1. UCAS code:
    R900
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    ABB-BBB
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

The BA Modern Languages programme offers the unique selling point of studying three languages.

Teaching and Assessment

In order to structure an academically coherent and intellectually rigorous programme, the degree is built around compulsory and optional modules. (Have a look at our module booklet for full information on modules).

The programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Every degree involves choices, options will be available and if first choices are not secured then the alternative will be as good. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities programmes include independent learning which requires initiative and hard work. 

We will challenge you with demanding teaching and assessment. Assessment includes essay, coursework and examination, presentations and a dissertation.    

Key Features

  • Languages offered are Chinese Mandarin, French, German, Italian and Spanish
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad. 
  • Our students have a personal tutor who provides pastoral support and guidance on issues that may affect their well-being, attendance and progress through University.

Modules

Disclaimer: Module selection options may change.

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Compulsory Modules- Selective 

Choose Exactly 100 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students select 2 languages at Advanced level (30 cr), and one at Intermediate level (40 cr). Students should also choose either English or Welsh-medium modules in the case of French and Spanish. Note that Mandarin Chinese is available only at Intermediate level.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 2A
MLF260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 2A
MLF260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Language 2B
MLF260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Ffrangeg 2B
MLF270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2A
MLF270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2A
MLF270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate French Language 2B
MLF270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg Canolradd 2B
MLG260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Language 2A
MLG260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg 2A
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Almaeneg 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLG270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Almaeneg Canolradd 2B
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLS260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish Language 2A
MLS260AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg 2A
MLS260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Language 2B
MLS260BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Sbaeneg 2B
MLS270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language A
MLS270AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2A
MLS270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Spanish Language B
MLS270BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Sbaeneg Canolradd 2B
MLZ270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language A
MLZ270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Mandarin Chinese Language B
AND
Optional Module Choices 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select modules to the value of 20 cr.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-250Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching Modern Foreign Languages to Young Learners 2
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
MLF211ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20A History of the French Language
MLF211WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes yr Iaith Ffrangeg
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLF240WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
MLG204Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Power and the Personal: Shifting Identities in Modern German Culture
MLG208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Poetry Lab: From Minnesang to Modernity
MLG210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Translation Workshop 2
MLI210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Translation Workshop (Italian/English)
MLI248Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Introduction to Classic and Contemporary Italian Cinema
MLS208Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS209Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Evolution of the Spanish Language
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
MLT201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to the Theory of Translation
MLT202Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Computer-Assisted Translation

Description

Students study 120 credits each year i.e. 40 credits in three languages.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer for Joint Honours is BBB at A level. However, all applicants receive individual consideration which allows us to make flexible offers. Candidates pursuing the International Baccalaureate, European Baccalaureate or Welsh Baccalaureate qualifications, are also eligible. We welcome applicants from outside the United Kingdom. For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 30 points. International candidates must have a minimum IELT score of 6.0 with at least 5.5 in each category. 

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2017/18 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,050

Tuition fees for years of study after your first year are subject to an increase of 3% for International students and at the capped fee rate as set by the UK Government for UK/EU students.

During a sandwich year (e.g. year in industry, year abroad or placement year) a lower fee will apply. For more information visit our tuition fees page.

You can find further information on fees and how to pay on our tuition fees page.

You may be eligible for funding to help support your study. To find out about scholarships, bursaries and other funding opportunities that are available please visit the University's scholarships and bursaries page.

Current students: You can find further information of your fee costs on our tuition fees page.

Additional Costs

There are additional costs for study abroad. Find out more here.

Student Quote

“Swansea University is a wonderful environment for high level study. The University is beautifully situated and is investing heavily for the future. My course offers a wide range of options to study language, culture, society and history, with an emphasis on reading around the subject and the opportunity to pursue special interests. A language degree also offers the unique opportunity to spend a year in a foreign country. I was fortunate to spend a year as a teaching assistant in Nice, living with a local family. I thoroughly enjoyed my year abroad and cannot emphasise enough the benefits to be gained. Studying a foreign language opens the door to a whole world of new possibilities, and their value in the job market shouldn't be underestimated.”

Sophie Williams, BA French and Spanish

Research

The Research Institute for Arts and Humanities (RIAH) brings together academics, postgraduates and visiting national and international scholars to create a rich and vibrant research environment geared to international excellence and impact.

Employability and Careers

92.3 per cent* of Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and / or further study six months after graduation.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting will put you in a great position to succeed in a wide range of careers. You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and you will learn to present your ideas in a range of formats. You will also develop strong research and analytical skills and the ability to problem solve and make informed decisions. Our programmes include various forms of assessment, teamwork through seminars, tutorials and group presentations and an independent study - dissertation module. You will learn to manage your time and workload effectively. All of these skills will ensure you can compete very successfully in the employment market.

Our students have progressed to a broad range of work sectors including education, marketing, human resources, tourism and events management, working for companies such as:

  • Royal Mail Group
  • Superdry
  • Berkeley PR International
  • Wolfestone Translation Company
  • Freelance Translator

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA Translation and Interpreting
  • MA Chinese-English Translation and Language Teaching

*First–degree Swansea University graduates of Modern Languages. HESA Performance Indicator sourced from the DLHE survey 2013/14.

Changes to Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards

As a result of the sweeping changes to PGT funding already implemented for English domiciled students and now proposed for Welsh domiciled students, the College of Arts and Humanities at Swansea University is bringing the Centenary Graduate Scholarship awards to a close.  The scheme will continue to operate as was advertised for students who enrolled on undergraduate schemes up to and including September 2016.  The College intends to promote full details of future PGT funding sources to all students as soon as government policy becomes legislation.