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BA (Hons) Modern Languages

University of Portsmouth
4 years
Full time
Bachelor's degree
Scholarships available
On campus
Portsmouth
September 2021

Program description

BA (Hons) Modern Languages

Do you have an interest in languages and the desire to develop your linguistic skills to a professional level? Do you want to spend a year abroad, learning more about the culture and languages of another country?

This BA (Hons) Modern Languages degree immerses you in 1-3 languages of your choice, while imparting the cultural knowledge and vocational skills that will make you a sought after professional in multiple countries.

Whether you’re experienced in speaking multiple languages or need to learn your chosen language from scratch, we’ll take your enthusiasm and mould you into a confident linguistic expert.

Admission requirements

Typical offers

  • A levels – BBB–BCC
  • UCAS points – 104–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent Students wishing to take two languages require 32 points from an A level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish) (calculate your UCAS points)
  • BTECs (Extended Diplomas) – DDM–DMM
  • International Baccalaureate – 25

English language requirements

  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.5 with no component score below 6.0.

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


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Program content

Year 1

Core modules

  • Nation, Language and Identity
  • Researching Language and Professional Practice

Optional modulesl

  • French Grade 1 and 2 – General Language.
  • French Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use
  • French General Language Grade 3
  • German Grade 1 and 2 – General Language
  • German Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use
  • German General Language Grade 3
  • Italian Grade 1 and 2 – General Language
  • Italian Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use
  • Language Project (French)
  • Language Project (German)
  • Language Project (Spanish)

Language, Society and Mind

  • Mandarin Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use.
  • Mandarin Grade 1 and 2 – General Language.
  • Spanish Grade 1 and 2 – General Language
  • Spanish Grade 1 and 2 – Language in Use
  • Spanish General Language Grade 3

Year 2

Core modules

  • Year Abroad Preparation

Optional modules

  • Business and Markets in a Global Environment
  • China and East Asian Economics
  • Democratisation in Latin America
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • Empire and its Afterlives
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
  • French General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1)
  • French General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2)
  • French General Language Grade 4
  • German General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1)
  • German General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2)
  • German General Language Grade
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Introduction to Translation
  • Italian General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1)
  • Italian General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2)
  • Modern Foreign Language (IWLP)
  • Language for Professional Communication 1 (French)
  • Language for Professional Communication 1 (German)
  • Language for Professional Communication 1 (Spanish)
  • Learning from Experience
  • Learning from Experience Teaching Placement
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Mandarin General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1)
  • Mandarin General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 2)
  • Nazi Germany
  • Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film
  • Spanish General Language Grade 3 and 4 (Part 1)
  • Spanish General Language Grade .
  • Spanish General Language Grade
  • World and Transnational Cinema

Year 3

Core module

  • Accredited Study Abroad

Year 4

Optional modules

  • China and East Asian Economics
  • Digital Communication
  • East Asian States and Societies
  • France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
  • French General Language Grade
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • German General Language Grade
  • Holocaust Literatures
  • Interpreting 1
  • Interpreting 2
  • Introduction to Teaching
  • Italian General Language Grade
  • Language and Social Media
  • Learning from Experience
  • Mandarin General Language Grade
  • Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film
  • Professional Practice in MFL Teaching and Research Project
  • Research Project
  • Spanish General Language Grade
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Translation Theory and Practice (Chinese)
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade

Scholarships & funding

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

Program delivery

Duration

  • 4 years full-time with language year abroad

Tuition fees

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students: £9,250 per year
  • International students: £15,500 per year

Qualification

On this course, you'll:

  • study 1 language from French, German or Spanish or:
  • study 2 languages from French, German, Spanish, Italian (beginners level only) or Mandarin (beginners level only)

To study 2 languages, you'll need to have taken French, German or Spanish at A level and continue studying your A level language.

You can also:

  • Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources
  • Immerse yourself in the cultures of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3
  • Test your language skills in simulations, scenario exercises, television broadcasts and debates
  • Fast-track to a teaching career with an optional Initial Teacher Training pathway, which includes a £9,000 bursary Qualified Teacher Status on completion of the final year of your degree

Career opportunities

When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

With language skills continuing to be in high demand in many industries, previous students have gone on to work in fields such as:

  • translation and interpreting
  • marketing
  • journalism and the media
  • international management
  • teaching
  • tourism
  • finance

What jobs can you do with a Modern Languages degree?

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator translator
  • teacher
  • translator/interpreter
  • diplomat
  • journalist
  • tourist guide
  • market analyst

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University of Portsmouth

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Why study at University of Portsmouth

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.

Contact info

University of Portsmouth

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PO1 2UP Portsmouth Hampshire
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