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

4 years including year abroad, starting in September 2018

Achieve fluency in two languages. You’ll 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.

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

Contact time with staff

In your first year, you should expect to spend 23% of your time in a lecture, seminar or practical/lab setting and 77% of your time in independent study. Your unit option choices will determine your future contact hours.

Find out more about contact time with staff
“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. This might include relevant reading, as well as involvement in language societies, exchange programmes or any other related experiences.

You will need a strong performance in 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 DELE. You do not need to have studied Italian before.

We welcome students from a variety of backgrounds to our language courses. Spanish 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.

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.

Qualifications

Select the country where your qualification comes from.

United Kingdom qualifications

Typical offer A level

ABB

AAB including A in Spanish

A level subjects that will not be considered in your application:

A level General Studies will not be considered.

Alternative offer A Level

ABC

ABC including A in Spanish plus one of the following:

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

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Typical offers for other qualifications

International Baccalaureate

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

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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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.

BTEC and Cambridge Technical

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 Spanish 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 Spanish 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, M1, M1 including D3 in Spanish.

Alternative offer:
D3, M1, M3 including D3 in Spanish plus one of the following:

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

Students presenting with one of the above project qualifications should receive both the typical offer and the alternative.

Open University Credits

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits, including at least 60 credits at Level 2 in Spanish.

This information is a guide and all students applying with Open University Credits will be considered on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. Please contact us to discuss your profile prior to making an application.

Please contact us to discuss the standard that would be required in your Open University qualifications.

Please note that 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.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer:
AB in Advanced Highers including A in Spanish plus AABBB in Scottish Highers.

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 Spanish, 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 Spanish, B in another A level subject plus M1 in a Pre-U Principal Subject.
  • A in A level Spanish, 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 Spanish 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 if they are in the same subject area.

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 (Spanish and ab initio Italian)
  • Final award
    BA (Hons)
  • Mode of study
    Full-time
  • Course code
    RR4H
  • Institution code
    B16
  • UK/EU application deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Overseas deadline
    15 January 2018
  • Application eligibility
    UK and Overseas students are eligible to apply

Course enquiries

Undergraduate Selection
admissions@bath.ac.uk
+441225383019

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