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University of Bath

Modern Languages

UCAS Code: R900

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB in three A level subjects. For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement. A level Alternative offer ABB Most of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers. ABB in three A level subjects plus one of: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language. If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement. You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

Access to HE Diploma

D:33,M:6

A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above. You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. We are usually unable to consider you for two advanced languages if you are applying with an Access to HE Diploma. Please contact us to discuss the content of the Access course you are studying to check that the units you are covering are suitable.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,M1

D3, D3, M1 in three principal subjects. For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language. Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer D3, M1, M1 Most of our students will join us with three principal subjects, but you may have study beyond this (such as a Global Perspectives course or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers. D3, M1, M1 in three principal subjects plus one of: grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language. If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

35

35 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects. For an advanced language option, your Higher Level subjects must normally include that language.If you apply with a Standard Level in a required language and are otherwise suitable you may be asked to undertake a language assessment. Our typical offer in this case would be 35 points overall with 6, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in Standard Level in your chosen language.

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma

D*DD

D*DD in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject area. You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF)

D*DD

D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area. You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

DDD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) in a relevant subject area. You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

AB in two Advanced Highers. For an advanced language option, your Advanced Highers must normally include that language. We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least AAABB in their Highers.

UCAS Tariff

104-136

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2021

Subject

Modern languages

Prepare for an international career. Achieve fluency in your A-level language and pick up a new one. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of political and cultural issues.

Studying Modern Languages enables you to read, write and speak two foreign languages with proficiency, as well as understand the social, political, economic and cultural evolution of the principal countries in which these languages are spoken.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of contemporary culture in these societies. You will develop highly valuable work-related skills enabling you to conduct research and analysis with confidence. You’ll be able to communicate, debate and interact in your chosen languages at an advanced level.

Your ab initio (beginner) language allows you to quickly learn the language in your first two years at Bath in order to achieve the ability to study abroad in the third year. Your advanced language will enable you to engage with political and cultural issues in the target language and achieve high levels of fluency.

You’ll gain skills in research, analysis, communication and argument, and experience direct exposure to the cultures you study.

In your first year you'll study written and spoken languages with a contemporary focus. You'll explore the history, cultures and societies of countries in which your language is spoken.

In your second year you'll advance your languages and intercultural knowledge. You'll continue to study written and spoken languages and units relating to the culture or politics of your chosen language. This year prepares you for the year abroad with a wealth of material and skills that allows you to engage with the language in context.

You'll spend your third year abroad in the country of your chosen language.

In your final year you'll apply your high levels of fluency to a range of topics that will prepare you for employment. You can study topics covering the culture or politics of your chosen countries, taught mostly in the target language. These units are research-led and have a contemporary focus.

Language combinations
You can study this course with these languages:

French and ab initio German
French and ab initio Italian
French and ab initio Mandarin
French and ab initio Russian
French and ab initio Spanish
French and German
French and Spanish
German and ab initio French
German and ab initio Italian
German and ab initio Mandarin
German and ab initio Russian
German and ab initio Spanish
German and Spanish
Spanish and ab initio French
Spanish and ab initio German
Spanish and ab initio Italian
Spanish and ab initio Mandarin
Spanish and ab initio Russian
Study in an enriched learning environment
You’ll learn from academics with expertise in contemporary topics across culture, politics and modern languages. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience. You’ll benefit from the research expertise of our staff in areas such as:

cultural identity
conflict and security
populism and radicalism
We believe that your learning will be at its best through immersion in your chosen language. For this reason, you will spend your third year abroad and we teach many of the final year units in the target language.

Develop your professional skills
The excellent communication skills acquired make our Modern Languages graduates employable, flexible and resilient. Language materials in the final year focus on different industries, giving you the vocabulary and knowledge of different sectors.

Our current students highlight working on presentations in the foreign language as one of the many important transferable skills they develop.

Prepare for your future
The study of foreign languages enables you to pursue many job opportunities both here in the UK and overseas. You will be able to read, write, listen and speak in your chosen languages.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Politics, Languages and International Studies

TEF rating:
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What students say


How do students rate their degree experience?

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Languages and area studies

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Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

84%
UK students
16%
International students
35%
Male students
65%
Female students
92%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

After graduation


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Languages 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.

£25,000
high
Average annual salary
95%
med
Employed or in further education
70%
high
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

27%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
14%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
11%
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.

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