Linguistics and Modern Languages & Cultures BA

The combination of linguistics and modern languages and cultures will deepen your understanding of how language and languages work. You'll study the inner workings of language, and apply this knowledge to your study of either one or two modern foreign languages. You will also examine the history, literature and culture of those languages.

As a dual honours student, you'll divide your studies between the School of English and the School of Languages and Cultures. Choice and flexibility are at the heart of our teaching, which means you can pursue and develop your own interests. At every level, there is a wide variety of modules to choose from. You will be taught by world-leading experts from both departments.

You'll be required to take a minimum number of credits within both departments each year, but how you choose to divide your modules after this is up to you: split your modules evenly between linguistics and modern languages and cultures, or choose to weight your degree in favour of one subject or the other.

For the modern languages and cultures side of your course, you'll focus on one or two languages, choosing from French, German, Russian, Spanish, Dutch, Czech, Italian (available as a second language only), Catalan, Luxembourgish (available to study from second year) or Portuguese.

You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent). As well as taking modules that focus on practical language skills, you'll also explore topics such as linguistics, literature, society, politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

In linguistics, core modules will teach you the analytical techniques and concepts that are essential for studying human language. Optional modules give you the chance to specialise in areas of the subject that catch your imagination, including language acquisition, historical linguistics, or the study of language in its social and cultural contexts.

You'll spend the third year of your course abroad. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond: choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities. Please be aware that we do not offer a year abroad option in Italy.

Research is central to the student experience here in Sheffield. All our teaching is informed by the latest findings, and all our students have the opportunity to carry out their own research project as part of their degree. Outside your degree, there are many opportunities to develop your interests, insights and critical faculties.

Dual and combined honours degrees

BA Award
Full-time Study Mode
4 years Duration

Entry Requirements For This Course

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Standard offer

Access Sheffield offer

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

ABB

typically including a modern foreign language

The A Level entry requirements for this course are:

BBB

typically including a modern foreign language

A Levels + additional qualifications

| BBB, typically including a modern foreign language + B in the EPQ

International Baccalaureate

| 33, typically with 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language

32, typically with 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language

BTEC

| DDD in a relevant subject

DDM in a relevant subject

Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher

| AABBB + B typically in a modern foreign language

ABBBB + B typically in a modern foreign language

Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels

| B + AB, typically including a modern foreign language

B + BB, typically including a modern foreign language

Access to HE Diploma

| 60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 30 credits at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit

60 credits overall in a relevant subject, with 45 credits at Level 3, including 24 credits at Distinction and 21 credits at Merit

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English language requirements | You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification

Equivalent English language qualifications

Visa and immigration requirements

Other requirements

Evidence of interest in language and linguistics, demonstrated through the personal statement, is also required

If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE at grade 4/C or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification)

We also accept a range of other UK qualifications and other EU/international qualifications.

If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department.

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