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Applied Languages

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code

Q140

Start dates

September 2021 / September 2022

Location

Headington

Course length

Full time: 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years

UCAS Tariff Points

104

Overview

Prepare for a multicultural career - and build the linguistic, cultural and professional capital you need to make it happen.

On this course you’ll develop the language skills, cross-cultural insight and professional experience for an international career. You’ll graduate trilingual. And you’ll have direct experience of living and working in other cultures. You’ll have highly developed intercultural communication skills - prized by transnational employers. You’ll have professional work experience on your CV. And you’ll have a specialism in:

  • Business
  • International Relations
  • Language and Education

In your third year, you’ll travel abroad - to places like Uruguay, Spain, Taiwan, France or Japan. You’ll carry out a professional placement in an industry like marketing, education, IT or communications. And you’ll be able to study at an overseas university.

You’ll be able to match your studies to your interests. And there’s lots of flexibility for you to experiment - to work out what feels right for you.

 

How to apply

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

For more information about how we are supporting applicants impacted by Covid-19, please see our information for applicants page.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29

BTEC: DMM

Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27

BTEC: MMM

Further offer details

The Applied Languages degree primary 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.

Applications are also welcomed for consideration from applicants with European qualifications, international qualifications or recognised foundation courses. For advice on eligibility please contact Admissions: admissions@brookes.ac.uk

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements

A Level: Grade C or above in Primary Language Choice: French, Spanish or English as a Foreign Language

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard English language requirements.

International qualifications and equivalences

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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 part-way through the course for students who have credit from previous learning or relevant professional experience.

Find out more about transferring to Brookes. If you'd like to talk through your options, please contact our Admissions team.

Application process

Full time Home (UK) applicants

Apply through UCAS

Part time Home (UK) 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 (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,300

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,600

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2021 / 22
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,300

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

2022 / 23
Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to OfS confirmation, Sept 2021)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,600

Questions about fees?

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

Please note tuition fees for Home 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 students at the maximum permitted level.

Financial support and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see our Fees and funding pages.

Additional costs

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.

The published course and module descriptions were accurate when first published and remain the basis of the course, but the University has had to modify some course and module content in response to government restrictions and social distancing requirements. In the event of changes made to the government advice and social distancing rules by national or local government, the University may need to make further alterations to the published course content. Detailed information on the changes will be sent to every student on confirmation in August to ensure you have all the information before you come to Oxford Brookes.

Learning and assessment

On the course, you’ll study two languages. You will have studied your main language at A Level. You might have less experience with your second language, or you can start it from scratch!

Choose a main language from:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • English

And you can choose a second language from:

  • Spanish
  • French
  • German
  • Chinese
  • Japanese

When you graduate, you’ll competently speak three languages. In your first year, your teaching will be in English and in the target language, to help you get started.

You’ll develop your intercultural awareness - crucial for transnational careers. And learn how to express yourself appropriately within the linguistic culture. You’ll understand social norms, politeness and humour - you’ll be equipped to live and work in another culture.

You’ll also be able to pursue a professional specialism in Business, International Relations, and Language and Education. This will give you direct insight into international careers and multicultural sectors. 

In your third year, you’ll have a transformational year abroad. See the Study Abroad section for more.

 

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Study modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

French A1 / A2(1)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your French degree. As someone with a beginner’s knowledge of French, you’ll develop strong skills in French speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in French, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between France and other countries. 
 

French B1(1) / B1(2)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your French degree. As someone with a lower intermediate knowledge of French, you’ll develop strong skills in French speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in French, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between France and other countries.

German A1 / A2(1)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your German degree. As someone with a beginner’s knowledge of German, you’ll develop strong skills in German speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in German, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Germany and other countries. 

Japanese for Beginners 1

In this module, you’ll go from knowing almost no Japanese to developing an effective knowledge of the language. As a beginner or near-beginner, you’ll gain good skills in speaking and writing, as well as reading and listening in the language. You’ll acquire unique skills for your future career as you work constructively in teams, meet deadlines effectively and use Japanese creatively and precisely for different audiences. 
 

Japanese Reading and Writing 1A

In this module you will acquire reading and writing skills at the beginners’ level. You will learn the Japanese writing system, especially focusing on developing a systematic knowledge of kanji as well as general reading and writing skills.

Introduction to Chinese Culture and Society

In this module, you’ll dive into Chinese culture and society. You’ll get to grips with the many aspects of Chinese society. You’ll gain core critical skills as you analyse how traditional elements of Chinese culture can help us understand Chinese society today.

