Modern Languages - BA (Hons)

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With a BA in Modern Languages you develop advanced skills in one or more languages and learn about the societies they're rooted in. We make sure you start at a level that matches your ability in your chosen languages. This will help you make rapid progress and prepare you to live and work in an increasingly globalised world.

Overview

Why study Modern Languages at Kent

  • Choice: Follow a career-orientated route with the languages of your choice - French, German, Italian, and Spanish - or choose one language with Management in our BA Modern Languages and Management course
  • Get career-ready: The optional Year Abroad gives you practical skills and intercultural awareness that are highly sought after by employers
  • Mix language with culture: Develop your language skills alongside options including linguistics, history, politics, literature, philosophy, religion, visual culture and film
  • Expert teaching: Benefit from our Language Centre with modern language-learning facilities and expert native teachers, and leading researchers
  • Get involved: join our language societies, catch a foreign-language film in the on-campus cinema, or become a mentor in a local school
  • Be supported: receive individually focused support through your dedicated academic advisor.

What you'll study

You have the freedom to tailor your degree to areas that interest you, choosing from a range of language options. You can, for instance, take modules from other subject areas, such as linguistics, or explore European and Latin American history and culture.

You also have the opportunity to spend a year living and working abroad, building your fluency and developing essential skills to get you career-ready, if you choose Modern Languages with a Year Abroad. Or, you could study an extracurricular language over the course of three years, take an extra module in in a language at any stage or you can even take a full year in a language.

Modern Languages graduates are the most practical people. You’ve lived abroad; you’ve figured out how to get stuff done; you will find a way. And you’ll do it across language/communication barriers. In a company full of people, that’s hugely valuable.

Entry requirements

You are more than your grades

At Kent we look at your circumstances as a whole before deciding whether to make you an offer to study here. Find out more about how we offer flexibility and support before and during your degree.

Entry requirements

When applying you will need to indicate, under 'further details' in the 'choices' section of your application, the language or languages that you wish to study using the codes below. For further information on completing your UCAS form, please visit the UCAS website.

UCAS language codes

  • French - Fre
  • German - Ger
  • Italian - Ital
  • Spanish - Spa

It may be possible to study further languages to a lower level of proficiency than degree level in our Language Centre, subject to demand. This is arranged once you register as a student.  

You could choose to add a Year in a Language to your degree to create a four-year programme with a third language option. 

The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. Some typical requirements are listed below. Students offering alternative qualifications should contact us for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.

If you are an international student, visit our International Student website for further information about entry requirements for your country, including details of the International Foundation Programmes. Please note that international fee-paying students who require a Student visa cannot undertake a part-time programme due to visa restrictions.

Please note that meeting the typical offer/minimum requirement does not guarantee that you will receive an offer.

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    A level

    Studying one language:

    • BBB or equivalent at A level.

    Studying two languages:

    • BBB or equivalent at A level.
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    Applicants wishing to study two languages should have grade B or equivalent at GCSE, ideally in one of your target languages.

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    The University will not necessarily make conditional offers to all Access candidates but will continue to assess them on an individual basis. 

    If we make you an offer, you will need to obtain/pass the overall Access to Higher Education Diploma and may also be required to obtain a proportion of the total level 3 credits and/or credits in particular subjects at merit grade or above.

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    The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Diploma and Extended National Diploma Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR) on a case-by-case basis. Please contact us for further advice on your individual circumstances.

  • International Foundation Programme

    Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.

English Language Requirements

Please see our English language entry requirements web page.

Please note that if you do not meet our English language requirements, we offer a number of 'pre-sessional' courses in English for Academic Purposes. You attend these courses before starting your degree programme.

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Course structure

Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time

Modules

The following modules are indicative of those offered on this programme. This listing is based on the current curriculum and may change year to year in response to new curriculum developments and innovation.  

On most programmes, you study a combination of compulsory and optional modules. You may also be able to take ‘elective’ modules from other programmes so you can customise your programme and explore other subjects that interest you.

Stage 1

Stage 2

Year abroad

It is possible to study the BA in Modern Languages as a three year programme, or to take the four-year BA in Modern Languages with a Year Abroad.

