BA French and Spanish with a Year Abroad

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

  • 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 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
AND

Year 2 (Level 5)

FHEQ 5 Degree / HEDip

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
Advanced + Intermediate Language 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students must select 40 credits in each language (40 credit advanced + 40 credit Intermediate language Modules) Choose English or Welsh Medium Modules as appropriate

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
MLF210WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Gweithdy Cyfieithu
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
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
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
OR
Advanced 2 Languages 

Choose Exactly 80 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Students take 40 credits in each language. Choose English or Welsh Medium modules as appropriate

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French Translation Workshop 2
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
MLS210Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish Translation Workshop 2
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
AND

Year 3 (Level 5 YR OUT)

FHEQ 5 Sandwich Year

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
 

Choose Exactly 120 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : This module is compulsory for all students pursuing a degree involving a foreign language. It gives students the opportunity to increase their language skills and familiarize themselves with other culture(s).

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-R00Semester 1 and Semester 2 (Sep-Jun Taught)120Year Abroad (Languages, Translation and Interpreting)

Year 4 (Level 6)

FHEQ 6 Degree / Honours

Students choose 120 credits from the following:

Compulsory Modules

None found.

Optional Modules
DISSERTATION PATHWAY 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
ML-320Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation Preparation
ML-320WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Paratoi Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
ML-321Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Modern Languages Dissertation
ML-321WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Traethawd Hir Ieithoedd Modern
AND
Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules. Please select either the Welsh or the English versions of the modules. You MUST take 20credits in both languages.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
MLS300ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 3A
MLS300AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3A
MLS300BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 3B
MLS300BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1x 20cr module in TB1 and 1x 20cr module in TB2 (at least 1x 20cr in each language)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 3
MLF305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLf300
MLF310WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Gweithdy cyfieithu 3
MLF325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
MLS304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLS310C
MLS307Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hispanic Identities
MLS307WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith
MLS310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Spanish into English)If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLS304
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)
MLT320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Business Option
OR
NON-DISSERTATION PATHWAY - Language Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select the appropriate pair of modules. Please select either the Welsh or English versions of each module. You MUST take 20cr of each language.

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF330ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French General Language 3A
MLF330AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3A
MLF330BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French General Language 3B
MLF330BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Ffrangeg 3B
MLS300ASemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Spanish General Language 3A
MLS300AWSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3A
MLS300BSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish General Language 3B
MLS300BWSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Iaith Gyffredinol Sbaeneg 3B
AND
Compulsory Modules - Selective 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select at least 1x 20cr module in TB1 and 1x 20cr in TB2 (at least 1x in 20cr in each language)

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
HIH300WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Concro'r Byd: Twf a Chwymp Ymerodraethau Prydain a Ffrainc
HUA300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20The Rise of Brazil
MLF305Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Intersectional Identities in Contemporary French Cinema
MLF325Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20France and the Second World War: Legacies of the Dark Years
MLF325WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Ffrainc a'r Ail Ryfel Byd: Hanes yr Oesoedd Tywyll
MLS307Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hispanic Identities
MLS307WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Hunaniaethau Sbaeneg eu hiaith
AND
Optional Modules 

Choose Exactly 40 credits from the following Modules:

NOTE : Select requisite modules to ensure a total of 120 credits. NOTE MLT320 is only available in Spanish

Module CodeSemesterCreditsModule NameGuidance
MLF300Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10French for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLF310.
MLF300WSemester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Ffrangeg at Ddibenion Proffesiynol 3
MLF310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10French Translation Workshop 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLF300 or MLF300W.
MLF310WSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Gweithdy cyfieithu 3
MLS304Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)10Spanish for Professional Purposes 3If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLS304
MLS310CSemester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)10Translation Workshop (Spanish into English)If you wish to pursue this module you must also select MLS310C
MLT307Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Health Option
MLT310Semester 1 (Sep-Jan Taught)20Interpreting - Law Option (Police)
MLT320Semester 2 (Jan - Jun Taught)20Interpreting - Business Option

Description

Students study six modules, three in French and three in Spanish.

Entry Requirements

Our preferred offer is BBB at A-level or equivalent. We require 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.

The Welsh Government’s priority is to increase take up of modern foreign languages in Higher Education (Bilingual plus 1 policy). Therefore to support this priority, candidates, applying for Single Honours or Joint combined Language degrees or Modern Languages and Translation and Interpreting will receive an unconditional offer if their predicted achievement meets or exceeds our entry requirements, there is a record of success in a relevant GCSE and they hold Swansea University as their firm choice.soffer text

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

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 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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