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What makes English Language and Media & Culture at Worcester special?

Our Joint Honours degree in English Language and Media and Culture offers a critical and intellectual insight into modern communication, contemporary society and culture.

Studying English Language at Worcester allows you to see how language shapes our worlds, brings thoughts to life and forms our identities through linguistic and stylistic choices.

Media and Culture at Worcester examines how media, TV and digital communication shape society, its values and politics – and, as a result, the human experience.

Overview

Overview

Key features

  • This academic course utilises dynamic, research-informed approaches to teaching and a range of media, communications technology and the internet to develop your intellectual and critical faculties
  • Clear focus on the socio-cultural aspects of language use and an emphasis on the development of research skills with opportunities to present research outcomes through a student conference in the final year
  • Innovative, contemporary and important topics including ‘Green Media’, ‘War’, ‘Democracy and the Media’ and ‘Gender’
  • Strong emphasis on employability and graduate progression throughout the course with the opportunity to take up a work project and volunteering activities
  • Tailor your course to your individual needs with a joint honour degree

I came from Romania to study Media & Culture. This was one of the best decisions; the course matched my interests entirely and has been truly inspiring!

Teodora, Media & Cultural Studies Graduate

Entry requirements

What qualifications will you need?

104
UCAS tariff points

Entry requirements

104 UCAS tariff points

Other information

If your qualifications are not listed, please contact the Admissions Office for advice on 01905 855111 or email admissions@worc.ac.uk for advice.

Further information about the UCAS Tariff can be obtained from http://www.ucas.com

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Course content

What will you study?

Our courses are informed by research and current developments in the discipline and feedback from students, external examiners and employers. Modules do therefore change periodically in the interests of keeping the course relevant and reflecting best practice. The most up-to-date information will be available to you once you have accepted a place and registered for the course. If there are insufficient numbers of students interested in an optional module, this might not be offered, but we will advise you as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative. 

Year 1

Mandatory

  • Describing English 
  • Studying Media and Culture
  • The History of the English Language
  • Foundations of Sociolinguistics

Optional

  • Name Studies
  • Introduction to Teaching English as a Foreign Language (TEFL)
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing 
  • Gender and Representation 
  • Introduction to Television 
  • Introduction to New Media 
  • Popular Music and Cultural Change 
  • Media and Culture: Key Concepts 
  • TV History
  • Improving English Usage and Style in Academic Writing 
  • Democracy? The story of an ideal

Year 2

Mandatory

  • Approaches to English Language Studies: Critical and
  • Theoretical Matters

Optional

  • Language and Power 
  • The English Language in the 21st Century
  • Research Language Variation
  • Language Awareness and Analysis in Teaching English as a Foreign Language 
  • Crime and the Media 
  • Making Monsters 
  • Gender and Popular Fiction 
  • Work Project Module 
  • New Media 
  • Screening the Nation: Continuity and Change in British TV 
  • Media and Social Change 
  • Popular Cultures 
  • Name Studies 

Year 3

Optional

  • World Englishes
  • Multilingualism Matters 
  • Language, Style & Identity 
  • Introduction to Language Acquisition 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Work Project Module
  • Key Concepts and Principles in Teaching English as a Foreign Language - Methodology 
  • Gender, Philosophy and Popular Culture
  • TV Times 
  • War, Democracy and the Media
  • Remembrance, Memory and Memorials
  • Green Media 
  • Radio Times 
  • Independent Research Project 
  • Pornography and Modern Culture
  • Body & Society
  • Forensic Linguistics
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Joint Honours

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Teaching and assessment

How will you be taught?

For more information about teaching, learning and assessment on this course, please see the individual subject course pages for English Language and Media & Culture.

Programme specification

For comprehensive details on the aims and intended learning outcomes of the course, and the means by which these are achieved through learning, teaching and assessment, please download the latest programme specification documents for English Language BA (Hons) and Media & Culture BA (Hons).

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Dr Barbara Mitra

Barbara Mitra is Subject Leader for Media & Cultural Studies. She has varied teaching and research interests and has published on issues relating to television, gender, advertising and children, and also on the use of technology in learning and teaching.

She is also interested in employability, ethnography, and race and gender in the media. Her doctoral thesis focused on advertising in India, whilst her current research addresses Facebook and new media in relation to gender, identity and language.

Barbara welcomes PhD and MRes topics in relation to the broad areas of gender, social media, body images and digital cultures. 

 

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Jenny Lewin-Jones

Jenny is a lecturer in English Language and Sociology, teaching a range of modules and researching in Applied Linguistics.

She runs a Twitter account on language and linguistics @JennyLewinJones.

Careers

Where could it take you?

Many graduates of English Language will take a postgraduate education course as a fourth year of study and enter the teaching profession. Others will find that the skills acquired through the study of English are particularly highly regarded in all professions where good communication skills are prized such as publishing, journalism, public relations, human resources and web-based communication. English Language provides continuous opportunities to develop employability skills and includes work experience options. There is a range of opportunities to study for a semester abroad in Europe and the USA in the second semester of the second year.

Graduates of Media & Culture courses work in a wide range of careers to which communication skills are central, including marketing and public relations, publishing, media and journalism, business and industry, charities and public administration. Furthermore, in a ‘media society’, where an understanding of how to communicate is all-important, graduates of media and cultural studies courses now work in a wide range of other industries, and are involved in designing websites, writing publicity and press material, and running media training. Employment sectors include marketing, public relations, event management, teaching, business, and the public sector.

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Costs

How much will it cost?

Full-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fee for full-time UK and EU students registering in the academic year 2020/21 will be £9,250 per year.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

International students

The standard tuition fee for full-time international (non-EU) students registering in the academic year 2019/20 was £12,400 per year. Details of the 2020/21 fee will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Part-time tuition fees

UK and EU students

The standard tuition fees for part-time UK and EU students registering on this course in the academic year 2019/20 were £1,156 per 15-credit module, £1,542 per 20 credit module and £2,313 per 30-credit module. Details of the 2020/21 fees will be available soon.

For more details, please visit our course fees page.

Additional costs

Every course has day-to-day costs for basic books, stationery, printing and photocopying. The amounts vary between courses.

If your course offers a placement opportunity, you may need to pay for a Disclosure & Barring Service (DBS) check.

Accommodation

Finding the right accommodation is paramount to your university experience, and our welcoming student communities are great places to live and study.

We have over 1,000 rooms across our halls of residence. With rooms to suit every budget and need, from our 'Traditional Hall' at £105 per week to 'En-suite Extra' at £169 per week (2020/21 prices).

For full details visit our accommodation page.

How to apply

How do you apply?

English Language and Media & Culture BA (Hons) - PQ33

UCAS is the central organisation through which applications are processed for entry onto full-time undergraduate courses in Higher Education in the UK.

Read our How to apply pages for more information on applying and to find out what happens to your application.

UCAS Code

PQ33

Get in touch

If you have any questions, please get in touch. We're here to help you every step of the way.

Dr Barbara Mitra

Admissions Tutor, Media & Culture

Dr Lefteris Kailoglou

Admissions Tutor, English Language