Mandarin Chinese 1A

In this module, you’ll go from knowing almost no Mandarin to developing an effective knowledge of the language. As a beginner or near-beginner, you’ll gain good skills in speaking and writing, as well as reading and listening in the language. You’ll acquire unique skills for your future career as you work constructively in teams, meet deadlines effectively and use Mandarin creatively and precisely for different audiences. 

English Language 1b: Core Language Skills

In this module, you’ll build further on your English language skills. You’ll develop your ability to communicate between cultures, and communicate effectively in English, in a wide range of contexts. 

English Language 1a: Core Language Skills

In this module, you’ll build on your intermediate grasp of English in our language. You’ll develop your ability to speak and listen in English, and strengthen your grammatical, lexical and phonological understanding of the language. This module gives you the confidence to succeed as a university-level language learner.

Spanish A1 / A2(1)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your Spanish degree. As someone with a beginner’s knowledge of Spanish, you’ll develop strong skills in Spanish speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in Spanish, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Spain and other countries. 

Spanish B1(1) / B1(2)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your Spanish degree. As someone with a lower intermediate knowledge of Spanish, you’ll develop strong skills in Spanish speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in Spanish, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Spain and other countries. 

Culture, Language and Society

In this module, you’ll gain core analytical skills for your degree as you explore the intercultural differences between societies. You’ll look at contemporary culture, and consider cultural differences between particular languages and countries - English-speaking, French-speaking and Spanish-speaking. You’ll also enhance your language skills, giving you fantastic language knowledge for any career.

Optional modules

Foundations of Business

In this module, you’ll gain a strong understanding of business organisations and how they work. You’ll use fascinating examples from business practice today, as you explore business concepts and theory. You’ll understand the diversity of business, and gain specialist techniques to analyse businesses and propose solutions to pressing problems. 

Foundations of Marketing

In this module, you’ll dive into core marketing principles. You’ll develop a strong knowledge of key marketing content, and how it applies to business environments large and small. You’ll gain a firm grounding in different marketing concepts, ensuring that you succeed in your level 5 marketing modules. 

Education in a World of Change

In this module, you’ll get to grips with core aspects of education policy in an English context. You’ll look at schooling through the big forces of social, economic and technological change. You’ll focus on both formal education, and alternative educational settings. You’ll explore some of the major philosophical ideas that have shaped educational policy in England. You’ll also gain fantastic critical skills for your degree, as you make connections between central themes from the late 19th and early 20th centuries to today. As well as this, you’ll develop the knowledge to critique education policies. 

Introduction to International Relations 2 – Themes and Issues

In this module, you’ll explore the major issues in current world politics.
In Part 1, you’ll investigate the key figures, structures and processes in world politics. You’ll look at some core themes, including:

  • international states
  • multinational societies
  • the worldwide political economy
  • international organisations and institutions
  • figures with worldwide, multinational impact.

You’ll also analyse concepts such as:

  • anarchy
  • order
  • sovereignty
  • conflict and cooperation among states, and non-state figures.

In Part 2, you’ll investigate the chronic issues of world politics, including:

  • gender
  • migration
  • human rights
  • humanitarian intervention
  • energy resources and the environment
  • development, inequality and poverty.

We’ll explore how different nations manage these issues and what this tells us about international governance.

Politics in Comparative Perspective

In this module, you’ll investigate politics, and the struggle for power, across the nations. You’ll have a clear introduction to how and why political systems differ in our world today. You’ll examine case studies from a wide range of states, and gain a strong insight into how different regimes function – from the democratic to the totalitarian.

Understanding Language: Systems and Use

In this module, you’ll get to grips with language and how to study it. You’ll look at language as a system, and how we use it in different instances of communication. You’ll understand language and its associated terms and definitions. You’ll gain core linguistic skills as you explore linguistic analysis in:

  • sound (phonetics and phonology)
  • language as meaning (semantics)
  • language as structure (syntax).

You’ll gain a strong grounding in these concepts by studying instances of written and spoken language. You’ll develop valuable insights into language and its systems and uses. 

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Employability in a Multicultural Environment

In this module, you’ll gain a strong insight into organisations, including their structure and culture. You’ll also understand the behaviour of individuals and groups within them. You’ll conduct practical research in the form of questionnaires, learning about critical analysis and questionnaire design. As part of this module, you’ll benefit from psychometric profiling, allowing you to understand your personal behaviour. You’ll lay the foundations for your future professional success, ahead of your placement year.  

