BA Modern Languages (3 years)
Study one, two or three languages on our three-year BA Modern Languages course.
This Department of Languages and Cultures degree is similar to our four-year BA Modern Languages course, but does not include a year abroad. The three-year degree is aimed at students who are unable to spend a year abroad because of special circumstances – contact email@example.com to find out more.
You’ll choose to study up to three of our core languages:
These languages are offered at intermediate and advanced level.
Our programme also allows you to combine up to two core languages with one or two of our additional languages (subject to availability).
Your study options include:
- one core language
- two core languages
- one core language plus one additional language
- two core languages plus one additional language
- one core language plus two additional languages
- three core languages.
You’ll spend eight weeks in a language-rich environment to expand your language skills and develop your intercultural understanding of your language(s). Your placement can be taken as one eight-week block or in separate instalments throughout your degree.
Examples of placement locations include:
- summer schools abroad
- work placements at companies or organisations where your target language is used
- local schools where your target language is taught.
Alongside your core language modules, you’ll also study cultural modules to enhance your understanding of the countries in which the language is spoken. The number of cultural modules you take will depend on whether you are specialising in one specific language, or combining two or three core languages. They cover topics such as literary and cinematic traditions, history, politics, and linguistics. 98% of students in the Department of Languages and Cultures said our teaching staff were good or very good at explaining things (National Student Survey, 2023).
Language levels and requirements for core languages
You can study core languages from intermediate or advanced level. If you choose to study three core languages, at least one of them has to be taken from advanced level.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have achieved a high-level of proficiency.
Language levels and requirements for other languages
Our additional languages start at beginner’s level only.
By the time you graduate, you’ll have achieved independent-user competency.
Language levels and requirements
Our four core languages (French, German, Italian and Spanish) can be taken from beginner's level and no previous language qualifications are required. You may commence one or more of these languages at intermediate or advanced level if you have studied it before. If studying more than one core language, only one core language can be studied from beginner’s level. By the time you graduate you will have achieved high level of proficiency.
Our additional languages start at beginner’s level only, and enable you to achieve independent-user level by the time you graduate.
Expand your linguistic skills and intercultural understanding in one or two of your core languages by spending a year abroad. You can choose to study at a partner university, go on a work placement or work as a language teaching assistant. If you choose to study more than one core language, you will have the chance to prioritise the core language that you started at beginner level.
For more information, please visit the Department of Languages and Cultures website.