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BA (Honours) Language Studies: pathway

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This degree is made up of 360 credits.

What you will study

There are two ways to start a qualification. You can begin your studies at Stage 1, or, if you haven’t studied for a long time, you can get started by studying an Access module as an additional preparatory stage of your chosen qualification. We know from experience that students who have completed an Access module do better in their subsequent modules, so it could be the vital first step you take to help you succeed in your future studies.

To find out the recommended Access module for this pathway, choose your country in the Fees section below.

Stage 1

You’ll study two compulsory 30-credit French modules and two compulsory 30-credit German modules at this stage.

Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L192,,1 is a carefully designed beginners’ module that helps you speak and understand French in a wide range of practical situations, while exploring French life and culture.

You’ll build on this study in Ouverture: intermediate French (L120)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L120,,1. It further develops your proficiency and confidence in understanding writing and speaking French. You’ll also continue your study of French culture with a look at leisure, traditions, communities, consumerism and working lives.

Rundblick: beginners' German (L193)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L193,,1 is a carefully designed beginners’ module that helps you speak and understand German in a wide range of practical situations, while exploring life in German-speaking communities.

You’ll build on this study in Auftakt: intermediate German (L130)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L130,,1. It further develops your proficiency and confidence in understanding, writing and speaking German. You’ll also continue your study of German speaking culture and gain insights into many aspects of life in Germany and Austria and the issues that concern German-speaking people.

On completing the intermediate modules, your language proficiency will be at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Stage 2

Stage 2 comprises one French and one German 60-credit module.

The French module Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L211,,1, will expand your ability to use the French language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. You’ll use an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to gain a structured overview of key aspects of life in the French-speaking world today. You'll study a number of topics including lifestyle, habitat, culture, the environment, politics, science and technology. You’ll also attend a residential school in France (or study an online alternative).

The German module, Motive: upper intermediate German (L203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L203,,1, blends interactive online audio-visual with print resources to give you a structured overview of key aspects of life in the German-speaking world today. Topics include: the world of work, art and the media, faith and belief, and contemporary social history. You’ll also attend a residential school in Germany (or study an online alternative).

On completing the modules, your language proficiency will be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Stage 3

Stage 3 also comprises one French and one German 60-credit module.

The final French module, Mises au point: advanced French (L310)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L310,,1, uses authentic online audio and video resources and print materials to acquaint you with everyday genres such as interviews, discussions and reportages. You’ll develop intercultural awareness, analytical skills, and the ability to write for an academic audience and become an effective communicator in French. The module themes are: history; multicultural France; the media; the arts; science and technology; and expression and identity in the French-speaking world.

The final German module, Variationen: advanced German (L313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-10,module,L313,,1, uses authentic print, audio, video and online resources to familiarise you with everyday genres such as interviews and discussions. You’ll develop intercultural awareness and critical and analytical skills, and learn how to write for an academic audience. Topics include regionalism, migration, key events in German and Austrian history, film and literature.

On completing the modules, your language proficiency will be at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

Modules quoted in qualification descriptions are those that are currently available for study. As the structure of our qualifications is reviewed on a regular basis, the University is unable to guarantee that the same selection of modules will continue to be available in future years.

How long it takes

Typically it takes six years part-time study to complete this qualification, but you can take anything from four (full-time study equivalent) to 16 years. You can also choose to vary the pace at which you study – see Study explained for further information.

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