Going abroad as part of your degree is an amazing experience and a chance to develop personally, academically and professionally.  You experience a different culture, gain a new academic perspective, establish international contacts and enhance your employability. 

The Year Abroad is assessed on a pass/fail basis and will not count towards your final degree classification. You spend the year working as an English language assistant or in approved employment, or studying at one of our partner universities

Stage 3

Fees

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only the 2021/2022 fees for this course were £9,250.

  • Home full-time TBC
  • EU full-time £13000
  • International full-time £17400
  • Home part-time TBC
  • EU part-time £6500
  • International part-time £8700

For details of when and how to pay fees and charges, please see our Student Finance Guide.

For students continuing on this programme, fees will increase year on year by no more than RPI + 3% in each academic year of study except where regulated.* 

Your fee status

The University will assess your fee status as part of the application process. If you are uncertain about your fee status you may wish to seek advice from UKCISA before applying.

Fees for Year in Industry

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Fees for Year Abroad

The 2022/23 annual tuition fees for UK undergraduate courses have not yet been set by the UK Government. As a guide only full-time tuition fees for Home and EU undergraduates for 2021/22 entry are £1,385.

Students studying abroad for less than one academic year will pay full fees according to their fee status. 

Additional costs

General additional costs

Find out more about accommodation and living costs, plus general additional costs that you may pay when studying at Kent.

Funding

University funding

Kent offers generous financial support schemes to assist eligible undergraduate students during their studies. See our funding page for more details. 

Government funding

You may be eligible for government finance to help pay for the costs of studying. See the Government's student finance website.

Scholarships

General scholarships

Scholarships are available for excellence in academic performance, sport and music and are awarded on merit. For further information on the range of awards available and to make an application see our scholarships website.

The Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence

At Kent we recognise, encourage and reward excellence. We have created the Kent Scholarship for Academic Excellence. 

The scholarship will be awarded to any applicant who achieves a minimum of A*AA over three A levels, or the equivalent qualifications (including BTEC and IB) as specified on our scholarships pages.

Teaching and assessment

Compulsory language modules typically involve three to four hours of classes per week, including one hour of small group work with a native speaker. We also make extensive use of computer-assisted language learning packages and audio and video materials. 

Culture and literature modules typically involve a weekly two-hour seminar plus essay supervision. We employ language lectors, who are all native speakers, to help students improve their fluency and make rapid progress.

At all stages, assessment is based 100% on coursework (essays, oral presentations) in the first half of the year, and a combination of coursework and examination in the second half of the year. Credits from your year abroad count towards your final degree.

Contact hours

For a student studying full time, each academic year of the programme will comprise 1200 learning hours which include both direct contact hours and private study hours.  The precise breakdown of hours will be subject dependent and will vary according to modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Methods of assessment will vary according to subject specialism and individual modules.  Please refer to the individual module details under Course Structure.

Programme aims

  • Provide a sound grounding in the target language(s) in all its aspects, through extensive reading in the target language(s) and through the use of the target language(s) as a spoken and written medium, including translation.
  • Prime students for the job market through training in intercultural communication, language mediation, cultural production, teaching, translation in the target language(s) and in the culture(s) of the target language(s)
  • Offer an integrated and multi-disciplinary curriculum related to the study of contemporary Europe and Latin America in the areas of language, culture, cultural production (e.g. literature, cinema, media, etc.), social and political history.
  • Develop a critical awareness of the cultures and societies of the countries/regions in which the target languages(s) are used from the 17th century to the 21st century.
  • Provide teaching which is informed by current research and scholarship and which requires students to engage with aspects of work at the frontiers of knowledge.
  • Contribute to widening participation in higher education by offering a wide variety of entry routes.
  • Meet the educational needs of a diversity of students.
  • Provide opportunities for the development of personal, communication, research, intercultural awareness, and other key skills appropriate for graduate employment both in industry and in the public sector.
  • Develop general critical, analytical, and problem-solving skills that can be applied in a wide range of situations.
  • Provide students with the opportunity to improve their language communication skills in educational, professional, and social contexts.
  • Enable students to acquire or increase first-hand knowledge of the cultures of the target languages.
  • Produce graduates of value to the region, nationally and internationally, in possession of key knowledge and skills.
  • Prepare students for employment or further study
  • Provide learning opportunities that are enjoyable experiences, involve realistic workloads, are based within a research-led framework, and offer appropriate support for students from a diverse range of backgrounds.
  • Provide high quality teaching in supportive environments with appropriately qualified and trained staff.

