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University of Portsmouth

Modern Languages

UCAS Code: R902

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B-B,C,C

We also accept other combinations equivalent to 104-120 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels. Students wishing to take two languages require a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish) at grade C.

106-122 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma. Students wishing to take two languages require a Language Based Access course.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 44-50. Students wishing to take two languages require a Principal Subject in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) 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

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects. Students wishing to take two languages require 5 points from a Higher Level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish).

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

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


Students wishing to take two languages require a Higher Level Modern Foreign Language (French, German or Spanish) at H3.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications. Students wishing to take two languages require a Modern Foreign Language qualification.

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

DDM-DMM

Students wishing to take two languages require a Modern Foreign Language qualification.

104-120 Tariff points. Students wishing to take two languages a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish) at grade D.

UCAS Tariff

104-120

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About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2021

Subject

Modern languages

**Overview**
Do you have an interest in languages and the desire to develop your linguistic skills to a professional level? Do you want to spend a year abroad, learning more about the culture and languages of another country?

This BA (Hons) Modern Languages degree course immerses you in 1-3 languages of your choice, while imparting the cultural knowledge and vocational skills that will make you a sought after professional in multiple countries.

Whether you’re experienced in speaking multiple languages or need to learn your chosen language from scratch, we’ll take your enthusiasm and mould you into a confident linguistic expert.

**What you'll experience**
On this Modern Languages course, you'll:
- study 1 language from French, German or Spanish

or:
- study 2 languages from French, German, Spanish, Italian (beginners level only) or Mandarin (beginners level only)

To study 2 languages, you'll need to have taken French, German or Spanish at A level and continue studying your A level language.

You can also:
- Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources

- Immerse yourself in the cultures of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3

- Test your language skills in simulations, scenario exercises, television broadcasts and debates

- Fast-track to a teaching career with an optional Initial Teacher Training pathway, which includes a £9,000 bursary Qualified Teacher Status on completion of the final year of your degree

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our careers and employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills to work in the industry.

What can you do with a Modern Languages degree?
With language skills continuing to be in high demand in many industries, previous students have gone on to work in fields such as:

- translation and interpreting

- marketing

- journalism and the media

- international management

- teaching

- tourism

- finance

What jobs can you do with a Modern Languages degree?
Roles our graduates have taken on include:

- bilingual consultant

- multilingual project coordinator translator

- teacher

- translator/interpreter

- diplomat

- journalist

- tourist guide

- market analyst

Other graduates have continued their studies at postgraduate level or set up successful businesses with help and support from the University.

After you graduate, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

"I had the most fantastic experience on this course. I went to study abroad as past of the Erasmus+ scheme, which completed my course perfectly and initiated the path into my career. It was the most perfect opportunity." – Lauren Cooper , BA Hons Combined Modern Languages student

Modules

Year 1
Core modules in this year, alongside your language study, include:
- Nation, Language & Identity
- Researching Language and Professional Practice
- If you do the Initial Teacher Training (ITT) route, you'll complete teaching placements, a professional practice teaching unit and a language research project.

Year 2
In your second year you'll continue studying the language or languages that you chose in your first year. Optional modules in this year currently include:
- Business & Markets in A Global Environment
- China and East Asian Economies
- Comparing Extremist and Populist Movements in the Western World
- Democratisation in Latin America
- East Asian States and Societies
- France in the World: Global Actor Or Global Maverick?
- German General Language Grade 4
- Germany in the American Century
- Guns, Glory Hunters & Greed: French and British Colonisation in Africa
- Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
- Introduction to Teaching
- Introduction to Translation
- Learning From Experience
- Learning From Experience Teaching Placement
- Managing Across Cultures
- Modern Foreign Language
- Nazi Germany
- Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film
- Revolution and Repression: Spain
- The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
- World and Transnational Cinema

The optional modules you can select may depend on which languages you've chosen.

Placement year (optional)
On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3
You'll spend your third year on this course abroad, either studying at a university or working through an arranged work placement.

Year 4
Core modules in this year include:
- Dissertation

Optional modules in this year currently include:
- China & East Asian Economies
- Digital Communication
- East Asian States and Societies
- France in the World: Global Actor Or Global Maverick?
- Gender, Language and Sexuality
- Germany in European and Global Context (1871 to the Present)
- Holocaust Literatures
- Interpreting 1
- Interpreting 2
- Introduction to Teaching
- Nazi Germany
- Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20Th Century Literature and Film
- Professional Practice in Mfl Teaching & Research Project
- Research Project
- Revolution and Repression: Spain
- The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
- Translation Theory & Practice
- Workplace Discourse
- Writing to Persuade

You can also take some of the optional modules from year 2.

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

You’ll be assessed through:

- essays
- use of software including desktop publishing, podcasts, subtitling and web design
- case studies
- blogging
- examinations
- book reviews
- professional and business reports
- group and individual projects
- oral presentations
- portfolio of achievement

You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

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
£15,500
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.

100%
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

99%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
94%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
93%
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

85%
Library resources
94%
IT resources
87%
Course specific equipment and facilities
75%
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?

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.

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.

£19k

£19k

£25k

£25k

£25k

£25k

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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