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Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish) BA (Hons)

A three or four-year programme, depending on whether students choose to spend a year studying abroad. Students will study two languages at the same time with the possibility of a third language later on. This course will develop formal and informal language and communication skills and will introduce students to translation and interpreting techniques. Our students also debate a range of topics, including history (current and past), politics, social and cultural issues, film and music, literature and area studies. The course will develop many other transferrable skills, such as time management and organisation; cultural understanding; working both independently and as part of a team.

There will also be ample opportunities for students from the different languages represented on our various programmes to meet both academically and socially. This means that, whatever their particular course of study, students will quickly feel part of a wider group of Modern Foreign Language students in the School.

All of our Modern Foreign Language courses emphasise the communicative properties of languages, and provide opportunities to develop knowledge of ‘area studies’ associated with target languages. Each programme is very versatile and can lead to a broad range of exciting careers. Assessment varies from presentations to essays to written, oral and aural exams. Students will be taught in small groups enabling good interaction with the lecturers and other students. Furthermore, tutorials are given once weekly by language assistants.

 

Why choose this course?

Fantastic Opportunities

Opportunities to work or study abroad will enhance language skills, improve confidence and enable students to experience a different culture.

Cultural Clubs

The Korean Society is one of the top three largest societies in the University with regular K-Pop events that attract audiences from across the UK.

Strong Connections

Our Confucius Institute is a partnership between UCLan, Beijing International Studies University, and Hanban, promoting Chinese culture and Language

EMPLOYABILITY

On completion of a language degree there will be opportunities to work nationally at various embassies, Chambers of Commerce, security services and the Foreign Office, British Aerospace, tourism, teaching and academia, finance, PR and international relations. At international level, graduates could work in finance, tourism, media and journalism, fashion, translation and interpreting, teaching and many other avenues. Our recent graduates have worked as teachers (UK and abroad), in the media, security services and business. Some have also continued to pursue further studies at postgraduate level.

FACILITIES

Lectures and seminars will be in a classroom with video and audio facilities, including the standard teaching equipment and with full internet access allowing use of digital materials on the web.

Away from the classroom students will benefit from the support of our Worldwise Learning Centre which offers the opportunity to learn one of 30 different languages through Rosetta Stone. Open all year, the Centre offers advice to anyone interested in languages, cultures, travelling, working or studying abroad. Students can learn a new language, apply for a Travel Bursary, meet industry experts and participate in many social events. The Centre can also help our students arrange further work experience as a language and enterprise buddy or an international student advisor.

We house professional interpreting suites and our Confucius Institute offers the opportunity to benefit from Chinese language learning and a multitude of cultural activities. The International Institute for Korean Studies at UCLan provides a window on both of the Koreas and a similar Centre for Taiwan Studies is planned in future.


 

Whilst we place emphasis on the acquisition of a high-level of communicative competence in the foreign language, this is in the context of a commitment to the intellectual development of students. It is the aim of all of our courses in Modern Foreign Languages to impart a knowledge base, extend students’ capacities for analysis, critical awareness and evaluation, and develop intellectual and personal skills through discussion, debate and argument of issues arising from the materials studied. In addition, all of our courses aim to develop important transferable skills for instance problem-solving, presentation and team-working skills which can be applied to a wide range of situations.

We believe that languages cannot be studied meaningfully in isolation from their cultural context. Such cultural knowledge informs many aspects of language study and becomes particularly important at higher levels of language practice. Equally, an understanding of culture and cultural contexts is important to an evaluation of customer needs and expectations in tourism and business, as well as to an evaluation of its impacts upon a culture. These factors inform all of our programmes in Modern Foreign Languages.

Most tutors have many years’ experience of working with British and international students: cultural diversity is one of our distinguishing features. Most of our tutors have experience of studying or working abroad. The School of Language and Global Studies is one of the top teaching departments in the country for Modern Languages (European and Asian) and Business English. The School has recently achieved THES Award for International Student Support 2006 and British Council accreditation in 2008, as well as having its own English language examinations that run in a number of countries abroad. Many members of the Course Team are active Researchers on various fields and have books, articles and Journals published. They are also constantly looking at ways to improve our students experience and to update our courses.

The School has over 30 permanent members of staff from more than 20 nationalities.

At the end of the course you will be able to understand the language and culture and business etiquette of your chosen language (s), and be of a level appropriate to an Honours degree where you would have developed competencies in spoken and written communication; you will have developed your abilities in an intellectual and creative way and you will have developed your interpersonal, critical self-awareness, language and problem solving skills.


UNISTATS Data and UCAS Codes

The key information statistics for the various combinations of languages on the BA (Hons) Modern Languages course are listed below. These will open in a new browser window.

