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Portuguese and French

Cardiff University
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Cardiff
English
September 2022

About this program

Portuguese and French

Our aim at the School of Modern Languages is to develop and educate our students to become ‘global citizens’. In addition to developing high-level language skills, our BA French and Portuguese programme allows you to gain an in-depth intercultural understanding that encompasses a specific knowledge of French and Portuguese. You will develop high-level communication and critical-thinking skills, and foster resilience and independence through time spent in immersive foreign language contexts.

France and Portugal are major actors on the European and world stage, possessing rich and sophisticated cultures. French and Portuguese are official working languages of the European Union and of the United Nations. By studying French combined with Portuguese you will gain a wealth of transferable skills and knowledge beneficial to the world of employment, making you competitive and attractive in an increasingly global workforce and opening the doors to a variety of career paths.

We offer French and Portuguese language for both advanced students and beginners. We also offer Portuguese language for heritage learners. In terms of language acquisition, this course will enable you to develop your writing, oral and aural skills through a range of learning activities and audio-visual materials. In your first year, in addition to your language tuition, an introduction to French and Portuguese history and culture seeks to provide a solid foundation for more specialised studies as you progress through your course.

Your understanding of the language will be further developed and refined during your year abroad, when you will experience life in a French-speaking and a Portuguese-speaking country at first hand.

In the final year, you have the opportunity to write a dissertation, which stimulates initiative and can serve as a useful preparation for postgraduate study.

It is important to remember that studying languages is not just about the language itself, it involves exploring many aspects of a country, and we aspire to offer a genuinely broad course that offers challenging and stimulating modules.

On completion of this four-year programme, you will have a high level of proficiency in the both French and Portuguese language, as well as a critical understanding of key aspects of French and Portuguese history, culture, literature, politics and contemporary society.

Admission requirements

Typical A level offer

ABB-BBB. If you have grade B in the relevant language A-level you will have access to the languages advanced pathways.

Extended/International Project Qualification: Applicants with grade A in the EPQ/IPQ 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.

English language requirements

GCSE

Grade C or grade 4 in GCSE English Language.

IELTS (academic)

At least 6.5 overall with a minimum of 5.5 in each subskill.

TOEFL iBT

At least 90 overall with minimum scores of 17 for writing, 17 for listening, 18 for reading and 20 for speaking.

PTE Academic

At least 62 overall with a minimum of 59 in all communicative skills.

Trinity ISE II/III

II: at least two Distinctions and two Merits.

III: at least a Pass in all components.

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


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Program content

The modules shown are an example of the typical curriculum and will be reviewed prior to the 2022/23 academic year. The final modules will be published by September 2022.

Year one

  • Histories and Cultures of the Portuguese-Speaking World: National and Transnational
  • National and Global Perspectives on France

Year two

Core modules

Cultures in Context (Portuguese)

Optional modules

  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 Portuguese
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 Portuguese
  • Ex-Beginners Language Year 2 French
  • Ex-Advanced Language Year 2 French
  • Introduction to Specialised Translation
  • The World & Language of Business (French Ex-Beginners)
  • Cultures in Context (French)
  • The World & Language of Business (French)

Year three

Optional modules

  • Sandwich Year Project (Autumn Semester)
  • Sandwich Year Project (Spring Semester)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement (Portuguese, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Portuguese, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Work Placement (Portuguese)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (Portuguese)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French, Spring)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Semester Work Placement Abroad (French)
  • Intercalary Semester Abroad: Study Abroad (French)

Year four

Core modules

  • High-Level Proficiency in Portuguese Language
  • High-Level Proficiency in French Language

Scholarships & funding

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

Tuition

  • Tuition fees for UK and Ireland Students:£9,000 per year
  • Tuition fees for International Students:£19,450 per year

For more information about tuition fee, please visit the university website.

Qualification

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.

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, French and Portuguese.
  • 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.

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 to 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.
  • Enhanced linguistic skills, as well as a broad appreciation of the culture and literature of France and Portugal.
  • 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.

Continuing studies

Many graduates pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE.

Career paths

Many graduates enjoy their year overseas so much that they take time out for more travel, or go abroad on graduation in search of employment.

Of those who choose to remain in the UK, many pursue postgraduate studies such as one of the School’s Postgraduate Taught degrees or a PGCE. Others start work immediately following their studies, and our graduates go on to secure excellent careers in international diplomacy, the Civil Service, teaching, business and journalism. Other employment options include roles as translators, language assistants, export assistants and proof-readers.

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