Whether you want to use your communication skills in the media or in the boardroom, our degree course will give you a thorough understanding of how the English language works and how it reflects the most important issues of our times.
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Explore the power of the English language in communication, and how it expresses and reflects crucial global issues such as ideologies, culture wars, conflict, social justice, equality, diversity, inclusion, and sustainability.
Our core modules will give you a broad, interdisciplinary introduction to language and communication, including its psychology and social and cultural impact, and giving you the skills to deconstruct, critically analyse and research texts from many different fields, including media, politics, advertising, and even laboratory experiments.
You can then use and further develop these skills while exploring your own areas of interest on our optional modules, including digital media, online journalism, youth culture and podcasting, preparing you for many possible careers in the modern digital world.
The modern world is ever-changing, thanks to continual technological and cultural developments, and the English language is changing with it, becoming even more globally-used and more relevant to many new areas of work. Our course recognises this, giving you the skills and understanding that you’ll need in the English language and its use in communication across many emerging areas of work as well as more traditional ones.
By learning to systematically identify, describe and analyse spoken and written language phenomena, and critically evaluate the role it plays in shaping sociocultural norms, identities and realities in a range of public and private domains, as well as in relation to globalisation, mobility, sustainability and social justice, you’ll be ready to take on work in the world of politics, business and the media - or even as a social media influencer.
You’ll also pick up the all-important transferable skills that will further your opportunities in whichever field you choose to work, including problem solving, researching, creative thinking, persuasive writing techniques, rigorous examination of evidence, computer and digital skills, teamwork, and communication (including discussion and delivery of presentations to a range of academic, public and professional audiences).
Cambridge has a range of vibrant business and industry sectors, ranging from major publishing houses to technology companies, all of which require graduates with strong communication and analytic skills. With over 30 English language schools, Cambridge is the perfect place to study English. Our business and industry partners provide opportunities for live briefs, placements and volunteering positions, they also give you a vital network for your future employment and projects. If you’re interested in teaching English, you might also be able to take up part-time work with them, and further develop your skills at the same time.
Our team of expert lecturers will support you throughout your time at ARU, including Dr Vahid Parvaresh (co-author, Elastic Language in Persuasion and Comforting: A Cross-Cultural Perspective), Dr Bettina Beinhoff (Perceiving Identity through Accent – Attitudes towards Non-Native Speakers and their Accents in English), and Dr Sebastian Rasinger (co-author, The Cambridge Introduction to Intercultural Communication).
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Our BA (Hons) English Language and Communication will equip you with skills and knowledge that will transfer to a wide range of graduate occupations, including business, politics, journalism, law, consultancy, marketing, teaching, speech therapy, and the military or civil service, amongst many others.
It will also help you develop a greater understanding of national and international issues in the modern world, and the ability to reflect on some of the most important ethical and moral issues of our time. This will allow you develop the values and practices required for ethical and effective leadership, such as conflict resolution and the analysis of strategic and tactical uses of different forms of communication – shaped by, among other things, power, culture and identity.
Graduation doesn't haver to be the end of your time with us. You might choose to continue your studies, with a postgraduate degree such as our MA Applied Linguistics and TESOL or MA Intercultural Communication. Take advantage of our Alumni Scholarship and get 20% off your fees.
Informed by employers, our courses support an integrated approach to employability. You’ll have opportunities to develop the skills and abilities they are looking for and gain a deeper understanding of how your academic learning relates to the world of work through Live Briefs and Ruskin Modules.
To amplify your career ambition, you will need to actively dedicate time outside of your studies, whether you choose to explore placements, internships or volunteering. Or you could make a social impact by collaborating with our partner organisations through our volunteer scheme Students at the Heart of Knowledge Exchange (SHoKE). These all give you an edge, providing you with experience that you will be able to evidence on your CV and talk about in interviews.
Our Employability and Careers Service offers a range of expert advice and support to build your unique professional profile, including tailored career appointments, advice on writing your CV, and help to complete job applications. You’ll have 24/7 access to the Careers Centre, our comprehensive online digital resource, which empowers you to start building a Personal Career Development Plan from the very start. Design your future at ARU.
"I really wanted to be able see what it would be like to think and to dream in a different perspective. I think that learning a language opens up many more doors for you."Joanne
BA (Hons) English Language and Linguistics studentJoanne's story
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