University of Reading

Degree level: Undergraduate

Modern Languages (3 years)

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Expand your horizons and build your own degree pathway by studying one, two or three of our core languages (French, German, Italian or Spanish), or by combining one or two core languages with an additional language (Arabic, British Sign Language, Chinese (Mandarin), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Modern Greek, Russian or Spanish – subject to availability). Our 3-year Modern Languages degree is accessible to students who are unable to go on a year abroad because of demonstrable special circumstances. For more information do not hesitate to contact us. The department You will join the friendly and dynamic Department of Languages and Cultures, and have the opportunity to study in a lively community with staff and students from all over the world. Our modules are taught by experts in their fields and a total of 98% of our research was rated internationally excellent or internationally recognised in the latest Research Excellence Framework (2014), feeding directly into your learning. Language learning for all levels Our flexible and supportive approach to learning allows you to tailor your degree to your interests. You can start core languages from intermediate or advanced level (if studying three core languages, one at least should be taken from advanced level). Additional languages can be started from beginner level only (we may be able to accommodate post-beginners – contact us for more information). Direct access to our highly experienced teachers in and outside the classroom will allow you to receive the feedback and help that will ensure you develop your language skills to the best of your ability. By the end of your degree you will achieve C1 level, ie near-native competence in your core language(s), and reach independent-user proficiency in your additional language. Placements in a language-rich environment You will spend eight weeks in a language-rich environment (either as one block or in separate instalments throughout your degree), expanding your linguistic abilities in, and developing your intercultural understanding of your core languages. For example, you may choose to do a summer school abroad, and/or a work placement in a company where your target language is used, and/or in a local school where your target language(s) is/are taught. Wide range of culture modules Our BA Modern Languages will give you the opportunity to immerse yourself in one, two or three cultures by choosing from a range of modules focusing on the cultures of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken. In French you may choose to study French children’s literature or Caribbean culture, while our German modules could lead you to explore German films or Austrian short stories. In Italian you could explore Italian cinema or the defining episodes of Italian history since 1968. Modules on Spanish and Latin American cultures give you the chance to discover narratives of the Colombian conflict or to explore how the publishing industry has shaped contemporary Spain. Our comparative modules on topics such as comparative literature, world cinema or language and power, give you the chance to set your specialist knowledge of a culture in a more global context. Careers Fluency in one or more languages and intercultural awareness are immensely useful skills. The course also provides you with numerous transferable skills in research, analysis, presenting and group working, which will prove useful in a wide range of careers. In the latest Destination of Leavers from Higher Education survey (2016-17), 94% of graduates from the Department of Languages and Cultures were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to careers ranging from translating, teaching and research, to financial services, telecommunications marketing, and the fashion industry.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Contextual offers for this programme are typically two grades beneath our standard entry requirement, e.g. BCC

Additional entry requirements


Minimum GCSE grade A (or 7) is required in one of the core languages (French/German/Italian/Spanish). Please contact the University of Reading Admissions office for guidance on the academic requirements if you wish to study more than one core language.

English language requirements

TestGradeAdditional details
IELTS (Academic)7We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
TOEFL (iBT)100We require a minimum score of 100 overall with no less than 20 in Listening, Writing and Reading and 21 in Speaking.
Cambridge English AdvancedAWe require a grade A or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
Cambridge English ProficiencyCWe require a grade C or a score of 185 overall with no element less than 169.
PTE Academic76We require a minimum score of 76 overall with at least 64 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Institution's Own TestTest of English for Educational Purposes (TEEP). We require a minimum score of 7.0 overall with at least 6.0 in each element of the test (Listening, Speaking, Reading and Writing).
Trinity ISEPassOnly ISE III and ISE IV are acceptable and we require a Pass in each element.

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Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Republic of Ireland £9250 Year 1
EU £17320 Year 1
England £9250 Year 1
Northern Ireland £9250 Year 1
Scotland £9250 Year 1
Wales £9250 Year 1
Channel Islands £9250 Year 1
International £17320 Year 1

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Modern Languages (3 years) at University of Reading - UCAS