Modern Languages and European Studies (French and Spanish) 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.

Units

At Bath, our courses are made up of units of study. Compulsory units cover core concepts that you'll need to understand as part of your degree programme. Some of our courses also offer the opportunity for you to study optional units. These allow you to specialise in particular areas of knowledge that interest you.

As an undergraduate, you will be expected to take 60 credits (ECTS) in each academic year. These are usually split into 30 credits for each semester you study. Sixty credits are the equivalent of 1200 notional hours of study; this includes contact time with staff and your own independent learning.

Compulsory course units

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

Optional course units

You can choose from a number of optional units in year 4. Here are some examples of the units currently being studied by our students.

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. Find out more about the year 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% 9% 65%
Year 2 34% 6% 60%
Year 3 0% 0% 100%
Year 4 14% 6% 80%

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 21% 79% 0%
Year 2 21% 79% 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 both French and Spanish 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 for French and DELE for Spanish.

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

Origin of qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

British qualifications

A level Typical offer

AAB

AAB including French and Spanish

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.

A level Alternative offer

ABB

ABB including French and Spanish with A in French or Spanish 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.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Typical offer

35 points

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

We can consider you if you are studying either French or Spanish at Standard Level. If you apply with a Standard Level in a required language 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 including 6 in either French or Spanish plus 7 in Standard Level French or Spanish.

BTEC and Cambridge Technicals Typical offer

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 grades AB in A level French and Spanish or other qualifications that meet the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Your language qualifications must be recent or you must be able to demonstrate that you are using your languages 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.

Cambridge Pre-U Typical offer

D3, D3, M1

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

Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer

D3, M1, M1

D3, M1, M1 in three principle subjects including French and Spanish with D3 in French or Spanish 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.

Scottish Highers Typical offer

AB in Advanced Highers

AB in two Advanced Highers including French and Spanish plus AAABB in five Scottish Highers.

Access to HE Diploma Typical offer

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 grades AB in A level French and Spanish or other qualifications that meet the B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages. Your language qualifications 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.

Open University Credits Typical offer

Pass units worth 120 credits in French and Spanish at Level 2.

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.

Combination of qualifications Typical offer

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:

  • AB in A level French and Spanish plus D in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF)/National Extended Certificate (RQF) OR the Cambridge Technical Introductory Diploma (QCF)/Cambridge Technical Extended Certificate (RQF)
  • AB in A level French and Spanish plus D3 in a Pre-U Principal Subject
  • AB in A level French and Spanish plus 6 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
  • AAB in A level French and Spanish plus 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.

GCSE requirements

GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from category C).

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Irish qualifications

Irish Leaving Certificate

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

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Hong Kongese qualifications

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education

554 in 3 elective subjects or 55 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 both French and Spanish through a separate qualification.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

European qualifications

European Baccalaureate

79% overall with 8.0, 8.5 in French and Spanish.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Indian qualifications

Higher Secondary School Certificate (12th Standard)

Average of 80% across 4 subjects. You will also need to meet B2 level of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages in both French and Spanish through a separate qualification.

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.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

American qualifications

Advanced Placement Tests

5 in AP French Language and Culture plus 5 in either AP Spanish Language and Culture or AP Spanish Literature and Culture plus 4 in a third AP.

You will also need to pass your High School Diploma and achieve an ACT score of 29 or a SATR score of 700 in Evidence based Reading and Writing.

SAT Subject Tests

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

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

German qualifications

Abitur

1.6 overall with 13, 12 in French and Spanish.

The required grades in French and Spanish must be achieved in your final examinations if you take them. If you do not take one of these subjects in your final examinations, you will need an average grade across 4 semesters in it.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Singaporean qualifications

Singapore A levels

AAB in 3 H2 level subjects including French and Spanish with A in French or Spanish.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Greek qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in A level French and Spanish.

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.

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Cypriot qualifications

Apolytirion

19 in the Apolytirion plus AB in A level French and Spanish.

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

English language requirements

Category C

You will normally need one of the following:

  • IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components
  • The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element
  • Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements
  • TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components

If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.

Fees and funding


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.

How to pay

Tuition fee loans

If you are studying an undergraduate course, you may be able to take out a loan for your tuition fees and living costs.

Read more about tuition fee loans

Scholarships and bursaries

You could be considered for a bursary or scholarship to help you study at Bath. This is in addition to your student loan and you do not have to pay it back.

Read more about bursaries and scholarships

Other 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

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



Selection process

We will usually assess you based on your UCAS application. If you hold a language qualification that is not covered by our typical entry requirements we may invite you to attend an interview to assess your French or Spanish level. This interview may take place remotely.

Very exceptionally we may invite you to an interview if you have circumstances we cannot assess from an application alone.

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