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Birkbeck, University of London

Language and/with History with International Experience

UCAS Code: RV11

Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

Entry requirements


UCAS Tariff

104

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100%
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About this course


Course option

4years

Full-time with time abroad | 2019

Subjects

History

Modern languages

Combine studying a modern language and its associated culture with a study of history. You will be taught by internationally renowned researchers, reflecting the latest trends in the study of history and cultural studies in modern languages. You will also have the opportunity to study a number of cross-cultural modules which will allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas.

The third year is normally spent abroad at a partner institution to allow you to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture of the language-speaking area you are studying.

You can also apply for a three-year version of the programme without a year abroad, and you will normally also be able to transfer to this version of the programme during your first or second year of study if you decide you do not wish to study outside of the UK.

Highlights

- Arts and humanities courses at Birkbeck are ranked fourth best in London and 18th in the UK in the Times Higher Education 2017-2018 World University Subject Rankings.

- This course will enable you to reach near-native standard in your chosen language while also studying fascinating periods and areas of study, from human prehistory through to classical civilisation, the medieval and early modern periods, and on to twenty-first-century history, politics and international relations.

- You will have the opportunity to spend a year abroad at a partner institution to develop your language skills and your knowledge of the culture.

- Our Department of History, Classics and Archaeology is a world-renowned centre of original, influential research. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), History at Birkbeck was ranked sixth in the UK for the percentage of our research deemed world-leading or internationally excellent. 94% of our eligible staff submitted research and we achieved 100% for a research environment supporting world-leading and internationally excellent research.

- Our Department of Cultures and Languages brings together research and teaching in French, German, Italian, Japanese and Spanish, and institutionalises long-standing links between these disciplines. In the 2014 Research Excellence Framework (REF), Modern Languages and Linguistics achieved 100% for a research environment conducive to producing research of the highest quality.

Modules

You will take 420 credits over four years, including 60 for your study year abroad. The modules you take will be dependent both on your interests and your language level, so your course structure will be tailored to meet your personal requirements. You can begin this programme with any level of language for French, German, Italian, Japanese or Spanish: from beginner to native speaker proficiency. However, if your chosen language is Portuguese you will require at least post-A Level/B2 (CEFR) competence in the language.

At Birkbeck you complete the equivalent of 12 full (30-credit) modules, normally taking six history modules and six culture and language modules. Depending on entry level, a maximum of three of these will be from one of the languages on offer, forming a language pathway.

Assessment methods

Language modules are assessed by coursework and in-class tests. All other modules are assessed by coursework essays and some also have a May/June examination.

Tuition fees

Select where you currently live to see what you'll pay:

Channel Islands
£9,250
per year
England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£13,675
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

Birkbeck, University of London

Department:

Cultures and Languages

TEF rating:

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What students say


We've crunched the numbers to see if overall student satisfaction here is high, medium or low compared to students studying this subject(s) at other universities.

82%
med
History
74%
low
Modern languages

How do students rate their degree experience?

The stats below relate to the general subject area/s at this university, not this specific course. We show this where there isn’t enough data about the course, or where this is the most detailed info available to us.

History

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
89%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
69%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

68%
Library resources
69%
IT resources
79%
Course specific equipment and facilities
79%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

82%
Staff make the subject interesting
90%
Staff are good at explaining things
78%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
67%
Opportunities to apply what I've learned

Assessment and feedback

Feedback on work has been timely
Feedback on work has been helpful
Staff are contactable when needed
Good advice available when making study choices

Resources and organisation

87%
Library resources
84%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
53%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

After graduation


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