Modern Languages BA Hons - 2018 Entry

UCAS Code
R800

Entry Year
2018 also available in 2017

A Level Requirements
AAB-ABB see all requirements see all requirements

Duration
Full time 4 Year(s)

Course Overview

Lancaster’s Modern Languages degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. We are in the national top 10for language studies, ranking 2nd for French and German in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and 5th for Iberian languages in the Complete University Guide 2017.

This degree gives you the opportunity to study three languages. We offer French, German or Spanish as major subjects, and Italian and Chinese as minor subjects.  We would expect you to be at A or A/S Level standard in at least two of our major languages (French, German and Spanish).

In your first year, you will study two languages at advanced level, and one at beginners or advanced level. You will focus on developing fluency and understanding as well as learning about the cultural contexts of your chosen languages.

Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will also study the cultural, political and historical context of your languages in more depth.

Spending your third year abroad makes a major contribution to your language ability, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will spend time in the two countries where your major languages are spoken. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. 

We also encourage you to spend some vacation time in the country of your third language, and in some instances can offer support to secure funding for this.

Back at Lancaster in the fourth year, you will consolidate your multiple language skills alongside language-specific cultural modules such as ‘Chinese Culture and Society’ or ‘Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities’. You can also take comparative courses which allow you to see the languages and cultures you're studying in a global context.

  • Course Overview

    Course Overview

    Lancaster’s Modern Languages degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. We are in the national top 10for language studies, ranking 2nd for French and German in the Times and Sunday Times Good University Guide and 5th for Iberian languages in the Complete University Guide 2017.

    This degree gives you the opportunity to study three languages. We offer French, German or Spanish as major subjects, and Italian and Chinese as minor subjects.  We would expect you to be at A or A/S Level standard in at least two of our major languages (French, German and Spanish).

    In your first year, you will study two languages at advanced level, and one at beginners or advanced level. You will focus on developing fluency and understanding as well as learning about the cultural contexts of your chosen languages.

    Building on your language skills in Year 2, you will also study the cultural, political and historical context of your languages in more depth.

    Spending your third year abroad makes a major contribution to your language ability, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will spend time in the two countries where your major languages are spoken. You can study at a partner institution or conduct a work placement. 

    We also encourage you to spend some vacation time in the country of your third language, and in some instances can offer support to secure funding for this.

    Back at Lancaster in the fourth year, you will consolidate your multiple language skills alongside language-specific cultural modules such as ‘Chinese Culture and Society’ or ‘Latin America and Spain on Film: Violence and Masculinities’. You can also take comparative courses which allow you to see the languages and cultures you're studying in a global context.

  • Entry Requirements

    Entry Requirements

    Grade Requirements

    A Level AAB-ABB

    Required Subjects A levels in at least two of the languages to be studied. Please visit the Languages & Cultures webpages for further details.

    IELTS 6.5 overall with at least 5.5 in each component. For other English language qualifications we accept, please see our English language requirements webpages.

    Other Qualifications

    International Baccalaureate 35-32 points overall with 16 points from the best 3 Higher Level subjects, including two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

    BTEC Accepted alongside A levels in at least two of the languages to be studied. Please contact the Admissions Team for further details.

    Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with 30 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 15 Level 3 credits at Merit, to 24 Level 3 credits at Distinction and 21 Level 3 credits at Merit, alongside appropriate evidence of language ability

    We welcome applications from students with a range of alternative UK and international qualifications, including combinations of qualification. Further guidance on admission to the University, including other qualifications that we accept, frequently asked questions and information on applying, can be found on our general admissions webpages.

    Contact Admissions Team + 44 (0) 1524 592028 or via ugadmissions@lancaster.ac.uk

  • Course Structure

    Course Structure

    Many of Lancaster's degree programmes are flexible, offering students the opportunity to cover a wide selection of subject areas to complement their main specialism. You will be able to study a range of modules, some examples of which are listed below.

