Modern Languages with Translation
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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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Learning and teaching
In your first year you will either choose one language to learn as a beginner;
Or, if you have previous language study, you can choose up to two languages in your first year, from;
- English as a Foreign Language.
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.
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.
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
- NGOs and international development
- governmental and diplomatic posts
- banking and insurance.
"The course is great, it is well designed and it offers a thorough overview of what you have to do in order to achieve your objectives. Brookes is more than my university. It is a community and it is family"Read more about Giuseppe
"My course was exactly what I was looking for. It gave me everything I needed for my year abroad, and for the future"Read more about Grace
"My course was really enhanced by the support of tutors and lecturers. I love the environment of Oxford Brookes, and everything it has to offer"Read more about Miriam
"I visited other universities, but they weren’t as coordinated as Oxford Brookes. I’ve been able to tailor my course to exactly what I want to do in the future."Read more about Niall
"My course let me pick two extra languages, which is why I chose Oxford Brookes. The staff are really excellent"Read more about Rory
Specific entry requirements
English language requirements
Terms and Conditions of Enrolment
How to apply
Full time international applicants can also apply through UCAS
Questions about fees?
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Questions about fees?
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. Oxford Brookes University intends to maintain its fees for new and returning Home students at the maximum permitted level.
Tuition fees for International students may increase in subsequent years both for new and continuing students.
The following factors will be taken into account by the University when it is setting the annual fees: inflationary measures such as the retail price indices, projected increases in University costs, changes in the level of funding received from Government sources, admissions statistics and access considerations including the availability of student support.
How and when to pay
Tuition fee instalments for the semester are due by the Monday of week 1 of each semester. Students are not liable for full fees for that semester if they leave before week 4. If the leaving date is after week 4, full fees for the semester are payable.
|Additional costs||Amount (£)|
|Two day trips that cost around £60 each.||£120|
Travel and accommodation costs associated with work placements, if your course or module choice requires it.
|About £1500 per placement|
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It’s your responsibility to cover print / binding costs where coursework submission is required. Please note that a lot of the coursework is now submitted online.
|You may choose to purchase books to support your studies. Many books on our reading lists are available via the Library, or can be purchased secondhand.||£20-60 per book|
Accommodation fees in Brookes Letting (most do not include bills)
|£94-265 per week|
Accommodation fees in university halls (bills included, excluding laundry costs)
|£122-180 per week|
Graduation costs include tickets, gowning and photography. Gowns are not compulsory but typically students do hire robes, starting at £41.
Students are responsible for their own travel to and from university for classes. BrookesBus travel is subsidised for full-time undergraduate students that are on a course with a fee of £9,250 or more, or living in an Oxford Brookes hall of residence. There is an administration fee for the production of a BrookesKey.
Financial support and scholarships
Featured funding opportunities available for this course.