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Applied Linguistics (Hons)

Birmingham City University

12 months
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Applied Linguistics (Hons) of Birmingham City University seeks to solve real world problems using the application of linguistic theory. It concerns itself with issues of inequity in the relationship between social categories and language.


The Applied Linguistics (Hons) programme at Birmingham City University can cover areas as diverse as language and the law, Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages, corpus linguistics, language and discourse and empirical research methods.This course is designed for independent learners who have a strong interest in, and commitment to, linguistics and its real world applications. 

You will have the chance to learn about different theories of language acquisition and use, and to apply these theories to legal situations, social situations and educational situations.In your year here you will cover a range of ways in which theories of language can help solve real world problems. 

Students in the School have gone on to be TEFL instructors, teachers at all levels, editors and researchers in the social sciences.Your tutors are enthusiastic about their specialisms, which fosters an invaluable knowledge transfer within the programme. They work on areas including corpus linguistics, forensic linguistics, applied sociolinguistics and language and masculinity.

What's covered in the course?

English as a discipline continues to be relevant to the lives we lead and is central to a wide range of contemporary and social contexts. It is this fact on which the School has built its philosophy and approach to English as a subject, which has interdisciplinary reach beyond its own boundaries.Identifying how language works in practice, engaging with multiple forms of communication, examining how language and literature engage with societies and cultures past and present, and the place of English in a global context, are all vital aspects in understanding how the discipline connects with the wider world, enabling you to focus on the production, interpretation and negotiation of meaning and to understand the world from a variety of perspectives.

Enhancing employability skills

Linguistics and English Language study can assist across the range of employment opportunities.

Detailed ability to analyse and describe linguistic patterns develops an ability to use language precisely and effectively, boosting performance in all sectors of the workplace. Using corpora for language study and applying linguistic theory to real world data gives transferable skills concerning language in use which lend themselves to health professionals, journalists, educators, business leaders, and any profession where communication is paramount.

Programme Structure

Courses include:

  •  Grammar and Sounds
  • Teaching English as a Foreign Language
  • Language in Society
  • Language and Gender
  • Child Language Development
  • Language and Cognition
  • Discourse Analysis

Key information


  • Full-time
    • 12 months

Start dates & application deadlines


120 alternative credits


On Campus

Academic requirements

We are not aware of any academic requirements for this programme.

Other requirements

General requirements

Applicants would have completed 3 years of a diploma or degree programme in English and have obtained 240 (or equivalent) credits.

Applications will be considered on a case-by-case basis to ensure that students’ existing learning has prepared them to continue on to this course.

Tuition Fee

Living costs for Birmingham

765 - 1134 GBP /month
Living costs

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


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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