Arabic and French - TR61 BA/ArF
Arabic and German - T6R2 BA/ArG
Arabic and Spanish - T6R4 BA/ArS
Chinese and German - T1R2 BA/ChG
Chinese and Spanish - T1R4 BA/ChS
French and Chinese - R1T1 BA/FCh
French and German - R1R2 BA/FaG
French and Japanese - R1T2 BA/FaJ

French and Korean - R1T2 BA/FaJ
French and Russian - R1R7 BA/FrR
French and Spanish - R1R4 BA/FrS
German and Korean - R2T9 BA/GeK
German and Russian - R2R7 BA/GeR
Japanese and Arabic - TT62 BA/JA
Japanese and Chinese - TT12 BA/JC
Japanese and German -T2R2 BA/JaGe

 

Japanese and Korean -T2T4 BA/JaK
Japanese and Russian - TR72 BA/JR
Japanese and Spanish - T2R4 BA/JaSp
Spanish and German - T2R4 BA/JaSp
Spanish and Korean - R4T4 BA/SpKo
Spanish and Russian - R4R7 BA/SpRu

Key Information

  • Duration:

    Full-time: three or four years (including year abroad)

  • Level:

    Undergraduate

  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

  • UCAS Code:

    Various - more information; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:

    September

  • Fees 2018/19

    Full-time: £9,250* per year (UK/EU)

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Scholarships and Bursaries

The University offers a range of scholarships and bursaries to support you through your studies.

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Entry Requirements

Modern Languages:

Arabic and French:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Arabic and German:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Arabic and Spanish:

A2 Spanish Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Chinese and German:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and Chinese:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and German:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and Japanese:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and Korean:

A2 French Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and Russian:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

French and Spanish:

A2 French Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

German and Korean:

112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

German and Russian:

112-128 points at A2; General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Japanese and Arabic:

A2 Japanese Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Japanese and German:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Japanese and Korean:

A2 Japanese Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Japanese and Russian:

A2 Japanese required.
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit 
QCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction* 
Pass Access to Higher Education: 112 UCAS points
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points 
IELTS: grade 6 with no subscore lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or equivalent

Japanese and Spanish:

A2 Japanese or Spanish Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Spanish and German:

112-128 points at A2 General Studies accepted
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Spanish and Korean:

A2 Spanish Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
QCF BTEC Extended Diploma:
Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
OCF BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Spanish and Russian

A2 Spanish Required; General Studies accepted
112-128 points at A2
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction, Merit, Merit - Distinction, Distinction, Merit
BTEC Diploma: Distinction*, Distinction*
Pass Access to Higher Education: 128 UCAS points
Pass International Baccalaureate Diploma: 28 Points
GCSE: 5 GCSEs at grade C including Maths and English or Equivalent
IELTS: grade 6.0 with no subscore lower than 5.5

Students with non-traditional qualifications or evidence of previous learning may also be admitted subject to interview.

Advanced entry to year 2 available for applicants with prior industry experience and/or advanced knowledge of a language.

Not got the grades?

If you do not meet the formal entry requirements specified, Foundation Entry offers an alternative route to study for this degree

Foundation Entry Route

Courses at a glance

Arabic

Year 1

  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Arabic History and Contemporary Society
  • The Arab World through travel literature (optional)
  • Arabic Folklore (optional)

Year 2

  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Colloquial dialect of the Levant
  • Arabic Thought through Music and Film (optional)
  • Arabic and the Written Word (optional)
  • Contemporary Female Arab and Muslim Writers (optional)

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Arabic Language and Culture
  • Arabic Translation
  • Arabic for Business (optional)
  • Arabic literature (optional)

Chinese

Year 1

  • Chinese Language I
  • Background to China
  • Basic Chinese Conversation
  • Nationalism and Imperialism in Asia

Year 2

  • Chinese Language II
  • Aspects of Chinese Society
  • Intermediate Business Chinese Conversation
  • Cold War in Asia 1945-1989
  • History, Conflict and Society
  • Changing China: Opportunities and Challenges

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Chinese Language III
  • Understanding Chinese Economy and Society
  • Theory and Practice of Translation
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting
  • Optional modules in the Asia Pacific Studies

French

(Please note that it is possible that not all modules will run in any given year)

Year 1

  • Introduction to French Studies

Year 2

  • French Language and Society
  • Introduction to French Cinema
  • Introduction to Theory and Techniques of Translation

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • French Language 
  • French Existentialist Thought and Literature 
  • Translation Project (French-English)
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting (French)
  • French Dissertation 

German

Year 1

  • Introduction to German Studies (post A Level route)

Year 2

  • German Language & Society
  • Introduction to Theory and Techniques of Translation
  • The Short Story in German-speaking Countries

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • German Language
  • Contemporary German Literature and Society
  • Marketing in Germany
  • Translation Project in a Foreign Language
  • Germany Under the Nazis
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting

Japanese

Year 1

  • Background to Japan
  • Japanese Language

Year 2

  • Japanese Language
  • Aspects of Japanese Society
  • Investigating Japan Project

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Japanese Language
  • Interpreting Japan through Literature and Cultural Readings
  • Optional modules in the Asia Pacific Studies

Korean

Year 1

  • Background to Korea
  • Ab Initio Korean I

Year 2

  • Korean Language 2
  • Structure, Variation and Change in the Korean Language
  • Contemporary Korean Society and Culture