Professional Communication

In this module, you’ll develop your key communication skills for professional contexts such as the workplace. You’ll learn the appropriate styles and register, and develop a deeper awareness of communication styles and practices in a global working environment. You’ll practise skills for interaction and negotiation. The knowledge, experience and the linguistic and intercultural skills you’ll gain will be excellent preparation for your placement year.

Japanese for Beginners 2

In this module, you’ll gain a strong grasp of Japanese language skills. As someone with some knowledge of the Japanese language, you’ll gain good skills in speaking and writing, as well as reading and listening in the language. You’ll acquire unique skills for your future career as you work constructively in teams, meet deadlines effectively and use Japanese.

Japanese Reading and Writing 1B

You will continue working on the reading and writing skills you acquired in Japanese Reading and Writing 1A. By the end of the year, you will be able to read and write 180 characters and recognise over 360 compounds using these characters.

French A2(2)

In this module, you’ll gain strong skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening in French. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in French, and communicate well with others in an everyday context. You’ll reach a lower intermediate level in French, as you master both informal and semi-formal communication, in settings from the workplace to leisure activities. 

French B1(1)

In this module, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your French degree. As someone with a beginner’s knowledge of French, you’ll develop strong skills in French speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in French, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between France and other countries. 

French B2(1) / B2(2)

In these modules, you’ll build on your communication skills in French. As someone with intermediate knowledge of spoken and written French, you’ll develop your study and understanding of French culture and society. You’ll develop a rich vocabulary based on themes which are key to French culture. You’ll improve your French to a higher, upper intermediate level, as you study and practise the key structures of the French language. 

German A2(2)

In this module, you’ll gain strong skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening in German. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in German, and communicate well with others in an everyday context. You’ll reach a lower intermediate level in German, as you master both informal and semi-formal communication in German, in settings from the workplace to leisure activities. 

German B1(1)

In this module, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your German degree. As someone with a lower intermediate knowledge of German, you’ll develop strong skills in German speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in German, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Germany and other countries. 

Spanish A2(2)

In this module, you’ll gain strong skills in speaking, writing, reading and listening in Spanish. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in Spanish, and communicate well with others in an everyday context. You’ll reach a lower intermediate level in Spanish, as you master both informal and semi-formal communication, in settings from the workplace to leisure activities. 

Spanish B1(1)

In this module, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your Spanish degree. As someone with a lower intermediate knowledge of Spanish, you’ll develop strong skills in Spanish speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in Spanish, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Spain and other countries. 

Spanish B2(1) / B2(2)

In these modules, you’ll build on your communication skills in Spanish. As someone with intermediate knowledge of spoken and written Spanish, you’ll develop your study and understanding of Spanish culture and society. You’ll develop a rich vocabulary based on themes which are key to Spanish culture. You’ll improve your Spanish to a higher, upper intermediate level, as you study and practise the key structures of the Spanish language.

Conversational Chinese

In this module, you’ll master the conversational skills you need for everyday life in China. You’ll be able to have simple conversations on specific topics. You’ll be able to converse in ways including: 

  • exchanging greetings and introducing yourself
  • asking and answering questions about occupations and family members
  • asking for and giving information about contact numbers and addresses
  • asking for and saying dates and days; asking for and telling the time
  • making invitations and appointments
  • asking for items, prices and bargaining when shopping.

Mandarin Chinese 1B

In this module, you’ll gain a strong grasp of Mandarin language skills. As someone with some knowledge of the Mandarin language, you’ll gain good skills in speaking and writing, as well as reading and listening in the language. You’ll acquire unique skills for your future career as you work constructively in teams, meet deadlines effectively and use Mandarin creatively and precisely for different audiences. 
 

Higher Academic English Language Skills

This module is for students who speak English as an additional language, particularly if you haven’t studied academic English in a university setting before. You can be studying any field apart from business. In the module, you’ll develop your academic English language skills, including functions, grammar and vocabulary. You’ll improve your critical reading and research skills. You’ll also work on reflective writing, and you’ll evaluate your own and your peers’ work.

Your assessment will consist of:

  • a research report
  • an argument essay
  • a presentation.

Optional modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage

How can we compete in today’s global business environment? How can we sustain a competitive advantage over other businesses? In this module, you’ll gain core critical skills and key knowledge of business strategy. 

