Specialise in one language or combine two or three languages and expand your knowledge of the associated cultures. Our BA Modern Languages enables you to become fluent in your chosen language(s) and to hone your intercultural skills.
Our flexible BA Modern Languages gives you the opportunity to either specialise in one core language, or to combine two or three languages. You can decided to study one, two or three core languages, choosing from:
You can start these core languages from beginner, intermediate or advanced level. The study of core languages includes language modules, but also cultural modules that develop your understanding of the cultures of the countries in which the language is spoken, from their literary and cinematic traditions to their history, politics and linguistics. The number of ‘cultural’ modules you will take depends on whether you are specialising in one specific language, or combining two or three core languages. Find our more about our core languages and the modules on offer: French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish Studies.
Our programme also allows you to combine up to two core languages with our additional languages. Choose from Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese, Modern Greek or Russian (subject to availability). The study of additional languages focuses on developing your linguistic proficiency, and you will reach independent-user competency by the time you graduate.
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 near-native 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.
Qualified Teacher Status
Alongside your degree, and depending on your chosen combination of languages, you can train for Qualified Teacher Status (QTS), a qualification that will enable you to teach in secondary schools in England and Wales.
If you opt into the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) modules, you will be interviewed during your first year and must demonstrate a strong commitment to teaching. You will also need to satisfy the requirements set by the Department for Education.
Typical offerA Level BBB | IB 30 points overall
Select Reading as your firm choice on UCAS and we will guarantee you a place if you achieve one grade lower than the published offer.
To study two core languages: minimum GCSE grade B (or 6) is required in at least one of the core languages of choice (French, German, Italian, Spanish).
To study three core languages as major subjects: minimum GCSE grade B (or 6) is required in at least two of the core languages of choice (French, German, Italian, Spanish).
Extended Project Qualification
In recognition of the excellent preparation that the Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) provides to students for University study, we can now include achievement in the EPQ as part of a formal offer.
If you are an international or EU student and do not meet the requirements for direct entry to your chosen degree you can join the University of Reading’s International Foundation Programme. Successful completion of this 1 year programme guarantees you a place on your chosen undergraduate degree. English language requirements start as low as IELTS 4.5 depending on progression degree and start date.
Language modules in French, German, Italian and/or Spanish (depending on your chosen core language(s)
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
Optional modules may include:
At least one cultural module focusing on the countries where your core language(s) is/are spoken, for instance:
Global French Life-Stories (if studying French as a core module)
Glorification, Denial and Contempt ; reconstructing Austria’s Past (if specialising in German)
Italian Cinema (if choosing Italian as a core language)
Culture and Revolution in Modern Latin America (if Spanish is taken as a core language).
The number of cultural modules you take in any one particular language depends on whether you are studying this language on its own, or in combination with others. For more information about modules on offer in each language please check our dedicated pages:French Studies, German Studies, Italian Studies, Spanish Studies.
You may choose to take one or more of our ‘comparative’ modules, which enable you to study the literature, cinema or history of not one but several countries in a comparative fashion, for example:
Society, Thought and Art in Modern Europe
Unity, Nationalism and Regionalism.
If you are studying more than one core language you will have the opportunity to split your year abroad between different linguistic spheres, or – if you started one of your core languages from beginner’s level - you can choose spend the whole year in a country where the language you started from beginner’s level is spoken.
We offer a range of destinations that currently includes:
If you are taking French as a core language: Montpellier, Paris, Geneva, Toulouse, La Réunion
If you are taking German as a core language: Augsburg, Regensburg, Vienna, Potsdam, Graz, Tübingen
If you are taking Italian as a core language: Florence, Siena, Naples, Padua, Bologna, Pisa, Rome
If you are taking Spanish as a core language: Havana, Madrid, Sevilla, Oviedo, Mexico (Puebla), Salamanca
Core modules may include:
French Popular Music and Society
Migration in Germany
Crisis, Change, Opportunity: Italy from 1968 to the Present
Writers and Publishers in Spain
Language and Power
Please note that all modules are subject to change.
UK undergraduate fees are regulated by the government. These fees are subject to parliamentary approval and any decision on raising the tuition fees cap for new UK and EU** students would require the formal approval of both Houses of Parliament before it becomes law.
From 2020, the UK government may link tuition fees to the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF).
These course fees cover the cost of your tuition. Some courses will require additional payments for field trips and extra resources. You will also need to budget for your accommodation and living costs. See our information on living costs for more details.
Financial support for your studies
You may be eligible for a scholarship or bursary to help pay for your study. Students from the UK and other EU countries may also be eligible for a student loan to help cover these costs. See our fees and funding information for more information on what's available.
What career can you have?
Overall, 94% of our students are in work or further study within six months of graduating (Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, 2016/17).
Recent graduates have found careers in translation, teaching, business and finance, the arts, and marketing. Recent employers include Sony Europe, the Civil Service, Oxford University Press, BNP Paribas, Dow Jones, Vodafone and PwC.