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Course summary

Our BA Modern Languages degree programme is aimed at students who wish to enhance their employability in an increasingly interdependent world by being able to work with other languages, cultures and societies. Students studying this programme take at least one language, either at introductory level (ab initio) or advanced level (post-A level) - equivalent to either A1/A2 or B1/B2 in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR). Students with an A-level or equivalent in a foreign language can study an additional language from introductory level (ab initio). Students with two language A-levels or equivalent can learn a third language ab initio. The principal languages currently offered at Swansea University are French and Spanish. Currently, German is only offered ab initio. As well as compulsory language modules, students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages select modules from our dedicated and flexible pathways in cultural studies, teaching and translation. These integrated pathways span all three years of this degree programme, allowing students to specialise in a particular area if they already know the area in which they intend to seek employment. Alternatively, students are able to select modules from a different pathway in each year for a more rounded educational experience. All students will obtain a degree in Modern Languages (BA Hons) regardless of languages studied or pathway selected. In Year 3, students studying the BA (Hons) Modern Languages go on their Intercalary Year Abroad. With connections in France, Belgium, Germany, Austria, Spain and Latin America, students able to study at a university through the Erasmus exchange programme, work as an EFL (English as a Foreign Language) teacher through the British Council, or undertake a work placement (paid or voluntary) with an international company or organization. During their year abroad, students not only hone and refine their language skills, but also develop intercultural awareness, resilience, empathy and adaptability in preparation for the world of work. Such transferable personal skills increase students’ employability, with previous graduates going on to careers in: international aid/development, diplomacy, broadcasting, logistics and distribution, marketing, sales, and hospitality, amongst others. (See also: In addition, the BA (Hons) Modern Languages can be a good foundation for postgraduate study in translation (e.g. MA Translation and Interpreting) and/or teaching (PGCE), as well as postgraduate study in Modern Languages.


ONE LANGUAGE OPTION Students with no qualifications in their chosen language take beginner level language modules. Students with a A-level or equivalent in French or Spanish language take advanced level language modules. Students take culture, teaching and/or translation modules regardless of their level. TWO LANGUAGES OPTION Students can study two languages at advanced level if they have an A-level or equivalent in both languages. Otherwise, students study one language at advanced level and one language at beginner level. Students cannot study two languages at beginner level. Students take culture, teaching and/or translation modules regardless of their level. THREE LANGUAGES OPTION Students who choose three languages study two languages at advanced level – they need to have an A-level or equivalent in both languages. Students cannot study two languages at beginner level. The third language would be taken at beginner level. Module options include but are not limited to: Year 1 Language-specific modules in French, German, and Spanish, including language specific cultural and linguistic topics; (Translation pathway): Concepts in Translation; Grammar and Meaning (Teaching pathway): Modern Languages: Introduction to Language Teaching (Culture pathway): Modern European Fiction; Modern European Film Year 2 Language-specific modules in French, German and Spanish, including language specific cultural and linguistic topics; (Translation): Computer-Assisted Translation Tools, Translation Workshops in French, German, and Spanish (Teaching): Teaching Modern Languages to Young Learners (Culture): Conflict in European Film Year 3 Language-specific modules in French, German and Spanish, including language specific cultural and linguistic topics; (Translation): Terminology Management, Translation Workshops in French, German, and Spanish; (Teaching) Modern Languages Classroom Practice (Culture): From Page to Screen: Adapting the European Classics; Modern Languages Dissertation.

Assessment method

Assessment of the Modern Languages programme is underpinned by Swansea University Assessment Policies and Swansea University's current Learning and Teaching strategy, i.e. 'ensuring all teaching and assessment is inclusive, accessible to all students and that inclusivity is embedded within programmes of study and learner support'. All students will be provided with detailed information regarding assessment and reassessment within module handbooks, programme handbook and College handbook on our Virtual Learning Platform, Canvas. Comprehensive assessment guidelines and marking criteria, including marking grids, for all assessments will be available via Canvas. The assessments are linked to the overall programme aims and to the learning outcomes for each module. A range of assessment methods will be used to assess knowledge, intellectual skills, practical skills and transferable skills across all levels. These include, but are not limited to short written work, essays, research reports, reflections, presentations, research proposals, portfolios, written and oral examinations. These multiple forms of assessment will be used to meet the diverse learning styles and previous educational experiences of students. Students will receive written feedback for all summative assessments followed by verbal clarification (individual/group) as required. In addition, students will receive feedback on formative assessment and class time will be set aside for exam preparation and feedback. The programme team will provide feedback within a three week period as per University policy and students will be encouraged to access and read their feedback. In addition, assessment submission and exam dates will be staggered allowing students to benefit from feedback in advance of the next submission. All students will have access to the College assessment timetable via Canvas. Assessment of the Study Abroad placement learning activity will be the responsibility of the partner university / British Council for EFL teaching placement / work placement or volunteering opportunity provider. The Year Abroad Coordinator team will work closely with external partners to obtain and identify any positive or negative feedback. The module convenor will work with the Disability Office and the programme director to ensure that individual needs are met. The College will make reasonable adjustments and/or develop alternative arrangements for assessment in conjunction with the student.

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

International applicants must satisfy an IELTS score of 6.0 (or equivalent)

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

GCSE grade C in a relevant language. Relevant languages are French, German, Italian or Spanish.

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Fees and funding

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Sponsorship information

Home Fee £9,000.00 Overseas Fee £14,250.00 Source of student funding: Student Fees; Financial Support available to 'Home' students via Student Loans from Student Finance Wales and the Student Loan Company. No statutory funding available to international students.

Modern Languages at Swansea University - UCAS