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BA Modern Languages

University of Essex
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Colchester
English
October 2021

Program description

BA Modern Languages

Language is fundamental to our thought, our relationships, and our civilisations. Through language we transmit knowledge, from inviting someone for coffee, to promoting the latest scientific theory, to settling global political disputes.

On our course you can study up to three languages choosing between French, German, Italian and Spanish from beginner or post-A level standard. Portuguese can be studied from a pre-A level standard. These languages can be studied alongside the language expert modules which cover a range of cultural and professional skills.

Each of these languages are widely used in the business world, and we take you to a level of near-fluency; so many of our graduates have gone on to develop successful global careers with international firms looking for language specialists.

In addition to the language skills you develop on our course, you also explore a range of modules on global cultures, histories, and politics, so that you can really understand another country, beyond just being able to communicate in the native language. Study topics including:

  • World cinema
  • Translation, interpreting and subtitling
  • Popular music
  • Visual history

Admission requirements

UK entry requirements

A-levels: BBB

If Portuguese is taken as the major language, A Level pass (or equivalent) in Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or first language level fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish is required.

BTEC: DDD, depending on subject studied - advice on acceptability can be provided.

IB: 30 points or three Higher Level certificates with 555

We are also happy to consider a combination of separate IB Diploma Programmes at both Higher and Standard Level. Exact offer levels will vary depending on the range of subjects being taken at higher and standard level, and the course applied for. Please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.

To study Portuguese as your major language, you need a pass in Higher Level Italian, Spanish or Portuguese or fluency in Italian, Romanian or Spanish.

Access to HE Diploma: 45 Level 3 credits at Merit or above

International & EU entry requirements

We accept a wide range of qualifications from applicants studying in the EU and other countries. Get in touch with any questions you may have about the qualifications we accept. Remember to tell us about the qualifications you have already completed or are currently taking.

English language requirements

English language requirements for applicants whose first language is not English: IELTS 6.0 overall. (Different requirements apply for second year entry.)

Other English language qualifications may be acceptable so please contact us for further details. If we accept the English component of an international qualification then it will be included in the information given about the academic levels listed above. Please note that date restrictions may apply to some English language qualifications

For more information about admission requirements, please contact the school or the inquiries team.


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Program content

Year 1

  • Language Expert 1
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics
  • Intensive Initial German 1 (optional)
  • Advanced Spanish (optional)
  • Foundations of Sociolinguistics (optional)
  • Child Language Development (optional)
  • Intensive Initial German 2 (optional)

Year 2

  • Language Expert 2
  • Intensive Initial German 1 (optional)
  • Proficiency Level Spanish (optional)
  • Spanish / Italian / Romanian to Portuguese Conversion (optional)
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics
  • Intensive Initial German 2 (optional)

Final Year

  • Language Dissertation
  • Higher Intermediate German (optional)
  • Advanced Portuguese (optional)
  • Mastery Level Spanish (optional)
  • Careers and Employability Skills for Languages and Linguistics.

Program delivery

  • Teaching takes the form of lectures and seminar sessions or discussion classes
  • State-of-the-art technologies and materials create an ideal learning environment
  • Activities designed to develop your practical language skills, such as role-play and class presentations
  • Cultural and social themes are explored through film, music, the internet, theatre and literature

Tuition fees

Tuition fee for the academic year 2020-21

  • Home/UK fee: £9,250
  • International fee: £16,850

Career opportunities

Companies and organisations in the UK and abroad are struggling to find university graduates who are fluent in at least one other language, apart from English.

Being an Essex modern languages graduate places you in a very advantageous position. You will be able to speak and write fluently, or to a very competent standard, in up to four languages. Language skills are in scarce supply and can be used in almost any job.

Our graduates become teachers, translators, administrators and journalists. Their valued language skills have enabled them to work in diverse fields including banking, entertainment, media, education and tourism, as well as for a host of UK and international companies. In particular, a degree in modern languages lends itself to a career in education, translation, interpretation, trade, PR, communications, immigration or diplomacy.

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University of Essex

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CO4 3SQ Colchester


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