Marketing Management

In this module, you’ll gain fantastic project management skills for your career, as you develop and construct your own marketing plan. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of marketing planning, and how to create effective strategies and groundbreaking products through this. You’ll deepen your knowledge of marketing, as you get to grips with core concepts of marketing management. You’ll understand how different elements of marketing integrate, and how we can use these to succeed over competitors in the business world.

English Language Teaching to Adults

Do you dream of working as an English language teacher? Do you want to help adult learners grasp the English language? In this module, you’ll get to grips with English language teaching. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of teaching English, and essential skills in effective language teaching. You’ll also develop key practical skills for teaching English to adult learners. If you take this course, you’ll be able to apply to British Study Centres Oxford to complete your teaching practice, and acquire a Certificate in English Language Teaching to Adults (CELTA). This is recognised by Cambridge Assessment as a pre-service training qualification.

Language, Culture and Globalization

In this module, you’ll explore the relationship between language, culture and globalization. You’ll gain key analytical skills as you observe how language operates in local and global contexts. You’ll look at language through a sociolinguistic approach - considering the relationship between language and society and how they affect each other. You’ll explore how English rose to become an international language, spoken in countries all over the world. You’ll explore a range of topics, including: 

  • language and gender
  • language and politics
  • language and standardisation 
  • globalisation discourses
  • linguistic imperialism (when we impose our language on speakers of another language)

Critical Media Literacies

From Hollywood archives, to the representation of race and gender, how do the media affect society? In this module, you’ll gain core critical skills as you analyse media texts and their relationship with wider cultures. You’ll look at different approaches to media, including:

  • the media, commodity and identities
  • ideology, dominant leadership and Marxist interpretations 
  • psychological approaches
  • the Gothic, and cultural anxieties.

Borders and Solidarities in World Politics

How do we govern the world, when it’s no longer dominated by states and national governments? How do different types of migration shape the movement of people across the world? In this module, you’ll get to grips with a key part of international relations - borders and solidarities (groups with a common identity or interest). You’ll explore the various forms of borders and solidarities, including:

  • movements across national boundaries 
  • regional organisations
  • trade agreements.

You’ll link them to key forces and events, such as: 

  • NGOs
  • corporations
  • colonisation
  • refugee movements
  • the migrant ‘crisis’.

You’ll gain valuable practical and professional knowledge, as you explore major issues today, and how global governance or migration shape our lives. 

 

Nationalism and Regime Change

In this module, you’ll explore the effect of nationalism, ethnicity and regime change on a country. You’ll get to grips with the different approaches we use to explore them. You’ll gain fantastic analytical skills as you apply these approaches to real world cases, and investigate the implications of their different perspectives. 

You’ll also look at how globalisation impacts the politics and identity of a country. You’ll analyse the ways in which globalisation can be a force for good (spreading democracy) and bad (divisive, leading to nationalist resistance). 

Core Texts in Education

You’ll engage in pressing debates about education today, using classic writers from Plato to Paulo Freire. You’ll gain core analytical skills as you carry out an intense study of three contrasting texts from three different historical periods that have shaped education.

You’ll ask leading questions as you engage with the texts, and explore the status of knowledge, how education helps humans to flourish and the vocation of the educator. You’ll compare the texts with contemporary debates in educational policy and practice, and consider what we can learn from thinkers of the past.

 

Independent Study in Applied Languages

This module gives you the chance to study a topic that interests you in Applied Languages. You’ll work independently, with the support of our expert academic team, and will carry out work on a small project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:

  • enquiry
  • research 
  • analysis 
  • evaluation.

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Placement Year

In Year 3, you have options as follows: 

  • study in semester 1 at a partner university, and in semester 2 undertake a work placement 

    or

  • undertake a work placement in semesters 1 and 2 

Work Placement in the country of the main language

Your work placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your language skills. You’ll have strong support to find a placement that matches your needs and aspirations and will give you the relevant work experience you’re looking for. 

Working abroad is an unbeatable way to build your skills and confidence in all aspects of the language you’re learning, while also giving you a strong sense of responsibility and independence. You’ll gain vital practical experience in the workplace, boosting your employment prospects after graduation. You’ll practise a broad range of transferable skills, in particular organisational skills, communication in real life situations and setting up support systems and networks. And you’ll be on the road to becoming a cosmopolitan citizen, able to function confidently in different locations and cultures.

Previous students have had placements with companies including:

  • Alcatel-Lucent
  • bChannels
  • Club Med
  • DM Media
  • Eurosport.

Optional modules

Optional study placement

Your study placement is a fantastic opportunity to apply and develop your language skills. You’ll have support to find a study placement that meets your aspirations, and which will allow you to improve all aspects of your linguistic abilities. 

