BA Modern Languages and Latin
|Typical offer||AAB–ABB; IB: 34–32; BTEC: DDD–DDM|
The University of Exeter has one of the leading and most respected centres for Modern Languages in the UK and ranked 4th for overall satisfaction in the National Student Survey 2017. The BA Modern Languages and Latin is an intriguing combination that allows you to study two languages that may have many similarities and correlations but are inherently different. You can choose to study Latin alongside one of the other seven major languages: Chinese, French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish, all ranked in the top 10 in The Times and The Sunday Times Good University Guide 2019. Your final degree title will reflect your choices and you will divide your time equally between the two languages.
At Exeter, we aim to integrate the latest approaches to ancient language and literature with the best traditional values of rigour and attentiveness. The study of Latin requires detailed attention to fully grasp this wonderfully flexible and expressive language, with critical analysis of some of the finest literature ever composed to achieve a deeper appreciation and understanding of it as a whole.
As part of the degree course at Exeter, you will undertake intense practical language training as well as theoretical learning to better understand the rich cultural, social and historical backdrop of Latin and your other chosen language. You will be taught by experienced language specialists and academic staff at the forefront of their disciplines. You will develop fundamental language skills such as reading, speaking, translating and writing, learning to perfect the delicate nuances of intonation, tone and inflection in your voice to become a skilled linguist. You will also study modules on Latin literature, art and history. Open modules on linguistics, literature, medieval history, visual arts, film and culture will offer you the chance to further customise your programme to suit your specific needs and preferences.
In your third year, you will spend a year abroad in a country whose language originates from Latin. There are opportunities to study at one of our renowned partner universities, teach English as part of a British Council placement or gain valuable employment experience and practical applied learning by working abroad. Recent graduates worked at a number of prestigious firms, commercial organisations and within the administration offices of charities.
By the end of your degree, you will have acquired a diverse and transferable set of skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers. Modern Language degrees offer a broad range of career paths in translation, linguistics, teaching and across multiple other industries. Recent graduates are now working in areas such as marketing and communications, project co-ordination, journalism and finance.
GCE AL Modern Languages and Latin are required.
The modules we outline here provide examples of what you can expect to learn on this degree course based on recent academic teaching. The precise modules available to you in future years may vary depending on staff availability and research interests, new topics of study, timetabling and student demand.
The Modern Languages and Latin degree programme is made up of compulsory (core) and optional modules, which are worth 15 or 30 credits each. Full-time undergraduate students need to complete modules worth a total of 120 credits each year.
Depending on your programme you can take up to 30 credits each year in another subject, for instance a language or business module, to develop career-related skills or just widen your intellectual horizons.
The first year gives you a foundational knowledge of language, theory and concepts of your chosen modern language and Latin. You will also gain important analytical techniques that will be useful across a range of subjects and research tasks.
In the second year you will advance your grasp of the language, knowledge and methods of your chosen modern language and Latin through a set of compulsory modules. Optional modules enable you to develop specialist knowledge on a range of topics.
The third year is spent abroad, either on a work placement, studying at a university, or in a school working as a language assistant.
Full module descriptions
For full module descriptions from previous years, please visit our Humanities student website.
Entry requirements 2020
AAB–ABB; IB: 34–32; BTEC: DDD–DDM
GCE AL Latin Grade B; IB Latin HL5
Applicants studying a BTEC Extended Diploma will also require GCE AL Latin Grade B where required.
For the Beginners' route (Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish): GCSE Grade B/Grade 5 in any Modern Foreign Language.
For the Advanced route (French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish): GCE AL Grade B or IB HL5 in the modern foreign language chosen.
Selecting your chosen language when applying
When applying to a Combined Honours degree with Modern Languages you will need to indicate under ‘further details’ in the ‘choices’ section of the application the language and route you wish to study using the codes below. Please note you may choose only one language. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS website.
- Grade B at A level (or equivalent) is required in any language you intend to study from A level.
- You may only choose one language.
- Students wishing to pursue language study on the basis of a GCSE are normally classed as beginners.
- French, German, Italian, Russian, and Spanish can be studied either from A level or beginner’s level, with both cohorts reaching degree level in the final year. Portuguese and Chinese can only be studied from beginner’s level, not from A Level; students of these two languages reach degree level in final year.
