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BSc Translation Studies and Modern Languages

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My placement with both HSBC and Air France in Paris gave me experience in an actual working environment and a great CV"

Naomi Mukengeshayi
BSc Translation Studues & French

Entry requirements

ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted. *Variable offers available. BTEC also accepted, see below for details.



Our Translation Studies programme combines the study of French, Spanish and German with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. 

Employed Aston modern languages graduates earn £3,900 (21%) more than the UK average one year after graduating, according to the government's Longitudinal Education Outcomes survey (LEO).

Read about recent Languages and Social Sciences placement experiences.

 

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French, German and Spanish are all rated Top 10 in the UK for Student Satisfaction (Complete University Guide, 2019)
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French, German and Spanish are ranked top 10 for Teaching Quality in the Times/Sunday Times Good University Guide
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Translation graduates can also receive certification from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.
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Aston is one of only a few UK universities genuinely specialising in translation and interpreting, including an introduction to CAT tools.

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R400 

Typical Offers
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk. 

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Our Translation Studies programmes combine the study of French and/or German and/or Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. The programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career either in translation or in allied professions. By the end of the programme your language skills will have reached near-native proficiency and you will also have developed competence in translation and intercultural communication. The programmes focus on French, German and/or Spanish language, culture and society. They also develop insights into the wider socio-cultural context of translation.

Each of our Translation Studies programmes follows a clear progression, building upon your initial level and developing your full potential over the course of your studies. In each year of study, core modules in language and society are complemented by modules that focus on translation-relevant topics. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement (including work in a translation company), at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. In the Final Year, you will have the opportunity to practice your translation and interpreting skills and develop specialised translation competence in a subject area of your own choice. You will graduate as a confident speaker of French, German and/or Spanish with excellent intercultural and translation competence.

Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.

Click on the tabs below to see the sample modules for each combination.

Year 1

Core modules: 
French Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice 

Optional modules: 
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
International Business Environment (France)
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish.

Year 2

Core modules: 
French Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Translation across Languages and Culture

Optional modules: 
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
International Business Environment (France)
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad 


Final Year

Core modules: 
French Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - French
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories
Research Dissertation 

Optional modules: 
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
Representations of Minorities
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish

Year 1

Core modules:

German Language Skills I     LG1001 
Introduction to the German-speaking countries     LG1038 
Postwar Germany     LG1039 
German Language Past and Present     LG1011 
German Current Affairs     LG1023 
Introduction to Language and Communication     LI1003
Introduction to Translation     LI1004
Translation Workshop     LI006 


Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below: 

Introduction to Film Studies     LU1002 
University Wide Language Programme

 

Year 2

Core modules:

German Language Skills II     LG2002 
The Legacy of National Socialism     LG2025 
German Politics and Society     LG2026  
Austrian Cultural History     LG2014 
Metropolis Berlin     LG2018 
Translation & Technology     LI2009 
European Translation Traditions     LI2001
Communication across Cultures     LI2008 


Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below: 
Migrant and Transnational Cinema    LU2001 
University Wide Language Programme 


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

Final Year

Core modules:

Contemporary Translation Theories     LI3206 
Advanced Translation German     LI3205 
Specialised (LSP) Translation     LI3005 
Interpreting (German)     LI3001 
German Language Skills III     LG3003 
German Research Dissertation     LG3204 



Choose 20 credits from the optional modules below:

Global Germany     LG3017 
German Identity Since Reunification     LG3016
East Germany on Film     LG3015 
German-Jewish Biographies     LG3013 
Representations of Minorities    LU3001 
University Wide Language Programme 

Year 1

Core modules: 
Spanish Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice 

Optional modules: 
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Spanish-Speaking Countries
International Business Environment (Spain)
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Portuguese or Spanish.


Year 2

Core modules:
Spanish Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Translation across Languages and Culture

Optional modules: 
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
International Business Environment (Latin America)
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.


Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad 


Final Year

Core modules: 
Spanish Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - Spanish
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories
Research Dissertation 

Optional modules: 
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
Political Landscapes in Spain and  Latin America
International Business Environment (Spain)
Representations of Minorities
Optional: Choose 20 credits from the Languages For All (LFA) modules in Arabic, Chinese, French, German, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish

You may choose to take Translation Studies with a combination of modern languages. We offer the following routes:

  • French & German
  • French & Spanish
  • German & Spanish


Year 1

Language Skills I in your first Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 
Language Skills I in your second Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 

France since the Revolution     LF1025  

Introduction to the German-speaking countries     LG1038 
Postwar Germany     LG1039

Introduction to Spain     LS1015

Introduction to Language and Communication     LI1003
Introduction to Translation     LI1004
Translation Workshop     LI006 

 

Year 2

Language Skills II in your first Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 
Language Skills II in your second Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 

French Society: Conflict and Consensus     LF2009
France in the Fifth republic     LF2050

The Legacy of National Socialism     LG2025 
German Politics and Society     LG2026  

Spanish Language Skills II     LS2001  
Contemporary Spain     LS2016 
Contemporary Latin America     LS2017

Translation & Technology     LI2009 
European Translation Traditions     LI2001
Communication across Cultures     LI2008 

 

Year 3 - Year Abroad

Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad

 

Final Year

Language Skills III in your first Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 
Language Skills III in your second Modern Language (French/German/Spanish) 

Specialised (LSP) Translation     LI3005 
Contemporary Translation Theories     LI3206 

Interpreting (French/Spanish/German)
Advanced Translation (French/Spanish/German)
Dissertation

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in Spanish, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Campus accommodation guaranteed for first year and final year students returning from year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a Spanish speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities - you might even choose to combine two of these options. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the Year Abroad.

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Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777
Email:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk



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Dr Raquel Medina - Course Director

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