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Modern Languages



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

Studying Modern Languages will enable you to gain expertise in two languages and cultures, while also studying a third world language. Choose your two major languages from: French, German, Italian and Spanish.

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Studying Modern Languages will enable you to gain expertise in two languages and cultures, while also studying a third language. Choose your two major languages from: French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies. Your third language will be selected from: Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. 75% of your degree will be devoted to language learning and the remaining 25% of your time will be spent studying cultural modules focusing on one or more of your major languages. There is also the opportunity to take a ‘translation pathway’ by choosing selected translation modules. We offer a wide range of modules within the School of Modern Languages and Cultures and the full range is open to you on this course. You will have access to outstanding facilities and resources, including flexible collaborative and individual learning spaces, as well as a vast selection of print, digital and multimedia learning materials. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad consolidating and enhancing your learning.

In your first year you will take three language modules and one culture module. This can be either a European Culture module or a culture module from your first language (French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies) or a translation studies module. In each year of your degree you will take three core language modules. You’ll also select cultural modules in your first and/or second language. Culture is also taught through the language modules. Please note that your year abroad depends on your major languages. If you take a major language ab initio we recommend you spend at last six months in that country. Otherwise you may opt to spend a full year in one country, or split the year between two countries. We encourage students to spend vacation time in a country where their minor language is spoken.

We employ a variety of teaching styles, including: lectures; seminars and written and spoken language classes in small groups. You will spend the rest of your time studying independently, preparing for classes, reading the primary texts, writing essays and working on your language skills.

Class size

Seminars of around 15 students.

Contact hours

14 hours per week.

We will track your progress through a variety of methods, including language assignments, essays, presentations, portfolio submissions and examinations (written and oral). Throughout your course you will receive detailed, personalised feedback to help you to improve your skills. Intermediate year counts for 50% of your mark and your final year counts towards 50% of your overall mark.

Option to spend second or third year studying at a partner institution overseas, or working as a language assistant/other work placement in a country or countries where your language is spoken.

You will spend your year abroad doing one of three things:

1. Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school

2. Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country

3. On a work placement

The most popular option is to work as a language assistant teaching English since the posts are reasonably well-paid and they help you integrate into the community fairly quickly. Most students apply through the British Council's English Language Assistant scheme during the first term of their second year at Warwick.

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At what level can I learn each language?

  • Your first language must be post A Level French, German, Italian or Spanish.

    Your second language may be post A Level or beginner’s level French, German, Italian or Spanish.

    Your third language can be taken at any level (dependent on prior qualifications/experience) if it is French, German, Italian, or Spanish. If it is Mandarin Chinese it can be taken from beginner, intermediate or post A Level maximum (please note that applicants with Mandarin Chinese language ability above this level, including native speakers, would not be able to study this language). If it is Arabic, Portuguese, Japanese or Russian, it can usually only be taken at beginner’s level; if you have any prior learning of the language, please contact ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk before applying.

    A level: AAB to include A in a language.

    • IB: 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language.

      You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

      Contextual data and differential offers: Warwick may make differential offers to students in a number of circumstances. These include students participating in the Realising Opportunities programme, or who meet two of the contextual data criteria. Differential offers will be one or two grades below Warwick’s standard offer (to a minimum of BBB).

    • Access Courses: Access to HE Diploma (QAA-recognised) including appropriate subjects with distinction grades in level 3 units. Candidates must demonstrate required language skills.
    • 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 the IFP page.
    • We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
    • Further Information

    • Taking a gap year Applications for deferred entry welcomed.

      Interviews We do not typically interview applicants. Offers are made based on your UCAS form which includes predicted and actual grades, your personal statement and school reference.

      Open Days All students who have been offered a place are invited to visit. Find out more about our main University Open Days and other opportunities to visit us. We want to make our admissions process as straightforward as possible, so find out more about how to make an application, alongside the latest entry requirements.

Year 1
  • Language 1 (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
  • Language 2 (Your second language may be post A level French, German, Italian or Spanish, or you can take French, German, Italian or Spanish from beginner’s level)
  • Language 3 (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish)
  • A culture or translation module

Intermediate year
  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Language 3
  • A culture or translation module

Final year
  • Language 1
  • Language 2
  • Language 3
  • A culture or translation module

For further details about our modules please visit the Modern Languages website. Here you will also find degree course outlines.

Our Modern Languages graduates work for organisations including:

British Council, BBC, Foreign and Commonwealth Office, PWC, Ministry of Defence, TeachFirst, United Nations, Amnesty International.

Job titles:

Digital Media Consultant, Graduate Analyst, Big Data Columnist, Marketing Executive, Research Associate, Translation Coordinator, Teacher.

Entry Requirements

A level: AAB to include A in a language

IB: 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language


Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

4 years Full Time (including a year abroad)

Start date

24 September 2019

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry. Overseas study at a partner institution or language assistant/work placement in a country or countries where your chosen language is spoken.

Tuition fees
Find out more about fees and funding

Other course costs
Undergraduate students are expected to purchase their own copies of the primary texts for the course, though the department tries to make a considerable amount of material available as part of course-packs. It is estimated that students may spend up to £150 per year of study on books. Undergraduate students can obtain most required texts from the University Library. Photocopying/printing costs for essays might come to £25 per year. Study trips are offered to students on some modules; in many cases the costs are covered or subsidised. None are compulsory, but could amount to £30 per year.

This information is applicable for 2019 entry.

Given the interval between the publication of courses and enrolment, some of the information may change. It is important to check our website before you apply. Please read our terms and conditions to find out more.