English Language BA (Hons)

Key information


Our English Language programme aims to develop your understanding of the ways in which language works in the world.

You will study the development and uses of the English language in a variety of social, legal, educational and other contexts. You will gain insights into the ways in which the language we use in everyday life is shaped by factors such as history, culture and psychology, and study a range of approaches to the analysis of language with tutors who are active and innovative researchers in the field.

Programme in detail

Year One focuses on building key skills and knowledge to prepare you for more specialised study. You will explore the history, development and contexts of the English language and will have the opportunity to apply methods of language analysis to literary texts and other media.

In Years Two and Three, you will be able to choose specialist modules in topics such as psycholinguistics, language and gender, the history of English, child language acquisition, language and the law, and teaching English to speakers of other languages. Year Three also includes an option to write a dissertation on a research project of your own design, or to do a work placement with an organisation relevant to your degree through the SOTA300 module.

Year in Industry 

This programme is available with a Year in Industry. Year Three is spent on a paid placement within an organisation in industry, broadly defined. You will be supported by the School of the Arts and the Department throughout, and your reflexive written account of the experience will contribute towards your final degree result. If you wish to study this programme with a Year in Industry please put the option code YI in the Further Choices section of your UCAS application form.

Study as part of joint-honours at 50:50 Choosing this subject as a combined degree

A Joint (50%) degree in English Language allows you to develop your understanding of the development and contexts of language alongside specialist study of another subject.

In Year One, you will take modules that aim to develop your knowledge of the history and development of the English language and to build the analytical skills needed for advanced study. In Years Two and Three, you will choose from a range of modules that allow you to specialise in key areas of language.

In each year, you will take 60 credits of English and 60 credits from your other subject choice.

Department Key Facts

Number of first year students

170 Year One undergraduates in 2018

Graduate prospects

99% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2016/17)

Research performance

Ranked 10th in the UK for 4* and 3* research in the REF 2014 (THE 2014)

Facts and figures

Three BBC "New Generation thinkers" teach in the department. Staff at Liverpool are internationally renowned for their work, as evidenced by the presence of three BBC ‘New Generation’ thinkers within the department.

Why this subject?

Challenge yourself to look deeper

We will challenge you to engage fully with words and texts, informed by the best in critical thinking and debate. The flexible framework of our programmes allows you the freedom to choose areas of specialisation as you progress through your degree. Our English degree programmes are also valued by employers who recognise the skills our students develop, including teamwork, project design, critical thinking, proficiency in text analysis and communication and presentation skills.

Explore English in all its breadth

Our Literature modules cover a wide and continuous range of writing in English, from the Middle Ages to the present, and including every major genre: drama, prose fiction, poetry and nonfictional prose. Language modules cover topics ranging from the history, contexts and regional variations of English to child language acquisition and multilingualism. Our Creative Writing modules are provided by a group of award-winning writers.

Share ideas in our small group tutorials

We are committed to small group teaching.This encourages a more rewarding learning experience, where ideas are shared and explored with your peers and tutors.

Debate with leading academics in the field

Our tutors are all respected academics - including four BBC "New Generation Thinkers". Our teaching is research-led, which means not only will you be challenged intellectually but your own research skills will be fostered and encouraged.

English Attainments Scholarships

We are pleased to offer two Attainment Scholarships per year to undergraduate students from the UK or EU. The Scholarships will cover the entire Home (UK/EU) tuition fee for both Years 2 and 3 (currently £9,250 per annum). Awards will be made by the department at the end of Year 1, based on performance.