Please read the important information about our Typical offer.
For full and up-to-date information on applying to Exeter and entry requirements, including requirements for other types of qualification, please see the Applying section.
Learning and teaching
Our teaching makes full use of seminars, study groups and web-based learning. We integrate the latest approaches with traditional lectures to give you a varied and challenging programme. In the first two years, the teaching is via both formal lectures (usually 50-70 students) and discussion based seminar groups of around 12-18 students. All third-year teaching is through discussion-based seminar groups.
You’ll receive 10 contact hours per week with staff, both teaching time and with your personal tutor. You’re also expected to invest plenty of time in independent study and contact with your study-group (for example, in preparation for seminars). The exact amount of time spent working independently varies from module to module.
We’re actively engaged in introducing new methods of learning and teaching, including the increasing use of interactive, computer-based approaches to learning through our virtual learning environment, where the details of all modules are stored in an easily navigable website. You can access detailed information about modules and learning outcomes, as well as interact through activities such as discussion forums.
In addition to the teaching methods described above, there are many other opportunities for you to add to your overall experience in the department. We hold mini-conferences for some modules, where students can present papers to fellow students and staff, along with weekly research seminars and monthly Classical Association lectures, with talks from leading internal and external speakers. The student-run Classics Society organises events throughout the year. Recently they have organised vibrant debates, lectures and a peer-mentoring scheme for the ancient languages, for which they receive academic support. The department also publishes its own journal, Pegasus, and our students take an active role in writing and editing this publication.
Teaching that is inspired by research ensures that lectures are up-to-date and relevant to your studies. You will benefit from access to the latest thinking, equipment and resources. All staff teach third year options linked to their own interests, which include the study of ancient Greek Mythology, moral concepts in Latin literature, Greek inscriptions and ancient ideas of character, food, sex, politics and religion.
All students have a personal tutor who is available for advice and support throughout your studies. There are also a number of services on campus where you can get advice and information, including the Students’ Guild Advice Unit.
You will be assessed by coursework and exams in all your years of study. You must pass your first year modules in order to proceed, but your performance at this level does not count towards your final degree classification. In order to be eligible for ‘with Study Abroad’ you will need to attain an average of 60% or more in your first year. The assessments in the second year, year abroad (if applicable) and final year will contribute to your final degree classification. In most modules, you will be assessed as follows: in the first year 70 per cent exams and 30 per cent coursework; in the second year 60 per cent exams and 40 per cent coursework; and in the third year 50 per cent exams and 50 per cent coursework. If you study a three-year programme, assessments in the final two years both count towards your classification, and if you study a four-year programme then the final three years all contribute.
Your third year will normally be spent studying abroad, developing your language skills.
Your year abroad could be spent either:
- On a work placement
- Studying at a university
- In a school working as a language assistant
You can find out more at our Study Abroad web pages.
Modern Languages graduates from the University of Exeter have an excellent reputation with graduate recruiters and compete very successfully in the employment market.
Studying Modern Languages at the University of Exeter provides you with skills that are attractive to employers and relevant for a wide range of careers. Alongside written and verbal fluency in your chosen language(s), you’ll develop skills in:
- Managing and analysing information
- Articulating ideas and arguments
- Problem solving
- Critical thinking
- Cultural awareness and adaptability
Recent Modern Languages graduates have pursued careers in sectors such as translation and teaching, working for organisations such as UNICEF, Just Education, the British Council, and Amazon EU.
Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:
- MA European Politics
- Graduate Diploma in Law
- PGCE Secondary French
- MA International Relations
- MSc Globalisation and Latin American Development
- MA Translation and Professional Language Skills
A degree in Modern Languages also provides good opportunities to develop skills that are attractive to employers in a broad range of sectors. In an increasingly globalised world, language skills are highly sought after by employers, and can help job applicants to stand out from the crowd. Our recent Modern Languages graduates have pursued careers in:
- Digital Marketing
- The Civil Service
- Finance and Accounting
The services offered by the Humanities careers and employability team are complementary to the services offered by our central Career Zone, where you can participate in practical sessions to develop your skills; access paid internships and volunteering opportunities; explore postgraduate study options; meet prospective employers; get one-to-one advice and learn how to secure the right job for you.