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Modern Languages University of Bath Degree level: Undergraduate

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Prepare for an international career. Achieve fluency in your A-level language and pick up a new one. Deepen your knowledge and understanding of political and cultural issues.

This degree (subject to final approval) has a strong contemporary focus. You will have intensive language tuition in both languages throughout the course as well as exploring the evolution of politics and the current political environment within the countries of your chosen languages.

You’ll gain a deep understanding of contemporary culture in these societies. You will develop highly valuable work-related skills enabling you to conduct research and analysis with confidence. You’ll be able to communicate, debate and interact in your chosen languages at an advanced level.

Your ab initio (beginner) language allows you to quickly learn the language in your first two years at Bath in order to achieve the ability to study abroad in the third year. Your advanced language will enable you to engage with political and cultural issues in the target language and achieve high levels of fluency.

In years 1 and 2 you will explore the history and cultures of regions covered by your languages in the international context. You’ll study key areas such as modernity, industrialisation, imperialism and war, giving you a genuine international perspective. In the final year you will be able to take optional units in the culture or politics of your chosen countries, taught mostly in the target language. These units are research-led and have a contemporary focus.

When completing your UCAS application for this course you will need to indicate the two languages and the level in each language you wish to study. You should do this in under "further details" in the "choices" section of the application form, using our listed codes separated by a space.

You must choose at least one advanced language:

French (advanced): FA
German (advanced): GA
Spanish (advanced): SA

Your second language can be any other advanced language or any beginner language (except your chosen advanced language):

French (beginner): FB
German (beginner): GB
Italian (beginner): IB
Mandarin (beginner): MB
Russian (beginner): RB
Spanish (beginner): SB

For example, if you wish to study advanced Spanish and beginner French you should enter "FB SA" (or "SA FB") on your UCAS choice.

How to apply

Application deadlines

If your application is completed by the following date, it’s guaranteed to be considered:

15 January

*If you apply after this deadline, universities or colleges don’t have to consider your application if they’ve filled their spaces, so the sooner you apply, the better!

Application codes

You will need these codes when you add a choice to your application.

Course code R900
Institution code B16
Campus name Main Site
Campus code -

This course may be available at alternative locations, please check if other course options are available

Points of entry

The following entry points are available for this course:

  • Year 1

Entry requirements

Qualification requirements

Qualification Offer Further information
UCAS Tariff Not accepted
A level AAB AAB in three A level subjects.

For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language.

If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

A level Alternative offer
ABB
Most of our students will join us with three A levels, but you may have study beyond this (such as a project qualification or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers.

ABB in three A level subjects plus one of:

grade A in an EPQ
grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification
grade B in AS level Mathematics or Statistics
For an advanced language option, your A level subjects must normally include that language.

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer. If you are taking a GCE A level in a science subject, you will need to pass any separate science practical endorsement.

You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.
Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016) DDD DDD in the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (RQF) in a relevant subject area.

You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
Access to HE Diploma D: 33 credits
M: 6 credits
A pass in the Access to HE Diploma with at least 33 credits achieved at Distinction and 6 credits achieved at Merit or above.

You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

We are usually unable to consider you for two advanced languages if you are applying with an Access to HE Diploma.

Please contact us to discuss the content of the Access course you are studying to check that the units you are covering are suitable.
Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal D3, D3, M1 D3, D3, M1 in three principal subjects.

For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language.

Cambridge Pre-U Alternative offer
D3, M1, M1
Most of our students will join us with three principal subjects, but you may have study beyond this (such as a Global Perspectives course or additional study in maths) which demonstrates your individual talents that will help you with your degree. We recognise these studies through our alternative offers.

D3, M1, M1 in three principal subjects plus one of:

grade M1 in Cambridge Pre-U Global Perspectives
grade A in an EPQ
grade B in the Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
grade B in a Core Mathematics qualification
For an advanced language option, your principal subjects must normally include that language.

If you receive an offer for this course and are studying one of these qualifications you will be given both the typical and alternative offer.

You can find out more about our alternative offers, including a complete list of qualifications we consider on our dedicated page.
International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme 35 points 35 points overall and 6, 6, 5 in three Higher Level subjects.

For an advanced language option, your Higher Level subjects must normally include that language.If you apply with a Standard Level in a required language and are otherwise suitable you may be asked to undertake a language assessment. Our typical offer in this case would be 35 points overall with 6, 5, 5 in three Higher Level subjects plus 7 in Standard Level in your chosen language.
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma D*DD D*DD in the Cambridge Technical Level 3 Extended Diploma in a relevant subject area.

You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider.
Pearson BTEC Extended Diploma (QCF) D*DD D*DD in the BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma (QCF) in a relevant subject area.

You will need a separate qualification demonstrating you are using a language you have chosen to study at advanced level regularly and at a high level. This could be an A level or any suitable qualification or test at B2 level in the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages.

See the ‘Combinations of qualifications’ section for information about combinations of A level and BTEC qualifications that we can consider
Scottish Advanced Higher AB AB in two Advanced Highers.

For an advanced language option, your Advanced Highers must normally include that language.

We make offers based on Advanced Highers. You will typically be expected to have completed five Scottish Highers and your grades in these will be considered as part of your application. We prefer applicants who have achieved at least AAABB in their Highers.

Open University credits Typical offer
Pass units worth 120 credits including a minimum of a Pass 2 with 70% in a Level 2 unit.

Typically, we would be looking for you to have studied units worth at least 120 credits. You will need to have evidence of your ability to learn languages, which may be a GCSE in a language at grade A or 7, or an OU Level 1 beginners’ or intermediate unit in a language. For an advanced language, you will typically need 60 credits at Level 2 in that language.

This information is a guide and we consider students applying with Open University Credits on a case-by-case basis. We will consider your application carefully and take note of any previous qualifications or relevant work experience. We may be able to consider alternative units to those listed. Please contact us to discuss your profile.

Taking OU credits may be counted as degree-level study by the Student Loans Company and therefore may be counted as previous study and have an impact on your ability to access student loans/grants for the entirety of your chosen degree. We recommend that you discuss this in detail with the SLC before following this progression route to the University of Bath.

Additional entry requirements

Other

GCSE requirements
Any modern language GCSE grade A or 7 and GCSE English grade C or 4 (or equivalent from English language category C).


English language requirements

English language requirements Category C You will normally need one of the following: IELTS: 6.5 overall with no less than 6.0 in all components The Pearson Test of English Academic (PTE Academic): 62 with no less than 59 in any element Cambridge English: Proficiency (CPE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements Cambridge English: Advanced (CAE): 184 with no less than 175 in all elements TOEFL IBT: 90 overall with a minimum 21 in all 4 components If you studied for UK qualifications in English Language or English Literature, make sure you have the required grades for this course. If you studied for English language qualifications from another country, make sure you have the required grades for this course.


Fees and funding

Tuition fees

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Additional fee information

Tuition fees can be found on our web pages and are liable to increase annually. UK, EU and Islands fees are regulated by the UK government and are subject to parliamentary approval. For all other fees, you should budget for an increase of up to 5% for every further year of study. For information on tuition fees visit our web pages: http://www.bath.ac.uk/topics/tuition-fees/ For information about our scholarships and bursaries visit: http://www.bath.ac.uk/campaigns/bursaries-and-scholarships-for-undergraduate-students/

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