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

Modern Languages (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Korean, Russian and Spanish) (Foundation Entry) 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:

    4 Years

  • Level:


  • Delivery:

    Campus, Full-time

  • UCAS Code:

    L225; Short form: ML/Fe

  • Campus:

    Preston (Campus code: U)

  • Start Date:


  • Award Type:

    BA (Hons)

Why study this course?

If you are looking for a course that gives you the ability to communicate freely in European and non-European languages, together with an understanding of cultural, political and economic contexts within foreign countries, the UCLan Modern Languages degree is not only a personally enriching experience but also develops your understanding of the recent history, contemporary society, culture and economy of the foreign countries. Two languages are combined; some languages can be studied from ab-initio level where no prior knowledge of the language is required, but you should have experience in at least one of your languages.

Entry Requirements

Our typical offer is 72 UCAS Points, must have A2 in Foreign Language that can be studied at year 1. 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

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

  • Essential Study Skills for Higher Education 
  • Developing Academic Knowledge
  • Skills for Language Students
  • Foundation in TESOL
  • Introduction to Area Studies

Optional Modules

  • Introduction to Literature
  • Introduction to English Language and Linguistics
  • Extended Course Essay

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)


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

(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 


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


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

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
  • Korean Language 3 or Advanced Korean
  • Korean for Academic Purposes
  • Divided Korea

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



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



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

Further Information

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


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.


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.

Conference Interpreting Suite

Language Laboratory

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
Arabic and Russian - AR10
Chinese and German - T1R2 BA/ChG
Chinese and Spanish - T1R4 BA/ChS~
Chinese and Russian - CR10
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
Korean and Russian - KR10
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
Italian and French - R1R3
Italian and German - R2R3
Italian and Japanese - TR31
Italian and Spanish - R4R3
Italian and Russian - IR10



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

*Tuition Fees are per year unless otherwise stated.

Further information:

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

Scholarships and bursaries

DBS Checks

This course will involve access to children and/or vulnerable adults. You will be required to obtain a satisfactory Enhanced Disclosure and Barring Service clearance (formerly termed CRB) and we will guide you through this process.

Learning Environment and Assessment

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.


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.

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 compulsory 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.

Lucinda Heaton
BA (Hons) Politics and Arabic

I have thoroughly enjoyed my course at the university, the lectures have been practical and interesting and the support I have received from not only my lecturers but from other lecturers within the school has been second to none. The atmosphere around the building is so friendly and with there being so many international students within the school, there are always new people to talk to. There are lots of opportunities to improve languages through interactive computer programmes and various events organised by the Worldwise Learning Centre, such as the Rosetta Stone programme and the film festivals. I felt much better equipped than friends from other universities on my year abroad in Spain, because the Spanish course at UCLan is so practical, we study topics and situations that occur in everyday life, we do not sit and study hours of literature which will never have a functional use. Overall I could not have asked for a better experience and better opportunities than those I have received from the school of Languages, Literature and International Studies at UCLan.

Ashleen Foy
BA (Hons) Spanish and TESOL