Modern Languages (BA)
Studying Modern Languages (BA) will enable you to specialise in two languages and cultures, while also studying a third language. We aim to equip you with excellent communication, research, critical and evaluative skills, all of which are highly sought after by employers.
The BA in Modern Languages at Warwick is a degree that enables you to study a combination of three languages. You'll choose two major languages from: French, German, Italian and Spanish. 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.
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.
In your first year you will take three language modules and one module focusing on the cultural contexts of one or more of the languages you are studying. Your cultural module can be a European culture module; a culture module associated with your first language (French, German, Italian or Hispanic Studies); or a translation studies 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 and analysing materials set for study, writing essays and working on your language skills.
Seminars of around 15 students.
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. 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
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.
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: 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: BBC to include grade B in either your first or your second language choice. You must be taking your first choice language (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish) to A level.
IB: 36 to include 6 in a Higher Level language. You must be taking your first choice language (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish) at Higher Level.
BTEC: Applicants studying a BTEC qualification alongside an A level in their first language choice (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish) will be considered
Our standard GCSE requirements
All applicants must possess a minimum level of competence in the English Language and in Mathematics/Science. A pass at Grade C or above, or Grade 4 or above in GCSE English Language and in Mathematics or a Science, or an equivalent qualification, satisfies this University requirement.
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 (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)
† 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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