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What A-levels do you need for modern languages?

Budding linguist? If you’re thinking of studying a modern language, you probably plan to take an A-level in your chosen language too. What other subjects should you combine it with?

If you’re planning to study a modern language such as French or German at university, an A-level in your chosen language is, in most cases, an essential. For languages not so commonly offered in schools and colleges, such as Italian or Chinese, a modern foreign language is required or preferred.

Whatever language you plan to study, at least one A-level in a modern language should be in your A-level line up.

The following requirements apply to degrees in French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Essential A-levels (or equivalent)

  • French for a French degree and German for a German degree (in most cases).
  • An A-level in a modern language is usually required.

Useful A-levels (or equivalent)

  • Any other modern language.
  • English literature.
  • History.
  • Politics.

Other typical A-levels taken by current modern language students

  • General studies.
  • English language.
  • Maths.
  • Business studies.
Take a look at individual language courses on Which? University to find out the most popular subjects students studied before taking their languages degree. 

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Bear in mind that even different language subjects will have slightly different A-level requirements, so if you want to keep your degree options open, be sure to check the entry requirements for specific courses before you finalise your choices.


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