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What are the benefits of modularity?

Sunday Blake (Guild President 2020-21) speaks about her experience choosing modules outside of her discipline and why she recommends modularity. 

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences

My placement experience has been invaluable. It gave me access me to an industry I was keen to explore and connected me to people within the PR and marketing world. To be able to do this whilst continuing with my course was really great. Having positive reviews and connections on LinkedIn will also be useful for applications to future roles, especially given that a lot of longer placements/internships/graduate jobs ask for previous experience. 80 hours is more than a lot of competing applicants will have!
The theory side of the module has also been fantastic. Engaging in topics like discrimination in the workplace, the gig economy and developing technologies has provided a varied and interesting perspective on what kind of career I would like to have and what kind of values I will seek in an employer or company. The ‘Humanities in the Workplace’ module has allowed me to explore aspects of the working world that I otherwise would have never considered or come across. It is a fantastic module and opportunity that I would undoubtedly recommend!


Read about other students who have benefitted from choosing modules outside of their discipline on the Study Zone blog

Click on the modules below to find out more about them.

If you are interested in taking any of these modules please contact your course administrator to check that you are able to do so, as well as the relevant departments for more information.

N.B. The modules listed are based on data available at the time of issue and are subject to change. Many modules will have limited spaces so you are not guaranteed a place and departments may prioritise students from their own discipline.

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Interested in learning a language as part of your degree?

In the Foreign Language Centre (FLC) you can choose from a range of languages, including British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Korean, Mandarin Chinese, Russian and Spanish. Not only will you learn a language, but as Yumiko Moore, Associate Lecturer in Japanese explains, you will be introduced to another culture:


'With proficiency in'

Choosing a language module means you could gain 'with proficiency in...' or 'with advanced proficiency in...' on your degree certificate

This involves successfully completing 60 credits in one language taken through the FLC, of which 30 credits must be at NQF Level 5 (Intermediate) or higher. You can choose to develop a language from scratch or develop an existing one.  

For example, a Geography student who passes 30 credits at French Beginners and further 30 credits at French Intermediate One could have their degree title amended to BA (Hons) Geography with proficiency in French. If the 60 credits are all at NQF Level 6 (Advanced), then the words “with proficiency in advanced…” can be added. 

Find out more on the FLC website or by browsing the modules below. 


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Beginners Fast Track and Intermediate (Level 2):

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The second year 'Humanities in the Workplace' module is designed to deepen your understanding of how the skills and knowledge acquired as part of a Humanities degree are applicable to the workplace.

As part of the module you will secure and complete a short placement of at least 40 or 80 hours (depending on whether you take the 15 or 30 credit version), allowing you to gain real work experience and insights in a broad range of sectors.

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Please note: These modules are available to Colleges of Humanities students only. Attendance at preparatory employability and placement workshops is required in the summer term of first year. 

For more information, please see the Humanities in the Workplace website.

If you have any questions, please contact

Considering a career in teaching?

The Graduate School of Education 'Learning for Teaching' modules are intended for students who are considering a career in teaching.

Each module includes a series of introductory and preparatory lectures and seminars, school experience, ideally undertaken during university vacations, as well as the opportunity to reflect on your experience towards the end of the module.  

For more information and module descriptions, please see the Learning for Teaching website

If you have questions about the modules, or difficulties in registering, please see the Learning for Teaching FAQs or contact

Please note, some disciplines do not include these modules in their students’ online module registration list. If this is the case, contact your course administrator to help you register.

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This module is designed to help you gain a relevant work placement and to use your work experience (40 hours placement) as an opportunity for personal and academic development. The module will give you the tools to reflect critically upon your placement. You will also be encouraged to continue to reflect on the skills that you develop during your placement and to consider how all of this relates to your degree studies. You will be expected to search for your own work placement, although you can request support in this process from module employability officer.

Please note: Students must be from the Faculty of Humanities, Arts and Social Sciences. 

For more information on these modules, please contact

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