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University of Portsmouth

International Relations and Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish)

UCAS Code: LR29

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

Entry requirements


96-112 Tariff points to include a minimum of 2 A levels.

96-112 Tariff points from the Access to HE Diploma.

Cambridge Pre-U score of 42 -48.

GCSE/National 4/National 5

3 GCSEs at grade C or above to include English and Mathematics/3 GCSEs at grade 4 or above to include English and Mathematics.

International Baccalaureate Diploma Programme

25

25 points from the IB Diploma, to include 3 Higher Level subjects

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

H3,H3,H3,H3,H4-H3,H4,H4,H4,H4

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

D*D*-DD

Acceptable when combined with other qualifications.

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

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96-112 Tariff points.

UCAS Tariff

96-112

96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent.

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Applicants receiving offers

About this course


Course option

4.0years

Full-time with time abroad | 2020

Subjects

Modern languages

International relations

**Overview**
If you're interested in the history and politics of different countries and the way nations interact with each other, this BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages degree course is the perfect choice.

You'll study a foreign language and learn about the countries and cultures where it's spoken. You'll also examine issues such as global migration, terrorism, climate change, the rise and fall of major powers, state collapse, global development and the factors that trigger global protest movements.

You’ll spend a year overseas in a country speaking your first-choice language, have the chance to learn another language and develop transferable skills in areas such as collaboration, analysis, communication, time management and project management.

With this degree, you'll be a strong candidate for careers in areas such as international diplomacy, business, journalism, research and translation.

**What you'll experience**
On this International Relations and Languages course you'll:
- Study French, German, Italian, Spanish or Chinese (Mandarin) as a beginner or at intermediate level

- Use our professional-grade conference interpreting suite and language labs, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources

- Do a detailed academic analysis of major recent international events, such as the Ukraine Crisis, the 'Occupy' movement, the rise of ISIS and the effects of the Arab Spring

- Immerse yourself in the cultures of the country where your chosen language is spoken – in the classroom and on your work or study placement abroad in year 3

- Have the opportunity to study a second language, including Arabic, Japanese and British Sign Language (BSL)

- Keep up to date with the latest topics and issues in international relations by taking part in 'pop-up seminars' with staff and your peers

- Learn from staff who are members of the Centre for European and International Studies Research (CEISR), the UK's largest research centre of its kind

**Careers and opportunities**
When you finish the course, our Careers and Employability service can help you find a job that puts your skills and cultural experience to work.

What can you do with an International Relations and Languages degree?
Graduates from this degree have gone on to careers in such as:

- government

- the security services

- international organisations like the UN

- international charities such as Amnesty International or the Red Cross

- policy research

- media and international business consultancy

- political risk analysis

- public relations

- voluntary organisations

- management

- banking and financial services

- marketing and sales

- exporting

- tourism

What jobs can you do with an International Relations and Languages degree?
Job roles they've taken on include:

- politician’s assistant

- public affairs consultant

- bilingual consultant

- multilingual project coordinator

- translator

- social researcher

- information officer

- conference producer

- local government administrator

After you leave the University, you can get help, advice and support for up to 5 years from our Careers and Employability service as you advance in your career.

Modules

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) International Relations and Languages degree

Each module on this course is worth a certain number of credits.

In each year, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Modules

Year 1

Core modules in this year include:

Either Grade 1 and 2 General Language plus Grade 1 and 2 Language in Use (beginners) or General Language Grade 3 plus Language Project (post A level)
Key Themes in International Relations
A History of Political Thought
Performing like a Pro: Skills for Academic and Professional Success

There are no optional modules in this year.

Year 2

Core modules in this year include:

Either General Language (Grade 3 and 4) or General Language (Grade 4) and Language for Professional Communication 1
Analysing Foreign and Security Policy
International Thought

Optional modules this year currently include:

International Politics of the Middle East
Russian and Eurasian Politics
US Foreign Policy: From the Great War to 9/11
Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
Democratisation in Latin America
Comparing Extremist and Populist Movements in the Western World
France: Crisis, Renewal and Reinvention (1936 to the Present)
People on the Move: Migration and Borders in Europe
Bending the Truth a Little? Researching Politics and International Relations
Revolution and Repression in Spain
Germany in European and Global Context (1871 to the Present)
East Asian States and Societies
Guns, Glory Hunters and Greed: French and British Colonisation in Africa
A second language
Learning from Experience

Placement year (optional)

On this course, you can do an optional work placement year between your 2nd and 3rd years to get valuable experience working in industry.

