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Applied Languages

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2019 / September 2020



Course length

Full time: 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years


Department of English and Modern Languages

UCAS Tariff Points



Prepare for a successful international career with our Applied Languages degree. You’ll pick two languages, follow a specialist pathway, and complete a work placement abroad.

Choose a primary language from:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • English (as a foreign language) .

Choose a second language from:

  • French
  • Spanish
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Mandarin Chinese

Our staff are active researchers and experts in their fields. Your language classes are taught in your target language to help you achieve fluency. You’ll gain a high level of written and verbal skills with focus on the practical use of the language in an international context.

In Year 3 you will complete a work placement in a country where your primary language is spoken. We'll support you in choosing a placement that suits you. And you can apply your knowledge from your specialism to become fluent in a foreign language. Our course will help you to become a top quality linguist prepared for the world of work.

How to apply

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff Points: 112

A Level: BBC

IB Points: 30


Wherever possible we make our conditional offers using the UCAS Tariff. This combination of A-level grades would be just one way of achieving the UCAS Tariff points for this course.

Required subjects include: a Language

IB Diploma: to include a language at higher level 4 or above

The Applied Languages degree main language can only be started at post A level while the second language can be from beginners. 

If you want to combine French with Spanish, they can both be taken post A level.

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

English requirements for visas

If you need a student visa to enter the UK you will need to meet the UK Visas and Immigration minimum language requirements as well as the University's requirements. Find out more about English language requirements.

Pathways courses for international and EU students

If you do not meet the entry requirements for this degree, or if you would like more preparation before you start, you can take an international foundation course. Once you enrol, you will have a guaranteed pathway to this degree if you pass your foundation course with the required grades.

If you only need to meet the language requirements, you can take our pre-sessional English course. You will develop key language and study skills for academic success and you will not need to take an external language test to progress to your degree.

Terms and Conditions of Enrolment

When you accept our offer, you agree to the Terms and Conditions of Enrolment. You should therefore read those conditions before accepting the offer.

Credit transfer

Many of our courses consider applications for entry with credit for prior learning. Each application is individually assessed by our credit entry tutors. 

If you would like more information about whether or not you may be eligible for the award of credit, for example from an HND, partly-completed degree or foundation degree, please contact our Admissions team.

We operate the European Credit Transfer System (ECTS). All undergraduate single modules are equivalent to 7.5 ECTS credits and double modules to 15 ECTS credits. More about ECTS credits.

Application process

Full time Home / EU applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home / EU applicants

Apply direct to the University

International applicants

Apply direct to the University

Full time applicants can also apply through UCAS

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

Home/EU Full Time

Home/EU Part Time
£750 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Please note tuition fees for Home/EU students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students in line with an inflationary amount determined by government. Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.

Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning home and EU students at the maximum permitted level.

Please be aware that some courses will involve some additional costs that are not covered by your fees. Specific additional costs for this course, if any, are detailed below.

Additional costs

The year abroad component in this programme is compulsory, with a reduced tuition fee paid to Oxford Brookes. Living costs are to paid by the student, and students are responsible for their own accommodation and travel. Living costs will vary depending on the location of your placement.

You will be supported throughout by the placements and partnerships team, and assistance is also provided in finding and securing grants, such as Santander and Erasmus. 

Learning and assessment

You can choose a specialist pathway that you will follow throughout your course. Pick from:

  • Business
  • International Relations and Politics
  • Language and Education.

In Years 1, 2 and 4 you will take relevant modules in your chosen specialism.

In Year 3 you will gain significant work experience with a work placement which makes use of your specialism. This will help you to become fluent in your chosen primary language. You'll also benefit from the cultural awareness that comes with living in another country.

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Study modules

Year 1

Main Language*

French / Spanish B1 (1,2) / EFL (1A,1B)

Second Language*

French / Spanish / German (A1,A2) / Mandarin / Japanese (1A,1B). Or: French / Spanish B1 (1,2)

One Specialism of these

Business (Strategy / Marketing), International Relations and Politics, Language and Education.

Year 2

Main Language*

French / Spanish B 2 (1) / EFL 2

One Specialism of these*

Business (Strategy / Marketing), International Relations and Politics, Language and Education.

Second Language

French / Spanish / German B1 (1) / Mandarin / Japanese 2A. Or: French / Spanish B 2 (1)

Second Language*

French / Spanish / German B1 (2) / Mandarin / Japanese 2B. Or: French / Spanish B 2 (1).

The Business Environment in Europe*

Year 3

You can choose 1 of these compulsory programmes*

Exchange (Study Placement) in the country of the second language, then a Work Placement (12 weeks) in the country of the main language. Or: A Work Placement (24 weeks) in the country of the main language

Year 4

French / Spanish / German B2 (1,2)

French / Spanish C1 (1,2)

Applied Languages Research Project (Double)

French Translation Skills

Main Language*

French / Spanish C1 (1,2) / EFL / Advanced English Language Communication Skills.

Mandarin / Japanese (3A,3B)

One Specialism of these

Business (Strategy / Marketing), International Relations and Politics, Language and Education.

* = Required

Please note: As our courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the modules you can choose from may vary from that shown here. The structure of the course may also mean some modules are not available to you.

Learning and teaching

Language learning

Our class sizes mean that you will have many opportunities to explore issues in depth. You can practice your language skills with a native speaker and improve your interpersonal skills. And we encourage you to take an active part in class, often working in a team with other students or by giving presentations.  

Specialist pathway

Our tutors and researchers are experts in their field. Their style of teaching varies between modules and specialisms, but is likely to include a mix of:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • group work.


Assessment methods used on this course

Our assessment methods vary. For some modules, continuous assessment may take the form of essays, in-class tests and oral presentations. For others, you will take an end of module examination.

On average we expect you to graduate with a C1 Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level of proficiency in your primary language.

Study Abroad

In Year 3 you will gain the work experience, cultural awareness, and language fluency needed to succeed in a multinational workplace. You will either:

  • complete a work placement of 24 weeks–1 year in a country where your primary foreign language is spoken. Students studying English as a foreign language can remain in the UK
  • complete a work placement of at least 12 weeks in a country where your primary foreign language is spoken and spend 12 weeks studying at a partner university abroad

After you graduate

Career prospects

The Applied Languages degree will help you to develop a winning combination of advanced language skills, specialist subject knowledge, and work experience that will make you very attractive to future employers. 

International experience is something the majority of employers take into consideration when assessing job applications. The mobility and work experience within this course will enhance your skills in an increasingly international market and make you highly employable. 

Applied Languages graduates are well placed for employment in such areas as the media, public relations, business and international organisations. Many employers favour linguists because of their broad academic education, their flexible and creative approach to problem solving and their excellent ability to communicate.

Applied Languages is also an excellent basis for postgraduate study and the teaching profession.

Further study

The MA IBIC (International Business and Intercultural Communication) is designed for those students seeking to further develop their prospects for an international career. This course acts as an intensive business studies course and opportunity for you to develop your language skills further on a substantial work placement.

Student profiles

Our Staff

Dr Esteban Devis-Amaya

Coordinator of the Spanish Programme and of the Placement Year in Spain and Latin America.

Read more about Esteban

Free language courses

Free language courses are available to full-time undergraduate and postgraduate students on many of our courses, and can be taken as a credit on some courses.

Programme Changes: On rare occasions we may need to make changes to our course programmes after they have been published on the website.

For more information, please visit our Changes to programmes page.