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Modern Languages and Linguistics



Full-time 2019 entry, AAB, IB 36

This joint honours degree is split 50:50 between Modern Languages and Linguistics. The degree will enable you to gain expertise in two languages while exploring the social contexts of language as well as how language is acquired.

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Choose one languages from: French, German, Italian and Hispanic Studies. Choose the second language from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.On the Modern Languages and Linguistics course you will study 50% Languages and 50% Linguistics. Depending on your interest, you may be able to transfer to BA Modern Languages with Linguistics, which would enable you to study either two language modules, one culture module and one linguistics module or three languages and one linguistics module.

In year one you will study one language (French, German, Italian or Spanish) and another from French, German, Italian, Spanish (any level) or Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese, or Russian (beginner’s or post-GCSE level). You will also take three core module from Linguistics, ‘Linguistics: Understanding Language’, ‘Language in Society’ and ‘Research, Academic and Professional Skills’.

In your intermediate year you will continue the study of your first and second language and take the following Linguistics modules: ‘Linguistics: Acquisition and Use’ and ‘Sociolinguistics’. You will also chose to study either ‘Intercultural Business Communication’ or ‘Qualitative Research Methods’.

You will spend your final year continuing to study your first and second language. From Linguistics you will study Communication Modes. You can also select one of the following Linguistics optional modules in your final year which include: English Across Cultures, Organisational Communication in International Business; Multilingualism and Culture or Quantitative Research Methods.

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 sizes

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

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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 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 grade 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, and grade A in A level Mathematics or equivalent.
      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 website.
        We welcome applications from students with other internationally recognised qualifications. For more information please visit the international entry requirements page.
        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.
        Year 1
        • Language 1 (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
        • Language 2 (Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish)
        • Linguistics: Understanding Language
        • Language in Society
        • Research, Academic and Professional Skills
        Intermediate year
        • Language 1
        • Language 2
        • Linguistics: Acquisition and Use
        • Sociolinguistics
        • Intercultural Business Communication or Qualitative Research Methods
        Final year
        • Language 1
        • Language 2
        • Communication Modes
        Selection of optional modules that current students are studying:
        Choose one of four:
        • English Across Cultures
        • Organisational Communication in International Business
        • Multilingualism and Culture
        • Quantitative Research Methods

        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 grade A in a language

        IB 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language

        UCAS Code

        Degree of Bachelor of Arts (BA)

        4 years full time, including a year abroad

        Start Date

        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.

        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.

        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.