• Application Deadline
  • 36 months


English Language Joint Honours course from University of Derby covers a range of approaches which enable you to describe and analyse language at all levels, from the individual sounds of English through words, phrases and sentences, to stretches of written and spoken language.

A Joint Honours degree gives you the opportunity to study two subjects as one degree. This type of degree will broaden your skill set and enhance your career prospects.

The programme covers a range of approaches which enable you to describe and analyse language at all levels, from the individual sounds of English through words, phrases and sentences to stretches of written and spoken language.

It brings a new dimension to areas you may have encountered already, such as language and power, stylistics and Gricean pragmatics. It also introduces you to other branches of language including psycholinguistics, cognitive pragmatics and literacy.

In addition, we will help you become familiar with significant historical, social and global varieties of language as well as the nature of linguistic representation and the construction of meaning.

In the second and third stages of your programme, you will have increasing control over the modules you study and the assignment topics you pursue. We provide a broad choice of optional modules to allow you to specialise in your particular areas of interest.

Subject combinations which might work particularly well include:

  • English Language and Education Studies
  • English Language and American Studies
  • English Language and Creative and Professional Writing
  • English Language and Media Studies
  • English Language and History
  • English Language and Theatre Studies


A Joint Honours degree with an English Language component opens up a wide range of career opportunities for you. As a Joint Honours graduate, you will stand out to potential employers as a versatile, well organised, adaptable and independent learner.

Graduates in English Language find work in the civil service, local government, the media, libraries and archives, language planning and policy work, law, information technology, counselling, publishing, journalism, advertising and the creative industries.

This degree will also give you a firm foundation for postgraduate study, either at the University of Derby or elsewhere. If you wish to enter the teaching profession, for instance, there is the opportunity to progress to a PGCE course and to specialise in primary, secondary or tertiary education. You may also wish to consider further study on a specialist masters course, with subsequent options to pursue a PhD.

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
    • Intensity Flexible
    • Duration description
      Part-time: up to 6 years
  • Languages
    • English
  • Delivery mode
    On Campus
  • More information Go to the programme website

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  • Key Concepts in Linguistics
  • The English Language in History (PDP)
  • Style: Language and Literature
  • Language and Society: Sociolinguistics
  • Pragmatics and Literature
  • The Concept of Literacy
  • Ideology, Discourse and Power
  • Contemporary Issues in the Creative and Cultural Industries
  • Independent Study (PDP) or Work-Based Learning (PDP)
  • Language and the Mind: Psycholinguistics
  • The Globalisation(s) of English
  • Language and Identity

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.

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Academic Requirements

Typical entry requirements:
  • UCAS points - 120 (up to 16 from AS-levels)
  • Specific requirements at A-level - Grade C at A Level English Literature. English Language accepted provided an interest in Literature shown in their statement
  • Specific requirements at GCSE - GCSE Maths and English Grade C/Grade 4 (or above) or equivalent qualification
Alternative entry qualifications:
  • BTEC - DDM
  • Access to HE Diploma 60 credits: 45 at level 3 with a minimum of Dist: 15 Merit: 24 Pass: 6

Tuition Fee

  • International

    13250 GBP/year
    Tuition Fee
    Based on the original amount of 13250 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.
We've labeled the tuition fee that applies to you because we think you are from and prefer over other currencies.

  • Part-time UK-EU students - £1,155 per module

Living costs for Derby

  • 540 - 860 GBP/month
    Living Costs

The living costs include the total expenses per month, covering accommodation, public transportation, utilities (electricity, internet), books and groceries.


  • We have a range of scholarships and discounts available to students from outside the European Union (EU) and European Economic Area (EEA).
  • We award scholarships based on your application to study; there is no separate form to complete. All applications from eligible students will be considered for a scholarship by our international admissions team. We will notify you of your scholarship when we make you an offer, and apply your discount to your remaining fees.
  • You must be applying for a full-time degree and applications for postgraduate research, online studies, foundation and pre-sessional language programmes are not eligible for a discount or scholarship.

Studyportals Tip: Students can search online for independent or external scholarships that can help fund their studies. Check the scholarships to see whether you are eligible to apply. Many scholarships are either merit-based or needs-based.

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