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Applied Languages

BA (Hons)

Key facts

UCAS code


Start dates

September 2020 / September 2021



Course length

Full time: 4 years sandwich

Part time: up to 8 years

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

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.

Standard offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 104

A Level: BCC

IB Points: 29


Contextual offer

UCAS Tariff Points: 88

A Level: CCD

IB Points: 27


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.

If you accept a Conditional offer to this course as your Firm choice through UCAS, and the offer does not include a requirement to pass an English language test or improve your English language, we may be able to reduce the conditions of your offer to require a specific grade in your primary language qualification only, without the need to achieve points from other qualifications.

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

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


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
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

International sandwich (placement)

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2020 / 21
Home/EU full time

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International sandwich (placement)

2021 / 22
Home/EU full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, September 2020)

Home/EU sandwich (placement)

International full time

International part time
£1,785 per single module

International sandwich (placement)

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.

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.

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

Compulsory modules

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.

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)

Optional modules

Education in a World of change (Language and Education Pathway)

Foundations of Business (Business Pathway)

Foundations of Marketing (Business Pathway)

Introduction to IR2 – Themes and Issues (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Politics in Comparative Perspective (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Understanding Language: Systems and Use (Language and Education Pathway)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Employability in a Multicultural Environment

Main Language

French, Spanish B2 / Higher Academic English Language Skills / Professional Communication

Second Language

French, Spanish B1 or B2 / French, Spanish A2 / German A2 or B1 / M Chinese 1B / Japanese for Beginners 2 / Japanese Reading & Writing 1B / Conversational Chinese

Optional modules

Business Strategy for Competitive Advantage (Business Pathway)

Critical Media Literacies (Language and Education Pathway)

Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

English Language Teaching to Adults (Language and Education Pathway)

Global Governance and Civil Society (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

International Trade and Migration (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Marketing Management (Business Pathway)

Nationalism, Identity and Ethnicity (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Year 3

Optional modules

Study Placement in the country of the second language

Work Placement in the country of the main language

Year 4

Compulsory modules

Main Language

Researching Cross-cultural Experiences

Optional modules

Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective (International Relations and Politics)

Education in International Development (Language and Education Pathway)

International Marketing (Business Pathway)

Language Teaching: Learning and Creativity (Language and Education Pathway)

Militarism and Society

Second Language

French, Spanish C1 or French, Spanish, German B2 / Man Chinese 2A and 2B / Japanese Reading and Writing 2A and 2B / Communicative Practice of Upper Intermediate Spoken and Written Skills

State and Society in Contemporary Russia (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Strategic Management (Business Pathway)

The European Union: Integration and Disintegration (International Relations and Politics Pathway)

Translation Skills

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.

Information from Discover Uni

Full-time study

Part-time study

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.