BA Modern Languages: degree pathways

These sample pathways show the possible routes you could take for your BA Modern Languages. Within your chosen pathway you can also incorporate language and culture-based modules in Mandarin Chinese and Portuguese.

Study one language and graduate with BA (Hons) in one language eg BA (Hons) French.

Year 1

You will study 1st year core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering areas such as cultural, literary and linguistics topics. You can also study modules from other disciplines outside of Modern Languages such as Politics and History.

Year 2

You will study 2nd year core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering areas such as cultural, literary and linguistics topics. You can also study modules from other disciplines outside of Modern Languages such as Politics and History.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of the language either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

You will study final year core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the language. You can also study modules from other disciplines outside of Modern Languages such as Politics and History.

Study two languages and graduate with BA (Hons) in two languages, eg BA (Hons) Italian and Spanish.

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 2nd year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of one language either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 2nd year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Study three languages and graduate with a BA (Hons) in three languages eg BA (Hons) Italian, Russian and Spanish.

Year 1

Your study will include 1st year core written and oral modules of the three languages. Plus you can select from a variety of modules for two, covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

Your study will include 2nd year core written and oral modules of the three languages. Plus you can select from a variety of modules for two, covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad could be spent in two countries of two languages on a 6-month work placement for each. Alternatively you could spend it studying at a university, or in a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only).

Year 4

Your study will include final year core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select from a variety of modules for two languages. And core written and oral modules for the third language.

Start by studying two languages, then take up a third language in Year 2. Graduate with a BA (Hons) in three languages eg BA (Hons) French with Russian and Spanish.

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of option modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

Having achieved good grades in the core language modules in Year 1, you decide to start a third language in Year 2.

For language 1 you will study core written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules. For the 2nd and 3rd languages you will study the core written and oral modules.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of language 1 or 2 either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

Your study will include final year core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select from a variety of modules for two languages. And you will also study final year core written and oral modules for the third language.

Start with the study of two languages, then in Year 2 take up modules in another discipline eg Business Studies. Graduate with BA (Hons) in language 1 with language 2 eg BA (Hons) German with Russian.

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

You decide to expand the focus of your study by including modules from another discipline, such as the Business School, to enhance your employability.

For language 1 you study core written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules. For language 2 you study core written and oral modules. And you study a 1st year core module from another discipline eg Business Studies.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of language 1 or 2 either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

You will study final year core written and oral modules for both languages, plus you can select from a variety of option modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages. And you can study a 2nd year core modules from another discipline.

Start with the study of two languages and decide to focus mainly on one after your year abroad. Graduate with BA (Hons) in ‘language 1’ with ‘language 2’ eg BA (Hons) Russian with French.

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 2nd year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of language 1 or 2 either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

Pathway F

During your year abroad you become increasingly interested in one language but still want to continue with the study of language 2. For Language 1 you study core written and oral modules of the language, plus you can select option modules. And for language 2 you only study final year core written and oral modules.

Pathway G

During your year abroad you become increasingly interested one language. You decide to drop the core written and oral modules for language 2, however you want to maintain your interest in the modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the language. So, you study the final year core written and oral modules of language 1, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of both languages.

Start by studying two subjects, then decide after your 1st year to focus more on one language.

  • On Pathway H you graduate with BA (Hons) language 1 with language 2, eg BA (Hons) German with Russian.
  • On Pathway I you graduate with BA (Hons) language 1 with language 2 Studies, eg BA (Hons) German with Russian Studies.

Pathway H

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

After Year 1 you decide you want to concentrate more on language 1 but want to keep up the study of language 2.

For language 1 you study core 2nd year written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the language. And for language 2 you study core 2nd year written and oral modules.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of language 1 either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

For language 1 you study core 2nd year written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the language. And for language 2 you study core 2nd year written and oral modules.

OR

Pathway I

Year 1

Your study will be divided 50/50 between two languages and will include for both 1st year core written and oral modules of the languages, plus you can select from a variety of modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the languages.

Year 2

After Year 1 you decide you want to concentrate more on language 1 and drop core written and oral modules for language 2.

For language 1 you study core written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules. And for language 2 you select from a variety of 2nd year option modules covering cultural, literary and linguistic aspects of the language.

Year 3

Your Year Abroad will be spent in a country of language 1 either:

  • On a work placement
  • Studying at a university
  • In a school working as a language assistant (for French, German, Spanish only)

Year 4

Your focus is on language 1 only and you study core written and oral modules, plus you can select from a variety of option modules.