nonlinear careers as well. We have small classes, which is really supportive and helps you get your head around the difficult topics. It’s a great way to meet people who are just like you, to work with them, and to create life-long friendships and collaborations, wherever you go when you graduate. We aim to challenge you, to help you set and achieve new goals and to help make your dream career become a reality. The rest is up to you.

What might you become?

Many of our graduates follow careers in teaching, abroad or in the UK. Others have management level jobs that require good knowledge of communication including roles in marketing and social media. What is it you want to do? This degree can help you design your life! , It is also useful in a range of areas relating to people and communication, such as counselling, teaching, elocution and working with text. Many of our graduates follow careers in teaching, abroad or in the UK or progress into management level jobs.

Detailed Programme Facts

  • Programme intensity

    You can choose to do this programme part-time or full-time.

    • Full-time duration 36 months
    • Average part-time duration 72 months
  • Credits
    120 alternative credits
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Introduction to Linguistics
  • Phonetics & Phonology
  • Language & the Life-course* (half module)
  • Human Communication: Principles & Practice
  • Communication in Context
  • Communicating beyond words* (half module)
  • Introduction to People Management *
  • Visualising Language

English Language Requirements

You need the following IELTS score:

  • Minimum required score:


    The IELTS – or the International English Language Test System – tests your English-language abilities (writing, listening, speaking, and reading) on a scale of 1.00–9.00. The minimum IELTS score requirement refers to which Overall Band Score you received, which is your combined average score. Read more about IELTS.

General Requirements

Admission requirements

  • Applicants must have three A-levels at grades CCC or above, or BTEC triple grades MMM or above and GCSE English Language at grade 4 or grade C or above.
  • A-levels in English Language and/or Psychology A-level are useful but not essential. Applicants with other qualifications and/or experience will be considered on an individual basis.

Tuition Fee

  • International

    11000 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 11000 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
  • EU/EEA

    9250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 9250 GBP per year and a duration of 36 months.
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Living costs for Plymouth

  • 731 - 1390 GBP/month
    Living Costs

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