Modern Languages

BA Hons

  • UCAS Code R800
  • Entry Year 2023
  • A Level Requirements ABB
  • Duration Full time 4 Years

Overview

Top reasons to study with us

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    3rd for French, German, Spanish, Italian

    The Complete University Guide (2023)

  • Study or work overseas during your international placement year

  • Best in the UK for Graduate Prospects in French, German, Spanish, Italian. The Complete University Guide (2023)

Lancaster’s Modern Languages degree is taught by the Department of Languages and Cultures. This degree gives you the opportunity to study three languages. We offer Chinese, French, German or Spanish as major subjects and Italian as minor subject. This degree includes an international placement year where you will study abroad and a large amount of choice in both the languages you will study and cultural modules that bring your chosen languages to life.

Year One

In your first year, you can choose to study:

  • three languages at advanced level
  • or two languages at advanced level and one at beginner level

You will focus on developing linguistic fluency as well as learning about the cultural contexts of your chosen languages.

Year Two

You will develop your language skills and also study the cultural, political and historical context of your chosen languages in more depth.

There are two possible routes through the second year:

Route A - Chinese / French / German / Spanish

  • three languages at advanced level
  • or two languages at advanced level and one intensive language
  • plus culture modules relating to your chosen languages

Route B - Chinese / French / German / Spanish with Italian

  • two advanced languages
  • two culture modules relating to the advanced languages
  • two Italian language modules
Year Three - International Placement Year

Spending your third year abroad makes a major contribution to your language ability, while deepening your intercultural sensitivity. You will spend time in two countries where your major languages are spoken. You can either 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 the department may be able to offer opportunities to apply for funding to support this.

Year Four

Back at Lancaster in the fourth year, you will consolidate your multiple language skills alongside language-specific cultural modules. You can also take comparative courses which allow you to see the languages and cultures you're studying in a global context.

There are three possible routes through the final year.

Route A - The language intensive route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish)

  • three advanced languages
  • culture modules relating to the advanced languages

Route B - The culture intensive route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish)

  • two advanced languages
  • a range of culture modules relating to the advanced languages and others

Route C - The Italian route (Chinese / French / German / Spanish with Italian)

  • two advanced languages
  • culture modules relating to the advanced languages
  • two Italian language modules

Careers

As well as language and subject related skills, a degree in languages gives you the opportunity to develop 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.

Language graduates from Lancaster are in the top ten universities in the country in terms of their employability, with French ranked 1st for graduate prospects, and Iberian Languages (including Spanish Studies) ranked 2nd in the Complete University Guide 2020.

Many Modern Languages graduates continue their studies at Lancaster, making the most of our 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.

Entry Requirements

Grade Requirements

A Level ABB

Required Subjects We would expect you to be at A or A/S Level standard in at least two of our major languages (Chinese, French, German, and Spanish). 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 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.

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

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 to complement your main specialism. 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 please visit our Teaching and Learning section.

The following courses do not offer modules outside of the subject area due to the structured nature of the programmes: Architecture, Law, Physics, Engineering, Medicine, Sports and Exercise Science, Biochemistry, Biology, Biomedicine and Biomedical Science.

Information contained on the website with respect to modules is correct at the time of publication, and the University will make every reasonable effort to offer modules as advertised. In some cases changes may be necessary and may result in some combinations being unavailable, for example as a result of student feedback, timetabling, Professional Statutory and Regulatory Bodies' (PSRB) requirements, staff changes and new research.

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Fees and Funding

Our annual tuition fee is set for a 12-month session, starting in the October of your year of study.

Our Undergraduate Tuition Fees for 2023/24 are:

UK International
£9,250 £21,980

Scholarships and Bursaries

You will be automatically considered for our main scholarships and bursaries when you apply, so there's nothing extra that you need to do.

You may be eligible for the following funding opportunities, depending on your fee status:

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We also have other, more specialised scholarships and bursaries - such as those for students from specific countries.

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Download the course booklet to find out more about Lancaster University, how we teach Languages and Cultures and what you'll study as a Languages and Cultures student.

Languages and Cultures subject guide
  • Degree structure

    Lancaster has a flexible approach to undergraduate study. Many degree schemes incorporate a minor in other subjects to complement your major subject.

  • International placement year

    Spending a year abroad is an integral and assessed part of our language degrees. We offer flexibility to split your time abroad between different activities.

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Careers and Employability

When you arrive in Lancaster, you might not have a plan for after you graduate, but when you're ready to take the next step, we're here to help you. Studying a language strengthens your written and oral communication competence, your organisational skills, your aptitude in analysing and synthesising information, your ability to contribute to discussions and suggest ideas, and your understanding of other countries and cultures in a global world.

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