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University of Portsmouth

Applied Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, English as a Foreign Language)

UCAS Code: Q140

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

Entry requirements


104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, to include a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language) at grade C.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma (Language based).

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50, to include a Principal Subject in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language) at M3.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

26

26 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects, with 5 points from a Higher Level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language).

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H3,H3,H3,H4,H4-H3,H3,H3,H3,H3


To include a Higher Level Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language) at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. To include a Modern Foreign Language qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Must be with a Modern Foreign Language qualification.

104-120 Tariff points, to include a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language) at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

104-120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language).

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subject

Modern languages

**Overview**

The world’s more connected than ever, so speaking multiple languages unlocks opportunities across a number of fields.

This practical BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course harnesses your talent for learning languages and turns it into professional skills for an exciting career in multilingual communication.

Whatever career you’re pursuing, from translation to teaching, you’ll develop expertise in at least 2 languages and learn to apply your skills to whatever multilingual field you’re most interested in.

95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017); 95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

**What you'll experience**

On this Applied Languages degree course, you'll:

- Study 2 core languages from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or English as a foreign language

- Apply your foreign language skills to professional fields such as translation, interpreting or initial teacher training

- Study, teach or work abroad in 2 countries, immersing yourself in the languages you’re learning

- Put your language skills into practice in our language labs, where you’ll manipulate video, sound and text

- Use our professional Interpreter Training Suite, the best kit to develop your interpreting skills

You can also:
- Enhance your degree with an internationally recognised qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)

- Study a 3rd language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish

- Do Initial Teacher Training (ITT), which will entitle you to a bursary of £9,000 in the final year of your degree

**Careers and opportunities**

What can you do with an Applied Languages degree? You’ll emerge from this Applied Languages degree course as a skilled multi-linguist, ready to take on roles across a range of fields. Previous graduates have secured positions in areas such as:

- translation

- interpreting

- teaching

- marketing

- customer relations

- tourism

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will give support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year include:
- 2 foreign languages (from Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language)
- Language Project
- Language, Learning and Teaching
- Studying at University
- Researching Language And Professional Practice
- Option to start a 3rd foreign language via the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP), in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish

Year 2
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Analysing Media Discourse
- Clinical Linguistics
- Forensic Linguistics
- Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
- Introduction To Teaching
- Introduction To Translation
- A third foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)
- Language For Professional Communication 1
- Learning From Experience / Teaching Placement
- Managing Across Cultures
- Second Language Acquisition
- TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

Year 3
On this degree course, you'll spend your third year in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

Year 4
Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Communication Theory
- Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
- Digital Communication
- Gender, Language and Sexuality
- Interpreting
- Learning from Experience
- Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
- Professional Practice in MFL Teaching & Research Project
- Research Project
- Translation Theory & Practice
- Workplace Discourse
- Writing to Persuade

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 23% by written exams, 16% by practical exams and 61% by coursework
Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
Year 4 students: 7% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

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
£9,250
per year
International
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

TEF rating:
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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.

88%
high
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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

98%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

74%
UK students
26%
International students
27%
Male students
73%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
8%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
D
B

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
67%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Teaching and educational professionals
18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate 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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