Foundation year: The foundation year provides students with non-standard entry qualifications with a thorough and supportive academic preparation for successful degree level study in the School of Modern Languages. It is carefully designed to build confidence in your abilities, develop essential academic and study skills, and provide the subject specific knowledge essential for success. This year is taught within the Department for Lifelong Learning, where we have nearly forty years’ experience working with adult learners, helping them to unlock their potential to succeed through offering accessible foundation courses that can lead to full and part-time degree level study. You will be learning alongside other students who are studying for a number of different degrees, typically in small classes, supporting one another to develop and succeed. Modern Languages and Cultures: In this flexible language degree you tailor your language choice to suit your own interests. You can choose to study one, two or three languages from the 10 we offer: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If you study just one language, it will be one of French, German, Russian or Spanish. You don't need to have studied a modern foreign language at A Level, although we look for aptitude and commitment to language study. You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent). You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies. We have recommended pathways through the languages and modules to enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we'll help you make the choices that are best for you. You'll spend the fourth year of your course abroad, speaking the language and living the culture of either one or two of your chosen languages. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities. When you return to Sheffield for your fourth year, you'll be ready to build on your experience with more advanced language classes and academic modules. A modern languages and cultures degree at Sheffield is a confident step into the wider world and you'll be graduating with skills that are highly valued by employers. You'll learn to communicate fluently and effectively in one, two or three modern languages. You'll also develop a sophisticated understanding of the countries where those languages are spoken.
Qualified teacher status (QTS)
To work as a teacher at a state school in England or Wales, you will need to achieve qualified teacher status (QTS). This is offered on this course for the following level:
- Course does not award QTS
How to apply
This course has restrictions on who can apply.
This course is designed specifically for mature learners who have been out of education for some time and haven’t previously accessed higher education
This is the deadline for applications to be completed and sent for this course. If the university or college still has places available you can apply after this date, but your application is not guaranteed to be considered.
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Points of entry
The following entry points are available for this course:
There are no qualification requirements for this course.
Our courses are designed specifically for mature learners who have been out of education for some time and haven’t previously accessed higher education. The requirements for entry are different from those for students wishing to enter directly onto a degree programme elsewhere in the University.
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Additional entry requirements
Institutions Own Test (IOT)
You will be asked to complete literacy and numeracy assessments as part of the DLL selection process. The outcome of these tests will be used in admissions decisions.
English language requirements
You must demonstrate that your English is good enough for you to successfully complete your course. For this course we require: GCSE English Language at grade 4/C; IELTS grade of 6.0 with a minimum of 5.5 in each component; or an alternative acceptable English language qualification
English language requirements for undergraduates
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Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9250||Year 1|
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Department for Lifelong Learning
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