King's College London

Course Introduction

This English Language & Linguistics BA is ideal if you are interested in how English evolved and how it is used and influenced by different groups within society. The course seeks to explore the following areas:

How to describe, analyse and research language.

The study of English as a means of communication in the contemporary world, eg. the English used in social media, texting and instant messaging.

The relationship between language, society and culture.

The teaching and learning of English as a foreign and/or second language.

The use of English and other languages in multicultural communities.

The psychology of language, language processing and language disabilities.

Our modules also draw on the research specialisms of our staff, who are world leaders in their fields.

You will begin by following a set course in your first year to provide you with a foundation in the subject. You will then be increasingly free to choose modules that reflect your personal interests in your second and third year.

Teaching style

We will teach you through a combination of lectures, small group discussions and workshops, and we will expect you to undertake a significant amount of self-study. We will also give you a personal tutor to support you through your studies and one-on-one supervision during your dissertation. The majority of your teaching will be face-to-face, but it will be supplemented by our virtual learning environment


We will primarily assess you through written exams, coursework essays, presentations (individual and group), reports, projects and assignments. In your final year you are also required to carry out your own research project.


London is the perfect place for your studies - there are over 300 languages spoken in the city so if you want to look at English use in multilingual communities you really won't find anywhere better! The school is based in the Waterloo Bridge Wing of the Franklin-Wilkins Building, with all the facilities offered by the university easily available. The on-site library and computing facilities are readily accessible together with the opportunity to use the University of London library at Senate House.

You will also find the cultural attractions, such as the British Film Institute and the National Theatre on the doorstep of the Waterloo Campus where you are based. The Globe Theatre is a short walk along the river.

Start Date:


Duration & Attendance Qualification Tuition fees Fee type
3 years
Full Time
Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons) £9,250 Home Fees

Qualifications required:

  • IELTS (Academic)7.0 overall with a minimum of 6.5 in each skillPTE Academic69 overall with a minimum of 62 in each skillTOEFL (iBT)100 overall with a minimum of 25 in writing and 23 in each of the other skillsCambridge English Advanced185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillCambridge English Proficiency185 overall with a minimum of 176 in each skillTrinity ISELevel III (ISEIII) with merit in each skillInstitution's Own TestPass the King's Pre-Sessional English Language Programme with Band 7