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Swansea University

Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting

UCAS Code: Q910

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

Entry requirements


A level

B,B,B

To include French, German, Spanish or Italian

Access to HE Diploma

D:21,M:18

Access to Humanities Course

We recognise the EPQ as an excellent indicator of success. If you are predicted a grade B or above in the EPQ, you will receive an offer with a one grade reduction, to include your EPQ with a grade B.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

GCSEs: English/Welsh Language Grade C

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

32

To include 4 at HL French, German, Spanish or Italian

B + BB at A-Level to include French, Spanish, German or Italian

UCAS Tariff

120

We've calculated how many Ucas points you'll need for this course.

88%
Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time | 2020

Subject

Classical studies

Our internationally recognised BA Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting with a Year Abroad gives you the opportunity to study two languages including French, German, Italian, Mandarin-Chinese and Spanish, with a year spent in your chosen country to expand your knowledge and experience.
Some 91% of our Languages, Translation and Interpreting graduates are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from HE survey 2015) and 84% of our students achieved a 1st class or 2.1 honours degree in 2017/18.
Our graduates have moved into careers in translation and interpreting for education, business, media and public relations, politics and humanitarian organisations and public services.
Based on our stunning Singleton Park campus, in parkland overlooking Swansea Bay on the edge of the Gower Peninsula, this four-year course offers intensive language tuition accompanied by specialist translation and interpreting modules taught by research experts.
You will study concepts of translation and interpreting, translation theory, computer-assisted translation, translation project, terminology management and interpreting for business, health or law, opening up exciting career opportunities all over the world.
You will also have practical translation work experience consisting of lectures by industry professionals presenting translation project workflow and organisation of the translation business, project management software, and job application procedures.
Your third year will be spent abroad at a university that offers excellent translation and interpreting programmes to develop and refine your language and translation techniques and further enhance your career prospects.
You will gain excellent oral and writing skills and 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 programme includes various forms of assessment and we place great value on teamwork through seminars, tutorials, and group presentations, which encourage time-management and interpersonal skills that are highly valued in the employment market.

Our computer labs are equipped with the latest versions of leading translation software tools and you will have access to an external virtual learning environment incorporating mobile apps and online videos to further enhance your independent study.
In addition to formal classes, you can develop your skills at weekly ‘language cafés’, which bring you together with exchange students who are native speakers ready to talk to you in the languages you are studying.
This programme has a strong Welsh-medium provision and students who wish to pursue their studies in Welsh can apply for a scholarship through Coleg Cymraeg Cenedlaethol.

Please visit our course page for more information:
swansea.ac.uk/undergraduate/courses/artsandhumanities/modern-languages-translation-and-interpreting/ba-modenlangtrans-q910/

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Modules

You will study six modules each year to include compulsory and optional modules. Module selection options may change.

Assessment methods

This degree programme is delivered through lectures, tutorials and seminars. You will usually receive nine hours minimum scheduled contact time with your teachers every week. Full attendance at lectures, seminars and personal tutorials (personal tutorials are obligatory). All Arts and Humanities degree 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.

The Uni


Course location:

Singleton Park Campus

Department:

Languages, Translation and Media

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.

90%
high
Classical studies

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.

Classics

Teaching and learning

97%
Staff make the subject interesting
96%
Staff are good at explaining things
91%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
88%
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

77%
Library resources
86%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
91%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

98%
UK students
2%
International students
55%
Male students
45%
Female students
72%
2:1 or above
6%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
B
B

After graduation


The stats in this section 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.

Classics

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.

£16,800
low
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
89%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

14%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
11%
Other elementary services occupations
10%
Teaching and educational professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

This subject has been a mainstay of the UK university system for centuries and is still going strong! Over 1000 graduates received classics degrees in 2015 and a quarter of those went on to further study, usually a Masters, and although many stayed with Classics, or moved slightly to history or archaeology, some changed to topics like law and teaching. Half of those who did go into work found jobs in London or the South East. Common jobs included working in education, marketing and advertising, or the finance industry as advisors or even accountants. Personal contacts were particularly important for these graduates in finding their first job, so good networks may help your job search when the time comes.

What about your long term prospects?

Looking further ahead, below is a rough guide for what graduates went on to earn.

Classical studies

The graph shows median earnings of graduates who achieved a degree in this subject area one, three and five years after graduating from here.

£17k

£17k

£20k

£20k

£23k

£23k

Note: this data only looks at employees (and not those who are self-employed or also studying) and covers a broad sample of graduates and the various paths they've taken, which might not always be a direct result of their degree.

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While there are lots of factors at play when it comes to your future earnings, use this as a rough timeline of what graduates in this subject area were earning on average one, three and five years later. Can you see a steady increase in salary, or did grads need some experience under their belt before seeing a nice bump up in their pay packet?

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