BA French and Spanish (4 year)

  1. UCAS code:
    RR14
    Duration:
    4yrs Full-time
  2. Typical offer:
    BBB-BBC
  3. 92% Graduate Employment

Course Overview

Studying French and Spanish develops your knowledge of a world language and culture.

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

 

  • A UNIQUE STUDY EXPERIENCE IN THE UK! New students who are admitted to our BA programmes will be offered Centenary Graduate Scholarships to reward academic achievement. The Excellence and Merit scholarships will be available to EU, UK and International students who have completed a full-time three or four year BA programme, achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme in the College.
  • BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee Excellence scholarship for the MA year. 
  • BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a Merit scholarship and pay £1,000 fees for the MA year.
  • All of our modules combine intensive language tuition with optional modules relating to a wide variety of aspects of society and culture.
  • Our staff are experts in film, gender studies, medieval and early modern literature, theatre studies, travel writing and translation studies and students benefit from our active research in these areas.
  • Our modules include Latin American literature and culture, contemporary Spanish politics, Twentieth and Twenty-First century Spanish and Catalan literature.
  • A strong Welsh-medium provision is also available.
  • During the third year of study, students spend a year abroad. Students can study at a University, teach in a school or work in a business during the 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 1 (Level 4)

HE Level 4 Degree / HECert

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Beginners (i.e. with no previous knowledge of French) 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
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
OR
Advanced (i.e. with 'A' level) French 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (A)
MLF100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrangeg (A)
MLF100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to French Culture (B)
MLF100BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Diwylliannol Ffrengig (B)
MLF10AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 1 A
MLF10BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 1B
MLF121ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 1A
MLF121BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 1B
AND
 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select 20 credits of modules from the list below OR select 20 credits of Languages for All modules.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-102Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern European Film: Themes and Perspectives
ML-104WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Hanes a Diwylliant Ewropeaidd
MLE100Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern European Fiction: Texts and Contexts
MLF117ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 1AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF117B.
MLF117AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 1 AIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF117BW.
MLF117BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 1BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF117A.
MLF117BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 1 BIf you wish to pursue this module you MUST also select MLF117AW.
AND
Beginners (i.e. with no previous knowledge of Spanish) 

Choose Exactly 60 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS100ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (A)
MLS100AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (A)
MLS100BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Introduction to Hispanic Culture (B)
MLS100BWStage 2 (Mar - Jun Professional Development)10Cyflwyniad i Astudiaethau Sbaeneg (B)
MLS130Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Spanish for Beginners I
MLS130WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr I (Spanish for Beginners I - Welsh Medium)
MLS131Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Spanish for Beginners II
MLS131WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Sbaeneg I Ddechreuwyr II (Spanish for Beginners II - Welsh Medium)
OR
AND
Languages for All Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules, if required.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
CY-140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 1
CY-141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 2
CY-150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 3
CY-151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Welsh 4
MLA140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 1
MLA141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 2
MLA150Stage 1 (Sep-Mar Professional Development)10Languages for All - Arabic 3
MLA151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Arabic 4
MLD140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Coding for All 1
MLD141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Coding for All 2
MLG140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - German 1
MLG141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 2
MLG150Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 3
MLG151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - German 4
MLI140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 1
MLI141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 2
MLI150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 3
MLI151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Italian 4
MLZ140Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 1
MLZ141Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 2
MLZ150Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 3
MLZ151Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Languages for All - Mandarin 4

Year 2 (Level 5)

HE Level 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
French Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take 20 credits (Choosing either ADVANCED OR INTERMEDIATE General Language)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF203ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate French A
MLF203BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate French B
MLF204ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 2A
MLF204BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 2B
MLF20AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 2 A
MLF20BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 2 B
MLF23AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg Ganolradd A
MLF23BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg Ganolradd B
AND
Spanish Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 20 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must take 20 credits (Choosing either ADVANCED OR INTERMEDIATE General Language)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLS201ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 2A
MLS201BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 2B
MLS204ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Intermediate Spanish A
MLS204BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Intermediate Spanish B
MLS20AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 2 A
MLS20BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyfredinol Sbaeneg 2B
MLS24AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Sbaeneg Ganolradd A
MLS24BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Sbaeneg Ganolradd B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Minimum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least two of the following English or Welsh Medium modules, one in French and one in Spanish.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-227Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20War and Conflict in European Film (Modern Languages route)
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
MLF226ASemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20French Cinema Since World War II
MLF240WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Rhyfel Algeria 1954-1962
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
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Maximum Of 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select from the modules below to make up 120 credits. Ensure balance bewteen teaching blocks an between languages.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ALE200Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Teaching English as a Foreign Language: Theory and Practice
ML-242Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20European Fascisms
MLC235ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2A
MLC235BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Catalan Language and Translation 2B
MLF201Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 2
MLF201WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 2
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLI245Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Italy past and present - identity and diversity
MLS203Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 2
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 six modules, three in French and three in Spanish.

Entry Requirements

All applicants receive individual consideration. Our preferred offers for UK applicants are BBB-BBC at A-level to include a B in a Modern Language. However, flexible offers are made on review of the application form, after taking into consideration the subjects studied, predicted or achieved grades, reference and personal statement.

For candidates offering the International Baccalaureate, a typical offer would be 32-30 points. We ask for Welsh Baccalaureate plus BC at A-level. Access candidates should have 15 Distinctions and 18 Merits. We require a minimum IELT 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 2016/17 are as follows:

UK/EU International
BA (Hons) Full-time £9,000 £13,650

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 Quotes

 

“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 Single and Joint Honours Graduates from Swansea University  are in work and/or further study six months after graduation. French is ranked 4th for graduate prospects in The Independent Complete University Guide 2016.

Graduating with an internationally recognised degree in French 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

Other recent graduates have progressed to postgraduate courses in:

  • MA Professional Translation
  • MA International Relations
  • MA Translation and Interpreting

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

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