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Modern Languages

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

Including at least one essay based subject. All other subjects offered as major languages may be studied from beginners' level, in either single or dual language combinations. In any dual language combination, applicants may not study more than one language from beginners' level. Excludes General Studies.

Access to HE Diploma

D:15,M:15

We consider applications from students with the Access to Higher Education Diploma. The minimum academic requirement is to achieve 60 credits overall, with 45 credits at Level 3, of which 15 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. For programmes with French, applicants must have studied French to at least GCSE level. For all other single and joint honours language programmes, experience of learning a language other than your mother tongue, and a demonstrable aptitude for language study are required. Applications are considered on a case by case basis, and we may request an interview. Due to the high volume of applications, we do not make offers of study purely on the basis of meeting grade requirements.

We consider applications from students offering an EPQ and may make an alternative offer to include three A levels, one grade lower than our usual requirement, along with a specific grade in the EPQ.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

Minimum five GCSE passes including English at grade C or 4.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

30

To include 5,5,5 in three Higher level subjects, including at least one essay based subject. All subjects offered as major languages may be studied from beginners' level, in either single or dual language combinations. In any dual language combination, applicants may not study more than one language from beginners' level.

Queen Mary University of London welcomes applications from students currently studying Level 3 BTEC qualifications and will consider you for entry to the majority of our undergraduate courses. The typical entry requirements will vary according to the course you are applying for. Some of our courses require specific subject knowledge which you may not be able to cover as part of a Level 3 BTEC qualification and we may therefore require additional Level 3 qualifications to ensure that you are suitably prepared for relevant courses. A small number of our courses do not accept BTEC qualifications for entry, either as a standalone qualification, or in combination with other qualifications at Level 3. Information on our typical entry requirements and guidance for applying can be found at http://www.qmul.ac.uk/undergraduate/entry/btec/ If you are at all unsure about the acceptability of your BTEC qualification for entry, please contact the Admissions team for individual advice ([email protected]).

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2022

Subject

Modern languages

Our Modern Languages BA gives you the opportunity to study French, German, Russian, or Spanish on its own, or combine two of those languages with each other or with Portuguese. You also have the option of taking up a third language as a minor subject, including Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Modern Arabic or Japanese, in your first or second year.

No prior knowledge of any languages is required, although you can only study one at a time from beginners. We stream our language modules, from beginner to native speaker, so you’ll be taught at the right level.

You’ll combine practical classes in written and spoken language with understanding the wider context – the history and society of the nations that speak your chosen languages, their literatures and their roles around the world. You’ll expand your horizons with modules that go beyond the obvious: students of French can study Mauritian creole, or the quirks of Belgian culture; students of Portuguese can learn about Brazilian cinema; students of Russian may perform a play in the language even in their first year; options in Spanish range from modern Cuban poetry to colonialism; and students of German are immersed in Austrian and Swiss cultures, too.

You’ll spend your third year studying or working overseas, an exceptional opportunity to put your languages to the test and develop your intercultural competence.

Modules

Year 1
The compulsory core of our programme comprises:
Culture and Language
A language module (streamed according to entry level) for each language you study

One language students take a further 60 credits of modules, which must include at least 30 credits relating to the language they study, and may include a second language as an option.

Two language students take a further 30 credits of option modules, which may include a third language.

Modules include:
French:
Postcolonial Francospheres: Memories of Colonialism in the French-Speaking World
Picturing a Nation: France and its Image from Marianne to #JesuisCharlie

German:
Germany Today
Austria Today
German Play
German Romanticism in its European Context

Russian:
Russian Short Stories: The Twentieth Century
History of Russian
Russian Language Play
Reading Contemporary Russia

Spanish:
Men, Women, and Song: Love Poetry in Medieval Iberia
Catalan Culture: Art, Literature and Football

Portuguese:
Colonial Power and Desire: Narratives of Dissent in Portugal and Brazil

Assessment methods

Assessment typically includes a combination of coursework, such as essays, independent projects, creative journals, and written or oral exams.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

England
£9,250
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Queen Mary University of London

Department:

Languages, Linguistics and Film

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

76%
med
Modern languages

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

76%
Staff make the subject interesting
94%
Staff are good at explaining things
85%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
70%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

58%
Library resources
59%
IT resources
68%
Course specific equipment and facilities
37%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions
Feel part of a community on my course

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
13%
Male students
87%
Female students
91%
2:1 or above
17%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

After graduation


The stats in this section relate to the general subject area/s at this university – not this specific course. We show this where there isn't enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

Others in language and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£18,200
low
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
71%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

21%
Childcare and related personal services
13%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Managers and proprietors in hospitality and leisure services

This is a broad subject for a variety of European languages. No matter which you take, the general theme is that some graduates go to that country to work, often as English language teachers, some go into further study, often to train as teachers or translators, but most get jobs in the UK in education - most often as language tutors, unsurprisingly, or translators. Modern language grads can also be in demand in business roles where communication and language skills are particularly useful, such as marketing and PR, and in finance or law. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Languages and area studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£20k

£20k

£25k

£25k

£28k

£28k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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