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Modern Languages and Linguistics (BA) (Full-Time, 2020 Entry)

Modern Languages and Linguistics (BA)

Modern Languages and Linguistics (BA)



  • UCAS Code
  • R9Q1
  • Qualification
  • BA
  • Duration
  • 4 years full-time
  • Entry Requirements
  • A level: AAB
  • IB: 36
  • (See full entry
  • requirements below)


Studying our Modern Languages and Linguistics (BA) degree allows you to acquire an in-depth knowledge in two languages and cultures while exploring the social contexts of language.


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.

Choose one language from: French, German, Italian and Spanish. 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.

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 modules 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 and analysing materials set for study, 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. 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 grade A in a language. You must be taking your first language choice (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish) at A-Level.

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.

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.

    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 One
Language 1 (French, German, Italian or Spanish)
Language 2 (Arabic†, Chinese**, French, German, Italian, Japanese†, Portuguese†, Russian† or Spanish)
Linguistics: Understanding Language

What is language? What is it made of? What rules do we follow when we put sounds together to create words and when we combine words to create sentences? How many languages are spoken in the world today, and in which ways are they similar or different? These are some of the questions that you will explore on this module. Using examples from different languages, you will analyse real-life language data in order to develop the practical skills required for linguistic analysis.

Language in Society

In this module, you will learn to unpack the ways in which language shapes and is shaped by society. You will analyse critically how language operates in different linguistic and cultural settings, using a range of theoretical concepts, empirical research and methodologies to understand, describe and interpret language use in society. This includes an investigative study of language use, during which you will also develop your communication and study skills.

Research, Academic and Professional Skills

Providing a foundation for modules ET214 and ET215, this module will help you develop the research, academic and professional skills needed to succeed at university and beyond. You will explore research, data-collection and analytical methodologies, using real-life examples of language, culture and communication. You will develop an analytical toolkit to serve you in multiple contexts, including your future career. You will also become familiar with research conventions, including ethical approval, literature review, communication and critical understanding of academic writing.

Intermediate Year^
Language 1
Language 2
Linguistics: Structure, Sound and Meaning

This module provides you with intensive instruction in six core domains of linguistics: phonetics, phonology, morphology, syntax, semantics and pragmatics. You will expand substantially on concepts that were introduced to you during Linguistics: Understanding Language. You will work from a wide range of language data to develop your knowledge of findings, theories, and methodologies from these domains. You will build core disciplinary knowledge that is essential to any field of linguistics inquiry, and establish a necessary foundation for advanced linguistic research.

Sociolinguistics

Why do we speak differently in different situations? Can you identify the features of a Geordie and a Scouse accent? Do men and women speak differently, and if so, why? These are questions you will explore as we examine the relationship between language use and social context. Building on module ET119 (Language in Society), you will develop a greater understanding of linguistic variation. With the opportunity to conduct your own research study, you can expect to complete your course armed with a set of theories, insights and skills to enable you to address such questions, and to explore your own questions about the role of language in society.


Intercultural Business Communication

OR

Qualitative Research Methods

The ability to conduct research is a great skill to have that is also highly sought after by employers. On this course, you will develop your understanding of qualitative research methods and data-collection techniques, and learn how to analyse qualitative data. By conducting your own project, you will hone the crucial skills and attributes needed to conduct research in the future, combining the qualities of resilience and intellectual curiosity with personal and project management skills and critical thinking.


Final Year
Language 1
Language 2
Communication Modes

In this module, you will learn how the sounds, gestures and facial expressions we make combine with linguistic choices to give meaning to our messages and influence our interpretation of the messages of others. You will develop a deeper awareness of the impact of different modes of communication and increase your understanding of the research and analysis that underpin our knowledge of human communication in all its complexity.

Examples of optional modules/options for current students

English Across Cultures; Professional Communication; Multilingualism and Culture; Quantitative Research Methods

You can read full module descriptions of Modern Languages modules and other Language modules on the Modern Languages website.


† 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

Find out more about our Careers & Skills Services here.

A level: AAB to include grade A in a language. You must be taking your first language choice (French/ German/ Italian/ Spanish) at A-Level.

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.

Additional requirements: You will also need to meet our English Language requirements.

UCAS code
R9Q1

Award
Bachelor of Arts (BA)

Duration
4 years full-time, including a year abroad

Start date
28 September 2020

Location of study
University of Warwick, Coventry

Tuition fees
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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