We’ll help you secure a work placement that fits your situation and ambitions. You’ll get mentoring and support throughout the year.

Year 3

This year consists of spending a year studying abroad in a country where your target language is spoken.

Year 4

Core modules in this year include:

Research Project
General Language Grade 6
Translation Theory and Practice

Optional modules in this year currently include:

Global Capitalism: Past, Present and Future
Autocracy and Democracy
Strategic Studies
Security Challenges in the 21st Century
France in the World: Global Actor or Global Maverick?
The French Exception: Contemporary French Politics and Society
Nazi Germany
Transitional Justice & Human Rights
The Politics and Culture of the Hispanic World in 20th Century Literature and Film
China & East Asian Economies
Germany in the American Century
The City: How Culture Becomes Urban Form
Ethnicity, Class & Culture in the Developing World
Africa Revisited: Nation Building and ‘State Fragility’ in Post-Colonial Africa
Rethinking Aid and Development
Interpreting
Learning from Experience (LiFE)
Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates

We use the best and most current research and professional practice alongside feedback from our students to make sure course content is relevant to your future career or further studies.

Therefore, some course content may change over time to reflect changes in the discipline or industry and some optional modules may not run every year. If a module doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative module.

Assessment methods

You’ll be assessed through:

written exams
practical exams
coursework: essays, reports, case studies or book reviews
projects
oral presentations
You’ll be able to test your skills and knowledge informally before you do assessments that count towards your final mark.

You can get feedback on all practice and formal assessments so you can improve in the future.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the modules you select. As a guide, students on this course last year were typically assessed as follows:

Year 1 students: 15% by written exams, 26% by practical exams and 59% by coursework
Year 2 students: 15% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 82% by coursework
Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
Year 4 students: 7% by written exams, 17% by practical exams and 76% by coursework

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
£14,300
per year
Northern Ireland
£9,250
per year
Scotland
£9,250
per year
Wales
£9,250
per year

The Uni


Course location:

University of Portsmouth

Department:

Faculty of Humanities and Social Sciences

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.

88%
high
Modern languages
80%
med
International relations

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

93%
Staff make the subject interesting
100%
Staff are good at explaining things
88%
Ideas and concepts are explored in-depth
80%
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

98%
Library resources
100%
IT resources
95%
Course specific equipment and facilities
83%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

83%
UK students
17%
International students
25%
Male students
75%
Female students
75%
2:1 or above
13%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

B
C
C

Politics

Teaching and learning

84%
Staff make the subject interesting
92%
Staff are good at explaining things
84%
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

86%
Library resources
89%
IT resources
84%
Course specific equipment and facilities
77%
Course is well organised and has run smoothly

Student voice

Staff value students' opinions

Who studies this subject and how do they get on?

82%
UK students
18%
International students
59%
Male students
41%
Female students
74%
2:1 or above
9%
Drop out rate

Most popular A-Levels studied (and grade achieved)

C
C
C

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.

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
100%
high
Employed or in further education
64%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

30%
Teaching and educational professionals
18%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
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.

Politics

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.

£20,000
med
Average annual salary
98%
med
Employed or in further education
87%
med
Employed in a role where degree was essential or beneficial

Top job areas of graduates

22%
Sales, marketing and related associate professionals
13%
Business, research and administrative professionals
10%
Business, finance and related associate professionals
What do graduate employment figures really tell you?

The numbers of people taking politics degrees fell sharply last year and we'll keep an eye on this one - it can't really be because of graduates getting poor outcomes as politics grads do about as well as graduates on average. Most politics or international relations graduates don't actually go into politics - although many do, as activists, fundraisers and researchers. Jobs in local and central government are also important. Other popular jobs include marketing and PR, youth and community work, finance roles, HR and academic research (you usually need a postgraduate degree to get into research). Because so many graduates get jobs in the civil service, a lot of graduates find themselves in London after graduating. Politics is a very popular postgraduate subject, and so about one in five politics graduates go on to take another course - usually a one-year Masters - after they finish their degrees.

What about your long term prospects?

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

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This is usually because there were too few respondents in the data we receive to be able to provide results about the subject at this university.

International relations

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

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£24k

£24k

£26k

£26k

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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