    Year 1

      Core

    Year 2

      Core

    Year 3

      Core

    Year 4

      Core

      Optional

    Lancaster University offers a range of programmes, some of which follow a structured study programme, and others which offer the chance for you to devise a more flexible programme. We divide academic study into two sections - Part 1 (Year 1) and Part 2 (Year 2, 3 and sometimes 4). For most programmes Part 1 requires you to study 120 credits spread over at least three modules which, depending upon your programme, will be drawn from one, two or three different academic subjects. A higher degree of specialisation then develops in subsequent years. For more information about our teaching methods at Lancaster visit our Teaching and Learning section.

    Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, but changes may be necessary, for example as a result of student feedback, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes, and new research.

  • Careers

    Careers

    As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in languages develops rich interpersonal, intercultural, cognitive and transferable skills that can be utilised across a variety of careers.  Our graduates have found work in a wide variety of areas such as accountancy, IT, business development, civil service, events management, finance, journalism, publishing, research and sales, as well as teaching and translating both in the UK and beyond.

    For the last ten years, language graduates from Lancaster have been in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employability, with French and Spanish Studies ranked 1st for graduate prospects in the Complete University Guide 2017.

    Many Modern Languages graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our excellent postgraduate research facilities. We offer Masters degrees in Translation and Languages and Cultures, which can lead on to a variety of careers including translation, and teaching. 

    Lancaster University is dedicated to ensuring you not only gain a highly reputable degree, but that you also graduate with relevant life and work based skills. We are unique in that every student is eligible to participate in The Lancaster Award which offers you the opportunity to complete key activities such as work experience, employability/career development, campus community and social development. Visit our Employability section for full details.

  • Fees and Funding

    Fees and Funding

    Fees

    We set our fees on an annual basis and the 2018/19 entry fees have not yet been set.

    As a guide, our fees in 2017 were:

    UK/EU Overseas
    £9,250 £15,080

    Funding

    Lancaster University's priority is to support every student to make the most of their life and education and we have committed £3.7m in scholarships and bursaries. Our financial support depends on your circumstances and how well you do in your A levels (or equivalent academic qualifications) before starting study with us.

    Scholarships recognising academic talent:

    • An Academic Scholarship of £2,000 for the first year of study for full-time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man students who achieve A*,A*,A in their A level examinations (or equivalent academic qualifications) and who place Lancaster as their firm choice. This is awarded regardless of household income.
    • An Access Scholarship of £1,000 for each year of study for all UK students with household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve A level grades of A*,A, A in their A level examinations (or the equivalent academic qualifications). In addition, students from household incomes of less than £42,600 who achieve higher entry grades of A*, A*, A (or equivalent academic qualifications), who place Lancaster as their firm choice will also be awarded our £2,000 Academic Scholarship in their first year of study.

             Continuation of the Access Scholarship is subject to satisfactory academic progression.

    Students may be eligible for both the Academic and Access Scholarship if they meet the requirements for both.

    •  An Excellence Scholarship which forms part of the Unconditional Offer Scheme for full time UK, Channel Islands and Isle of Man applicants with outstanding academic profiles within a number of academic departments.

    Bursaries for life, living and learning:

    • A Lancaster bursary of £1,000 for each year of study for all students from the UK with a household income of less than £42,600.

            Students from the UK eligible for a bursary package will also be awarded our Academic Scholarship                   and/or Access Scholarship if they meet the criteria detailed above.

    Any financial support that you receive from Lancaster University will be in addition to government support that might be available to you (eg fee loans) and will not affect your entitlement to these.

    For full details of the University's financial support packages including eligibility criteria, please visit our fees and funding page

    Please note that this information relates to the funding arrangements for 2017, which may change for 2018. 

    Students also need to consider further costs which may include books, stationery, printing, photocopying, binding and general subsistence on trips and visits. Following graduation it may be necessary to take out subscriptions to professional bodies and to buy business attire for job interviews.