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Modern Languages and Translation

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
September 2021
Application deadline: UK and EU - 15 Jan; International Students - 30 June

Program description

Modern Languages and Translation

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to enable our students to become ‘global citizens’. Our graduates are highly skilled linguists with a comprehensive skillset which prepares them to work in a host of careers and professions nationally and internationally.

Translation is crucial in today's globalised world. Multinational businesses and international institutions are constantly looking for translators and language specialists. Our Translation program provides you with theoretical, vocational and practical translation skills alongside the opportunity to gain an excellent command of either one or two modern languages. A year spent abroad hones your language, the intercultural awareness so essential to translation and builds a valuable skill set for your CV in a job market thirsty for graduates with strong foreign languages.

As well as receiving practical and in-depth language tuition you will be given translation specific skills in areas such as legal, commercial and scientific translation. These skills will allow you to carve out a particular career path and act as an excellent foundation for a foothold in the translation industry.

Our Translation curriculum is in line with standards set by professional translation bodies including the Institute of Linguists and the Institute for Translators and Interpreters. On completion of this four-year program, you will have a high level of proficiency in your selected languages, as well as a critical understanding of translation in different specialist areas and contexts.

Distinctive features

  • High-quality language teaching delivered by native speakers, with blended learning and digital technologies embedded in the teaching and assessments designed to feed forward into future learning.
  • A vibrant program of extra-curricular activities to support your language learning and immersion in the culture of the language you have chosen, including extra optional conversation classes with Erasmus students to improve your language skills, translations talks and workshops, and other events.
  • A curriculum with a clear learning arc, drawing on the latest research and providing a thorough understanding of the culture of the language you have chosen to study
  • A structured skills program which embeds academic, transferable and employability skills into learning from the very beginning.
  • The option of taking a credit-bearing work placement.
  • The opportunity to spend your third year either studying or working in a country that predominantly operates in your chosen language of study. (Please note, due to visa restrictions, should you choose to study Japanese with translation you will be unable to work in Japan during your year abroad. Consequently, you will spend your year abroad studying at a university in Japan.)
  • An exciting range of opportunities beyond your formal studies to engage with local schools and communities in promoting language learning and develop your own skills and profile.

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2020/21 academic year. The final modules will be published by September.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB - BBB. Applicants holding a B in relevant language A-levels will have access to the Languages advanced pathways. Please note that General Studies and Critical Thinking will not be accepted.

Extended Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ will typically receive an offer one grade lower than the standard A level offer. Please note that any subject specific requirements must still be met.

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

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Program content

  • Introduction to Translation Methods
  • Introduction to Translation Theory
  • Understanding Hispanidad in a Global Context
  • Advanced Spanish Language Year 1
  • Beginners Spanish Language Year 1
  • Advanced Mandarin Chinese Language Year 1
  • China in Context
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Beginners
  • Japanese for Post-A Level Learners
  • Elementary Japanese
  • Japan in Context
  • Histories and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World: National and Transnational
  • Portuguese Language for Heritage Learners Year 1
  • Advanced Portuguese Language Year 1
  • Beginners Portuguese Language Year 1
  • National and Global Perspectives on France
  • Advanced French Language Year 1
  • Beginners French Language Year 1
  • German History and Culture in Transnational Context
  • Advanced German Language Year 1
  • Beginners German Language Year 1
  • Introduction to Italian Studies in a Transnational Context
  • Advanced Italian Language (Year 1)
  • Beginners Italian Language Year 1
  • Principles of Translation Theory
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Spanish
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Spanish
  • Cultures in Context (Spanish)
  • Cultures in Context (Chinese)
  • Mandarin Chinese Language Intermediate
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Portuguese
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Portuguese
  • Cultures in Context (Portuguese)
  • Intermediate Japanese
  • Japanese Culture and Society
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 German
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 German
  • Cultures in Context (German)
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Italian
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Italian
  • Whose ‘culture’ is it anyway? Identity, Power and Memory in C20th Italy
  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Translation, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (Translation, Autumn)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Translation, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Translation, Autumn)

Tuition fees

Tuition Fees for UK and EU students is £9,000

Tuition Fees for students from outside the EU is £18,200

Scholarships & funding

For more information about scholarships, please visit the university website.


What skills will I practise and develop?

Knowledge & Understanding

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to speak, write, and understand one or more foreign languages to a high level of competency.
  • An in-depth intercultural understanding including specific knowledge of other cultures, allied to the ability to navigate and mediate between more than one culture.
  • The ability to translate different types of texts and convey their meaning in a professional manner.

Intellectual Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to communicate clearly, concisely and persuasively in writing and speech, in English, and a modern foreign language.
  • Applying a range of strategies to initiate and undertake analysis of information.
  • Reaching conclusions about the strengths and weaknesses of views and arguments, justifying these with sound reasoning and detailed interpretations of source material.
  • Relevant and effective research techniques to plan and write an academic essay, using the correct referencing conventions.
  • Critical evaluation of ideas and arguments, through the coherent presentation of information and ideas using a plethora of written and oral skills.

Professional Practical Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • Using a range of IT programs and digital media, where appropriate.
  • Resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.
  • Communication and critical-thinking skills.
  • Working to deadlines and priorities, managing a range of tasks at the same time.
  • Working as part of a team, developing a collaborative approach to problem-solving.

Transferable/Key Skills

On successful completion of the program you will be able to demonstrate:

  • The ability to grasp complex issues with confidence.
  • The ability analyse complex texts.
  • The ability to interpret and apply relevant data.
  • Practical research skills.
  • Imaginative solutions of your own that are rooted in evidence.
  • Learning from constructive criticism and incorporate its insights.
  • Taking responsibility for your own learning program and professional development.
  • Critical skills (reasoning, evaluating evidence, problem-solving, relating theory to practice).
  • Creativity and innovative thinking.
  • Leadership, teamwork and self-management skills.
  • Identifying, recording and communicating your relevant career attainments.

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