Wherever you go, living and studying abroad is an unparalleled way to build your skills and confidence in another language. You’ll also gain a strong sense of responsibility and independence. You’ll gain first-hand cultural experience, adding to the theoretical experience with the practical learning experience. You’ll practise a broad range of transferable skills, in particular organisational skills and communication in real life situations. 

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Researching Cross-cultural Experiences

In this module, you’ll analyse and present your experiences of your placement year. You’ll gain core critical skills for your final year, as you analyse your time living in a different culture, and the wider cross-cultural experiences of individuals or groups. You’ll do independent research on an aspect of the country you lived in that fascinates you. You’ll also present the outcomes of your research at an academic conference, giving you vital skills for your future career.

Advanced English Language and Communication Skills 2

You’ll study English language skills at an advanced level, completing tasks such as reflective research report writing and giving a concise group presentation. You’ll:

  • explore the linguistic diversity of English
  • reflect on your studies in English
  • be able to use the language confidently and expertly at C1/C2 level.

We’ll encourage you to take the Cambridge C2 Proficiency test to confirm independently your advanced level of competence in the English language.

French C1(1) / C1(2)

In this module, you’ll achieve fluent and effective communication in French. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how the language functions, its textual patterns and how to use these in academic and practical contexts. You’ll converse with ease with native speakers of the language and have a strong grasp of grammatical correctness. 

Spanish C1(1) / C1(2)

In this module, you’ll achieve fluent and effective communication in Spanish. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how the language functions, its textual patterns and how to use these in academic and practical contexts. You’ll converse with ease with native speakers of the language and have a strong grasp of grammatical correctness. 

Optional modules

Mandarin Chinese 2A and 2B

In this module, you’ll increase your core skills of listening, speaking, reading and writing in Mandarin. You’ll learn how to use Mandarin in a more universal context, strengthening your grasp of the language.  You’ll gain the knowledge to read and critically assess medium-length texts, and gain excellent skills in evaluative thinking, vital for succeeding in your degree. You’ll work constructively in teams, meet deadlines effectively and use Mandarin creatively and precisely for different audiences. 

French B2(1) / B2(2)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your French degree. As someone with an upper intermediate knowledge of French, you’ll develop strong skills in French speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in French, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between France and other countries. 

Spanish C1(1) / C1(2)

In these modules, you’ll achieve fluent and effective communication in Spanish. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how the language functions, its textual patterns and how to use these in academic and practical contexts. You’ll converse with ease with native speakers of the language and have a strong grasp of grammatical correctness. 

French C1(1) / C1(2)

In these modules, you’ll achieve fluent and effective communication in French. You’ll gain a strong understanding of how the language functions, its textual patterns and how to use these in academic and practical contexts. You’ll converse with ease with native speakers of the language and have a strong grasp of grammatical correctness. 

Spanish B2(1) / B2(2)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your Spanish degree. As someone with an upper intermediate knowledge of Spanish, you’ll develop strong skills in French speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in Spanish, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Spain and other countries. 
 

German B2(1) / B2(2)

In these modules, you’ll gain the practical language skills to succeed in your German degree. As someone with an upper intermediate knowledge of German, you’ll develop strong skills in German speaking and writing, translating and interpreting. You’ll be able to express yourself effectively in German, and gain a critical sensitivity to the intercultural differences between Germany and other countries. 

Japanese Reading and Writing 2A

This module focuses on the Japanese writing system, especially focusing on developing kanji learning as well as general reading and writing skills. You will learn to write 180 new kanji, and to recognise 360 compounds using those kanji. In addition, you will work on developing your reading comprehension skills to prepare you for reading a variety of texts during your year abroad. You will also learn to write in various writing styles.

Japanese Reading and Writing 2B

Continuing on from Reading and Writing 2A, you will learn to write an additional 170 new kanji, and to recognise 340 more compounds using those kanji. In addition, you will develop deeper reading comprehension skills to prepare you for reading a variety of texts during your year abroad. You will also continue to work with a variety of topics and writing styles.

International Marketing

How can a powerful marketing strategy put international businesses at the forefront of the corporate world? How can marketing help businesses sustain their competitive edge? In this module, you’ll explore and build on the concepts you learned in your level 5 marketing modules. You’ll apply marketing theory to real-life business situations, allowing you to analyse the most successful factors in the international marketing context. You’ll pick up the ethics, professionalism and social responsibility to succeed in the international marketing world. 

