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 an academic mentor 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 1 (Level 4)

FHEQ 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
FRENCH 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students should select 2 languages at Advanced Level, and one at Beginners Level. At both Advanced and Beginners Levels, students should also choose either English or Welsh- medium modules int he case of French and Spanish. Note that Mandarin Chinese is available only at Beginners Level.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF101Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French for Beginners I
MLF101WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr I
MLF102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French for Beginners II
MLF102WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Ffrangeg i Ddechreuwyr II
MLF160ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20French Language 1A
MLF160AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1A
MLF160BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Language 1B
MLF160BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Iaith Ffrangeg 1B
AND

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.

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
MLG260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10German Language 2B
MLG270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2A
MLG270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate German Language 2B
MLI260ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Italian Language 2A
MLI260BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Italian Language 2B
MLI270ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Intermediate Italian Language 2A
MLI270BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intermediate Italian 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
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-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
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
MLF220Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paris
MLG200Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Twentieth-Century Berlin: Myth and Reality
MLG207Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20German Song Cultures
MLG208Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Improving your German with Poetry
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 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS208WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Barcelona/Buenos Aires
MLS209Semester 1 (Sep-Jan 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 standard entry requirement is BBB (UCAS tariff points 120) or equivalent with a B grade in a relevant A-level language. All offers are made following a review of the application form, predicted/achieved grades and subjects, the reference and personal statement.  We also accept a range of advanced level qualifications including: International Baccalaureate 32; Welsh Baccalaureate - grade equivalent to A-level; Access to Higher Education and Open University qualifications, and Extended Project.

International students, please visit: http://www.swansea.ac.uk/international/students/requirements For applicants whose first language is not English, we require a minimum IELTS score of 6.0.

How To Apply

EU/UK candidates apply here.

International students apply here.

Tuition Fees

Annual tuition fees for entry in the academic year 2018/19 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £14,600

Important Information for 2018/19: The Welsh Government has recently issued a statement (July 2017) outlining intentions to increase the maximum tuition fee in 2018/19 for full-time undergraduate degree programmes in line with inflation. This may mean the maximum tuition fee for 2018/19 could be set to increase from £9,000 to £9,295 per annum. If the Welsh Government passes this update to The Higher Education (Amounts) (Wales) Regulations 2015 later in the year, the University will apply to the Higher Education Funding Council for Wales (HEFCW) to increase its maximum fee level to £9,295 subject to satisfactory approval of a variation to the 2018/19 Fee & Access plan. If approved by HEFCW, the University will immediately write to all students affected notifying them of this fee increase as soon as is practically possible.

Fees for full time Undergraduate UK/EU students may be increased in subsequent years of study by an inflationary amount determined by Welsh Government.

Fees for full time Undergraduate International students will increase by 3% for each subsequent year of study.

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.