On this BA (Hons) Language Studies degree course, you'll develop the skills to communicate professionally in one or two languages. Immerse yourself in intercultural communication and awareness, and graduate with the confidence to pursue a career in the international community.
Begin your studies as a complete novice, or with some knowledge of the language, and successfully complete your studies to a professional level – C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – without being required to spend a whole year abroad.
You'll have the choice to study either:
- One language in-depth: French, German or Spanish at an advanced or beginner level, or Mandarin Chinese at a beginner level
- Two languages at advanced level: chosen from French, German, Spanish and/or English as a foreign language
- Two languages at different levels: one language at advanced level (chosen from French, German, Spanish or English as a foreign language) and one language at beginner level (chosen from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish)
When you complete this course, you'll be well prepared to begin work that showcases your intercultural awareness and language skills – such as an international English language teacher, a translator for a multinational corporation in any sector, a tour guide for an international travel agent, or a bilingual language editor or publisher.
What you'll experience
- Put your language skills into practice in simulations, scenario exercises, television broadcasts and debates, so you’re ready to thrive in the wide world of work
- Develop multilingual IT skills including the use of desktop publishing and podcast recording software
- Immerse yourself in learning a language (or two) to fluency without needing to spend a year abroad
- Choose to mix and match optional modules, or tailor your course by selecting modules specifically within one of four specialisms: Teaching and education, Translation and interpreting, Culture and linguistics, Business and industry
Work experience and career planning
Get experience while you study with support to find part-time jobs, volunteering opportunities and work experience. Towards the end of your degree and after graduation, you'll get 1-to-1 support from our Graduate Recruitment Consultancy to find your perfect role.
Study abroad (optional)
You can successfully complete this degree course without studying abroad.
If you do choose to take a short-term study abroad experience, you'll build on your language skills in a country where your chosen language(s) is spoken. You can take advantage of our links with universities and employers worldwide, including Germany, Spain, China, Taiwan, Latin America and Senegal.
Placement year (optional)
If you choose to take a work placement year, you'll develop professional skills that can help you stand out to employers after you graduate. Previous language students have done work placements with translation agencies, international charities, museums, schools and councils.
Our Careers and Employability service can also help you find relevant work experience during your course, including short-term placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities.
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.
The core modules you study will differ depending on whether you studied your chosen language at A level (post-A level route) or you're a beginner (ab initio route).
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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-to-one tutorials
- group tutorials
You'll also have skill development sessions and workshops with learning development tutors.
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
You’ll be assessed through:
- oral presentations
- written work, including reports, articles, case studies, book or film reviews
- group and individual projects
- translations and commentaries
- use of software (desktop publishing, podcasts, vlogs)
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.
Having the ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultures in different contexts can lead to a rewarding career in areas such as tourism, teaching, journalism and marketing, in the UK and internationally.
The additional skills that knowing a language brings can also make you more employable in an increasingly global workforce. The growing use of tools such as video conferencing means you're more likely to work with colleagues in other countries, regardless of whether your own role is mobile or not. In fact, 16% of companies worldwide are completely remote, and 85% of managers believe their future teams will include remote workers (Findstack).
The language skills, intercultural awareness and proficiency in communication you gain from studying this course are especially sought after by businesses and organisations that operate across national borders and cultures.
You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to take up roles in many fields including:
- teacher – modern foreign languages or English as a foreign language
- international journalist or editor
- tourist guide
- bilingual consultant
- publishing assistant
- market analyst
This degree broadens your options so you can pursue almost any career. Learning a second language is useful in all sectors, including:
- international management
- translation and interpreting
- journalism and the media
You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level with a Master's in a subject such as Translation Studies or Applied Linguistics and TESOL.