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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

In Stage 1 you’ll study two compulsory 30-credit German modules.

Rundblick: beginners' German (L193)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,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.Q30-4,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 module your language proficiency will be at level B1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

You’ll also choose two 30-credit modules as part of this stage: 

You could develop your linguistic skills in other languages such as French, Spanish 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. 

For English, 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.

If you wish to develop your academic communication skills, you could also study English for academic purposes online (L185)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,module,L185,,1.

Stage 2

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

The German module, Motive: upper intermediate German (L203)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,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 module, your language proficiency will be at level B2 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

The English module, Worlds of English (U214)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,module,U214,,1, explores how English has evolved in the British Isles, how it has diversified as it spread around the world, and how it is evolving in response to social, cultural and technological change. Using specially recorded audio and video material from across the English-speaking world, you’ll take a critical look at the significance of English in global contexts and analyse its power to simultaneously open up social and economic opportunities for some, and close them down for others.

Stage 3

Stage 3 comprises one German module and a choice between two English options.

The final German module, Variationen: advanced German (L313)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,module,L313,,1 (60 credits), 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 module, your language proficiency will be at level C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference.

For English, you study one of two English 60-credit options. You could focus on how English ‘works’ in different contexts, including the media, fiction, academic writing and everyday conversation – English grammar in context (E303)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,module,E303,,1. Or you could explore creativity in English, from everyday language (conversation, children’s language, correspondence, online chat) to `high culture’ literary language and new kinds of media texts – The art of English (E301)undergraduate.qualification.pathways.Q30-4,module,E301,,1.

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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