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Develop advanced skills in one or more languages and learn about the societies they're rooted in. Begin at a level that matches your ability in your chosen languages, in order to make rapid progress and prepare you to live and work in a globalised world.
Guided by expert staff, you'll build advanced language skills. You'll study one or two languages of your choice - French, German, Italian or Spanish - working with staff who are native speakers. Find out more about our language options.
Tailor your degree to areas that interest you, with the option to spend a year living and working abroad, building your fluency and developing essential skills to get you career-ready. You can also take an extracurricular module in a language at any stage or you can take a full year in a language.
“I’ve loved all my modules. Sociolinguistics has been my favourite – we study the sociological aspects of the French language, such as regional variations and slang. I really enjoy the oral seminars too – I have a native French teacher, who is really enthusiastic, really fun!”
Gaby Emson, Modern Languages student
In your first year you will take introductory modules in one or two languages of your choice, corresponding to your level. You’ll study culture, heritage and business and might also explore European cinema, politics, and literature.
In your second and final years, you’ll study your chosen language/s at intermediate and advanced levels, and then delve into a range of modules from languages in the classroom to culture and heritage.
Optional choices cover a wide range of topics, from European business to history, travel writing to the analysis of European music. You can also choose to work on a project or dissertation on a topic of your choice, under the supervision of one of our academics, experts in their field.
The University will consider applications from students offering a wide range of qualifications. All applications are assessed on an individual basis but some of our typical requirements are listed below. Students offering qualifications not listed are welcome to contact our Admissions Team for further advice. Please also see our general entry requirements.
Studying one language:
Studying two languages:
Applicants wishing to study two languages should have grade B or equivalent at GCSE, ideally in one of your target languages. This is not required of applicants wishing to study one language only.
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 Access to Higher Education Diploma including 21 points at Distinction, 20 points at Merit and 4 points at Pass.
The University will consider applicants holding BTEC National Qualifications (QCF; NQF; OCR).
30 points overall or 15 points at HL.
Pass all components of the University of Kent International Foundation Programme with a 60% overall average.
The University will consider applicants holding T level qualifications in subjects closely aligned to the course.
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.
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.
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.
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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Duration: 3 years full-time, 6 years part-time
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.
If you are studying one language, you must choose modules with a total of 120 credits at each stage:
If you are studying two languages, you must choose modules with a total of 120 credits at each stage:
Free choice modules
Free choice modules
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.
Free choice modules
The 2023/24 annual tuition fees for this course are:
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.*
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.
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.
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.
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).
French scored 90% overall, German scored 91% overall, Iberian Languages scored 85% overall and Italian scored 91% overall in The Complete University Guide 2023.
French was ranked 4th, German was ranked 7th, Iberian languages was ranked 7th and Italian was ranked 3rd for student satisfaction in The Complete University Guide 2023.
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.
The University also has a friendly Careers and Employability Service which can give you advice on how to:
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.
Alongside specialist skills, you also develop the transferable skills graduate employers look for, including the ability to:
You can gain extra skills by signing up for one of our Kent Extra activities, such as volunteering.
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