BA

Modern Languages

Key Facts

Code R990
  • Typical A-level offer

    BBC with B in one relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

  • Course Length

    4 Years

Further details on entry requirements

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Aberystwyth is one of a handful of universities in the UK that offers students the opportunity to combine the study of three languages, two of which will not require prior knowledge. You can choose from among French, Italian, German and Spanish depending on the pathways you wish to take. In your third year you will undertake a Year Abroad, offering you the opportunity to live, and study or work, in the countries of your main language(s) of study. In the BA Modern Languages degree, you will not only gain practical knowledge of and fluency in three languages, but you will also learn to understand the position of these languages in a wider global context.

[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)

Overview

Why study BA Modern Languages at Aberystwyth University?  

We believe that our students should be fully immersed in the languages they study. Our close-knit international community encourages our students to use these languages in their daily lives, while we also offer opportunities for students to study abroad. 

On your Year Abroad, your time is usually split between two countries, to facilitate your total immersion in more than one language and culture. We are committed to offering you opportunities to develop your language skills, and to learn about, enjoy and embrace the cultures of the countries in which the languages you study are spoken. The Year Abroad will enable you to master the languages that you have chosen and will give you possibly the best year of your life! This course will also provide you with the opportunity to study a wide range of specialised modules in literature and culture, as well as language. 

In the recent National Student Survey (NSS), our department scored 93% student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Students become part of our friendly community where all of our departmental staff know you by your name and not as a number. 

A degree in Modern Languages ensures secure and constant demand for employment after graduation. This statement is reflected in our graduate employability figures produced by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Authority), where 85% of our graduates from 2016 entered work at professional level, this figure is 35% higher than language graduates nationally. Our departmental philosophy is to ensure that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career.

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.  

Modules

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

Career Prospects

Employability is embedded in our teaching across the Department of Modern Languages. What we teach you will serve you well in your future careers, with our modules tailored to providing students with the employability skills that are sought after by employers. The Year Abroad also helps to make our graduates stand out from the crowd, as students return with an increased skill set, stronger language competencies and the ability to adapt to any situation.

We are very proud of the success rate of our graduates in finding employment after graduation. Some of the many chosen fields of our graduates are:
• Translation and Interpreting
• Broadcasting
• Education
• Marketing
• Human Resources
• Website Development
• International Banking
• Civil Service

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:

  • Oral
  • Written
  • Aural
  • Translation

In addition to your language work, in your first year you can also discover: 

• Introduction to Literary Studies
• European Film
• The politics and culture of language across Europe
• The history and culture of the Spanish speaking world
• The cultural history of Italy
• German literature

In your second year you could explore: 

• Specialised languages modules (Language of Business etc.)
• Spanish American Cinema
• The Cinema of Spain
• Modern Literature
• Prose in German literature
• Current Issues in French and Francophone Society

In your third year, you will undertake your year abroad, working or studying in a foreign country relative to your chosen languages.

In your final year you could choose from options such as:

• The Cuban Revolution
• French Literature
• Spanish Cinema
• Spanish Literature
• German Literature

How will I be taught?

A variety of teaching formats is used in class. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars you will be expected to develop your knowledge in certain areas and participate in class discussions.
You will learn to adapt to any situation and will be provided with the learning tools necessary to be able to deliver oral presentations (individually and in groups), sit listening tests, write reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you will develop the skills necessary to write essays, undertake research projects, give oral presentations, or sit exams.

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Typical Entry Requirements

A Levels BBC with B in one relevant language 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 one relevant language at Higher Level unless to be studied as a beginner

European Baccalaureate:
68% with 70% in one relevant language unless to be studied as a beginner

Applicants are considered on their individual merits and offers can vary. For further information, please contact ug-admissions@aber.ac.uk

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