European Studies Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

European Studies Foundation Entry Route BA (Hons)

School of Language and Global Studies




Under- graduate



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University of Central Lancashire
Preston, PR1 2HE, United Kingdom

Tel: +44 (0)1772 892400

  • Duration:

    Full-time: 4 years (without Period Abroad); 5 years (with Period Abroad) | Part-time: 7 years (without Period Abroad); 8 years (with Period Abroad)

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time and Part-time

  • UCAS Code:

    SE90; Short form:

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

In the global village, graduates increasingly require an understanding of intercultural communication, set against a context of intellectually challenging curricula.  The BA (Hons) European Studies, with pathways in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish, enables students to combine Language and Area Studies in a programme where intellectual development and an explicit employability focus are guiding principles. In each year of the course, students will combine the study of European Studies (European History and Culture, European integration and the relationship between the UK and the EU) with their chosen language pathway and related Area Studies. It is expected that students will normally spend a year abroad in a country where the studied target language is spoken, but this is not compulsory.

The programme is delivered by specialist staff in both European Studies and Modern Languages, ensuring that students receive an optimal teaching and learning experience, while developing their transferable skills ready for the world of work. 


Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points. We operate a flexible admissions policy and treat everyone as an individual. This means that we will take into consideration your educational achievements and predicted grades (where applicable) together with your application as a whole, including work experience and personal statement. General Studies accepted.

BTEC Extended Diploma: Merit, Merit, Pass
BTEC Diploma: Distinction, Merit
Pass Access Course: 72 UCAS Points
International Baccalaureate: Pass Diploma with 72 UCAS points from Higher Level Subjects
IELTS: 6.0 with no score lower than 5.5
GCSE: 5 at grade C/4 including Maths & English or equivalent and preference in a Foreign Language at C (or good personal statement)

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.


Course at a Glance

Foundation Year modules

Compulsory Modules

  • Essential study skills for Higher Education
  • Developing academic knowledge
  • Introduction to Areas Studies
  • Skills for Language Students

Optional Modules

  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Introduction to English Literature
  • Extended course essay
  • Foundation in TESOL

The Historical Construction of Europe

Cultural Representations of European Thought

French pathway:

  • Ab initio French and Background to French Studies OR
  • Introduction to French Studies (post-A Level entry)

German pathway:

  • Ab initio German and Background to German Studies OR
  • Introduction to German Studies (post-A Level entry)

Italian pathway:

  • Ab initio Italian and Background to Italian Studies (no post-A level entry)

Russian pathway:

  • Ab initio Russian and Background to Russian Studies OR
  • Introduction to Russian Studies (post-A Level entry)

Spanish pathway:

  • Ab initio Spanish and Background to Hispanic Studies OR
  • Introduction to Spanish Studies (post-A Level entry)

Students of an Ab Initio language will take one elective. Students of a post-A Level language will take two electives.

International Relations in Europe

Cultures and Identities of Europe

French pathway:

  • French Ab Initio Language and Society OR
  • French Language and Society (post-A-Level route)

German pathway:

  • German Ab Initio Language and Society OR
  • German Language and Society (post-A-Level route)

Italian pathway:

  • Italian Ab Initio Language and Society

Russian pathway:

  • Russian Ab Initio Language and Society OR
  • Russian Language and Society (post-A-Level route)

Spanish pathway:

  • Spanish Ab Initio Language and Society OR
  • Spanish Language and Society (post-A-Level route)

Students will also undertake optional modules in European Studies and/or the appropriate language pathway

Period Abroad

It is expected that students will normally spend a year abroad in a country of the studied target language, but this is not compulsory

Britain in Europe

Dissertation OR Independent Research Project OR Translation Project in a Modern Language

French pathway:

  • French Language
  • French Language in Context
  • French Language Studies

German pathway:

  • German Language
  • Contemporary German Literature and Society
  • German Language Studies

Italian pathway:

  • Italian Language Studies

Russian pathway:

  • Russian Language
  • Russian Literary Identities

Spanish pathway:

  • Spanish Language
  • Key Themes in Contemporary Latin America
  • Spanish Language Studies

Students will also undertake optional modules in European Studies and/or the appropriate language pathway

Further Information

UCAS Codes

The UCAS codes for each language pathway can be found below.

  • European Studies with French - SE10
  • European Studies with German - SE11
  • European Studies with Italian - SE12
  • European Studies with Russian - SE13
  • European Studies with Spanish - SE14

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

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

Fees 2019/20

Full-time: The fee for the first year of the course will be £5,500 (UK/EU). Fees for years 2 to 4 will be £9,250* (UK/EU) per year
Part-time: £1,540 per 20 credits studied (UK/EU)

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

For 2018/19 fees please refer to our fees page.

Scholarships and bursaries

Industry Links

The School has links with institutions and organisations across Europe from which students benefit during their Period Abroad.

Learning Environment and Assessment

A variety of forms of assessment will be used on the programme. These include essays and presentation (both individual and group), portfolios, projects and research work. As well as the regular tutors who teach on the course, the School regularly welcomes guest speakers and students are encouraged to participate in these initiatives.

Staff on the programme have a wide range of research interests and these inform the curriculum. Current research interests of staff include:

  • French language and applied linguistics
  • Contemporary French Society and Culture
  • Intercultural communication
  • Modern women’s writing from German-speaking countries
  • Russian cultural history
  • Contemporary Hispanic Society and Culture
  • European Culture and Identity

Students will also benefit from access to the Worldwise Learning Centre, which provides a focal point in terms of resources for all students in the School.

Worldwise Learning Centre


The last year of study is normally spent abroad in a country where the relevant target language is spoken (although this is not a compulsory element of the course). Students can spend their Period Abroad as an English Language Assistant (facilitated by The British Council), as an international student in one of the School’s many partner institutions in Europe or as a Work Placement student (enabling students to acquire real-world work experience while, at the same time, nurturing their language skills).  

Employers are interested in working with graduates who have experience of intercultural communication, and the Period Abroad is instrumental in equipping students with the transferable skills needed for the world of work. 

Graduates from the programme will have a number of professions open to them, both in the UK and abroad, where a knowledge of European Culture and Identity, combined with knowledge of a Modern Foreign Language, are key. In addition, postgraduate courses are available in the School in the areas of (among others) Interpreting and Translation and International Business Communication, as well as postgraduate research opportunities at both MA and MPhil/PhD levels.