Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian) BA (Hons)

4 years including year abroad, starting in September 2018

Achieve fluency in two languages. You’ll also develop your knowledge and understanding of political and cultural issues.

This degree will immerse you in both the culture and society of your chosen languages. Throughout the course, you will mostly be taught in your chosen language.

The course has a contemporary focus. You will study recent novels and films from your chosen countries. You’ll explore the evolution of politics and the current political environment within these cultures. You will develop your skills to enable you to conduct research and analysis. Your communication and debating skills will improve to an advanced level.

In the first two years you will study the politics, culture and society of your chosen countries. Teaching will develop your knowledge of the current political and cultural issues facing European nations and beyond.

During the third year you will spend a year abroad. The year abroad assessment contributes towards your final degree classification.

In the final year you will be able to take optional units in the culture or politics of your chosen countries. These units are research-led and have a contemporary focus.

You’ll learn from academics with expertise in contemporary topics across culture, politics and modern languages. Their international collaborations and research activities feed into undergraduate teaching and contribute to your learning experience.

You’ll benefit from exposure to the research of our staff which includes:

  • cultural identity across Europe
  • conflict and security
  • extreme Right parties

Our graduate career paths are wide-ranging. Some become professional linguists, working as teachers or as translators and interpreters in the European Parliament. Most find work in public and private sector institutions, where their communication skills and cultural and social awareness are highly valued.

Recent graduates have found work in:

  • Oxford University Press
  • Active Communications International
  • Teach First
  • Financial Times
  • KPMG
  • JDX Consulting

A high number of students choose to go directly into employment, while some pursue further study.

Find out what our graduates go on to do.

Course structure

This course lasts 4 years. It starts in September 2018 and ends in 2022. Induction week starts on 24 September 2018.

Occasionally we make changes to our programmes in response to, for example, feedback from students, developments in research and the field of studies, and the requirements of accrediting bodies. You will be advised of any significant changes to the advertised programme, in accordance with our Terms and Conditions.

  • Year 1
  • Year 2
  • Year abroad
  • Year 4

Units

As part of your course you will take compulsory units covering key concepts. You may also be able to take optional units which assist you in developing your own interests.

You need to take 60 credits in each year of your course (usually split equally into 30 credits for each semester), so the number of optional units you can take depends on the number of compulsory units in each year of the course.

Six credits are the equivalent of at least 120 hours of study, including contact time with staff and independent study.

Compulsory course units

These compulsory units are currently being studied by our students, or are proposed new units.

Year abroad

On your year abroad you will spend time in the countries of your chosen languages either within Europe or beyond. You can spend your time on a study placement at a foreign university (usually an exchange with one of our Erasmus+ partners), as a language assistant in a school, or on a work placement. You can also have the flexibility of a combination of any of these options.

Our dedicated and experienced Placements Officer will support and guide you through the recruitment process to gain your placement.

Our students have been employed in a number of interesting roles for all or part of their year abroad. Some examples include:

  • Institute of Political Studies (Strasbourg and Paris)
  • University of Naples (Italy)
  • University of Guadalajara (Mexico)
  • GE Power (France)
  • European Parliament (Luxembourg)
  • IT Comunicación (Spain)
  • Di Palma Associati (Italy)
  • Fujitsu (Germany)
  • Belgian Embassy (Chile)
  • The Bubble (Argentina)

Placement opportunities may not be guaranteed. Read more about placements.

Find out more about studying abroad.

Learning and assessment

Learning

  • Laboratory sessions
  • Lectures
  • Practical sessions
  • Seminars

Assessment

  • Coursework
  • Dissertation
  • Essay
  • Oral assessment
  • Written examination
  • Other

Typical assessment breakdown

This average assessment breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Your specific unit choices will determine the actual breakdown of assessment methods that you will experience.

% written exam % practical exam % coursework
Year Written Exam Practical Exam Coursework
Year 1 26% 12% 62%
Year 2 34% 9% 57%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 27% 6% 67%

Typical contact time breakdown

This average contact time breakdown is based on a typical choice of optional units. Scheduled learning and teaching may include: lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops. Your optional unit choices will determine your actual personal contact hours.

% time in scheduled learning and teaching % time in independent study % time in placement/year abroad
Year Scheduled Independent Placement
Year 1 23% 77% 0%
Year 2 23% 77% 0%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 21% 79% 0%
“We always have discussions in the language in our seminars about what’s going on at the moment. We’re very much immersed in what’s going on at the time as well as the language.”
Grace Wishart

BA Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) (2017)

Entry requirements

Your application, especially your personal statement, should demonstrate your enthusiasm for modern languages and European studies, expressed through an interest and knowledge of certain social, political or cultural aspects, as well as general cultural awareness.

You will need a strong performance in French as part of your entry qualifications. If you are not taking it as part of your entry qualification, we can accept a relevant B2 level language qualification, such as DELF. You do not need to have studied Italian before.

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds to our language courses. French content in the first year of this degree is typically pitched at students who have studied that language to A level (or equivalent) and who are not native speakers. Italian content is typically pitched at students who have not studied Italian before. If you have more advanced language skills may find these aspects of first year study less challenging.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

ABB

ABB including A in French

We do not accept A levels in General Studies. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

Alternative offer A level

ABC

ABC including A in French plus one of:

  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer International Baccalaureate Diploma

35 points

35 points overall and 6, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects including 6 in French.

