Modern Languages BSc

Study the Modern Languages BSc joint honours degree courses at Aston University and turn your talent into serious future employment prospects. Combine either French, German or Spanish, and develop your linguistic skills to near-native fluency.


Location: Aston University, Birmingham

Course type

Full-time

Course format

Placement year (UK/abroad)

Duration

4 years with integrated placement year / 3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for non-UK/EU students)

UCAS code(s)

RR1K - French and Spanish

RR2K - German and Spanish

RR12 - French and German

Start date

Overview
Explore Modern Languages at Aston University
Emily Downes French and Spanish

“I spent my year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in Condom, France where I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French. I spent the second half of the year in Peru, which was overall the best experience of my life, especially having the opportunity to live with a family and learn first-hand about the culture.”

Emily Downes

BSc French and Spanish

Emily Downes French and Spanish

“I spent my year abroad working as an English Language Assistant in Condom, France where I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French. I spent the second half of the year in Peru, which was overall the best experience of my life, especially having the opportunity to live with a family and learn first-hand about the culture.”

Emily Downes

BSc French and Spanish

Course outline and modules

What you'll learn

Our modern languages courses have a practical focus, with an emphasis on language as a means of communication and mutual understanding. These courses are also designed to develop your understanding of French, German and Spanish culture and society – their traditions, complexities and underlying ideas – and to develop your critical, analytical and collaborative skills

Language classes are supplemented by a series of thematic modules, also taught in the target languages. These focus on contemporary French, German and Spanish society, and particularly politics, history, sociolinguistics, media, film and literature. You will be taught by research experts with international reputations in their fields, all in a lively, friendly, experienced and enthusiastic department.

In the third year of your course, you’ll spend a year in a French/German/Spanish-speaking country - further increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree.

International students

Aston University is a diverse, close community and welcomes international students. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career. One of the great things about Aston is our focus on employability and our close links with businesses, industries and professions make this possible.

Choosing to start your Aston journey with our International Foundation Programme in Social Science will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course. During your foundation year, you’ll have excellent support from academics and group projects will give you the chance to meet new people, make new friends and build a network of peers who will share your university journey. We also have a Learning Development Centre that can provide additional support and offer pre-sessional English language programmes.

Post-study work visa

Aston University welcomed the creation of a new immigration route that will enable international students to remain in the UK for two years after they have completed their studies to find work. The new post-study work visa will apply to international students starting undergraduate and postgraduate courses from 2020 at universities with a track record of compliance with immigration policy. More information is available on post-work visas.

Modules

BSc French and Spanish (Beginners and A Level) UCAS code: RR1K
Year 1

Core modules:

  • Spanish Language Skills l
  • French Language Skills l

 

Optional modules:

  • Introduction to Spain and Latin America
  • International Business Environment (Spain)
  • Introduction to the French-Speaking Countries
  • International Business Environment (France)
Year 2

Core modules:

  • Spanish Language Skills ll
  • French Language Skills ll

 

Optional modules:

  • Politics and Society: Spain and Latin America
  • Culture and Conflict: Spain and Latin America
  • International Business Environment (Latin America)
  • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
  • Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
  • Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
  • International Business Environment (France)
Year 3

You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Spanish/French-speaking country.

It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

Final Year

Core modules:

  • Dissertation
  • Spanish Language Skills lll
  • French Language Skills lll

 

Optional modules:

  • Cultural Studies in the Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
  • International Business Environment (Spain)
  • La France d'Outre Mer
  • Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
  • Contemporary French
  • Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
  • French Research Dissertation
  • Representations of Minorities
    BSc German and Spanish (Beginners and A Level) UCAS code: RR2K
    Year 1

    Core modules:

    • Spanish Language Skills l
    • German Language Skills l
    • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries
    • International Business Environment (German)

     

    Optional modules:

    • Introduction to Spain and Latin America
    • International Business Environment (Spain)
    Year 2

    Core modules:

    • Spanish Language Skills ll
    • German Language Skills ll
    • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
    • International Business Environment (German)

     

    Optional modules:

    • Politics and Society: Spain and Latin America
    • Culture and Conflict: Spain and Latin America
    • International Business Environment (Latin America)
    • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
    Year 3

    You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a Spanish/German-speaking country.

    It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out about the Aston placement year.