For students on BA (Hons) in Modern Languages with a Year Abroad the course additionally aims to: Provide students with the opportunity to spend half an academic year for each chosen language in the countries or regions in which the target languages are used. They may attend one of the partner universities, work as a language assistant in a school through the British Council, or arrange suitable employment (which must be verified by the University of Kent).

Learning outcomes

Knowledge and understanding

  • The target language(s)
  • Cultural products (e.g. literature, film, media) of the countries in which target language(s) are used 
  • Histories, societies, and politics of the countries in which target language(s) are used 
  • Critical theories of the countries in which target language(s) are used
  • Cultural theories of the countries in which target language(s) are used 

Intellectual skills

  • Apply the skills needed for academic study and enquiry 
  • Evaluate information critically 
  • Synthesise information from a number of sources in order to gain a coherent understanding of the subject 
  • Utilise communication skills (e.g. reading, writing, listening and speaking) for the coherent expression and transfer of knowledge 
  • Analyse, evaluate and interpret a variety of texts and other cultural products in a critical manner 

Subject-specific skills

  • Communicate effectively in the target language(s) for a range of purposes and audiences, deploying effectively the appropriate structures and registers of the target language(s) 
  • Develop language skills in reception (e.g. listening and reading); production (e.g. speaking and writing); mediation between two languages (e.g. translation and intercultural communication) 
  • Analyse critically a variety of texts be they journalistic, historical, visual or literary 
  • Gain intercultural awareness and competence, and an appreciation of cultural diversity 
  • Ability to mediate and to display qualities of empathy in an intercultural context 
  • Acquire intercultural awareness through everyday experience of and interaction with target language(s)-speaking communities.

Transferable skills

  • Communicate effectively with a wide range of individuals using a variety of means
  • Problem-solving: identifying problems; assessing the strengths and weaknesses of different solutions; defending the preferred solutions with cogent arguments 
  • Improving individual learning: identifying individual strengths and weaknesses; assessing the quality of one’s own work; managing one’s time and meeting deadlines; learning to work independently 
  • Working with others: participating in seminar discussions, responding to the views of others and to criticisms of one’s own views without giving or taking offence; engaging in independent group work, including the preparation of group presentations 
  • Using information technology, for example: word-processing essays; using on-line information sources; using e-mail and social networks for work; curating a blog; searching databases; recording video presentations.

Independent rankings

German at Kent scored 90% overall and Italian at Kent scored 89% overall in The Complete University Guide 2022.

95% of final-year German students who completed the National Student Survey 2021 were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course. 

91% of final-year French students who completed the National Student Survey 2021 were satisfied with the quality of teaching on their course. 

92% of final-year Hispanic Studies students who completed the National Student Survey 2021 were satisfied with the overall quality of their course. 

Careers

The ability to speak a language other than English is a key asset in the global employment market, and many employers view a graduate with an additional language as more employable.

Through your studies, you also acquire many of the transferable skills considered essential by graduate employers. These include the ability to work independently and as part of a team, the confidence to offer creative solutions when faced with challenges, and the ability to express your ideas with clarity and passion. 

Our graduates go into areas such as: international banking, diplomacy, publishing, journalism, interpreting and translating, European media, and language teaching. Some also go on to postgraduate study in fields as varied as international journalism, visual studies and translation.

Help finding a job

The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:

  • apply for jobs
  • write a good CV
  • perform well in interviews.

Work experience

We offer a number of modules with direct relevance to the world of work, including options that focus on teaching and on writing in the media.

Career-enhancing skills

Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:

  • think critically
  • communicate your ideas and opinions
  • work independently and as part of a team.

You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as volunteering.

Apply for this course

If you are from the UK or Ireland, you must apply for this course through UCAS. If you are not from the UK or Ireland, you can choose to apply through UCAS or directly on our website.

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