We can consider you if you are studying French at Standard Level. If you apply with a Standard Level in French and are otherwise suitable you will be asked to undertake a language assessment. Our typical offer in this case would be 35 points overall with 6, 5, 4 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in Standard Level French.

Typical offer BTEC and Cambridge Technicals

We are able to consider BTEC Level 3 Extended Diplomas (QCF)/ BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diplomas (RQF)/ Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diplomas in a relevant subject area. In addition, you would need to obtain grade A in A level French or another qualification that meets the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Your language qualification must be recent or you must be able to demonstrate that you are using French regularly at a high level. We may contact you to assess this.

Please contact us to discuss the standard that would be required in your BTEC/Cambridge Technical and A level qualifications.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.

Typical offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M1

D3, M1, M1 in three principle subjects including D3 in French.

Alternative offer Cambridge Pre-U

D3, M1, M3

D3, M1, M3 in three principle subjects including D3 in French plus one of:

  • grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
  • grade A in an EPQ
  • grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

Typical offer Scottish Highers

AB in Advanced Highers

AB in two Advanced Highers including A in French plus AABBB in five Scottish Highers.

Typical offer Access to HE Diploma

We are able to consider the Access to HE Diploma for entry: please contact us to discuss the content of the Access course you are studying to check that the units you are covering are suitable. In addition, you would need to obtain grade A in A level French or another qualification that meets the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Your language qualification must be recent or you must be able to demonstrate that you are using French regularly at a high level. We may contact you to assess this.

Please contact us to discuss the standard that would be required in your Access and A level qualifications.

Typical offer Open University Credits

Pass units worth 120 credits including at least 60 credits at Level 2 in French.

This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Typical offer Combinations of qualifications

Your application will be considered individually based on the particular combination of qualifications and subjects that you are taking.

We can consider combinations of accepted qualifications, such as A levels and a BTEC:

  • A in A level French, B in another A level subject plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • A in A level French, B in another A level subject plus M1 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • A in A level French, B in another A level subject plus 5 in an IB HL Certificate. While we do not consider the IB Careers Programme for entry, we are able to consider the combinations of components that are typically offered by this route, such as BTEC and IB HL Certificate combinations
  • A in A level French plus BB in another A level subject (excluding Accounting) and the IFS Diploma in Financial Studies

We can also consider combinations that are not listed and that do not include A levels. You should read the information about essential and preferred subjects and subject combinations. We cannot consider different qualifications in the same subject area.

Ireland qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

H1, H2, H3, H3, H3, H3 in 6 Irish Leaving Certificates with H1 in French.

Hong Kong qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

544 in 3 elective subjects or 54 in 2 elective subjects plus 5 in any Mathematics extended paper. You will also need to meet B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in French through a separate qualification.

European Baccalaureate qualifications

European Baccalaureate

76% overall with 8.5 in French.

India qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 75% across 4 subjects with 80% in one subject. You will also need to meet B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in French.

We do not accept Physical Education as one of these 4 subjects.

These requirements are for the CBSE, HSSC and ISC boards. Please contact us if you are taking this qualification with a different board.

United States of America qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5, 4, 4 in 3 APs including 5 in French Language and Culture

We accept no more than one Calculus AP as one of these 3 subjects.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 28 or a SATR score of 680 in Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

We do not accept SAT Subject Tests for direct entry to our degrees.

Spain qualifications

Titulo de Bachiller

A score of 8 overall with 9 in French.

Germany qualifications

Abitur

1.8 overall with 13 in French.

If you do not take French in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

Singapore qualifications

Singapore A levels

ABB in 3 H2 level subjects including A in French.

Greece qualifications

Apolytirion

18.5 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including A in French.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels. We do not accept Pan Hellenic examinations in place of an A level.

Cyprus qualifications

Apolytirion

18.5 in the Apolytirion plus AB in two A levels including A in French.

We cannot accept the Apolytirion unless it is studied alongside A levels.

Fees and funding

Payment options

You can pay your tuition fees by Direct Debit, debit card, credit card, cheque, bank transfer or cash. You may also be eligible for a student loan to help you pay your fees.

Read more about your payment options

Fees

Your tuition fees and how you pay them will depend on whether you are a Home, EU, Island or Overseas student.

Learn how we decide fee status

Tuition fees

See the most recent fees for undergraduate courses.

Placement fees

Placement fees vary

You will normally pay a reduced tuition fee while on a placement period or studying abroad. Find out more about placement fees and study abroad fees.

Budgeting

You will need to budget at least £100 for the cost of photocopying, printing and binding. You will also need to budget for the cost of text books.

Some courses involve visits away from campus and you may be required to pay some or all of the costs of travel, accommodation and food and drink.

If you’re on a placement, you’re responsible for your own travel, accommodation and living costs. You should also consider the financial implications if you go on an unpaid or overseas placement.

Application information

  • Course title
    Modern Languages and European Studies (French and ab initio Italian)
  • Final award
    BA (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    RR1H
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 September 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 September 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

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