University of Buckingham

Modern Languages with Politics (2-year degree) University of Buckingham Degree level: Undergraduate


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The University of Buckingham is:
o Home of the 2-year degree – less cost and more focus
o Top for Teaching Quality (The Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide)
o Joint 4th in England for Student Satisfaction (National Student Survey)
o Small group teaching focused – student:staff ratio of 11:1
o Flexible – start your course in September or January

The BA Modern Languages with Politics programme aims to develop linguistic competence in both French and Spanish as well as intercultural awareness, together with in-depth knowledge and understanding of aspects of the cultures, communities and societies.

The study of French and Spanish speaking countries and societies is combined with politics to allow students to evaluate political concepts in intercultural settings related to the countries where the languages studied are spoken.

The Major/Minor combination is well integrated and designed for students who wish to work in a range of careers or pursue further studies within an international business and management context or related to international institutions.

It is designed to develop key competences in speaking, listening, writing and reading the language studied, and to enhance communication skills in a variety of situations through interactively using the language in classes, language laboratory and in other forms including IT, internet and media. Languages are taught at Intermediate Level (stages 3-6) and Advanced Level (stages 5–8).

Students can enter the programme with knowledge of just one of the two languages (French or Spanish) as long as they are in possession of a good A level or equivalent in the language. These students will have to join the programme for a 9-term September start and will follow a fast-track foundation module in the language for which they have no previous knowledge.

Course details


Government and Politics of the UK and the US, The European Union in the international System, Political Communication, Introduction to Political Theory, Government and Politics of China, Politics of Latin America, The Politics of the Middle East: Issues and Themes, Competing Approaches to Political Analysis, International Relations: Theories and Concepts.

Assessment method

Teaching is carried out through a combination of lectures supported by seminars and tutorials. A key feature of the Buckingham teaching method is the use of small tutorial groups which provide the most effective means of ensuring that the students benefit from the academic expertise at their disposal.

The assessment of individual modules within each course varies according to the subject. Assessment is usually by examination, assessed coursework, or a combination of the two. Please check module information for more details.

How to apply

Application deadlines

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15 January

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Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

International applicants

With staff and students from over 90 countries around the world, the University enjoys a wonderful and culturally diverse atmosphere. Ranked joint 4th in England and joint 7th in the UK in the National Student Survey (NSS) for student satisfaction this year, the University and has always scored highly since it started taking part 14 years ago. We provide support for students from outside the UK including: assistance with visa application and renewal; guaranteed accommodation in halls of residence; and a personal tutor to support your academic studies. Academic staff are available to help and advise, and operate an open-door policy. We have the best staff to student ratio of any university in the UK. Our students have formed a number of overseas clubs, and there is a sports and social programme each term to ensure you enjoy your time with us. Our idyllic setting between Oxford and Milton Keynes offers access to a range of cultural and social activities and Bicester Village, the renowned shopping outlet is a short bus ride away. English Language requirements: it is very important that your English level is of a good standard for you to be successful in your studies. All applicants must achieve specific requirements in all four components (listening, reading, speaking and writing). Please check our website for more details of the undergraduate or postgraduate language requirements for your course.

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
A level BBB - BBC
Scottish Higher ABBB - BBBB
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 31 - 32 points
Scottish Advanced Higher BBB - BBC

Only non-native speakers of French and Spanish will be accepted onto this programme. Students must meet the university entry requirements for the degree programme and be in possession of a good A Level, or equivalent (CEFR B1/B2) in one of the two languages.

Non-native speakers of English: IELTS overall band score of 6.5 with at least 6.0 in both reading and writing.

Students will follow a fast-track foundation module in the language for which they have no previous knowledge during their first term of study.

English language requirements

Test Grade Additional details
IELTS (Academic) 6.5 Average of 6.5 (with 6.0 or above in each component)

Fees and funding

Tuition fees

Channel Islands £25,200 Whole course
EU £25,200 Whole course
International £35,600 Whole course
England £25,200 Whole course
Northern Ireland £25,200 Whole course
Scotland £25,200 Whole course
Wales £25,200 Whole course

Additional fee information

Home Students: The University of Buckingham is an alternative provider because we do not receive annual funding through the UK funding councils. Buckingham students are eligible for support from Student Finance England towards their studies: (1) An annual repayable Tuition Fee Loan of £7,400 (for accelerated programmes - from September 2019) £6,165 (for non-accelerated programmes - from September 2019) paid direct to the University. Students are responsible for paying the remaining balance to the University for each term’s fees. (2) An annual repayable Maintenance Loan to help with living costs (the amount awarded is dependent on household income). This is paid directly to you after registration. The undergraduate fees can be found on our website at:

Sponsorship information

The University would like to encourage students – both undergraduates and postgraduates – to come to Buckingham regardless of their financial circumstances. The bursaries and scholarships we offer are awarded on merit and/or on financial need. You may only accept one University award. All awards are subject to your meeting the University’s academic entry requirements and abiding by the University’s rules and regulations. To be eligible to apply for a scholarship you will need to have been offered a place to study at Buckingham. For details of our current range of scholarships and bursaries please see our website:

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