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Modern Languages BA Honours

  • UCAS code: T901
  • Full time
  • 4 years
  • Next start date: September 2023

Master up to three languages on our highly flexible Modern Languages degree course and prepare yourself for a career as an engaged, global citizen.

Fees (per year)

  • Home: £9250
  • International: £21000

Entry requirements and offers

  • A-Level: ABB
  • IB: 32 points

UCAS Institution name and code:

  • NEWC / N21

Course overview

This four-year Modern Languages BA Honours degree immerses you in the study of foreign culture and society. Focusing on the development of your language skills in your chosen languages, you'll graduate with an appreciation for other cultures and multilingual skills sought by employers.

You can choose to study up to three languages from a choice of:

  • Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Japanese
  • Portuguese
  • Spanish

Through our multidisciplinary approach to teaching, you'll gain an in-depth insight into how culture, cinema, history, politics and society shape the countries where your chosen languages are spoken. You will have the knowledge and understanding you need to engage with people in their native language.

You'll become a confident multilinguist, ready to embark on your career journey as a global citizen.

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Professional accreditation

All professional accreditations are reviewed regularly by their professional body.

Modules and learning

Modules

The information below is intended to provide an example of what you will study.

Most degrees are divided into stages. Each stage lasts for one academic year, and you'll complete modules totalling 120 credits by the end of each stage. 

Our teaching is informed by research. Course content may change periodically to reflect developments in the discipline, the requirements of external bodies and partners, and student feedback.

Optional module availability
Student demand for optional modules may affect availability.

Full details of the modules on offer will be published through the Programme Regulations and Specifications ahead of each academic year. This usually happens in May.

To find out more please see our terms and conditions.

In Stage 2, you take an advanced study of your chosen languages.

This is complemented by a wide range of cultural modules. You can explore a range of subjects such as Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture or Classic French Cinema.

You will also have the opportunity to study beginners’ modules in:

  • Catalan or Italian if you study Spanish
  • Catalan or Italian if you study French
  • Dutch if you study German

Modules

Optional Modules Credits
Contemporary Chinese Society: Issues and Challenges 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Chinese 40
Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese 40
La France de 1789 à nos jours 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) French 20
Paris: Aspects of History and Culture 20
Explorations of the Self in Contemporary French & Francophone Writing and Visual Culture 20
French for Business 20
Linguistic Variation in French 20
French Caribbean Literature 20
Level C (HE Advanced) French 20
Deutschland zwischen 1871 und 1945 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) German 20
Berlin: culture, literature and film from the Weimar Republic to the Berlin Republic 20
M for Murder: Crime, Law and Justice in Modern German Literature and Film 20
Beginners' Dutch 20
Level C (HE Advanced) German 20
Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Japanese 40
Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese 40
Introducción a América Latina 20
Cultura y poder en América latina: debates desde la antropología 20
Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film 20
Cultures and Societies of the Portuguese-Speaking World 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Portuguese 20
Introduction to Literature 20
Introduction to Linguistics 20
Introduction to International Film 20
Introduction to Cultural Studies 20
Cities in East Asian Cinema: Culture, History and Identity 20
An Introduction to Italian language and culture 20
Reading in Translation 20
Introduction to Korean 20
Introduction to History, Culture and Society of the Iberian Peninsula 20
Level B (HE Intermediate) Spanish 20
Spanish linguistics II: variation and change 20
Introduction to Catalan 20
Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia en España y América Latina 20
Language Diversity in Spain 20
Food, Football and Fiction: Constructing Catalan Cultural Identity 20
Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20

You will spend Stage 3 working or studying abroad. This year abroad exposes you to the life and cultures of the countries you're studying, further developing your language skills.

Modules

Compulsory Modules

Year Abroad Tutor Posts (100 credits)

Optional Modules

Study Abroad (20 credits)

Year Abroad Work Placement Report (Semester 1) (20 credits)

Year Abroad Work Placement Report (Semester 2) (20 credits)

Year Abroad Project (Semester 1) (20 credits)

Year Abroad Project (Semester 2) (20 credits)

  • In Stage 4, your language studies build on the levels you have developed during your year abroad and include advanced writing skills, translation, and interpreting. 