    Final Year

    Core modules:

    • Dissertation
    • Spanish Language Skills lll
    • German Language Skills lll

     

    Optional modules:

    • Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking Countries
    • National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
    • International Business Environment (Spain)
    • Cultural Identities in the German-Speaking Countries
    • Global Germany
    • International Business Environment (German)
      BSc French and German (Beginners and A Level) UCAS code: RR12
      Year 1

      Core modules:

      • French Language Skills l
      • German Language Skills l
      • Introduction to the German-Speaking Countries
      • International Business Environment (German)

       

      Optional modules:

      • Introduction to the French-Speaking Countries
      • International Business Environment (France)
      Year 2

      Core modules:

      • French Language Skills ll
      • German Language Skills ll
      • Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
      • International Business Environment (German)

       

      Optional modules:

      • Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
      • Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
      • International Business Environment (France)
      • Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL)
      Year 3

      You will spend your third year in an integrated professional placement and/or an international study abroad opportunity at one of our partner institutions within a German/French-speaking country.

      It is also possible to divide your year abroad between work and study if you prefer. Find out more about the Aston placement year.

      Final Year

      Core modules:

      • Dissertation
      • French Language Skills lll
      • German Language Skills lll

       

      Optional modules:

      • La France d'Outre Mer
      • Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
      • Contemporary French
      • Technology in France: Inventing Progress and Disaster
      • Representations of Minorities
      • Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
      • Global Germany
      • International Business Environment (German)

        Entry requirements

        4 years with integrated placement or 3 years without integrated placement year (option only available for non-UK/EU students). UCAS codes:

        RR1K (French and Spanish)

        Typical offers:

        A Level

        BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including French and/or Spanish Grade B.

        Beginners/Ab Initio routes available - see below. General Studies accepted.


        BBC in 3 A Level subjects

        BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

        CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme*

        Applicants for beginners Spanish or French are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate clear commitment to studying languages via their personal statement.

        Applicants with GCSE French or Spanish are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

        BTEC

        BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ French or Spanish at A level depending on what Language is to be studied).

        BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level (in French or Spanish).

        BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in French and Spanish or equivalent.

        Mix of Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

        IB

        29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects

        Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and Spanish. French or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

        Access to HE & other

        Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A Level grade B in French and Spanish or equivalent. French or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

        GCSE

        GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

         

        RR2K (German and Spanish)

        Typical offers:

        A Level

        BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including German and/or Spanish Grade B.

        Beginners/Ab Initio routes available - see below. General Studies accepted.


        BBC in 3 A Level subjects

        BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

        CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme*

        Applicants for beginners German or Spanish are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via their personal statement.

        Applicants with GCSE German or Spanish are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

        BTEC

        BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ German or Spanish at A level depending on what Language is to be studied).

        BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level (in German or Spanish).

        BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in German and Spanish or equivalent.

        Mix of Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

        IB

        29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects

        Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required and 6 in Higher Level German and Spanish. German or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

        Access to HE & other

        Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A Level grade B in German and Spanish or equivalent. German or Spanish can also be taken as a beginners course.

        GCSE

        GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

         

        RR12 (French and German)

        Typical offers:

        A Level

        BBC-CCC from 3 A Levels including French and/or German Grade B.

        Beginners/Ab Initio routes available - see below. General Studies accepted.


        BBC in 3 A Level subjects

        BCC with B in Extended Project Qualification (EPQ) or Core Maths

        CCC in 3 A level subjects for our contextual offer scheme*

        Applicants for beginners French or German are not required to have any previous experience of language learning but we would anticipate that applicants receiving an offer would demonstrate a clear commitment to studying languages via their personal statement.

        Applicants with GCSE French or German are welcome to apply for the ab initio programmes. Applicants with AS would normally be interviewed and may receive an offer for the ab initio programme or for the post A-Level programme depending on the level of language demonstrated at interview.

        BTEC

        BTEC Extended Diploma – DDM (+ French or German at A level depending on what Language is to be studied).

        BTEC Diploma (QCF/National) with A-Levels - Distinction, Merit (DM) and Grade B at A-Level (in French or German).

        BTEC Subsidiary Diploma (QCF) or Extended Certificate (national) with A-Levels – Distinction (D) and grades BC at A-Level grade B in French and German or equivalent.

        Mix of Diploma/Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

        IB

        29 points overall with grades 5,5,4 in 3 higher level subjects

        Standard level Maths and English grade 5 required and 6 in Higher Level French and German. French or German can also be taken as a beginners course.

