Communication and English Studies BA (Hons)

Communication and English Studies students discuss work in the Third Space
Mode of Study
3 years full-time


If English isn’t your first language and you want to develop your communication skills while focusing on either communication for business, marketing and management or communication studies and linguistics, this is the course for you.

This BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies degree course is aimed at non-native speakers of English. You'll develop your abilities using various communication styles while enhancing your English skills.

You'll learn the communication skills needed in the global economy as you develop your proficiency in the English language. This gives you an advantage in the international job market when you graduate. You’ll be set for a job across sectors including business, marketing, retail and finance.

Depending on your current level of study, you can follow the course for one, two or three years.

100% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

TEF Gold Teaching Excellence Framework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • For year 1 entry applicants normally require 96 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, successful completion of a recognised University Foundation course or 1 year of HE study.
  • For year 2 entry applicants normally require successful completion of 2 years of HE study.
  • For year 3 entry applicants normally require successful completion of 3 years of HE study.

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • For year 1 and 2 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 5.5 with no component score below 5.5.
  • For year 3 entry applicants require English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

What you'll experience

On this Communication and English Studies degree course, you'll:

  • Build your understanding of written and spoken English by exploring how we use it in different contexts across a variety of mediums
  • Understand the terminology of the marketing and management industries to prepare you for your future career
  • Learn and study for varied assessment types – including presentations, group projects, essays and written coursework
  • Focus on specialist topics such as the language of literature, marketing or mass communication
  • See how language changes across different media
  • Receive support from the University of Portsmouth Global Team and a community of more than 4,000 global students from over 100 countries

Careers and opportunities

The combination of subject knowledge and English language skills you'll develop on this course gives you an advantage in the international job market.

After the course, you could work in areas such as:

  • trade
  • public service
  • finance
  • marketing
  • management
  • retail
  • the leisure industry

You could also set up your own business or do postgraduate study.

You'll get help and advice with your career for 5 years after you leave the University from our Careers and Employability service.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Communication and English Studies degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.


Core modules in this year include:

  • English Language Grade 4
  • How Language Works
  • Language, Society & Mind
  • Multimedia Language
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice

There are no optional modules in this year.

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • British Culture
  • Business Communication 2
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • English Forms and Functions
  • English Language Grade 5
  • A Modern Foreign Language
  • Language of Human Resource Management
  • Learning from Experience
  • Marketing & Communication
  • Meaning in English
  • Professional Communication for Business
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • The Language of Literature

Core units currently include:

  • Communication Theory
  • Digital Communication
  • Project

Options to choose from in this year currently include:

  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Business Communication 3
  • Gender, Language And Sexuality
  • English Language Grade 6
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Professional Development: Recruiters And Candidates
  • Translation Theory & Practice
  • Understanding Britain Today
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing To Persuade

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course if you're eligible to work in the UK.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies.

Academic skills support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • Academic writing
  • Note taking
  • Time management
  • Critical thinking
  • Presentation skills
  • Referencing
  • Working in groups
  • Revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

The University provides students with fantastic facilities and resources. Lecturers and tutors are all very kind and helpful. They are always willing to answer your questions and give useful advice.

Hang Lun Eamonn Cheng, BA Hons Communication and English Studies student


Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • IT learning and digital lab work
  • seminars
  • language classes

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • Teaching block 1 – September to December (October to December for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 1 – January (and early February for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Teaching block 2 – January to May (February to May for some courses in 2020/21 only)
  • Assessment period 2 – May to June

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • exams and tests
  • presentations
  • projects
  • 4,000 word dissertation

Dissertation topics in recent years have included the use of humour in meetings; fast fashion in China; marketing Levi jeans in Hong Kong; Arabic and British English phonology; and the significance of skin bleaching in West Africa and France.

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2020 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

We recommend that you budget £75 a year for photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose.


How to apply

To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You’ll need:

  • the UCAS course code – PQ93
  • our institution code – P80

You can start your application now and submit it later if you want.

Not quite ready to apply?

Come to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS or apply directly to us (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

If you don't meet the English language requirements for this course yet, you can achieve the level you need by successfully completing a pre-sessional English programme before you start your course.

Admissions terms and conditions

When you accept an offer to study at the University of Portsmouth, you also agree to our terms and conditions as well as the University’s policies, rules and regulations. You should read and consider these before you apply.

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