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Why study BA Linguistics with a Modern Language?

You have a variety of programme options:

You will study across the Centre for Applied Linguistics and the School of Modern Languages. You will gain expertise in the study of linguistics alongside a very strong language foundation. This degree gives strong emphasis to interdisciplinarity, and will enable you to further deepen your experience through a year of study abroad and/or work placement abroad. You can choose from a wide range of languages including: French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or Japanese.

In both departments you will study with staff who are internationally renowned for their research and teaching, and who are regularly invited to speak at prestigious conferences and training workshops around the world. We have high levels of student satisfaction, scoring 93% in the most recent National Student Survey.

What will I learn?

This course will appeal to you if you are interested in the areas of language learning, sociolinguistics, and intercultural communication, coupled with language skills, and a fascination with the culture, history and society of nations that speak modern languages.

In this degree you spend 75% of your time on Linguistics and 25% of your time on either French, Spanish, German, Italian, Chinese, Arabic, Russian, Portuguese or Japanese.

Linguistics is the study of how language works. In the first year you will learn how language is structured (syntax), how we use it to construct meaning (semantics), how context contributes to meaning (pragmatics) and the part that sounds and sound patterns play (phonetics and phonology). You’ll have the chance to explore examples from different cultural, historical and linguistic contexts and to develop practical analytical skills.

In the first year you will also study a module on Language in Society. This will give you an insight into the relationship between language, culture and identity and you will study issues related to language and media, politics and education.

In your second year you will focus on developing further your skills and knowledge about language and the tools which enable you to collect data about language use. You will also develop further your knowledge of the social contexts of language, on how we acquire language and you will learn about cultural differences and intercultural communication in international professional contexts.

In the final year you can develop a research project and /or have the opportunity to study option modules that match your own interests.

How will I learn?

You will typically study four to six modules per year and you will have at least 3 hours’ contact time per week for each module. This will take the form of lectures, seminars of about 15 students in which you will discuss the lecture topic with the module tutor, and both written and spoken language classes. You will spend independent study time preparing for classes, reading primary texts and writing essays. Additional online materials are available and there will be various events and activities to further enhance your learning. Your own personal tutor will provide additional learning and pastoral support throughout your degree.

How will I be assessed?

Assessment will take the form of both coursework and examination. Coursework will include essays, reports, data analysis, oral presentations, mini-projects and a final-year dissertation based on your own research.

What opportunities are there to study abroad?

If you wish to spend a year abroad (which we thoroughly recommend), this will take place in your third year, meaning that you will complete your degree in four years instead of three. All students have the opportunity to apply for an intercalated year abroad at one of our partner universities.

The Study Abroad Team based in the International Office offers support for these activities, and the Department’s dedicated Study Abroad Co-ordinator can provide more specific information and assistance. If you prefer to organise a work placement for yourself, we will support you in this as much as we can.

Entry Requirements

  • A level: AAB
  • International Baccalaureate: 36 points

We welcome applicants with non-standard qualifications or relevant experience, and applicants with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.

Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must meet essential subject requirements.

Warwick International Foundation Programme (IFP): All students who successfully complete the Warwick IFP and apply to Warwick through UCAS will receive a guaranteed conditional offer for a related undergraduate programme (selected courses only). For full details of standard offers and conditions visit

General Studies/Critical Thinking: Offers normally exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.

UCAS Codes:

  • Q1R1 – BA in Linguistics with French
  • Q1R2 – BA in Linguistics with German
  • Q1R3 – BA in Linguistics with Italian
  • Q1R4 – BA in Linguistics with Spanish
  • Q1R5 – BA in Linguistics with Portuguese
  • Q1R7 – BA in Linguistics with Russian
  • Q1T1 – BA in Linguistics with Chinese
  • Q1T2 – BA in Linguistics with Japanese
  • Q1T6 – BA in Linguistics with Arabic
  • Q2R1 – BA in Linguistics with French (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2R2 – BA in Linguistics with German (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2R3 – BA in Linguistics with Italian (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2R4 – BA in Linguistics with Spanish (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2R5 – BA in Linguistics with Portuguese (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2R7 – BA in Linguistics with Russian (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2T1 – BA in Linguistics with Chinese (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2T2 – BA in Linguistics with Japanese (with Year Abroad)
  • Q2T6 – BA in Linguistics with Arabic (with Year Abroad)

Essential Subjects

Although A-levels (or equivalent) in your chosen language are not a requirement, some evidence of language learning ability (e.g. GSCE) is desirable.

Further Information

Taking a gap year: Applications for deferred entry are welcomed.

Interviews: We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your predicted and actual grades, along with your personal statement. Occasionally, some applicants may be interviewed, for example candidates returning to study or those with non-standard qualifications.

Open Days: All applicants who have been made an offer will be invited to an Open Day in June.

What careers can a Warwick degree in Linguistics with a Language lead to?

The breadth of subject areas covered opens doors to a plethora of exciting career options including international business, management and consulting, public relations and human resources, diplomatic service, non-governmental
organisations (NGOs) and aid agencies, education – teaching and research, healthcare and medical companies, manufacturing industries, public sector organisations and university international offices.

Related Degrees

Modern Languages Degrees

  • BA French Studies and Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA French Studies with Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA German Studies and Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA German Studies with Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Italian Studies and Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Italian Studies with Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Hispanic Studies and Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Hispanic Studies with Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Modern Languages and Linguistics (4-year)
  • BA Modern Languages with Linguistics (4-year

What modules can I study as a Linguistics with Language student?

In Year One modules will include Culture, Cognition and Society, Linguistics: Understanding Language, Language in Society, Research, Academic and Professional Skills and your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Year Two offers modules such as Culture and Interpersonal Relations, Linguistics, Sociolinguistics, Qualitative Research, Quantitative Research, Intercultural Business Communication, and your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

In Years Three/Four you will take the Dissertation module. You can also choose from a range of option modules alongside your chosen language in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures.