Modern Languages and Economics (BA)
On our Modern Languages and Economics (BA) degree you will split your time equally between Modern Languages and Economics. Studying Modern Languages will equip you with excellent communication, research, critical and evaluative skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers.
On this degree you’ll split your time equally between Modern Languages and Economics. Studying Modern Languages will enable you to gain expertise in two languages. Choose one language from: French, German, Italian and Spanish. Choose the second language from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish. As well as studying the foundations of economics, you’ll develop your linguistic and intercultural skills. You’ll spend your second or third year abroad, consolidating and enhancing your learning.
Enabling you to follow your passion in the Arts, we are awarding Scholarships of £1,000 to home/UK students who achieve AAA or above, or equivalent qualifications if you start your course in 2020 and you have applied through UCAS, adjustment or clearing.
This joint degree enables you to acquire an in-depth knowledge of two languages while developing your ability as an analyst of international economic phenomena. 50% of your degree will be in Economics where you will study the choices of consumers, corporations, governments, networks and nations, developing a deep knowledge of global and local economic trends, institutions and policies. The other 50% of your degree will be in the School of Modern Languages. Each language represents 25% of the degree. Your first language must be post A level (or equivalent) in French, German, Italian or Spanish. Your second language is selected from Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian or Spanish.
You can spend your year abroad either in one country for the whole year, or you can split your time between your two languages.
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 and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.
Seminars of around 15 students.
17 hours per week.
We will track your progress through 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. The final degree classification is determined by your intermediate- and final-year marks; each of these years contributes 50%.
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:
- Working as a language assistant teaching English in a primary or secondary school
- Studying full-time at a partner university in your chosen country
- On a work placement
At what level can I learn each language?
Your first language must be post A Level French, German, Italian or Spanish.
Your second language: if it is French, German, Italian, or Spanish it can be taken at any level (dependent on prior qualifications/experience).
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. You must possess an A level in your first language choice (French/German/Italian/Spanish) and GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or equivalent.
IB: 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language. You must be taking your first language choice (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish at Higher Level and either GCSE Mathematics grade A/grade 7 or 5 in Higher Level/6 in Standard Level Maths.
Additional requirements: 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).
- 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.
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.
Language 1 (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
Language 2 (Arabic†, Chinese**, French, German, Italian, Japanese†, Portuguese†, Russian† or Spanish)
A culture or translation module
You'll develop an understanding of fundamental and intermediate concepts in micro- and macroeconomic analysis, equipping you with a range of appropriate analytical skills, including descriptive, graphical and mathematical methods. This will develop your ability to analyse economic trends, institutions and politics and the capacity to apply analytical techniques to real-world problems.
This module combines three modules together; Mathematical Techniques, Statistical Techniques and Computer and Data Analysis. You will cover topics ranging from algebra and calculus to distributions and hypothesis testing. By the end, you will have acquired the skills to understand economic data and have the ability to use a statistical package to analyse data.
You'll develop deeper understanding of economic concepts and be introduced to new concepts in both micro- and macroeconomic analysis. These include material drawn from general equilibrium, welfare economics, game theory, rational expectations and time consistency. It will introduce you to the analysis of public policy issues such as market failure and counter-inflation policy, and give you a range of tools to analyse economic problems. Your analysis will be underpinned by a rigorous theoretical understanding acquired on the course.
You'll be equipped with important skills of both academic and vocational value, being an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and also useful for your future career. This includes an awareness of the empirical approach to economics; experience in analysis and use of empirical data; understanding the nature of uncertainty and methods of dealing with it; and using econometric software packages as tools of quantitative and statistical analysis. With the required necessary skills and knowledge to critically appraise work in applied economics, you'll have a good grasp of the dangers, pitfalls and problems encountered in applied modelling.
You'll learn important skills of both academic and vocational value, an essential part of the intellectual training of an economist and social scientist and also useful for your future career. These skills include awareness of the empirical approach to economics and social science; reviewing and extending fundamental statistical concepts; methods of data collection and analysis; regression analysis, its extensions and applications; use of spreadsheets and statistical packages such as SPSS or STATA.
Research in Applied Economics
You will have the opportunity to deepen and consolidate your knowledge by applying your understanding of economic theory to a research question that arouses your curiosity. You will use a combination of economic analysis and statistical and econometric techniques to formulate and pursue your research interest, supported by lectures on research methodology and supervision by a member of academic staff, who will support your research towards an independent project. The work will increase your confidence in formulating economic questions, and the scientific method of developing a suitable approach, conducting a literature review and data searches, identifying and testing hypotheses and using your findings to construct coherent, persuasive scholarly arguments, presented in both written and oral form.
† Arabic/Portuguese/Russian/Japanese: These languages can usually only be taken at beginner's or post-GCSE (or equivalent) level maximum. The course aims to bring you to B2 standard (CEFR) in this language (this approximates to A Level) or beyond by the end of the degree. If you have any prior learning of the language please contact ugadmissions at warwick dot ac dot uk before applying.
**Chinese: This language can be taken at beginner's, post-GCSE or post-A Level (or equivalent) level maximum. This course would not be suitable for applicants with language ability above this level, including native speakers.
^Year Two or Three depending on when the year abroad is taken.
Graduates from these courses have gone on to work for employers including: Amazon, British Airways, Civil Service, Grayce Consulting, HM Revenue and Customs, HSBC, Ipsos Mori, Lidl, NBC Universal, Save the Children International and The Department for International Trade.
They have pursued careers such as: business and financial project management professionals; chartered and certified accountants; financial accounts managers; human resources and industrial relations officers; management consultants and business analysts; public services associate professionals, teachers and other educational professionals.
Helping you find the right career
Our department has a dedicated professionally qualified Senior Careers Consultant who works within Student Careers and Skills to help you as an individual. Additionally your Senior Careers Consultant offers impartial advice and guidance together with workshops and events, tailored to our department, throughout the year. Previous examples of workshops and events include:
- What are you doing after Warwick? Career planning for final year language students
- Careers in the Public Sector
- Warwick careers fairs throughout the year
- Completing effective CVs and Application Forms for students from the School of Modern Languages
- Reflecting on Your Year Abroad
- Languages Alumni Evening
Bachelor of Arts (BA)
4 years full-time, including a year abroad
28 September 2020
Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry
Find out more about fees and funding
Additional course costs
There may be costs associated with other items or services such as academic texts, course notes, and trips associated with your course. Students who choose to complete a work placement will pay reduced tuition fees for their third year.
This information is applicable for 2020 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.
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