**Please note that Combined Honours degrees at Liverpool Hope University are split 50/50. This means both subjects will be studied equally.** **English Language** Language has a profound influence on our way of thinking, seeing and interpreting the world around us. It is a persuasive tool and is used as an instrument of power by governments and large organisations. Our English Language degree **examines a wide variety of versions of English and their social, cultural and historical contexts**. It has been specially designed with a focus on the role of language in society and to give you an overview of the historical development of English. You also explore the international role of English as a global phenomenon. With its emphasis on real language in use, the degree examines the relationship between language and society through the **analysis of contemporary materials** such as news texts. We pride ourselves on offering a **challenging and stimulating degree with a wide range of innovative teaching** and assessment methods. You will be **taught by academics who are actively engaged in research** and have published in their specialist fields. We provide you with a supportive and collegial environment that helps you to reach your full potential. With a strong commitment to small-group teaching and the personal development of all of our students, we strive to support you in the pursuit of academic excellence. **Religious Studies** Religious Studies at Liverpool Hope **explores the practice and significance of religion in contemporary society** through the study of Christianity, Judaism, Islam, and Indic traditions such as Buddhism and Hinduism. A balance between the study of religious texts and lived religion in the contemporary world is maintained throughout the degree. Religious Studies pays close attention to what supporters to these religions believe, and explores the very real differences that exist between various groups within each faith. Throughout your studies, you will **analyse and contextualise the theology behind key religions** to appreciate their history and their relevance to the social and political landscape. All of our **teaching is research-informed** and you will be taught by highly-qualified academics, all of whom have a PhD in the area, who are both active and published researchers and committed teachers. We work hard to provide top-quality educational opportunities for all our students, and the Department has recently invested heavily in learning resources; combined **library holdings** in Theology and Religion are now in **excess of 100,000 volumes**. Above all, the Religious Studies degree treats religions as lived faiths by looking at the way that they are followed in Britain and across the globe today. You acquire skills in the different methods of studying religion. The degree looks at questions of faith and life and at the same time is intellectually challenging. By drawing out the complex issues that surround religious belief and expression, the degree equips you to engage with the pressing questions of our time and to play your part in promoting religious and social harmony.