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Modern Languages

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

AAB AAB in three A levels. For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language. We will not require a pass in any separate science practical endorsement for a science A level if you apply for entry in 2022 (or deferred entry in 2023). A level Alternative offer 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 levels plus one of: grade A in an EPQ grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics (except if you are studying an A level in that subject) if you are eligible, a pass in the Access to Bath course or successful completion of another recognised widening access programme 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. For any of these offers, we will not require a pass in any separate science practical endorsement for a science A level if you apply for entry in 2022 (or deferred entry in 2023). You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our website.

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 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 Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification if you are eligible, a pass in the Access to Bath course or successful completion of another recognised widening access programme 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 website.

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 but we can consider you if you study it at Standard Level. 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.

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.

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.

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 | 2022

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. This degree combines the study of two languages, one at advanced level and a second at either advanced level or at beginner (ab-initio) level.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of contemporary culture in these societies, providing you with a genuine international perspective. 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.

You will have intensive language tuition in both languages throughout the course. Your ab initio 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 cultural and political 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.

When completing your UCAS application for this course you will need to indicate the two languages and the level in each language you wish to study. You should do this under "further details" in the "choices" section of the application form, using our listed codes separated by a space.

You must choose at least one advanced language:

French (advanced): FA
German (advanced): GA
Spanish (advanced): SA
Your second language can be any other advanced language or any beginner language (except your chosen advanced language):

French (beginner): FB
German (beginner): GB
Italian (beginner): IB
Mandarin (beginner): MB
Russian (beginner): RB
Spanish (beginner): SB
For example, if you wish to study advanced Spanish and beginner French you should enter "FB SA" (or "SA FB") on your UCAS choice.

The Uni


Course location:

University of Bath

Department:

Politics, Languages and International Studies

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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
98%
2:1 or above
6%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
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.

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.

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.

£25k

£25k

£32k

£32k

£35k

£35k

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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