Our Modern Languages BA, starting in September2019, lets you choose one or two from French, German, Russian, Spanish, Catalan and Portuguese, with the option of taking a further language as a minor subject – including Arabic, Chinese or Japanese.
No prior knowledge of any languages is required, except for French. We stream many of our language classes, from beginner to native speaker, so you’ll be taught at the right level.
You’ll combine practical teaching in written and spoken language with understanding the wider context – the history and society of the nations that speak your chosen languages, their literatures and their roles around the world.
You’ll expand your horizons with modules that go beyond the obvious: students of French can study Mauritian creole, or the quirks of Belgian culture; students of Portuguese learn about Brazilian cinema; students of Russian perform a play in the language even in their first year; options in Spanish range from modern Cuban poetry to colonialism; and students of German are immersed in Austrian and Swiss cultures, too.
You’ll spend your third year studying or working overseas, an exceptional opportunity to put your languages to the test and develop your intercultural competence.
Study one language subject that will appear in your degree title, e.g. Modern Languages (German) BA.
- Choose from French, German, Russian and Spanish.
Study two language subjects combined and they will both appear in your degree title, e.g. Modern Languages (French and Russian) BA.
- Choose from Catalan, French, German, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.
- You cannot study two languages at beginner level.
- Catalan and Portuguese cannot be taken together - all other language combinations are possible.
Add a further language as a minor subject from Year 2, alongside your main language(s). The minor subject will not appear in your degree title.
- Choose from Arabic, Catalan, Chinese (Mandarin), Japanese and Portuguese.
- Some language combinations may be restricted for timetabling reasons. Taking a further language as a minor subject depends on a satisfactory result in your main language(s) in Year 1.
The following are some example narratives for you to get an understanding of routes through our BA in Modern Languages