Modern Languages BA (Hons)

Overview

Do you have an interest in languages and the desire to develop your linguistic skills to a professional level? Do you want to spend a year abroad, learning more about the culture and languages of another country?

This BA (Hons) Modern Languages degree course immerses you in 1-3 languages of your choice, while imparting the cultural knowledge and vocational skills that will make you a sought after professional in multiple countries.

Whether you’re experienced in speaking multiple languages or need to learn your chosen language from scratch, we’ll take your enthusiasm and mould you into a confident linguistic expert.

What you'll experience

On this Modern Languages course, you'll:

  • study 1 language from French, German or Spanish

or:

  • study 2 languages from French, German, Spanish, Italian (beginners level only) or Mandarin (beginners level only)

To study 2 languages, you'll need to have taken French, German or Spanish at A level and continue studying your A level language.

You can also:

  • Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources
  • Immerse yourself in the cultures of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3
  • Test your language skills in simulations, scenario exercises, television broadcasts and debates
  • Fast-track to a teaching career with an optional Initial Teacher Training pathway, which includes a £9,000 bursary Qualified Teacher Status on completion of the final year of your degree

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.

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

If you combine your degree with teacher training, you'll do teaching placements as part of your course.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Modern Languages 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.

Year 1

Core modules

Nation, Language and Identity – 20 credits

On this module you'll focus on the nation, one of the most powerful concepts of the past two centuries, and you'll examine how nations are constructed, imagined and reinvented in France, Germany and Spain.

Researching Language and Professional Practice – 40 credits

In this module, you’ll focus on developing the core academic skills you need to successfully complete your course.

Optional modules

French Grade 1 and 2 – General Language – 20 credits

In this module, you'll learn how to communicate in French and carry out daily exchanges, such as greeting people, exchanging information, talking about likes dislikes and hobbies, and giving opinions and advice. 

French Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use – 20 credits

In this module, you'll use your French-language skills in context, to carry out various tasks and projects, as well as develop your overall understanding of French and Francophone culture.

French General Language Grade 3 – 20 credits

In this module you'll work towards a stronger understanding of French grammar, you'll study a wide range of authentic written and audio documents in French, and develop an understanding of Francophone cultures.

German Grade 1 and 2 – General Language – 20 credits

In this module, you’ll study A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

German Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use – 20 credits

In this module, A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages at a threshold level.

German General Language Grade 3 – 20 credits

This module maps to the B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages. 

Italian Grade 1 and 2 – General Language – 20 credits

In this module you'll learn the basics of Italian grammar, vocabulary and culture. This module maps to the A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Italian Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use – 20 credits

In this module you'll consolidate the grammar and vocabulary learned in the previous part, while also continuing to learn elementary to intermediate structures, as well as advanced vocabulary.

Language Project (French) – 20 credits

This module focuses on current affairs, social, historical, cultural and/or political aspects related to the countries or regions of study.

Language Project (German) – 20 credits

This module focuses on current affairs, social, historical, cultural and/or political aspects related to the countries or regions of study.

Language Project (Spanish) – 20 credits

This module is focused on current affairs: social, historical, cultural and/or political issues related to the countries or regions of study.

Language, Society and Mind – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the nature of language and the ways that it functions in society.

Mandarin Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use – 20 credits

This module maps to the A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Mandarin Grade 1 and 2 – General Language – 20 credits

This module maps to the A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Spanish Grade 1 and 2 – General Language – 20 credits

This module maps to the A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Spanish Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use – 20 credits

This module maps to the A1 and A2 levels of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Spanish General Language Grade 3 – 20 credits

This module maps to B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Year 2

Core modules

Year Abroad Preparation - 0 credits

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

Optional modules

Business and Markets in a Global Environment – 20 credits

In this module you'll examine the growth of international business and the influence of a vibrant and ever changing set of issues and relationships on national and international business environments.

China and East Asian Economics – 20 credits

This module gives you a thorough understanding of the development of East Asian economies including China and the 'Asian Tigers' (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Democratisation in Latin America – 20 credits

This module introduces you to key themes in Latin American development and democracy from the 1960s to the present day.

East Asian States and Societies – 20 credits

On this module you'll get an understanding of the dynamics between state and society in East Asia.

France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick? – 20 credits

This module explores the idea that France is a global actor, and looks at France's relationship with the rest of the world in the twin contexts of Europeanisation and globalisation.

French General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1) – 20 credits

This module maps to the B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

French General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2) – 20 credits

This module maps to the B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

French General Language Grade 4 – 20 credits

This module maps to B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages. 

German General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1) – 20 credits

This module maps to B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

German General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2) – 20 credits

This module maps to the B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

German General Language Grade 4 – 20 credits

This module maps to B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Germany in the American Century – 20 credits

On this module you'll explore American influence on Germany in the twentieth century.

Intercultural Perspectives on Communication – 20 credits

On this module you'll develop your knowledge of intercultural theory, using it to research and analyse intercultural contexts.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits

The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Introduction to Translation – 20 credits

This module introduces you to basic translation and develops your linguistic and employability skills with practical translation tasks.

Italian General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1) – 20 credits

This module maps to the lower B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Italian General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2) – 20 credits

In this module you'll continue to learn new vocabulary and grammar structures and consolidate what was covered in the first part of the unit, you'll also go to seminars in language labs based on written and audio texts, workshops and activities supported by resources on our virtual learning environment (VLE). 

Modern Foreign Language (IWLP) - 20 credits

In this module, you'll study 1 of 8 modern languages on the University's free Institution-Wide Language Programme.

Language for Professional Communication 1 (French) – 20 credits

This module will consolidate and further develop your linguistic skills, with a focus on developing your awareness of business cultures and practices in the target countries.

