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Swansea University

Modern Languages

UCAS Code: R901

Bachelor of Arts - BA

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

UCAS Tariff

120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subjects

Linguistics

Modern languages

This undergraduate degree is aimed at people who are interested in 'acquiring or improving competence in one or more languages, and understanding the cultures and societies where the language is spoken' (QAA Subject Benchmark Statement, Languages, Cultures and Societies), with a view of enhancing their employability in an increasingly interdependent world by being able to work with other languages, cultures and societies. It is aimed at people who are considering a career in languages (e.g. as translators or secondary school teachers) but would like to know more about and experience professional practice in translation and/or teaching as part of their degree before committing to a particular career trajectory.

Students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages take at least one language, either at beginner level (ab initio) or advanced level (post-A level) - equivalent to either A1/A2 or B1/B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students with an A-level or equivalent in a language can study one or two more additional languages at beginner level (ab initio). The languages currently offered at advanced level at Swansea University are: French, German, and Spanish. The languages currently offered at beginner level at Swansea University are: French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic and Welsh. Students study one or two languages throughout their degree, and optionally a third language up to intermediate level (Years 1 and 2).

As well as compulsory language, language-related and language-specific culture modules, students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages take optional culture, teaching and/or translation modules throughout the degree. The BA (Hons) Modern Languages offers a three pathway route leading up to the degree: Modern Languages and Translation pathway, Language Teaching pathway, and Culture and Society pathway. It is important to stress that these pathways are not equivalent, for instance, to an education degree or a translation and interpreting degree. These pathways are used to inform module choices: students who choose the Language Teaching pathway or the Modern Languages and Translation pathway will take 60 credits of teaching or translation modules throughout their degree. Students who choose the Culture and Society pathway will take 120 credits of culture modules throughout their degree. Students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages get a degree in Modern Languages, regardless of their pathway.

In Year 3, students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages go on their Intercalary Year Abroad. Swansea University offers a range of options in terms of destinations (France, Germany, Spain/Latin America, Italy, China) and experiences. Students can study at a university through the Erasmus exchange programme, work as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher through the British Council, work abroad through a work placement with an international company or organization, and volunteer abroad. During their year abroad, students can develop their intercultural skills and their life skills in preparation for the world of work.

As well as subject-specific knowledge and professional skills specific to a particular career in languages, students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages can acquire a number of transferable personal skills through the study of language, culture, translation and teaching that increase their employability in related careers (e.g. EFL teachers, international aid/development workers, diplomatic service officers, broadcast journalists, logistics and distribution managers, marketing executives, sales executives, tour managers, among others) (https://www.prospects.ac.uk/careers-advice/what-can-i-do-with-my-degree/modern- languages). In addition, the BA (Hons) Modern Languages can be a good foundation for postgraduate study in translation (e.g. MA Translation and Interpreting) and/or teaching (PGCE), as well as postgraduate study in Modern Languages.

Modules

Students choose whether to study one language, two languages or three languages. Students can take French, German or Spanish from advanced level. Students can take French, German, Spanish, Italian or Mandarin from beginner level. Within the Languages for All Programme, students can take French, German, Spanish, Italian, Mandarin, Arabic or Welsh from beginner level.

ONE LANGUAGE OPTION

Students with no qualifications in their chosen language take beginner level language modules. Students with a A-level or equivalent in their chosen language take advanced level language modules. Students take culture, teaching and/or translation modules regardless of their level.

TWO LANGUAGES OPTION

Students can study two languages at advanced level if they have an A-level or equivalent in their chosen languages. Otherwise, students study one language at advanced level and one language at beginner level. Students cannot study two languages at beginner level. Students take culture, teaching and/or translation modules regardless of their level.

THREE LANGUAGES OPTION

Students who choose three languages study two languages at advanced level – they need to have an A-level or equivalent in two their chosen languages. Students cannot study two languages at beginner level. The third language would be pursued through the Languages for All programme, which is run by the Department of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting, and Adult Continuing Education. Students take culture, teaching and/or translation modules regardless of their level.

This is a summary of the module options:

Year 1
Language-specific modules in French, German, Italian, Mandarin and Spanish, including options in Introduction to French, German, Italian or Spanish Culture;
(Translation): Concepts in Translation
(Teaching ): Modern Languages: Introduction to Language Teaching
(Culture): Modern European Fiction; Modern European Film

Year 2
Language-specific modules including cultural and linguistic topics;
(Translation): Computer-Assisted Translation Tools, Translation Workshops in French, German, Italian and Spanish
(Teaching): Teaching Modern Languages to Young Learners
(Culture): Conflict in European Film

Year 3
Language-specific modules including cultural and linguistic topics;
(Translation): Terminology Management, Translation Workshops in French, German, Italian and Spanish; Chinese – English Translation, and Theory and Practice
(Teaching): Modern Languages Classroom Practice
(Culture): From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics
Modern Languages Dissertation.

Assessment methods

Assessment of the proposed Modern Languages programme is underpinned by Swansea University Assessment Policies and Swansea University's current Learning and Teaching strategy, i.e. 'ensuring all teaching and assessment is inclusive, accessible to all students and that inclusivity is embedded within programmes of study and learner support'.

All students will be provided with detailed information regarding assessment and reassessment within module handbooks, programme handbook and College handbook on Blackboard. Comprehensive assessment guidelines and marking criteria, including marking grids, for all assessments will be available via Blackboard.

The assessments are linked to the overall programme aims and to the learning outcomes for each module. A range of assessment methods will be used to assess knowledge, intellectual skills, practical skills and transferable skills across all levels. These include, but are not limited to short written work, essays, research reports, reflections, presentations, research proposals, portfolios, written and oral examinations. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students.

Students will receive written feedback for all summative assessments followed by verbal clarification (individual/group) as required. In addition, students will receive feedback on formative assessment and class time will be set aside for exam preparation and feedback. The programme team will provide feedback within a three week period as per University policy and students will be encouraged to access and read their feedback. In addition, assessment submission and exam dates will be staggered allowing students to benefit from feedback in advance of the next submission. All students will have access to the College assessment timetable via Blackboard.

Assessment of the Study Abroad placement learning activity will be the responsibility of the partner university / British Council for EFL teaching placement / work placement or volunteering opportunity provider. The Year Abroad Coordinator team will work closely with external partners to obtain and identify any positive or negative feedback.

The module convenor will work with the Disability Office and the programme director to ensure that individual needs are met. The College will make reasonable adjustments and/or develop alternative arrangements for assessment in conjunction with the student.

Extra funding

Home Fee £9,000.00 Overseas Fee £14,250.00

Source of student funding: Student Fees; Financial Support available to 'Home' students via Student Loans from Student Finance Wales and the Student Loan Company. No statutory funding available to international students.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

College of Arts and Humanities

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Languages, linguistics and classics

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

36%
UK students
64%
International students
12%
Male students
88%
Female students
81%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

Others in language and area studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

54%
UK students
46%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
86%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
B

After graduation


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Linguistics

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
0%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

This is not a particularly common subject at first degree level and most of the degrees that fall in this category are offered by the University of Durham. If you fancy one of these broad degrees, it is probably best to speak directly to tutors to find out what your options on your degree might be and what they can lead to,

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.

£18,500
med
Average annual salary
99%
high
Employed or in further education
53%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
8%
Other elementary services occupations
8%
Teaching and educational professionals

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.

Linguistics

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

£17k

£17k

£20k

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£23k

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