English Language, Linguistics and Writing

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Through a practice-focused approach our courses will give you the knowledge and expertise demanded in a wide range of rewarding careers.

We offer the following courses:

Teaching and research expertise

Our courses combine an excellent learning environment with outstanding teaching, research and practice. We’re proud that our courses are consistently ranked highly in the National Student Survey (NSS), and this reflects both the quality of our programmes and the dedication of our inspiring staff.

You will be taught by leading academics, published researchers and practitioners who have particular expertise in areas including writing and editing fiction, spoken discourse analysis, rhetoric and sociolinguistics.

The Bristol Centre for Linguistics holds regular events, seminars and conferences, and its research feeds directly into our teaching.

Students are supported throughout their studies by an Academic Personal Tutor providing academic advice and guidance. Student Support Advisers offer further academic information and advice, and can help to co-ordinate support for your studies. We also provide academic study skills support.

Course structure

After an introduction to the core aspects of language, linguistics and writing; you will gain specialist knowledge in areas including second language acquisition, teaching English, bilingualism, ideation and commercial writing. You will then apply this understanding in level three modules such as forensic analysis, copywriting, speech and language therapy, and learning and teaching a second language.

Throughout your degree you will have the opportunity to undertake a wide variety of assessments; from the traditional essay and exam to book jacket design, to the production of writing portfolios, posters and feature articles. You can also participate in Adobe software training which will provide you with the professional skills for roles in publishing, marketing, advertising and the media.

Full-time students study four modules per academic year and each includes an average of three contact hours per week. We use a variety of teaching methods: from formal lectures, seminars, online lectures and workshops, to one-to-one tutorials.

Real-world experience

You will have many opportunities to engage with Bristol's vibrant and culture and we have strong links with partners such as the BBC and M Shed. You will also be encouraged to carry out work experience, volunteering and other activities, both at the University and externally.

Our students organise a range of activities, such as the Linguistics Society. You can participate in the UWE Lingo blog, a collaboration between students and staff, or you can be part of our new a student-run undergraduate journal in language.

Where it can take you

Our graduates emerge mature and confident with excellent communication and analytical skills, ideally placed for an exciting career in cultural and creative industries.

We place a strong emphasis on skills development and employability, giving the students the valuable knowledge and real-world experience to enter a broad range of careers. You will develop strong research, communication and analysis skills, and you’ll become adept at copywriting, problem-solving, and working both individually and in groups.

Your skills will be in great demand.  Recent graduates have entered careers as marketing executives, teachers, editorial assistants and as project managers. Some have also gone onto further study.

Find out what our students have to say about their experiences of studying at UWE Bristol.

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