Strategic Management

In this module, you’ll gain fantastic skills for business as you explore pressing business themes, and how they impact the corporate world. You’ll look at current business cases, and explore the driving forces behind the strategies, behaviours and management of organisations. 

Democratic Challenges in Russia and the EU

In this module, you’ll develop key critical skills as you explore the democratic challenges facing Russia and the EU. Both are currently facing enormous social, political and economic transformation.You’ll gain a strong grounding in the key issues of diverse, multi-ethnic states and multinational organizations. You’ll look at core themes, such as:

  • the role of the media,
  • the role of civil society and political institutions
  • in identity, and the formation of states. 

In this module, you can choose to study Russia or the EU. You’ll take either Democratic Challenges in Contemporary Russia: State and Society, or Democratic Challenges in the European Union: Integration and Disintegration, depending on staff and student availability.

 

Violence, Militarism and Terrorism

 How does violence occur in different societies? How do people’s ideas of violence affect their cultures? In this module, you’ll look at how states manage violence such as terrorism. You’ll also consider how social norms and military values of violence shape our lives. You can choose to specialise in terrorism or counter-terrorism, or critical militarism studies. 

 

Tandem Language Learning

In this module, you’ll build fantastic teamwork skills for your career, and accelerate your knowledge of the Japanese language. You’ll come together as a mixture of native Japanese and English speakers, and work in groups to improve your language skills, and learn more about each other’s cultures. You’ll increase your skills in oral communication, allowing you to speak in Japanese on topics from culture and politics, to life in the UK or Japan. You’ll gain critical knowledge of your own language development as you set goals to improve your language skills, and support each-other as students.

Translation Skills

For this advanced module, you need a very high linguistic competence in French or Spanish. You’ll translate texts from the target language into English. We’ll cover a broad span of texts, contexts, styles and registers, including newspapers, literary texts and blogs. You’ll enhance your ability to translate texts creatively and precisely, following parameters of

  • register
  • style
  • purpose
  • audience
  • meaning.

Language Teaching: Learning and Creativity

In this module, you’ll explore approaches to language learning and teaching, as well as theories of creativity, both inside and outside language learning contexts. You’ll be exposed to different ways of teaching reading, writing, speaking and listening. You’ll also discover approaches to creativity in language students, and how teaching resources - such as course books and tests - impact learning. 

Education in International Development

In this module, you’ll consider the role of education in international development programmes. You’ll look at how economic development, foreign aid and international relations impact educational opportunity. You’ll assess development education practices through examining real-life case studies from development projects around the world. 

Independent Study Module

This module gives you the chance to study a topic in depth that interests you. You’ll work independently, with the support of our expert academic team, and will carry out work on a small project of your choosing. You’ll gain core skills for work, including in:

  • enquiry
  • research 
  • analysis 
  • evaluation.

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

You’ll be able to focus on your interests, as they develop. 

You can try out new specialisms as you progress. 

Language learning

You’ll be actively speaking, listening and sharing ideas. You’ll have many opportunities to practice your language skills with a native speaker.

You’ll explore the linguistic culture surrounding your target languages. You’ll look at social issues facing different cultures today. 

You’ll study both your main and second language in Years 1 and 2. After Year 2, you can continue to study both, or choose to only focus on your main language.

Professional specialism

Will give you insight into multicultural career paths. You can focus on:

  • Business
  • International Relations
  • Language and Education

You might explore international marketing. You might build your translation skills. Or you might analyse global governance or international migration.

Your learning includes:

  • seminars
  • lectures
  • tutorials
  • group work.

The professional specialisms are taught in English.

 

Assessment

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

On your year abroad, you’ll either:

  • spend up to a year in a work placement in the country where your main language is spoken
  • spend at least 3 months in a work placement, where your main language is spoken. And spend at least 3 months studying at a partner university, where your second language is spoken

Your work placement will build professional skills and experience for your CV. We’ll find placements for you, or we can support you to find your own placement. 

After you graduate

Career prospects

You’ll graduate with a unique combination of skills that are prized by international employers. 

You’ll have highly developed language skills - and you’ll competently speak three languages. Your advanced intercultural awareness will equip you for any transnational workplace. You’ll have a professional specialism relevant to major international careers. And you’ll have credible work experience on your CV.

Graduates from this course have progressed into fields like:

  • media and journalism
  • tourism and travel
  • publishing
  • NGOs and international development
  • governmental and diplomatic posts
  • teaching 
  • banking and insurance

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.

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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.

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