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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 at this stage.

Bon départ: beginners' French (L192)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,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.Q30-17,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. On completing the intermediate module your language proficiency will be at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

You have 60 credits in which to study other languages and complete this stage. 

You could develop your linguistic skills in other languages such as German and Italian which are available at both beginners’ and intermediate level and will give you communication skills in everyday contexts, while introducing you to the cultures in which these languages are spoken. Alternatively, you could take up Chinese and Welsh at beginners’ level. All language options are 30-credits.

If you wish to develop your academic communication skills in English, you could also study the 30-credit module English for academic purposes online (L185)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,module,L185,,1.

You could study Voices and texts (A150) (now discontinued), which explores language use from various academic perspectives, including creative writing and English language studies. We don’t recommend this is the first module you study towards the degree.

Stage 2

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

The French module, Envol: upper intermediate French (L211)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,module,L211,,1, will expand your ability to use the language, deepen your cultural knowledge and develop your study skills. It uses an exciting blend of interactive online, audio-visual and print resources to give you 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 Spanish module, Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,module,L204,,1, develops your practical language skills in listening, speaking, reading and writing. Drawing on a variety of authentic audio, video and printed materials from Spain and Latin America, you’ll learn how to communicate in situations ranging from everyday conversation to putting forward your point of view in a debate. You’ll also have the opportunity to work on grammar, pronunciation and vocabulary acquisition. Topics include urban life, education, culture, the workplace, history, traditions and beliefs. You’ll also attend a residential school in Spain (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 Spanish 60-credit module.

Your final French module, Mises au point: advanced French (L310)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,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. By the end of your studies, you’ll be an effective and confident communicator in French. Module themes are: history; multicultural France; the media; the arts; science and technology; and expression and identity in the French-speaking world.

The final Spanish module A buen puerto: advanced Spanish (L314)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-17,module,L314,,1, continues to develop your knowledge and understanding of the society and culture of Spain and Latin America and to extend the practical skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing. You’ll also develop your critical, analytical and intercultural skills and learn how to write for an academic audience. The module is structured around six themes: culture and identity; art and music; language and politics; science; the economy; and the environment.

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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