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.
You’ll study two compulsory 30-credit German modules at this stage.
Rundblick: beginners' German (L193) 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L193,,1
You’ll build on this study in
Auftakt: intermediate German (L130). 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 module your language proficiency will be at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L130,,1
You have 60 credits in which to study other languages and to complete this stage.
You could develop your linguistic skills in other languages such as French 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.Q30-21,module,L185,,1
You could study
Voices and texts (A150) (30-credits) (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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,A150,,1
Stage 2 comprises one German and one Spanish 60-credit module.
The German module,
Motive: upper intermediate German (L203), 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). undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L203,,1
The Spanish module,
Viento en popa: upper intermediate Spanish (L204), 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). undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L204,,1
On completing the modules, your language proficiency will be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.
Stage 3 also comprises one German and one Spanish 60-credit module.
The final German module,
Variationen: advanced German (L313), uses authentic print, audio, video and online resources to familiarise yourself 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L313,,1
The final Spanish module,
A buen puerto: advanced Spanish (L314), 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. undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-21,module,L314,,1
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.
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