Applied Languages BA (Hons)

Overview

The world’s more connected than ever, so speaking multiple languages unlocks opportunities across a number of fields.

This practical BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course harnesses your talent for learning languages and turns it into professional skills for an exciting career in multilingual communication.

Whatever career you’re pursuing, from translation to teaching, you’ll develop expertise in at least 2 languages and learn to apply your skills to whatever multilingual field you’re most interested in.

What you'll experience

On this Applied Languages degree course, you'll:

  • Study 2 core languages from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or English as a foreign language
  • Apply your foreign language skills to professional fields such as translation, interpreting or initial teacher training
  • Study, teach or work abroad in 2 countries, immersing yourself in the languages you’re learning
  • Put your language skills into practice in our language labs, where you’ll manipulate video, sound and text
  • Use our professional Interpreter Training Suite, the best kit to develop your interpreting skills

You can also:

  • Enhance your degree with an internationally recognised qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Study a 3rd language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish
  • Do Initial Teacher Training (ITT), which will entitle you to a bursary of £9,000 in the final year of your degree

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job using your language skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

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

What you'll study 

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

In years 1, 2 and 4, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 2

Core modules

Year Abroad Preparation - 0 credits

On this module you'll prepare for your third year abroad.

Year abroad

You'll spend your 3rd year studying in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Our global links mean we have partnerships with universities across the world including:

  • Universities of Granada, Malaga, Murcia, Alcala and Salamanca in Spain
  • University of Santiago in Chile
  • Universities of Lyon, Toulouse, Tours and Strasbourg in France
  • University of Wuhan in China
  • University of Modena in Italy
  • Universities of Bremen, Flensburg, Marburg and Erfurt in Germany

We also have partnerships with the British Senegalese Institute and development organisations in Dakar, which provide opportunities for work placements on your year abroad. You could also become an English Language Assistant abroad, with the British Council.

We’ll help you secure a work or study placement that fits your aspirations. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • a year abroad studying or a work placement

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • oral presentations
  • language portfolio
  • written essays and reports
  • case studies
  • book reviews
  • blogs
  • translations
  • commentaries
  • interviews
  • magazine production
  • group and individual projects

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.

Careers and opportunities

You’ll emerge from this Applied Languages degree course as a skilled multi-linguist, ready to take on roles across a range of fields. Previous graduates have secured positions in areas such as:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • customer relations
  • tourism

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will give support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

BA (Hons) Award
September Start
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language).

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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