BA (Hons) Language Studies

University of Portsmouth
3 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available

About this program

BA (Hons) Language Studies

Would you like a qualification that gives you proficiency in a language while immersing you in its related cultures?

This BA (Hons) Language Studies degree course immerses you in the study of a foreign language and its related cultures, giving you the expertise and skill to work and communicate effectively in the international community.

You can tailor the course to your needs, ambitions and current level of proficiency. You'll study 1 language in depth, from a choice including Spanish, French or German, and have the option to study a second language through our Institution-wide Language Program (IWLP). And you'll immerse yourself in the culture surrounding these languages, from literature and TV to broader cultural ideas.

Your linguistic competence will grow alongside your intercultural awareness. When you complete this course, you'll be well prepared for work in teaching, media, tourism, business and finance.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

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

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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • French/German/Spanish General Language Grade 3
  • French/German/Spanish Language Project
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice
  • French/German/Spanish Grade 1 & 2 – General Language
  • French/German/Spanish Grade 1 & 2 – Language in Use
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Language, Society and Mind
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice

Year 2

Core modules

  • French/German/Spanish General Language Grade 4
  • Language for Professional Communication 1 (French/German/Spanish)
  • French/German/Spanish General Language Grade 3 and 4 – part 1
  • French/German/Spanish General Language Grade 3 and 4 – part 2
  • French/German/Spanish Language Project
  • ITT pathway
  • If you do the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) pathway, these modules are also core in year 2:
  • Learning from Experience Teaching Placement
  • Modern Foreign Language via the Institution-Wide Language Program (IWLP)

Optional modules

  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Modern Foreign Language via the Institution-Wide Language Program (IWLP)
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)
  • The Language of Literature
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • World and Transnational Cinema

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

You'll also have the option to work as a research assistant, copy editor or teaching assistant or start your own business in your placement year.

We’ll help you secure a placement that fits your career goals. You'll get support from our Placements Office with applications, interviews and assessment days. You’ll also get mentoring and support to make the most out of your placement year, including visits from lecturers.

Year 3

Core modules

  • Exploring Language and Culture 1 (French/German/Spanish) – you won't take this module if you spend a semester abroad
  • Exploring Language and Culture 2 (French/German/Spanish)
  • Professional Practice in MFL Teaching and Research Project (ITT pathway only)

Optional modules

  • Communication Theory
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • Digital Communication
  • Dissertation/Major Project
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Research Project
  • Study Abroad
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery


  • 3 years full-time
  • 4 years sandwich with work placement


  • For UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250
  • For International students: £14,300

Career paths

What can you do with a Language Studies degree?

Having the ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultures in different contexts can lead to a rewarding career in areas such as tourism, teaching, journalism and marketing.

The language skills, intercultural awareness and proficiency in communication you gain from studying this course are especially sought after by businesses and organisations that operate across national borders and cultures.

What jobs can you do with a Language Studies degree?

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to take up roles in many fields, related and unrelated to linguistics, including:

  • Teacher – modern foreign languages or English as a foreign language
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publishing assistant
  • Tourist guide
  • Bilingual consultant
  • Market analyst

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Portsmouth is consistently within the top-ranked institutions in the UK for student satisfaction, which is reflected in the teaching quality, but also the experience that students enjoy with us.

Students can live a few minutes' walk away from their faculty buildings on campus, with only a 5-10 min walk to the seaside.

The cost of living and accommodation in Portsmouth are significantly lower than in the larger cities in the UK, meaning you'll be able to live more comfortably here. The city is so compact that you don't need to take any public transport and most students/lecturers get around by bike.

The city has a population of around 200,000 and over 10% of this is made up of our student population. We have 5,000 students from overseas on campus.

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
United Kingdom

Phone no: +442392843464

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