The University of Wolverhampton

BA (Hons)English Language and Media and Communication Studies

Why choose this course?

The English Language and Media and Communication Studies are integrated joint degree provides an opportunity for students to explore aspects of communication and cultural production from a variety of angles. The Media and Communication Studies element of the coursewill explore a variety of forms of media and their impact upon how we communicate. Forms of media range from radio, TV and newspapers to multimedia platforms and mobile phones. Students will learn about the ways in which media shape both our understanding of the world, and our perceptions of our place in that world. The English Language element focuses on the role played by language in communication whether in face-to-face conversation, or through paper-based or electronic texts.

The study of Media and Communication Studies with English Language will help students to communicate more effectively orally and in writing and will enable them to enhance their own creative and critical judgement. Students will develop a range of subject specific and transferable skills, including higher order conceptual and communication skills, enterprise, digital literacy and IT awareness, all of which are of immense value in graduate employment.

What happens on the course?

Your English Language modules focus on textual analysis and on variation in language. At level one, students analyse the way meaning is constructed in texts and they also study the history of English. At levels two and three, emphasis is placed on language use in its social and cultural context. Students analyze diverse accents, dialects and world varieties of English, as well as looking at factors such as culture, class and gender. Students also examine the ways in which relations of power influence the production of texts in society.

Media & Communication Studies offers students a variety of perspectives on contemporary media forms and their impact upon communication. Students will look at a variety of approaches to the study of media and communication, and will consider the impact of forms of media (TV, radio, newspapers, multimedia etc) on the ways in which we communicate. Students will also have the opportunity to examine specific content - soap operas, documentary, reality TV, blogging, texting and so on. Finally, the institutional context of media and communication is explored.

Why Wolverhampton?

  • The Media and Communications element of this course allows you to investigate the relationship between forms of media, and their producers and consumers, in order to discover how communication processes operate in a variety of social contexts. Media industry seminars are organised every year to enable you to meet with media practitioners and discuss current media issues with them. Students will also have the opportunity to undertake practical work, including the possibility of industry placement thereby gaining valuable practical experience. Many of the tutors on our courses have themselves worked in media.
  • The English Literature and Language team at Wolverhampton has pioneered the use of interactive web-based forums for teaching and assessment. These activities have proved very popular with students.

Comments from our External Examiners on provision:

For English Language:

"I've read many good essays which show students' real engagement with module primary and secondary materials, which in turn suggest overall degree structures with decent breadth"

"Each module in Wolverhampton is assessed by more than one mode of assessment, allowing students to play to their strengths".

"All of these show good practice, real dedication to teaching on the tutors' behalf, and a great deal of effort going into the designing of modules, the setting of assignments, and the assessment of the submitted assignments".

"I particularly liked seeing innovative assessment methods … adjusted to the different kinds of student population".

For Media and Communication Studies:

"There is much excellent practice evident on the modules I assessed. Especially striking is the excellent range of options available to students, including practical modules, which give the degrees a high intellectual and transferable skills based nature".

What our students think

“Studying English Language and Media and Communications at the University of Wolverhampton has allowed to me fully appreciate and understand my passion of verbal, visual, and audio communication” (Anna, 2009).

Career path

Graduates with degrees in Media and Communication Studies and English Language have gone on to a range of destinations. Some have taken up careers in teaching, whilst others have gone on to work in the media industry (production and presentation), journalism, public relations, corporate communications and local government, and some have pursued further study at Masters level.

Comments from our External Examiner for employability:

For Media and Communications Studies:

"Here I have to say there is a wonderful variety of methods of assessment which are all appropriate and bring an intellectual strength and broader transferable set of skills to the degree".

What skills will you gain?

  1. Employ a range of transferable skill intrinsic to practice in the English Language subject area and of value in graduate employment.
  2. Articulate both orally and in writing knowledge and understanding of texts, theories, discourse conventions and strategies relevant to creative and professional writing.
  3. Source, research, assimilate and articulate material relevant to the production of creative and professional writing.
  4. Understand the conventions, constraints, practices and institutional influences that operate within the media and communication industries.
  5. Critically appreciate how particular media forms and genres work to organise understandings and meanings.
  6. Understand different modes of communication and the issues that surround them within their social context.

Entry requirements

2016 Entry

Other Requirements

Students must have studied a minimum of two years post GCSE level. However, it is expected that some applicants will be mature students with work experience, who wish to further their career development. These applicants will be processed through standard procedures, which may involve an interview as part of the process. Please see for further information.

Those who do not meet the entry requirements may be offered an alternative course.

Course fees and finance

2016/7 Home/EU International
Full time £9,000 £11,250
Part time # £2,780

The University also offers a range of Bursaries and Scholarships in addition to other financial support packages

These fees are applicable for new entrants in 2016/7. If you have any queries regarding the fees listed please contact 01902 321137

These fees are for the current academic year only. Any subsequent years may be subject to an annual increase, usually in line with inflation.

# Undergraduate part-time fees for 50% rate of study

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