r9q9 - Modern Languages, Trans and Interpret BA

Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting BA Honours

UCAS Code: R9Q9 (full time: 4 Years)

Course Overview

This degree gives you the opportunity to study two modern foreign languages whilst also specialising in translation and interpreting.

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At a Glance


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Degree Awarded
BA Honours

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Course Duration
4 Years

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Entry Requirements
A Level: ABB
IB: 32 points

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You will spend a year abroad, developing near-native fluency and experiencing life in another culture.

The opportunity to develop fluency in one or two languages, along with developing in-demand employment skills in translating and interpreting, make this a very attractive degree.

When you graduate, you will be well placed for a career as a freelance translator/interpreter for agencies and commercial clients, an in-house translator/interpreter in the private or public sector, and for work in international organisations.

Highlights of this degree

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Course Details

Modules for 2019 entry

Please note

The module and/or programme information below is for 2019 entry. Our teaching is informed by research and modules change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, student feedback, or insufficient numbers of students interested (in an optional module). To find out more read our terms and conditions.

Module/programme information for 2020 entry will be published here as soon as it is available (end of May 2020).

Our degrees are divided into Stages. Each Stage lasts for an academic year and you need to complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each Stage. Further information, including the credit value of the module, is available in each of the module descriptions below.


    Entry Requirements

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis.

    If your qualifications are not listed here, please see our additional entry requirements web pages to find out which other qualifications are considered. 

    The entrance requirements below apply to 2020 entry.

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    Translation and interpreting careers

    Studying for our degree in Modern Languages, Translation and Interpreting will open the door to a wide variety of career paths, while adding the specific skills of translation and interpreting to your portfolio.

    You may decide to embark directly upon a career in translation and/or interpreting, or you could follow the tracks of some of our other Modern Languages graduates and find work in areas as diverse as tourism, marketing, management, the civil service, advertising and the media, teaching and banking.

    Alternatively, if you want to study translation and interpreting further, our degree is excellent preparation for a postgraduate professional qualification.

    Our degree will equip you with highly marketable translation and interpreting skills, which will be increasingly attractive as the world economy recovers.

    It also gives you the wider skills you get from all degrees at Newcastle:

    • the self-confidence to communicate orally as well as on paper
    • the ability to work effectively in a group
    • the ability to organise and plan your work
    • the ability to find solutions to problems by critical, logical and creative thinking

    These skills are highly valued by a wide range of employers across all sectors, including industry and business.

    Many School of Modern Languages graduates also choose to go into teaching, taking a Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) for either primary or secondary education in the UK, or beginning careers teaching English outside this country. Others go into jobs in which their language skills are desirable, such as the media, sales, e-commerce, and finance.

    The School of Modern Languages works with the University’s Careers Service to run an annual Employability Week, including an opportunity to network with recent graduates. We also collaborate on the Modern Languages careers blog, Careers Translated. The blog gives you access to a range of relevant jobs, training and work experience opportunities, as well as interviews with alumni and employers, and general advice. 

    What our graduates go on to do: employment and further study choices

    See what our recent graduates went on to do and view graduate destinations statistics. These statistics are based on what graduates were doing on a specific date, approximately six months after graduation. Take a look at the most recent data available for our graduates.

    The destination data is available in varying levels, beginning with the University and moving through Faculty and School down to individual course reports. This final level may give you some useful ideas about possible options after your course or a course you are considering.

    Careers and employability at Newcastle

    Newcastle University consistently has one of the best records for graduate employment in the UK.

    96% of our 2017 UK-domiciled UG/PG graduates progressed to employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    85.5% of our graduates are in graduate level employment or further study within six months of graduating.

    We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through an initiative called ncl+. This enables you to develop personal, employability and enterprise skills and to give you the edge in the employment market after you graduate.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers.

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    UCAS codes for Newcastle University

    • institution name - NEWC
    • institution code - N21

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