Modern Languages and History

Bangor University
Program overview
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

Start dates
September 2023

September 2024

September 2025

About this program

Modern Languages and History

On this Program you will study History alongside a language (Chinese, French, German, Italian or Spanish, from beginners or advanced level). You'll develop written and oral skills and will learn about cultural aspects, including national histories. You can choose from a range of topics from medieval to contemporary history. This joint course History will impart a solid knowledge of different nations in a variety of historical periods, equipping you with transferable skills highly sought after by employers.

All language modules include written skills (e.g. translation and essay writing) and oral skills taught by a native speaker.

Optional modules in Modern Languages allow you to gain insight into the cinema, literature, history, and culture of the country whose language you are studying. The modules available in History will sit well alongside Modern Languages modules, and enable you to focus on a wide variety of time periods, geographical areas and themes. This will enable you to follow modules that focus on the history of Wales, Britain, and Europe, as well as that of other areas.

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Admission requirements

For 2022 entry:

Offers are tariff based, 80 - 112 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification e.g.:

  • A Levels (including grade C in relevant modern language. No language required for language-beginners' pathway. History preferred but not required).
  • International Baccalaureate Diploma (including grade H5 in relevant modern language. No language required for language-beginners' pathway).
  • BTEC National/Extended Diploma and Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma: MMP - DMM
  • City & Guilds Advanced Technical/Extended Diploma: Case by case
  • Access
  • Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
  • T-levels: considered on a case-by-case basis.

International Candidates: School leaving qualifications and college diplomas are accepted from countries worldwide (subject to minimum English Language requirements)

For more information about admission requirements, please visit the university website.

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Program content

Year 1

Compulsory Modules

  • Advanced French 1
  • Advanced German 1
  • Advanced Italian 1
  • Advanced Spanish 1
  • Advanced French 2
  • Advanced German 2
  • Advanced Italian 2
  • Advanced Spanish 2
  • Chinese for Beginners 1
  • French for Beginners I
  • German for Beginners I
  • Italian for Beginners I
  • Spanish Begin./Intermed. 1
  • Chinese for Beginners 2
  • French for Beginners II
  • German for Beginners II
  • Italian for Beginners II
  • Spanish Begin./Intermed. 2

Year 2

Compulsory Modules

  • Chinese Language Skills
  • French Language Skills
  • Italian Language 1
  • Spanish Language 1

Year 4

Compulsory Modules

  • Dissertation
  • Anarchism in Europe
  • Nationalism in the UK
  • The Norman Conquest
  • Princely Wales
  • Students must take EITHER the Dissertation OR a Special Subject, while ensuring that they have taken 60 credits in History in total during Year 3.
  • Advance Chinese Lang Skills
  • French Lang. Skills (3 Major)
  • Italian Language 2 (3 Major)
  • Spanish Language 2 (3 Major)

Scholarships & funding

Several scholarship options are available. Please check the university website for more information.


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Career paths

Studying a course such as Modern Languages and History provides you with a range of skills that are relevant to a wide variety of careers. Students with expertise in these fields often go into jobs in areas such as teaching, translating, civil service and local government. In addition, they also embark upon successful careers in the public sector, marketing, business, and media. In other words, you will gain a range of skills that are valued highly by employers from a wide variety of different sectors.

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A Top 30 university

The Complete University Guide 2022 results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 30 universities for student satisfaction (excluding specialist institutions). This reflects the University’s focus on the overall student experience.

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We offer hundreds of courses across the arts and the sciences. We pride ourselves on the quality of our teaching and our courses and lecturers have been rated in the top 5 in the UK (WhatUni 2022).

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Study at a world-class university, which is recognised for the quality of teaching and research. 85% of Bangor University's research is world-leading or internationally excellent (Research Excellence Framework (REF) 2021).

Work experience and placements

We offer a variety of options to gain valuable employability skills, which include supporting you in work placements and internships that you may wish to undertake.

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We guarantee accommodation for first-year students who apply by the deadline and select us as their Firm Choice. Our accommodation was rated Top 3 in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2022.

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Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience with free membership of student clubs and societies. There are over 150 different ones to choose from, so you can try something new, get involved with sports, meet new friends and get out and explore the local area.


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