Language for Professional Communication 1 (German) – 20 credits

This module will consolidate and further develop your linguistic skills, with a focus on developing your awareness of business cultures and practices in target countries.

Language for Professional Communication 1 (Spanish) – 20 credits

This module will consolidate and further develop your linguistic skills, with a focus on developing your awareness of business cultures and practices in the target countries.

Learning from Experience – 20 credits

On this module you can gain credits from paid or unpaid work, volunteering, research placements, internships and other work-related learning including self-employment.

Learning from Experience Teaching Placement – 20 credits

On this module, you'll learn about general pedagogy as well as subject-specific methods and techniques for teaching modern foreign languages (MFL). 

Managing Across Cultures – 20 credits

This module introduces you to the management of organisations and people in cross-cultural contexts, developing your professional global mindset and cross-cultural competence in preparation for work in a dynamic global workplace.

Mandarin General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1) – 20 credits

This module maps to the lower B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Mandarin General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2) – 20 credits

This module maps to the lower B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Nazi Germany – 20 credits

On this module you'll look at debates and discussions around the rise of Nazism in Germany, its ideology and its implementation as a regime in power. 

Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine how the society and politics of the Hispanic world are depicted in twentieth century literature and film.

Revolution and Repression: Spain – 20 credits

On this module you'll take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Spanish society.

Spanish General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1) – 20 credits

This module maps to the lower B1 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Spanish General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2) – 20 credits

This module maps to the lower B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Spanish General Language Grade 4 – 20 credits

This module maps to B2 level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society – 20 credits

This module focuses on current French politics and society, covering the latest developments, debates and controversies in France, such as secularism and republican values, the rise of extreme politics and the ambiguous relationship between France and the EU.

World and Transnational Cinema – 20 credits

This module introduces you to world cinema through 2 contextual perspectives – post-colonialism and transnationalism/globalisation.

Year 3

Core module

Accredited Study Abroad – 120 credits

This period abroad will develop your inter-cultural, personal, linguistic and academic/business skills either in a work placement or at University.

Year 4

Optional modules

China and East Asian Economics – 20 credits

This module gives you a thorough understanding of the development of East Asian economies including China and the 'Asian Tigers' (South Korea, Taiwan, Hong Kong and Singapore).

Digital Communication – 20 credits

On this module you'll explore the practical and theoretical issues linked to the use of social media.

East Asian States and Societies – 20 credits

On this module you'll get an understanding of the dynamics between state and society in East Asia.

France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick? – 20 credits

This module explores the idea of France as a global actor, and looks at France's relationship with the rest of the world in the twin contexts of Europeanisation and globalisation.

French General Language Grade 6 – 20 credits

This module maps to CI level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Holocaust Literatures – 20 credits

On this module you'll familiarise yourself with literary presentations of the Holocaust.

Interpreting 1 – 20 credits

On this module you'll get an introduction to the interpreting profession and develop the skills needed to allow effective interlingual and intercultural communication.

Interpreting 2 – 20 credits

This module builds on your knowledge of the interpreting profession to develop you interpreting skills and introduce conference interpreting skills.

Introduction to Teaching – 20 credits

The module will introduce you to the role and expectations of a teacher.

Italian General Language Grade 6 – 20 credits

This module maps to CI level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Mandarin General Language Grade 6 – 20 credits

This module maps to CI level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

Nazi Germany (L6) – 20 credits

On this module you'll look at the debates and discussions around the rise of Nazism in Germany, its ideology and its implementation as a regime in power. 

Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine how the society and politics of the Hispanic world are depicted in twentieth century literature and film.

Professional Practice in MFL Teaching and Research Project – 40 credits

On this module you'll look at the skills and techniques (pedagogy) used when teaching modern foreign languages (MFL) in English secondary schools.

Research Project – 20 credits

On this module you'll design and complete an extended academic or work-based study with clear and specific aims.

Revolution and Repression: Spain – 20 credits

On this module you'll take an interdisciplinary approach to the study of Spanish society.

Spanish General Language Grade 6 – 20 credits

This module maps to CI level of the Council of Europe Common European Framework for Languages.

The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society – 20 credits

This module focuses on current French politics and society, covering the latest developments, debates and controversies in France, such as secularism and republican values, the rise of extreme politics and the ambiguous relationship between France and the EU.

Translation Theory and Practice – 20 credits

On this module you'll examine translation strategies and the relationships between selected genres.

Translation Theory and Practice (Chinese) – 20 credits

This module introduces you to fundamental issues in the theory and practice of translation between English and Chinese.

Workplace Discourse – 20 credits

On this module you'll use applied linguistics to examine discourse in a variety of workplace contexts.

Writing to Persuade – 20 credits

This module will develop your knowledge of various types of written texts used in a professional workplace context.

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • skill development sessions
  • oral practice classes
  • work placement

You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • essays
  • use of software including desktop publishing, podcasts, subtitling and web design
  • case studies
  • blogging
  • examinations
  • book reviews
  • professional and business reports
  • group and individual projects
  • oral presentations
  • portfolio of achievement

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

  • Year 1 students: 23% by written exams, 16% by practical exams and 61% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 7% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Careers and opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

With language skills continuing to be in high demand in many industries, previous students have gone on to work in fields such as:

  • translation and interpreting
  • marketing
  • journalism and the media
  • international management
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • finance

What jobs can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator translator
  • teacher
  • translator/interpreter
  • diplomat
  • journalist
  • tourist guide
  • market analyst

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

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

Entry Requirements For This Course

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent. Students wishing to take two languages require 32 points from an A level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish).

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

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