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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 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

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 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
£9,250

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

Home (UK) full time
£9,250 (subject to confirmation, November 2020)

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,300

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees


2020 / 21
Home/EU full time
£9,250

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

Home/EU sandwich (placement)
£1,380

International full time
£13,900

International sandwich (placement)
£4,000

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

Home (UK) part time
£1,155 per single module (subject to confirmation, Nov 20)

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International / EU full time
£14,300

International / EU sandwich (placement)
£1,500

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.

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


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.

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.

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. 

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. 
 

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. 

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.

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.

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.

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. 

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. 

Optional 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. 

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. 

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

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.

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.  

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. 

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.

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.  

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.

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. 
 

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.

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. 

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.

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. 

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.

Democracy, Autocracy and Regime Change

Can regime change ever be a straightforward progression from authoritarianism to democracy? In this module, you’ll start by exploring the complex concepts of democracy and authoritarianism – both of which come in various forms. You’ll move on to study different explanations of regime change. You’ll examine real-life cases from three regions, all of which contain widely differing regime types: 

  • the former Soviet Union
  • the Middle East
  • sub-Saharan Africa.

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.

Global Governance and Civil Society

How do we govern a world which is no longer dominated by states, but where civil government plays a key role? In this module, you’ll get to grips with core concepts of governance and civil society. You’ll look at how governments co-operate, and explore the changing nature of institutional structures across regions and nations. You’ll gain a strong knowledge of the complex processes and forces behind global governance. You’ll gain core critical skills as you analyse inter-governmental organisations (IGOs) and international nongovernmental organisations (NGOSs), and how they work. 

International Trade and Migration

In this module, you’ll examine international migration through a core part of global governance - trade agreements. You’ll trace the key events and social processes behind international migration and trade governance since the mid-19th century. 

You’ll gain a strong understanding of the global and regional strategies behind trade, treaties and borders, from COMECON to NAFTA. You’ll learn how these influence the large-scale movements of people. You’ll also look at core events shaping international migration, from gender and labour, to health and reproductive rights. You’ll challenge our instinct to fix categories of borders and migrants, and learn to understand these issues through concepts of class, race and gender. 

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.

Nationalism, Identity and Ethnicity

How can we understand nationalism and ethnicity, from pre-modern Europe to today? In this module, you’ll look at the different ways that nationalism can influence:

  • state development 
  • economic relations
  • democratic practice
  • institutional arrangements. 

You’ll gain core critical skills for your future career, as you explore the crossover of nationalism and ethnicity. You’ll look at challenges to nationalist identities and movements. You’ll draw on a range of real life case studies, including:  

  • nationalist and ethnic violence in Yugoslavia and Rwanda; 
  • nationalist parties in Europe (and beyond); the Holocaust
  • the rise of jihadist ideology.

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

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. 

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.

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. 

Advanced English Language and Communication Skills 1

You take this module if you’re returning from your study or work placement and going into your final year. It will help you continue building your confidence in your English language level and your academic abilities.

Through your final coursework assessment, you’ll reflect on your study / work placement year. You can showcase what you’ve experienced and learned, and show how this will feed into your future career or study plans. You’ll also go on building your independent learning skills 

  • research skills
  • critical thinking
  • reflection
  • academic writing
  • oral presentations
  • academic conventions
  • digital literacies
  • group working.

Optional modules

Counter Terrorism in Comparative Perspective

How can we fight terrorism? In this module, you’ll gain core analytical skills as you look at the different ways states respond to terrorism. You’ll explore counter-terrorism, and how it relates to state, security and political violence. You’ll examine real-life instances of combating terrorism, from the UK policy on Northern Ireland to cases in Sri Lanka and Colombia. You’ll learn about what we call the ‘new’ terrorism (terrorism which involves organised networks and religious motivation, for example), and compare it with ‘old’ terrorism. You’ll then look at the different ways countries respond to new terrorism, and how these responses impact human rights and citizenship. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Militarism and Society

In this module, you’ll examine how military thinking and goals gain priority in societies. You’ll also look at ways in which military values and ideas can shape our everyday lives. You’ll explore concepts and practices linked to militarism through various lenses, looking at examples from film, news media, sport, fashion/branding and peacekeeping. 

With a main focus on the UK, the USA and Canada, you’ll bring theory and practice together to form your own arguments and perspectives.

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. 

State and Society in Contemporary Russia

Is Russia a democracy? Is it authoritarian? Or are these the wrong questions? Russia has been undergoing enormous political, economic and social transformation since the collapse of the Soviet Union and end of the Cold War. In this module, you’ll look at how Russia’s contemporary political system has emerged. You’ll explore the nature of the Russian state, and whether it’s possible to apply Western political science concepts such as liberal democracy. Key themes will include:

  • state-building
  • nation-building
  • governance
  • security.

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. 

The European Union: Integration and Disintegration

In this module, you’ll dig into the social, political and cultural dimensions of the European Union (EU). You’ll look at pressing perspectives on European integration, which is how states in Europe come together in industrial, political and cultural ways. You’ll gain core critical skills as you uncover the social and cultural complexities of the EU. 

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.

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.

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

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.