Aberystwyth is one of a handful of universities in the UK that offers students the opportunity to combine the study of three languages, two of which will not require prior knowledge. You can choose from among French, Italian, German and Spanish depending on the pathways you wish to take. In your third year you will undertake a Year Abroad, offering you the opportunity to live, and study or work, in the countries of your main language(s) of study. In the BA Modern Languages degree, you will not only gain practical knowledge of and fluency in three languages, but you will also learn to understand the position of these languages in a wider global context. We believe that our students should be fully immersed in the languages they study. Our close-knit international community encourages our students to use these languages in their daily lives, while we also offer opportunities for students to study abroad. On your Year Abroad, your time is usually split between two countries, to facilitate your total immersion in more than one language and culture. We are committed to offering you opportunities to develop your language skills, and to learn about, enjoy and embrace the cultures of the countries in which the languages you study are spoken. The Year Abroad will enable you to master the languages that you have chosen and will give you possibly the best year of your life! This course will also provide you with the opportunity to study a wide range of specialised modules in literature and culture, as well as language. In the recent National Student Survey (NSS), our department scored 93% student satisfaction (NSS, 2017). Students become part of our friendly community where all of our departmental staff know you by your name and not as a number. A degree in Modern Languages ensures secure and constant demand for employment after graduation. This statement is reflected in our graduate employability figures produced by HESA (Higher Education Statistics Authority), where 85% of our graduates from 2016 entered work at a professional level, this figure is 35% higher than language graduates nationally. Our departmental philosophy is to ensure that you will have a smooth transition from campus to career. What will I learn? The breakdown below will provide you with an illustration of what you may study during the four-year degree scheme. During your four years, you will have four weekly hours of language work, which includes: Oral, Written, Aural, Translation. In addition to your language work, in your first year, you can also discover: Introduction to Literary Studies; European Film; The politics and culture of language across Europe; The history and culture of the Spanish speaking world; The cultural history of Italy and German literature. In your second year you could explore: Specialised languages modules (Language of Business etc.); Spanish American Cinema; The Cinema of Spain; Modern Literature; Prose in German literature; Current Issues in French and Francophone Society. In your third year, you will undertake your year abroad, working or studying in a foreign country relative to your chosen languages.In your final year you could choose from options such as: The Cuban Revolution; French Literature; Spanish Cinema; Spanish Literature; German Literature. How will I be taught? A variety of teaching formats is used in class. Lectures will introduce you to topics, while in seminars you will be expected to develop your knowledge in certain areas and participate in class discussions. You will learn to adapt to any situation and will be provided with the learning tools necessary to be able to deliver oral presentations (individually and in groups), sit listening tests, write reports and undertake increasingly complex translations in language classes, as well as sit oral and written exams. In content modules, you will develop the skills necessary to write essays, undertake research projects, give oral presentations, or sit exams.
How to apply
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:
- Year 1
Applicants are selected on their individual merits and offers can vary. We allow you flexibility in meeting our entry requirements, and all qualifications that you have already gained, or are working towards, will be considered when reviewing your application. We have an inclusive policy which recognises a broad range of qualifications. The entry requirements listed above represent typical offers for some of the most popular qualifications taken by applicants. If you cannot find the qualifications that you are studying (or have previously studied) please contact our Undergraduate Admissions Office (Telephone: +44 (0)1970 622021; Email: [email protected]) for advice on your eligibility and details of the typical offer you are likely to receive.
Additional entry requirements
A minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent) English or Welsh is a requirement for entry to all our degree schemes. Business, Mathematics, Psychology and Science degree schemes also require a minimum grade C or grade 4 pass in GCSE (or equivalent).
English language requirements
|Cambridge English Advanced||B|
|Cambridge English Proficiency||C|
|IELTS (Academic)||6.5||With minimum 5.5 in each component.|
|PTE Academic||62||With minimum scores of 51 in each component.|
|TOEFL (iBT)||88||With minimum scores in components as follows: Listening 21; Writing 21; Reading 22; Speaking 23.|
If you are an international student needing more information about the English Language requirement for your course (e.g. country-specific English Language tests, Partner Institution tests, EU/EEA English Language qualifications where the school curriculum is taught in a native language) please contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for further advice.
The student satisfaction data is from students surveyed during the Covid-19 pandemic. The number of student respondents and response rates can be important in interpreting the data – it is important to note your experience may be different from theirs. This data will be based on the subject area rather than the specific course. Read more about this data on the Discover Uni website.
Fees and funding
|Northern Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
|Channel Islands||£9000||Year 1|
|Republic of Ireland||£9000||Year 1|
Additional fee information
Aberystwyth University offers a valuable package of scholarships and bursaries to support students. Our long-established Entrance Examination competition means you could get up to £2,000 a year towards your living and study costs. You can combine that with any or all of our other awards, to make your financial package more valuable. Our awards include Sport and Music Scholarships, Bursaries for Care Leavers/Young Carers/Estranged Students and a range of department specific awards. Please visit our website for full details.
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Department of Modern Languages (undergraduate enquiries)
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