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Modern European Studies

Entry requirements


A level

A,B,B

If you wish to study one language, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish post A Level or German, Russian or Spanish beginners. If you wish to study two languages, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish (post A Level or beginners) or Portuguese and Serbian/Croatian beginners. At least one of your two languages must be one of our post A Level languages (French, German, Russian or Spanish), as you may only include one beginners' language in your programme. Other language qualifications may be considered in the absence of an A Level. Please contact the University for further information.

Pass with 60 credits overall; 45 at level 3. Of the level 3 credits, at least 21 should be passed at Merit. Considered on a case by case basis.

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,M2,M3

If you wish to study one language, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish post A Level or German, Russian or Spanish beginners. If you wish to study two languages, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish (post A Level or beginners) or Portuguese and Serbian/Croatian beginners. At least one of you two languages must be one of our post A Level languages (French, German, Russian or Spanish), as you may only include one beginners' language in your programme. Principal Subject languages are considered. Please contact the University for further information.

Extended Project

A

If you have already achieved your EPQ at Grade A you will automatically be offered one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject. If you are still studying for your EPQ you will receive the standard course offer, with a condition of one grade lower in a non-mandatory A level subject if you achieve an A grade in your EPQ.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

If you wish to study one language, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish post A Level or German, Russian or Spanish beginners. If you wish to study two languages, choose from French, German, Russian or Spanish (post A Level or beginners) or Portuguese and Serbian/Croatian beginners. At least one of you two languages must be one of our post A Level languages (French, German, Russian or Spanish), as you may only include one beginners' language in your programme. Higher Level and Standard Level (B programme) languages considered. Please contact the University for further information.

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

DD

Considered on a case by case basis.

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

D

Considered on a case by case basis.

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

DDD

Considered on a case by case basis.

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

D

Considered on a case by case basis.

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Scottish Higher grades ABBBB.

Scottish Higher

A,B,B,B,B

This qualification is only acceptable when combined with Sottish Advanced Highers at grades AB.

Welsh Baccalaureate - Advanced Skills Challenge Certificate (first teaching September 2015)

A-B

This qualification is considered alongside other UoN accepted qualifications such as A Levels.

UCAS Tariff

104-141

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subject

European studies

Get ready to change your perspective on what you thought you already knew about history. Learning one or two languages alongside history gives you the opportunity to see beyond the UK perspective of historical events. Not only will you gain access to additional source texts, but also a whole new way of understanding our shared past.

Fully immerse yourself in your chosen language(s) and culture(s) on a year abroad in year three. Taking this time will not only see your language abilities grow towards fluency but you'll also have the opportunity to grow in independence and confidence.

**Why choose this course?**
- Combine your curiosity for history with your passion for languages.

- Choose to study one or two languages - one of which may be from beginners' level

- Open up new job opportunities by learning one or two European languages

- Spend a year abroad immersing yourself in the language and culture of your chosen country/countries

- Learning a language widens your access to original historical sources

- Experience great teaching, in the 2020 National Student Survey 100% of students thought staff made the subject interesting

PLEASE NOTE: Not all our languages are available for beginners' or post-A level. For a full breakdown of the options open to you, please visit (https://www.nottingham.ac.uk/ugstudy/course/Modern-European-Studies-BA)

**I want to learn one language from beginners' level**
- You may choose from: German, Russian or Spanish.

- You will spend two thirds of your time getting to grips with your chosen language/culture in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and one third of your time on your selected modules from the Department of History.

**I want to learn one language post-A level**
- You may choose from: French, German, Russian or Spanish

- You’ll spend two thirds of your time continuing your chosen language/culture in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and one third of your time on your selected modules from the Department of History.

**I want to learn two languages, one from beginners' level and one from post-A level**
- The following are available as post-A level languages: French, German, Spanish or Russian

- The following are available as beginners' languages: French, German, Portuguese, Russian, Serbian/Croatian or Spanish

- You’ll spend two thirds of your time in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures learning your beginners' language/culture and your post-A level language/culture. The final third will be spent on your selected modules from the Department of History.

**I want to learn two languages post-A level**
- You may choose: French, German, Russian, Spanish

- You’ll spend two thirds of your time continuing your chosen languages/cultures in the Department of Modern Languages and Cultures and one third of your time on your selected modules from the Department of History.

Modules

In year one you will study 40 credits of core history modules and 40 credits in each of your two languages.

If your language is post A-level you will take 20 credits of core language and 20 credits of core or optional modules

If you are a beginner in French, German, Russian or Spanish, you will take 40 credits of core language modules

If you are a beginner in Portuguese or Serbian/Croatian, you will take 20 credits of core language and 20 credits of core or optional modules

In year two you will study 40 credits of history modules and 40 credits in each of your two languages. Whether you are beginners' or post A-level, you will take 20 credits of core language modules and 20 credits of optional modules in your chosen language area.

You will spend your third academic year abroad dividing your time between countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Depending on where your placement is, you could study at one of our exchange universities, teach on the British Council assistantship programme, or undertake a work placement with a company.

You will spend year four back at Nottingham. You will develop your command of your languages and their use in increasingly sophisticated contexts, and study optional modules drawn from the areas of literature, history, society, media and linguistics.

In History, you will study a 40-credit special subject, engaging with the latest research in your selected area.

Additional placement and volunteering opportunities are available in the Department of American and Canadian Studies, as well as via the Nottingham Advantage Award.

Tuition fees

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

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£20,000
per year
International
£20,000
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Republic of Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University Park Campus

Department:

Department of Culture, Film and Media

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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.

75%
med
European studies

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

77%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
80%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
78%
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

71%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
77%
Course specific equipment and facilities
60%
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?

100%
UK students
0%
International students
45%
Male students
55%
Female students
96%
2:1 or above
7%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
B
A

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.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
97%
med
Employed or in further education
58%
low
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

41%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
9%
Public services and other associate professionals
8%
Business, finance and related associate professionals

This is a fairly broad but rare subject and just over 200 UK graduates gained a degree in this area in 2015. Most of the degrees were offered by Cambridge. Most went into work when they graduated, but over a quarter of graduates went on to take a further qualification, with law, translation and teaching the most common. Graduates who went into work are broadly spread across a range of jobs — there's not many jobs other than teaching you can point to and say 'this is what European Studies graduates are particularly likely to go into', although finance, teaching, marketing and the arts and media feature strongly - the subject gives a broad range of skills and you can get a wide variety of jobs with it.

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.

£22k

£22k

£29k

£29k

£32k

£32k

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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