French with Spanish

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Key Facts

Code R1R4
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in French or Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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The BA French with Spanish degree allows you to study two languages simultaneously. This degree will allow you to develop fluent linguistic competencies in speaking, listening, reading, writing, translating and interpreting. In addition, you will also have the opportunity to explore the society, culture, social and professional relevance of your languages through our broad range of options.  If you are interested in developing your language competencies and exploring the language further in a social, cultural and professional aspect, then French with Spanish is the course for you. 

[NSS/DLHE Awards]

Department of Modern Languages: 93% student satisfaction (NSS 2017)

85% of our graduates entered work at professional level, 38% more than Language graduates nationally (HESA 2017)


Why study French with Spanish at Aberystwyth University?

  • This degree is available both for beginners and advanced students. Beginners will follow an intensive course in the first year. Students will receive 4 hours of language work per week concentrating on improving the key aspects of language development in speaking, writing, translation and listening. Students will thrive from being taught in small groups. 
  • As a department, we ensure that your student experience is one that is memorable and cherished. In the latest National Student Survey, our department scored 93% for student satisfaction. (NSS, 2017
  • We ourselves on being close-knit and friendly. There is a vibrant multilingual and multicultural environment and many of our staff are native speakers of the language they teach, therefore you will get plenty of exposure to it in and outside of the classroom. 
  • Explore and submerse yourself in a different culture whilst at the same time developing your linguistic skills through our Erasmus links and International Partnerships with Spain other Spanish-speaking countries and France and other French-speaking universities. Your third year will be spend abroad and you can choose from studying at a University, working in a School or College as an English Language Assistant or other forms of work placements. 
Our Staff

All of the lecturers in the Dept of Modern Languages are qualified to PhD level and are research active. We also employ language tutors, some of whom have a PhD, and all of whom are experienced teachers. We occasionally employ native-speakers from our partner universities abroad (lectors) who come to us highly recommended on the basis of their academic achievement at the home university, and many of whom have trained as teachers. The fourth group is part-time staff who are employed on the basis of their expertise in a particular specialist area.  


Please note: The modules listed below are those currently intended for delivery during the next academic year and may be subject to change. They are included here to give an indication of how the course is structured.


Employability is embedded across our teaching within the Department of Modern Languages. The Year Abroad is where our graduates are more distinguished than others. On successful completion of the Year Abroad, students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt in any situations. 

Our graduates have been successful in seeking employment after graduation. Our graduates are successful in these fields:

  • Translation and Interpretation;
  • Broadcasting;
  • Education; 
  • Marketing; 
  • Human Resources; 
  • Website development; 
  • International Banking; 
  • Civil Service.

What work experience opportunities exist whilst studying? 

Click here to find out about the various opportunities that our Aberystwyth University Careers team offer.

Enhance your employability prospects with GO Wales and YES (Year in Employment Scheme) managed by our Careers department. 

Teaching & Learning

What will I learn?

The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four year degree scheme.

During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes:





In the first year you will discover:

  • Introduction to literary studies and civilisation;
  • European Film;
  • Politics and culture of language across Europe.

In your second year you will explore:

  • Possibility of independent research project;
  • Option of specialised languages modules (language of business etc.);
  • A vast choice of content modules on literature, film and art;
  • Current issues in French and francophone society;
  • Teaching English to speakers of other languages.

In your third year, you will take part in your Year Abroad where you will study with our partner Universities under the Erasmus + Programme

In your final year, you will study:

  • Semantics and Lexicography;
  • Cultural and Artistic Movements;
  • French Literature of 18th and 19th Century;
  • Current issues in a Spanish speaking country;
  • Independent research project.

How will I be taught?

Our students are taught through the medium of lectures, seminars and language workshops

We assess our students in variety of ways depending on the modules. In our language classes you will be assessed through continuous assessments and an exam at the end of Year 1 and Year 4. Our elective and compulsory modules are assessed through coursework in the format of a presentation and/ or essay and an examination.

Your progress will be regularly monitored through tutorial consultations and with the Personal Development Portfolio (PDP). In your last year, in order to prepare you for life after university, the PDP is replaced by writing a CV and cover letter in French.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in French or Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

GCSE requirements (grade C min):
English or Welsh

BTEC National Diploma:
DMM with specified subjects

International Students

International Baccalaureate:
28 points overall with 5 points in French or Spanish at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in French or Spanish unless to be studied as a beginner

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact

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