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Applied Languages

BA (Hons) - single

Department of English and Modern Languages

Are you interested in learning French, Spanish, German, Japanese, Mandarin, or English as a Foreign Language?

This modern languages course is for independent-minded students who want a language degree that will lead to a successful international career. Through expert teaching and a unique year abroad experience, you will become a top quality linguist prepared for the world of work. You’ll pick two languages, follow a specialist pathway, and complete a substantial work placement. 

In year 3 you will refine your language skills and complete a work placement abroad (or in the UK if you are studying English as a foreign language). Many competitive graduate jobs usually require 12 months’ work experience – something which you can gain on this course with a work placement of up to a year. 

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - to include a language

Available start dates

September 2019 / September 2020

Teaching location

Headington Campus

Course length

  • Full time: 4 years sandwich
  • Part time: up to 8 years

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For full application details, please see the 'How to apply / Entry requirements' section.

  • Get fluent: Choose from French, Spanish or English (as a foreign language) as your primary foreign language to develop to an advanced level. 
  • Learn a new language: You can learn a secondary language from scratch – choose from French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese. You can also choose to study French or Spanish as a secondary language at post-A level. 
  • Flexibility: Your degree should be just that – your degree. You can tailor this course to suit you. Pick two languages, follow a specialist pathway (Business, Education or International relations to name a few) and decide where and how you would like to spend your year abroad. We will support you in selecting what you’d like to do to get the most out of your degree and be ready for your future career.
  • Expert teaching: For your specialist modules you will be taught by tutors who are active researchers and experts in their fields. To help you achieve fluency, your language classes will be taught predominantly in the target language. 
  • Boost your employability with a unique year abroad opportunity: In Year 3 you will complete a work placement in a country where your primary language is spoken. You will get to choose a placement that suits you – where you can apply your knowledge from your specialism and become fluent in a foreign language. The language skills, cultural awareness and experience you gain will really make your CV shine. 

The BA Applied Languages is designed to prepare you for an international career. 

Primary language – choose from French, Spanish or English as a primary foreign language which you will study from post-A level (or equivalent) to an advanced level. You’ll gain a high level of written and verbal skills with a particular emphasis on the practical use of the language in an international context. On average we expect students to graduate with a C1 Common European Framework of Reference (CEFR) level of proficiency in their primary language. 

Secondary language – choose from French, Spanish, German, Japanese or Mandarin Chinese as your secondary language. You can study the language as a complete beginner or learn French or Spanish at post-A level. You may choose to drop your secondary language at the end of Year 2 or continue until Year 4. We would expect a student learning a new language and continuing their study until Year 4 to graduate with a B2 CEFR level of proficiency in that language.

Specialist pathways – choose a specialist pathway that you will follow throughout your course. Pick from:

  • Business – this pathway gives you the option to either gain a broad knowledge of business or to focus specifically on Human Resource Management, Business Management, Marketing, or Accounting and Finance 
  • Education 
  • International Relations & Politics
  • Media & Culture
  • Publishing.

In Years 1, 2 and 4 you will take relevant modules in your chosen specialism. You will also be expected to take a placement in Year 3 which will make use of your specialism. 

Year abroad

In Year 3 you will gain significant work experience, the cultural awareness that comes with living in another country, and the language fluency to succeed in a multinational workplace by completing a placement abroad.

You can choose how you'd like to spend your year. You can either:


  • Complete a work placement of between 24 weeks and a year in a country in which your primary foreign language is spoken. Students studying English as a foreign language can choose to remain in the UK. 
  • Combine work experience and further language study by completing a work placement of at least 12 weeks in a country in which your primary foreign language is spoken, and spending 12 weeks studying at a partner university abroad to improve your proficiency in your secondary language. 


For example, someone studying French and Japanese with a Business specialism could either spend between 24 weeks and a year working in a business context in France; or spend 12 weeks working in France, and 12 weeks studying in a partner university in Japan. 

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. 


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Study modules

As courses are reviewed regularly as part of our quality assurance framework, the module list you choose from may vary from that shown here. 

Your module options will depend on the languages, level of proficiency, and specialist pathway that you choose at enrolment. If you would like to discuss your module options in more depth or are unable to attend an undergraduate open day, please contact Catherine Harris, programme administrator for Applied Languages, on charris@brookes.ac.uk or call +44 1865 443748.

Work placements

All Applied Languages students will complete a work placement in Year 3. Previous language students have undertaken work experience in a range of large organisations including:

  • Air France
  • Alcatel-Lucent (telecommunications)
  • Go Fluent (a language school for professionals)
  • KCD (public relations for the fashion industry)
  • Christie's (auction house).

You will be guided and supported in helping to find your own work placement which combines your language skills with your specialist pathway. You are likely to be interviewed to secure your work placement role. For this, our careers centre can give you guidance on interview techniques.

Free language courses for students - the Open Module

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.

Please note that the free language courses are not available if you are:

  • studying at a Brookes partner college
  • studying on any of our teacher education courses or postgraduate education 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.

Teaching and learning

Language learning – our class sizes mean that you will have lots of opportunities to explore issues in greater depth, practice your language skills with a native speaker, and improve your linguistic and interpersonal skills. You will be encouraged to take an active part in class, often working in a team with other students or by giving presentations.  

Specialist pathway - you will be taught by tutors and researchers who are experts in their field. The specific style of teaching varies between modules and specialisms but is likely to include a mix of seminars, lectures, tutorials, and group work. 

Approach to assessment

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.

Tuition fees

Home/EU - full time fee: 2018/19: £9,250. 2019/20: £9,250.

Home/EU - part time fee: 2018/19: £750 per single module

Home/EU - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £1,380. 2019/20: £1,380.

International - full time: 2018/19: £13,150 2019/20: £13,410

International - sandwich placement fee: 2018/19: £3,920

*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 in the 'This course in detail' window above.

Questions about fees?
Contact Student Finance on:
+44 (0)1865 483088

Funding and scholarships

For general sources of financial support, see:

Typical offers

UCAS Tariff points: 112 - to include a language

A-Level: BBC - to include a language

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.

IB Diploma: 30 points 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.

Specific entry requirements

Please also see the University's general entry requirements.

English language requirements

Please see the University's standard 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.

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.

How to apply

International applicants

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

Oxford Brookes operates 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.

Why Oxford is a great place to study this course

Oxford is the perfect city in which to study Applied Languages: it is truly multicultural and boasts a rich cultural heritage. The city’s two universities attract 40,000 students from around the world, making Oxford a meeting place of minds and ideas. 

Oxfordshire contains one of the highest proportions of NGO’s and 'knowledge intensive' industries outside of London, making it an excellent location in which to explore potential career opportunities.

Support for students studying Applied Languages

You will receive comprehensive support, preparation and mentoring before embarking on your year abroad in order to enable you to take advantage of all the opportunities on offer and to ensure that it is a smooth and rewarding experience.

Specialist facilities

You will have access to the latest e-learning technology, online reference materials and library resources to help you gain fluency in your chosen languages. In your final year you will also have access to the materials inside world-famous Bodleian Library to help you complete your Applied Languages Research Project.

General support services

Supporting your learning

From academic advisers and support co-ordinators to specialist subject librarians and other learning support staff, we want to ensure that you get the best out of your studies.

Personal support services

We want your time at Brookes to be as enjoyable and successful as possible. That's why we provide all the facilities you need to be relaxed, happy and healthy throughout your studies.

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 IBCL (International Business, Culture and Languages) 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.