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Undergraduate Study

Proficiency in a second subject

Some courses allow you to choose up to 30 credits of modules per year in another subject, to develop career-related skills or widen your intellectual horizons.

If you pass 60 credits of modules from one of the options below, you will be entitled to add the words 'with proficiency in' to your degree title when you graduate.

To find out if the course you're interested in offers optional modules, check the 'course content' section of the course webpage.

Subjects available

Studying a foreign language can boost your employability and interpersonal skills. 

The Language Centre offers modules in French and Spanish language from complete beginners up to advanced levels, plus German and Mandarin Chinese from beginner’s level.

If you study a language for more than one year and pass at least 60 credits, you will be entitled to have ‘with proficiency in [language name]’ added to your degree title when you graduate.

Further details can be found on the Language Centre web pages.

Data science is a fast-moving field and skills in this area are highly sought after by employers.  The skills you will gain through the Proficiency in Data Science are directly applicable to many job roles.  The pathway provides you with the opportunity to about the core competencies and application of data science and how it is transforming business and society.

If you pass 60 credits of modules taken from approved lists, you may have the words ‘with Proficiency in Data Science’ added to your degree title when you graduate.

Find out more about the modules available on the Proficiency in Data Science pathway.

Employers in all fields are looking for graduates who have entrepreneurial skills and can find solutions to global, social, and environmental problems.

Entrepreneurship modules can build your entrepreneurial skills, confidence, and business acumen to increase your success in identifying, creating, delivering, and capturing value. 

The modules available build skills that are relevant to any discipline: such as problem-solving, creative thinking, collaboration, and flexibility, as well as learning to grow from failure as a part of the process.

If you achieve 60 credits of modules taken from approved lists, you may have the words ‘with Proficiency in Entrepreneurship’ added to your degree title when you graduate.

More about the modules available can be found on the Centre for Entrepreneurship webpages.

‘Innovation’ as a specialism applies as much to small operations in the private sector as it does to large organisations operating within the public sector.

The ability to manage the innovation process - from the conception of an initial idea to the implementation of a new product, service, or operational change - is a crucial additional skillset which is valued, and increasingly sought out, by employers.

Taking innovation modules as part of your degree will mean you graduate with competency and skill in managing innovation. This will stand you in good stead when entering the job market, or if you aspire to start your own business: giving you the practical skills to take an idea from prototype to reality. 

If you achieve 60 credits of modules taken from approved lists, you may have the words ‘with Proficiency in Innovation’ added to your degree title when you graduate, to help signpost your knowledge to potential employers.

Please note, “with proficiency in Law” is currently only available on Penryn Law programmes

You can choose optional modules in Law to gain a strand of additional legal knowledge and skills that adds value to your degree.

The ‘Proficiency in Law’ modules are suitable for students wishing to develop their skillset to work across the environment and sustainability sector and in wider business.

They provide a theoretical and technical basis for understanding the regulatory and legal frameworks that you might encounter within your main field of study.

If you pass at least 60 credits in optional Law modules you will have ‘with proficiency in Law’ added to your degree title.

Developing your own leadership skills and experience, and learning how to apply them, is a signal to employers that you have prepared yourself to become a leader and have taken steps to ensure you are workplace ready.

It is also a chance to diversify your learning and join vibrant, challenging and topical modules that engage in the ongoing debates surrounding leadership in our ever-changing and complex world.

Gain an understanding of leadership models, challenges and competencies, and skills such as managing change and crisis, leading teams, and managing equality and diversity at work.

If you achieve 60 credits in Leadership modules, you may have ‘with Proficiency in Leadership’ added to your degree title when you graduate.

Find out more and view current modules on the Centre for Leadership webpages.

Skills in understanding, interpreting and analysing data are valuable in a wide range of subjects, and increasingly relevant for the competitive professional world.

Taking modules in Social Data Science can enhance your ability to design, collect and analyse quantitative data for research. 

If you pass 60 credits of modules taken from approved lists, you may have the words ‘with Proficiency in Social Data Science’ added to your degree title when you graduate.

Find out about the modules on the Q-Step Centre website.