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Language, Culture and Communication

Why study BA Language, Culture and Communication?

  • At the Centre for Applied Linguistics, you will study with staff who are passionate about their subject and internationally renowned for their research and teaching. The final-year dissertation offers you the opportunity to develop your own research project and work closely with academics on this.
  • The British Council’s Culture at Work report (2013) stated that employers were seeking employees who not only had technical knowledge, but who were also culturally aware and able to thrive in a global work environment. Our degree nurtures these qualities, so you will have a competitive advantage in the graduate employment market.
  • We have high levels of student satisfaction, scoring 93% in the most recent National Student Survey. Our students come from many different study backgrounds and countries, meaning you will gain first-hand experience of the challenges and rewards of working and communicating with people from other cultures.

Why study at Warwick?

A view from our academics

What will I learn?

This flexible course will help you to develop the skills and expertise to think strategically about language use and communication and to tackle real cases and data challenges. You’ll also develop expertise in communicating effectively across cultures, with opportunities to gain first-hand experience of living overseas and working in multicultural contexts.


You will study in a friendly and welcoming environment, taught by academic staff who are conducting cutting-edge research into communication across cultures, professional discourse and workplace practices. This means you’ll be acquiring the most up-to-date subject information while developing your quantitative and qualitative research skills. In addition, the course nurtures capabilities such as teamwork, project management and leadership, effective communication and foreign language skills, all of which are vital to employers.


Your first and second years will give you a solid understanding of core areas of language, culture and communication. You can also choose from a wide range of optional and cross-disciplinary modules in areas such as Business, Film & Media, Politics and International Studies, Psychology and Sociology, allowing both variety and specialisation. In your third year, you can choose to take an intercalated year abroad if you wish, studying at an overseas university or undertaking a work placement (adding a year to your course duration). In your final year you will undertake a research project on a topic of your choice.

How will I learn?

You will typically study four to six modules per year and you will have at least 3 hours’ contact time per week for each module. This will take the form of lectures, seminars of about 15 students in which you will discuss the lecture topic with the module tutor, and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts, writing essays and working on a foreign language of your choice. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your own personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

The Study Abroad Team based in the Office for Global Engagement offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB

International Baccalaureate: 36 points

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit www.warwick.ac.uk/ifp.

General Studies/Critical Thinking: Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Code: X3Q5

Essential Subjects

Varied range of subjects preferred, especially in the Social Sciences or Humanities. Applications from well-motivated students with any combination of subjects will be considered.

Further Information

Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days: All applicants who have been made an offer will be invited to a Departmental Open Day in February or March

What modules can I study as a Language, Culture and Communications student?

This course offers a wide range of optional and cross-disciplinary modules in areas such as Business, Computing,
Politics and International Studies, Psychology and Sociology, allowing both variety and specialisation.

In Year One modules could include Culture, Cognition and Society; Foreign Language Learning; Linguistics: Understanding Language; Language in Society and Research, Academic & Professional Skills.

Year Two offers modules such as Culture and Interpersonal Relations; Linguistics: Typology & Discourse Analysis; Intercultural Business Communication; Sociolinguistics and both Qualitative and Quantitative Research.

In Years Three/Four you could choose from Evaluating and Planning Research; Professional Communication and Careers; English Across Cultures and Organisational Communication in International Business. You will also have the opportunity to complete a Dissertation.

Find out more about the programme structure and a description of modules.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Language, Culture and Communication lead to?

Applied Linguistics is relevant to a range of exciting careers including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, editing and publishing, public sector organisations and university international offices.


Studying linguistics in combination with languages can open relevant career opportunities including translation,
interpreting, journalism, language teaching, public relations, policy and political advisor, publishing and editing, and consular services and roles.


* Our Language Culture and Communication degree was launched in 2014 and our Linguistics with modern
languages courses were launched in 2016, so we do not have current data on graduate destinations. This
will be published on our website as soon as it becomes available.

Essential Information

Entry Requirements
A level: AAB
IB: 36 points

UCAS Code
X3Q5

Award
Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
3 years full time (30 weeks per academic year)

Department website

Centre for Applied Linguistics

Student blogs

Isabel Quah - Language, Culture & Communication

Elena Sandu - Language, Culture & Communication

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. For further information on the typical additional costs you should contact the department administering the course.

This information is applicable for 2017 entry.