        Access to HE & other

        Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module. Humanities, Social Sciences or Business Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis. A Level grade B in French and German or equivalent. French or German can also be taken as a beginners course.

        GCSE

        GCSE English Language and Maths grade C/4.

        View our Admissions Policy

        *See details of our Aston Ready contextual offer scheme.

        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.

        Entry onto our Foundation Programme in Social Sciences may be offered as an alternative to the degree course if lower entry grades are achieved.

        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.

        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 by emailing undergraduate admissions.

        Application for second year entry will be considered by the programme director if there is space on that year of the programme. Typically, successful applicants for second year entry will:

        • Have A Level (or equivalent) qualifications similar to those required for first year entry.
        • Have gained (or be expected to gain) 120 credits on an equivalent programme at another recognised university.
        • Obtained (or be expected to obtain) an overall average of 60% or above on an equivalent programme at another recognised university.
        • Have not previously attempted the second year of a programme elsewhere.
        • Individual programmes may have additional requirements in addition to those stated above. These will be clarified upon application.

        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.

        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.

        Learning, teaching and assessment

        Learning and teaching

        You’ll experience our innovative approach to teaching, which combines a range of teaching methods including interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. Teaching is delivered almost exclusively in your chosen language to work quickly towards the kind of fluency and adaptability that employers value. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study.

        Study skills

        There is a much stronger emphasis on reading and on your own private, independent study than at pre-degree level. The University offers training courses in study skills, and the Library’s Learning Development Centre provides one-to-one instruction, workshops and study guides for academic research and writing. You will be allocated an academic supervisor for this work and a personal tutor who can provide you with help and advice throughout your studies. To help you manage your learning, we set out your work for the year in online student guides and module handouts, which include full details of all modules including week-by-week lecture breakdowns, reading lists and all coursework assignments for the year.

        Assessment

        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. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. Students who are made an offer will receive a detailed course specification which forms part of our terms and conditions

        Personal development

        Alongside your language skills, you will develop a range of skills that transfer to the workplace, such as critical thinking, team working and communication skills.

        The year abroad gives you an immersive language experience that is invaluable in developing experience, knowledge and cultural awareness that cannot be replicated in the lecture room.

        Course Director

        Dr Claudia Gremler

        Fees and scholarship

        UK/EU students (2020/21)

        Annual tuition fees: £9,250

        During placement year: £1,250

        International students (2020/21)

        Annual tuition fees: £15,600

        During placement year: £2,500

        Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

        More information on fees

        Scholarships

        At Aston University we are committed to supporting the most talented and hardworking students to achieve their potential by providing a range of scholarships to help lower tuition and living costs. Find out more about our scholarships here.

        Career prospects

        Modern Languages graduates are in demand from a wide range of employers, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.

        Recent graduates have gone on to work in roles including Analyst, EFL Teacher, International Sales Coordinator, HR Coordinator, Languages Teacher, Operations Support Analyst, Senior Project Manager and Translator.

        Frequently asked questions

        Why study Modern Languages at Aston?
        You’ll acquire near-native linguistic fluency in your chosen language, which means you’re at a real advantage when it comes to applying for jobs. What’s more, the integrated placement year abroad will give you the high-level political, social and cultural insights that make Aston’s students stand out.

        We’ll make sure you’re happy: Modern Languages at Aston are ranked 5th for teaching satisfaction (Guardian University Guide, 2020).
        What jobs can I get with a modern languages degree?
        We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. Employed Aston languages graduates earn on average £3,300 (14 per cent) more than expected three years after graduation. (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018).

        Our recent graduates are often our best ambassadors, with former Aston students now working at companies such as Bloomberg LP, Deutsche Bank and Apple, as well as for the Foreign and Commonwealth Office and in schools, colleges and universities across the UK and overseas.
        Why do a placement year at Aston?
        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 Careers and Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away.
        Why should international students choose Aston University?
        Aston University is a diverse, close-knit community and welcomes international students on many of our undergraduate programmes. Students from over 120 different countries choose to study with us every year. Based in the centre of Birmingham, Aston is not only a great place to study, it’s also a great place to live.

        Aston’s professional work placements can improve your chance of securing a graduate job. Placements give you experience, confidence and opportunities and as an Aston student, you’ll be better prepared for your future career.

        Choosing to start your Aston journey with our International Foundation Programme in Social Sciences will help you develop specialist knowledge to ensure that you are fully prepared to study your chosen undergraduate course.

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