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Korean Language 3
  • Cultural Traditions in Korea
  • Optional modules in the Asia Pacific Studies

 

Spanish

Year 1

  • Spanish Language
  • Background to Hispanic Studies

Year 2

  • Spanish Language
  • Contemporary Spanish Studies
  • Spanish Language and Society
  • Introduction to Latin America
  • Introduction to Theory and Techniques of Translation

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Spanish Language
  • Translation Project in a Foreign Language
  • Key Themes in Contemporary Latin America
  • Techniques and Practice of Interpreting

 

Italian - WITHDRAWN FOR 2017 ENTRY

Year 1

  • Italian Language (ab-initio)
  • Background to Italian Studies

 

Year 2

 

  • Italian Language
  • Contemporary Italian Studies
  • Intercultural Representations in Italian Cinema

Period Abroad (four-year course)

Final Year

  • Italian Language

 

Russian*

Year 1

  • Russian Language
  • Background to Russian Studies

Year 2

  • Russian Language
  • Contemporary Russian Studies

Final Year

  • Russian Language and Society
  • Stalin’s Russia (optional)

*Pathways available from 2017

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Learning Environment

You will be taught in small groups enabling good interaction in the classroom. All classrooms are equipped with video/audio facilities and the full internet access allowing use of digital materials on the web. Weekly tutorials are given by language assistants and you will also have the free use of Rosetta Stone for your guided study time in our own Worldwise Learning Centre.

We take a communicative approach to language teaching which enables you to become fluent in your chosen languages.

We actively promote a student-centred approach to teaching and learning. Students at all levels are encouraged to share responsibility for their own learning and to acquire study skills. They are encouraged to develop, present and evaluate their own ideas in the target languages and to take an active role in monitoring their own learning.

Assessment takes into account the varying levels and abilities of students. It include aural, written and oral (role plays and presentations) assessments. For some modules, assessment is in the form of presentations, essays or portfolios.


Whats opportunities will I have?

You could move on to a variety of successful careers in international business, consultancy, translation/interpreting, or worldwide teaching. Our graduates are enjoying careers in many international organisations including Merill Lynch, Reuters and diplomatic embassies.

If studied over four years, your third year is normally spent abroad in the country/countries of the main target language on a work placement, a study placement at a partner institution or as a Foreign Language Assistant in a school. This will enable you to greatly enhance your language skills and improve your confidence when communicating in the language in the international environment.

You’ll also have access to international travel through the Worldwise Lingo Awards, which enables you to spend time overseas on a project related to your studies.


What our students say ...

Lucinda Heaton
Modern Languages Graduate

"Learning Arabic at UCLan has opened up a number of opportunities that would not have otherwise been available to me such as, exploring new cultures, taking part in internships and making lots of new friends both in the UK and abroad.

All of the staff are approachable and act not just as your lecturers but as your friends making you feel at home from your very first day. The languages department at UCLan is one of the few in the country that are expanding and this gives it a vibrant atmosphere in which to study.

The Worldwise Learning Centre offers a wide range of resources such as Arabic books and magazines as well free access to Rosetta Stone language software.

There are a number of opportunities to travel abroad, not only during the year abroad but through UCLan travel bursaries and awards that can be used to fund placements to enhance language skills. I was able to travel to Morocco as well as Jordan during my course and as a result of my success at UCLan I am looking forward to completing my Masters degree in London."

Andrew Cull
Modern Languages Graduate

"I currently work as an ALT (Assistant Language Teacher) in Japan and also maintain my freelance translation work as a second job. I would never have been able to get a job as an ALT without my degree, with it being one of the absolute requirements of the job, and it would have been much harder to start working as a freelance translator without qualifications past my A-Levels.

During my year abroad at Yamaguchi University in Japan, I worked as an English teacher and tutor at a couple of English evening classes and at the university itself. After graduating, I made a profile on ProZ.com – a networking platform for translators of all languages – and began translating part-time on a freelance basis.

Studying at UCLan also helped me to learn to manage my time more efficiently and to become somewhat more confident about entering my chosen profession. Have fun. Things go much more smoothly when you are relaxed enough to not let the little things bother you."

Important Information

Course Handbook

For detailed information about studying this course at UCLan, please see the course handbook for your year of entry: 2017 Entry | 2018 Entry

For information on possible changes to course information, see our Important Information.

* Tuition Fees

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated. Currently the 2018/19 fee level, which is due to increase in line with UK Retail Price Index inflation rates has not been announced by the Government.

Entry Requirements

For changes to 2017 UCAS tariff entry requirements please see our important information. UCLan requires all undergraduate applicants to have a minimum attainment of five GCSEs at grade C and above, or equivalent, (including Maths and English). In 2017 and beyond we will view the new Grade 4 as being equivalent to a C grade and will therefore require students to achieve GCSE Grade 4 or above. However, if the subject is relevant to our degree programme and requires a higher GCSE grade (e.g. GCSE B grade), and/or includes a Professional body that governs the entry requirements, Grade 5 or above may be required.