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Durham University

Modern Languages and Cultures (with Year Abroad)

UCAS Code: R002

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

Entry requirements


A level

A,A,A

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Grade A at A level in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. Grade A at A level in a modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic Specific subjects excluded for entry: General Studies and Critical Thinking. Information: Applicants taking Science A-levels that include a practical component will be required to take and pass this as a condition of entry. This refers only to English A Levels.

Access to HE Diploma

D:30,M:15

We require 60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at level 3 (or equivalent). Applicants may be required to meet additional subject-specific requirements for particular courses at Durham. French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. A modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

Cambridge International Pre-U Certificate - Principal

D3,D3,D3

French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. A modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

37

General information on subjects/grades required for entry: Eighteen points (6, 6, 6) in Higher Level subjects including Higher Level 6 in a language French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. A modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

Leaving Certificate - Higher Level (Ireland) (first awarded in 2017)

H2,H2,H2,H2,H2

French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. A modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (first teaching from September 2016)

DDD

To include a Distinction in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. Distinction in a modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

Scottish Advanced Higher

A,A,A

Grade A at Advanced Higher in French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required to study that subject at advanced level. Grade A at Advanced Higher in a modern European language is required to begin the study of a new beginners’ language, including Arabic

Scottish Higher

A,A,A,A,B

Departments will normally make offers based on Advanced Highers. In the absence of 3 Advanced Highers, where these are not offered by the applicant’s school, offers comprising of Advanced Highers and Highers or a number of Highers may be made on a case by case basis.

UCAS Tariff

144-168

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97%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subject

Modern languages

We offer post A Level courses in French, German, Italian, Russian and Hispanic Studies. These courses are open to students who have an A Level (at least Grade A) or equivalent qualification in that language. We also offer beginners’ courses in Arabic, German, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Beginners can take cultural modules alongside post-A Level students, and completely merge with the advanced stream in the final year.

**Year 1**
You will take a core language module for each of the languages you are studying. This is a single module for all languages studied post-A Level and a double module for beginners’ languages. These core modules focus on the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, you will choose from a wide range of modules dealing with various aspects of the literature, film, art, history and politics of the different cultures you are studying. These cultural modules aim to develop students’ independent research and analytical skills as well as introducing them to the cultures in question.

All first-year modules are intended to function as introductions to and more general overviews of areas of study in which you will specialise later in your degree.

**Year 2**
You will continue to take a core language module for each of the languages you are studying. These core modules focus on and continue to develop the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In addition, you will choose from a wide range of modules on the literature, film, art, history and politics of the cultures you are studying. All second-year modules build on skills and knowledge acquired in the first year and allow you to specialise more in areas which interest you (from medieval literature to contemporary film).

**Year 3**
Your third year is spent abroad and you divide your time between countries whose languages you are going to study at Level 3 in your final year. You can spend this time as an English assistant in a school, as a student in a university and/or in employment of some kind. During your year abroad you will complete a Target Language Research Project for each of the languages you are going to study at Level 3 in your final year, supervised by a designated Year Abroad project supervisor.

**Year 4**
You will continue to take a compulsory language module for each of the languages you are studying. These compulsory modules focus on and continue to develop to a high level the four skills of reading, writing, speaking and listening. In your final year, you will also research and write a dissertation on an aspect of culture or cultural production, supervised by a member of staff with expertise in the selected topic area.

In addition, you will choose from a wide range of specialist modules on literature, film, art, history and politics relating to the cultures you are studying. These modules are designed around staff research expertise. All fourth-year modules build on skills and knowledge acquired earlier in your degree and allow you to specialise still further in areas which interest you (such as the work of a particular writer or the culture of a particular period).

**Study Abroad**
We attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your degree, which you may spend as an English assistant in a school, as a student in a foreign university, or in employment with an overseas organisation. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence, intercultural agility and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete an academic assignment related to each of the countries in which you stay.

Modules

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Tuition fees

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England
£9,250
per year
EU
£9,250
per year
International
£20,500
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course locations:

University

No college preference

Trevelyan

St Cuthbert's

Hatfield

John Snow College

Collingwood

South College

St Hild and St Bede

St Aidan's

Grey

George Stephenson College

Van Mildert

St Mary's

Josephine Butler College

St John's

St Chad's

Department:

Modern European 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.

81%
med
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.

Others in language and area studies

Teaching and learning

94%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
92%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
79%
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

66%
Library resources
77%
IT resources
78%
Course specific equipment and facilities
72%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

60%
UK students
40%
International students
24%
Male students
76%
Female students
99%
2:1 or above
3%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

A*
A
A

After graduation


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Others in language and area studies

What are graduates doing after six months?

This is what graduates told us they were doing (and earning), shortly after completing their course. We've crunched the numbers to show you if these immediate prospects are high, medium or low, compared to those studying this subject/s at other universities.

£24,000
high
Average annual salary
91%
low
Employed or in further education
60%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

23%
Teaching and educational professionals
14%
Business, research and administrative professionals
12%
Other elementary services occupations
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This is a broad subject for a variety of European languages. No matter which you take, the general theme is that some graduates go to that country to work, often as English language teachers, some go into further study, often to train as teachers or translators, but most get jobs in the UK in education - most often as language tutors, unsurprisingly, or translators. Modern language grads can also be in demand in business roles where communication and language skills are particularly useful, such as marketing and PR, and in finance or law. But remember — whilst employers say they rate graduates who have graduates who have more than one language, you need to have them as part of a whole package of good skills.

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