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Heriot-Watt University

Applied Languages and Translating (French and Spanish)

UCAS Code: RRC4
MA (Hons) 4 years full-time, abroad 2017
Ucas points guide

120

% applicants receiving offers

71%

Subjects
  • French studies
  • Spanish studies
Student score
84% MED
79% MED
% employed or in further study
96% MED
96% MED
Average graduate salary
£18k MED
£18k MED
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What do you need to get in?

Source: UCAS

Main entry requirements

A level
BBB

including B in language(s)

Scottish Highers
AAAB

including A in language(s).

BTEC Diploma
Not Available

International Baccalaureate
30

with at least 5 Higher Level in the language(s) to be studied

UCAS tariff points
Not Available

If your qualifications aren’t listed here, you can use our UCAS points guide of 120 and refer to the university’s website for full details of all entry routes and requirements.

The real story about entry requirements

% applicants receiving offers

71%

Provided by UCAS, this is the percentage of applicants who were offered a place on the course last year. Note that not all applicants receiving offers will take up the place, so this figure is likely to differ from applicants to places.

What does the numbers of applicants receiving course offers tell me?

Tuition fee & financial support

£1,820

Maximum annual fee for UK students. NHS-funded, sandwich or part-time course fees may vary.

If you live in:

  • Scotland and go to a Scottish university, you won’t pay tuition fees
  • Northern Ireland and go to an NI uni, you’ll pay £3,805 in tuition fees
  • Wales you’ll pay £3,810 in fees and get a tuition fee grant to cover the rest
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Will this course suit you?

Sources: UCAS & KIS

Every degree course is different, so it’s important to find one that suits your interests and matches the way you prefer to work – from the modules you’ll be studying to how you’ll be assessed. Top things to look for when comparing courses

Course description

Heriot-Watt University is ranked 2nd in Scotland and 12th in the UK for European Languages (the National Student Survey 2014). 90% of graduates from our languages programmes are in a professional or managerial position within six months. The programme offers you the opportunity to specialise in one main language but also to study a second (and third) language. You can also study subjects such as Business Management, Psychology and Economics. You will complete two placements during your year abroad, one per language studied, in countries where your languages of study are spoken. This will provide you with a wide variety of practical skills, plus a sound knowledge of the European Union and international current affairs.

Modules

Level 1: Students take 2 courses in each of their languages (including translation, spoken classes, aural comprehension and writing in the foreign language); a modern history and culture course; a linguistics course and 2 optional courses; students doing an intensive course in their 2nd language do not take the optional courses. Level 2: Language studies in each language (including translation, liaison and conference interpreting); society and institutions in contemporary Europe; linguistics and an additional optional subject throughout the year. Level 3: Students complete 2 five-month placements, 1 per language studied, in countries where foreign languages are spoken (France, Belgium, Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Spain, Mexico), following courses in university departments of interpreting and translating. Level 4: All students study courses in either applied linguistics or European political and economic integration. translation and spoken in both languages is taken as well as courses in translation theory and European studies.

Heriot-Watt University

The reception

Heriot-Watt is Scotland's most international university with beautiful campuses in Edinburgh, Scottish Borders, Orkney, Dubai and now Malaysia. We offer students the opportunity to have an international experience in a lovely learning environment no matter where they study. And did you know that Heriot-Watt is one of only two universities in Europe offering a Brewing and Distilling degree..?

How you'll spend your time

  • Lectures / seminars
  • Independent study
  • Placement
25%
75%

Year 1

25%
75%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

25%
75%

Year 4

How you'll be assessed

  • Written exams
  • Coursework
  • Practical exams
25%
75%

Year 1

23%
77%

Year 2

100%

Year 3

14%
86%

Year 4

What do the numbers say for

Where there isn’t enough reliable data about this specific course, we’ve shown aggregated data for all courses at this university within the same subject area

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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 84% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

82%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

91%

Feedback on work has been prompt

82%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

91%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
77% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
0% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
438 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

9%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

19%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
It's often said the UK doesn't produce enough modern language graduates, and graduates from French courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. About one in seven get jobs elsewhere in the EU – often as English teachers – which is much higher than for most subjects. Those who want to stay at home to work find jobs in education, and anywhere good communication skills are a must. That means you can find French graduates in marketing, business and finance and the arts - as events organisers, projects managers, management consultants, and, of course, translators. But remember, whilst employers say they rate 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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What do students think about this subject here?

Source: NSS

Here's how satisfied past students were – useful to refer to when you’re narrowing down your options. Our student score makes comparisons easier, showing whether satisfaction is high, medium or low compared to other unis.

What do student satisfaction scores tell you?

Overall student satisfaction 100%
Student score 79% MED
Able to access IT resources

100%

Staff made the subject interesting

91%

Library resources are satisfactory

91%

Feedback on work has been helpful

91%

Feedback on work has been prompt

45%

Staff are good at explaining things

100%

Received sufficient advice and support

73%

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Who studies this subject?

Source: HESA

Start building a picture of who you could be studying with by taking a look at the profile of people that have studied this subject here in previous years.

UK / Non-UK
14% of students here are from outside the UK
Male / Female
82% of students are female
Full-time / Part-time
3% of students are part-time
Typical Ucas points
438 entry points typically achieved by students
2:1 or above
80% of students achieved a 2:1 or above
Drop-out rate
8% of students do not continue into the second year of their course
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What are graduates doing after six months?

Source: DLHE

Here’s what students are up after they graduate from studying this subject here. We’ve analysed the employment rate and salary figures so you can see at a glance whether they’re high, typical or low compared to graduates in this subject from other universities. Remember the numbers are only measured only six months after graduation and can be affected by the economic climate - the outlook may be different when you leave uni. What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

% employed or in further study 96% MED
Average graduate salary £18k MED
Graduates who are artistic, literary and media occupations

9%

Graduates who are sales assistants and retail cashiers

7%

Graduates who are teaching and educational professionals

19%

Employment prospects for graduates of this subject

Sources: DLHE & HECSU
It's often said there's a shortage of modern language graduates, and graduates from Spanish courses have a lot of options available to them when they complete their courses. In 2012, just over 1,100 UK graduates got degrees in Spanish, and about one in five got jobs overseas – often as English teachers. If you want to put your degree to work in the UK, teacher training is a common option, and businesses see Spanish-speaking countries as important markets, leading to graduate opportunities in translation, finance, human resources and project management. But remember – whilst employers say they rate 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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