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Economics and Modern Languages & Cultures

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,B

typically including a modern foreign language

Access to HE Diploma

D:36,M:9

Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject: 60 credits overall with 45 credits at Level 3, including 36 credits at Distinction and 9 credits at Merit

Extended Project

B

+ ABB at A Level typically including a modern foreign language.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSE English Language grade 4/C and Maths grade 6/B

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

34

typically with 5 in a Higher Level modern foreign language

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

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2,H3

typically including a modern foreign language

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

DD

in a relevant subject + A at A Level typically in a modern foreign langauge

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

DDD

in a relevant subject

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,B,B

+ B at Advanced Higher typically in a modern foreign language

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

B

+ AA at A Level typically including a modern foreign language

UCAS Tariff

136-153

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

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2022

Subjects

Economics

Modern languages

Combining economics with modern languages and cultures gives your degree a truly global focus.

You'll develop the practical skills an economist needs, including statistical and quantitative methods, and advanced economic analysis. You'll get a solid grounding in modern economic theory and how to apply it, and you'll explore current debates on economic policy.

You'll study modules in economic analysis, policy and mathematical and statistical methods for economics in your first year. Then in your second year you'll further your understanding of microeconomics and macroeconomics. In your third year you'll take optional modules in aspects of economics that interest you.

The flexibility of the modern languages part of the degree means you have the option to study either one or two of the 10 different languages we have on offer: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

In your first year, you can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent).

You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

We have recommended pathways through the languages and modules to enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we support you to make the choices that are best for you.

You'll spend the third year of your course abroad. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities.

This degree opens up a wide range of career opportunities, close to home and further afield. You'll get extensive training in quantitative techniques, problem solving and analytical writing, as well as other transferable skills. You'll develop highly valuable language skills, and you'll gain a sophisticated understanding of the countries where your chosen language or languages are spoken.

You'll be equipped for variety of professions including business, finance and accountancy, law, teaching, translating, journalism, broadcasting and national government in the UK and elsewhere in Europe

Tuition fees

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

England
£9,250
per year
International
£19,050
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

Extra funding

The University of Sheffield Bursary is available to home students who have a household income of £40,000 or less. You may also be eligible for an additional £250 per year depending on your postcode and grades. We use the details you submit to Student Finance and UCAS to assess your eligibility for a bursary. You don’t need to apply; if you’re eligible you’ll receive an award for each year of your course. If you're a care leaver, care for an ill or disabled family member or are estranged from your parents or guardian you may be eligible for an enhanced bursary of £4,500 per year. The University also offers a number of scholarships to help you fund your studies and enhance your learning experience. Use our Student Funding Calculator to check what funding your could be eligible for - www.sheffield.ac.uk/funding/calculator. Further information - www.sheffield.ac.uk/undergraduate/fees-funding

The Uni


Course location:

University of Sheffield

Department:

School of Modern Languages

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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.

86%
med
Economics
73%
low
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.

Economics

Teaching and learning

79%
Staff make the subject interesting
91%
Staff are good at explaining things
81%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
73%
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

93%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
93%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
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?

80%
UK students
20%
International students
71%
Male students
29%
Female students
90%
2:1 or above
3%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A
A
A

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

71%
Staff make the subject interesting
88%
Staff are good at explaining things
76%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
71%
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

75%
Library resources
88%
IT resources
88%
Course specific equipment and facilities
54%
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?

94%
UK students
6%
International students
30%
Male students
70%
Female students
95%
2:1 or above
0%
First year drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
A
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.

Economics

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.

£22,250
med
Average annual salary
98%
high
Employed or in further education
72%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

33%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
18%
Business, research and administrative professionals
16%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals

This is a degree in demand, as business increasingly needs workers who can examine and explain complex data. And yet the number of economics graduates fell by nearly 10% last year, which means demand is even greater. As so many economic grads go into banking and finance, it's not surprising that over half of all 2015's economics graduates who did go into work were working in London. And don't think it's just the finance industry that's interested in these graduates - there's a significant number who enter the IT industry to work with data as analysts and consultants. It's quite common for economics graduates to go into jobs such as accountancy and management consultancy which may require you to take more training and gain professional qualifications - so don’t assume you won’t have to take any more exams once you leave uni. And the incentive to take them, of course, is better pay, which will be on top of an already healthy average starting salary of over £30,000 for graduates working in the capital.

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.

£18,800
med
Average annual salary
96%
med
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

15%
Teaching and educational professionals
10%
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.

Economics

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£24k

£24k

£34k

£34k

£37k

£37k

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.

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.

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

£27k

£27k

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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This is from the Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey, based on responses from graduates who studied the same subject area here.

It offers a snapshot of what grads went on to do six months later, what they were earning on average, and whether they felt their degree helped them obtain a 'graduate role'. We calculate a mean rating to indicate if this is high, medium or low compared to other universities.

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The Longitudinal Educational Outcomes dataset combines HRMC earnings data with student records from the Higher Education Statistics Agency.

While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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