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Modern Languages with Translation

BA (Hons) - subject to validation

This course is subject to validation

UCAS code: Q150

Full time: BA (Hons) Modern Languages with Translation – 3 years BA (Hons) Modern Languages with Translation (with Placement year) – 4 years

Part time: BA (Hons) Modern Languages with Translation – 6 years BA (Hons) Modern Languages with Translation (with Placement year) – 7 years

Location: Headington

Department(s): School of English and Modern Languages

Overview

Our Modern Languages with Translation degree is designed for all language learners and you can choose from two routes: beginners, or intermediate.

You can join with no previous language study, choosing from French, Spanish, Mandarin or Japanese. We'll support you to go from beginner to fluent during your course.

If you already have language skills and want to advance your language proficiency we'll support you to achieve an advanced level (C1) in your chosen language (French, Spanish and EFL) and you can add a second language too (Chinese, French, Japanese, and Spanish).

Alongside your modern language studies you’ll gain key skills for working and living globally. You'll explore global identities, customs and even humour. You'll also gain translation skills valued by businesses worldwide. You can study modules from Business, International Relations, Politics and Education, including Marketing Management and Violence, Militarism and Terrorism.

You can choose to study or work abroad for a year, or you can finish your degree in 3 years and leave travel and work until after you graduate.

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Why Oxford Brookes University?

  • Learn a modern language from scratch

    You can start our programme with no previous knowledge and work up to being fluent. Or you can advance your language skills if you join us at intermediate level.

  • Gain the knowledge to live like a local

    You’ll understand the culture, the humour and feel confident to live, work and study across the world.

  • Stand out from the crowd

    Compete in the competitive international market with your exceptional language skills.

  • Explore new horizons

    Study our 4 year programme and undertake a Placement Year in your third year to work or study.

  • Supportive environment

    We’re a tight-knit language department and we’ll get to know you as an individual. Tutors are on hand to support all aspects of your development, from academic research to career preparation.

  • Study Abroad

    You can opt to do a Study/Placement Year abroad or in the UK. This takes place in the third year. Although we will help as much as we can with your plans, ultimately you are responsible for organising and funding this Placement Year.

Course Details

Course Structure

Our degree programme has two options: 3 year, or 4 year with a placement year. In each year you will advance your practical language and translation skills whilst also gaining knowledge and understanding across the areas of intercultural communication, as well as selecting modules from the study of Business, Education, International Relations and Politics.

Student group work

Learning and Teaching

Year 1
In your first year you will either choose one language to learn as a beginner;

  • French
  • Spanish
  • Mandarin
  • Japanese.

Or, if you have previous language study, you can choose up to two languages in your first year, from;

  • Chinese
  • French
  • Spanish
  • Japanese
  • English as a Foreign Language.

Year 2
In year 2 you will continue your language studies. You will also have the chance to take part in our International collaborative online learning - Virtual Exchange Britain Algeria (VEBA). This project aims to develop your ability and confidence to work in all disciplines.

Year 3 (optional placement year)
In your third year you will have the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university or undertake a work placement. You'll develop your vocational practice and cultural experience in a professional setting in the UK or abroad, depending on your language skills and programme of study.

Year 3 (4 with a placement year)
You will study 4 compulsory modules and 4 optional modules. 

Assessment

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 modules

Year 1

Compulsory modules

Culture, Identity & Society (30 credits)

Language Study (30 credits)

If you are joining the degree as a beginner, you will focus on one language in this module. If you are joining as an intermediate, you are able to take up a second language. 
 

Understanding Languages and Translation (15 credits)

Optional modules

Education in a World of Change (15 credits)

Foundations of Marketing (15 credits)

International Relations & Politics (15 credits)

Year 2

Compulsory modules

Cultural Competence for the World of Work (15 credits)

Language Study (15 credits)

Translation as Intercultural Communication (15 credits)

Optional modules

Borders & Solidarities in World Politics (15 credits)

Customs, Icons and Symbols (15 credits)

English Language Teaching (15 credits)

Extra Language Study (15 credits)

Language, Culture and Globalisation (15 credits)

Marketing Management (15 credits)

State & Society: Europe and the US (15 credits)

Year 3

Compulsory modules

Language Study (15 credits)

Researching Cross-Cultural Experiences (30 credits)

Translating Culture - Word and Image (15 credits)

Optional modules

Advanced Translation Skills (15 credits)

Extra Language Study (15 credits)

International Marketing (15 credits)

Language Teaching: Learning & Creativity

Rethinking Democracy & Public Space - Russia and the EU (15 credits)

Violence, Militarism and Terrorism (15 credits)

Work placement

Optional modules

Optional Work Placement

In your third year you will have the opportunity to study abroad at a partner university or undertake a work placement, developing your vocational practice and cultural experience in a professional setting in the UK or abroad, depending on your language skills and programme of study.
 
Students have recently lived, studied or worked in other countries such as Uruguay, Spain, Taiwan, France, or Japan. Vocational practice may be paid depending on the country and role secured.
 

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.

Careers

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 two languages or more. 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 our language programmes have progressed into fields such as:

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

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Entry requirements

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

Tuition fees

Please see the fees note
2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,200

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

Tuition fees

2023 / 24
Home (UK) full time
£9,250

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

Home (UK) sandwich (placement)
£1,500

International full time
£15,200

International sandwich (placement)
£1,500

Questions about fees?

Contact Student Finance on:

+44 (0)1865 483088

financefees@brookes.ac.uk

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.

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.

Note:

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

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