Modern Languages



All of our modules are designed to give you key transferable skills. You will not only improve your grasp of another language and culture, but also learn how to evaluate ideas critically, how to think through problems analytically and how to communicate complex material clearly. We offer opportunities to discuss and defend your argument, to give oral presentations and to work both individually and as part of a group, all of which will equip you with useful skills for your future career.

SECL runs a year abroad programme for all students wishing to study abroad, as well as those students who wish to work abroad, often teaching English in a classroom of a country speaking your chosen language.

All our students have the opportunity to spend a year abroad in a job placement gaining valuable work experience. During their year abroad, Language students often work as English language assistants in schools. This is great practice for those with a teaching or academic career in mind, and offers enhanced communication, confidence and initiative skills that will be of interest to all future employers.

There are numerous employment prospects open to languages graduates, and popular choices include teaching either German, or teaching English as a Foreign Language, translation and interpreting, working in international organisations and going into the Armed Forces. Further study options often include a PGCE, TEFL, a PhD or Masters in various aspects of German or Austrian language and culture, or another subject altogether.

Alumni profiles

Callum Marius

English Langauge & Linguistics and French BA Hons - Graduated 2017

Chargé de la Communication Client (Customer Communication Controller) at Eurostar

How did your degree course lay the foundations for your chosen career path?

During my year abroad I lived on the Eurostar! Once a month I would take the train from St Albans (my home city) to Le Havre (where I was an English teacher for a year) and back. The colleagues, the multilingual environment and the ever-growing train geek meant that I jumped at a job-offer I got at Eurostar in Ashford during my final year. My interview was about 5 hours long, and was half in French, which I wouldn’t have been prepared for without my year abroad. On the very last week of lessons at university, I was promoted to my current role of ‘Chargé de la Communication Client’ (Customer Communication Controller) at the Eurostar Control Room in Lille, France.


Louise Wiseman

French and Italian BA - Graduated 2013

English Language Assistant at Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne

What have you been doing since you graduated?

I am just finishing working as an English language assistant at the Université de Reims Champagne Ardenne in France. Once I finish I will be moving back to England where I will be doing work experience as an editorial assistant at Hodder and Stoughton (a publishing company) before moving to Montreal in August as I have a working holiday visa and hope to find a job there to continue using my French.



Joanne Howells

French and Spanish BA - Graduated 2010

Senior Project Manager at a translation company based in Buckinghamshire

How did you get into your career?

I did an internship at an international dubbing and subtitling company in London straight after graduating. I soon realised that translation project management was an industry I was interested in and now work as a Senior Project Manager at a translation company based in Buckinghamshire. I have been there for just over 3 years! Although I do not translate myself, I liaise with clients and translators which allows ample opportunity to use my languages. In fact, I liaise in French on a daily basis with our Paris sales office. All project managers are required to have an undergraduate or masters degree in languages/linguistics/translation and speak one or two foreign languages in addition to their mother tongue.


Tom Millinchip

Tom Millinchip

Tom Millinchip - French BA

French BA - Graduated 2008


After leaving UKC in 2008 I spent 2 years working for Majestic wine in the North West. I then came back to Canterbury and completed a PGCE at Canterbury Christchurch University.

I then took a job as a Year 3 teacher in The Study School near Kingston upon Thames.

I have recently got married and we are about to move to Prague in order to teach at The Prague British School.





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