    You also have further optional modules to explore the cultures and histories of the countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

     

    Modules

    Optional Modules Credits
    Contemporary Chinese Society: Issues and Challenges 20
    China and its Peripheries: Repression, (In)stability and Conflict in the 21st Century 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) Chinese 40
    Historical and Cultural Interpretations of China through classics and newspaper reading 20
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) Chinese 40
    Paris: Aspects of History and Culture 20
    Explorations of the Self in Contemporary French & Francophone Writing and Visual Culture 20
    French for Business 20
    Linguistic Variation in French 20
    French Caribbean Literature 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) French 20
    Occupation and Resistance: Literary and Cinematic Responses to the Second World War in France 20
    Contemporary French Cinema 20
    Images d'Algerie 20
    Explorations of the Self in Contemporary French & Francophone Writing and Visual Culture 20
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Advanced Writing Skills 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) French: Translation & Interpreting 10
    Berlin: culture, literature and film from the Weimar Republic to the Berlin Republic 20
    M for Murder: Crime, Law and Justice in Modern German Literature and Film 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) German 20
    Intermediate Dutch 20
    German Representations of the Holocaust 20
    A Comparative History of German and English: phonology, morphology, syntax and lexicon. 20
    The Future: Between Utopia and Dystopia 20
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Advanced Writing Skills 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) German: Translation & Interpreting 10
    Contemporary Japanese Popular Culture 20
    Contemporary Japanese Animation 20
    Literary and cultural expressions in contemporary Japan 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) Japanese 40
    Level D (Further Advanced) Japanese 40
    Cultura y poder en América latina: debates desde la antropología 20
    Comparative History of Hispano-America and Brazil: from Independence to the Mexican Revolution (1789/1810-1917) 20
    Envisioning Identities in Latin American Film 20
    Multilingualism and Society in Latin America 20
    Latin American Art and Theory 20
    Cultura y Política en Colombia 20
    Translation for Singing 20
    Identidades Pós-Coloniais no Cinema e na Literatura Luso-Afro-Brasileira Contemporanea 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) Portuguese 20
    Cities in East Asian Cinema: Culture, History and Identity 20
    Reading in Translation 20
    Advocating and Teaching Languages in Schools 20
    Intermediate Italian 20
    Dissertation 20
    Spanish linguistics II: variation and change 20
    Representaciones de Revolución, Dictadura y Democracia en España y América Latina 20
    Language Diversity in Spain 20
    Food, Football and Fiction: Constructing Catalan Cultural Identity 20
    Level C (HE Advanced) Spanish 20
    Intermediate Catalan 20
    Cultura Popular en España y Cuba 20
    Spanish linguistics III: sound change and morphological change 20
    Youth Cultures in Spain, Portugal & Latin America 20
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Advanced Writing Skills 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Language for Professional & Academic Purposes 10
    Level D (HE Further Advanced) Spanish: Translation & Interpreting 10

    Teaching and assessment

    Teaching methods

    The majority of language modules are taught by native speakers. You also work in language laboratories and undertake self-study in our award-winning Language Resource Centre.

    Assessment methods

    You'll be assessed through a combination of:

    • Assessments

    • Assignments – written or fieldwork

    • Coursework

    • Dissertation or research project

    • Dossier

    • Essays

    • Examinations – practical or online

    • Group work

    • Portfolio submission

    • Practical sessions

    • Presentations

    • Reflective report/journal

    • Reports

    • Seminar tasks/exercises

    Skills and experience

    Research skills

    You have the option of writing a dissertation in your final year, which allows you to explore and discuss a topic of interest in great detail, while developing your research skills.

    Chat to a student

    I chose Modern Languages because I would like to learn more about foreign culture through reading books or watching films. Newcastle University has many subjects, so I can choose what I want to study.

    Ayaka Yamazaki, Modern Languages

    Opportunities

    Year abroad

    This Modern Languages degree includes a compulsory year abroad. 

    Students studying a European language can: 

    • study at one of our partner universities
    • undertake a work or voluntary placement
    • undertake a combination of both (ensuring they do not overlap)

    You usually divide the year between the countries relating to your chosen languages, although it may be possible to spend the entire year in one country. 

    If you are studying three languages we encourage you to spend some time during the summer vacation in the country of your third language.

    If you're studying Chinese or Japanese, you'll spend the year studying at one of our partner universities in China or Japan.

    Support for year abroad

    You will receive lots of help to prepare for your year abroad, including: 

    • briefings covering practicalities like insurance, visas and student safety
    • support in finding a work placement
    • a Tandem Learning Scheme, to practise conversation in your foreign language and make in-country contacts, before you travel
    • a training course for language assistants

    There are also events in your second year where you can meet students who have already done their year abroad, students from our partner universities in Europe, and Chinese and Japanese exchange students from our host universities in East Asia. 

    You'll be in contact with our Year Abroad team during your time abroad, and communicate with your personal tutor. You'll also write blog posts, reflecting on your linguistic, personal and professional development.

    Facilities and environment

    Facilities

    As a Modern Languages student, you'll be based at our city-centre campus, in the School of Modern Languages. We've been teaching modern languages in Newcastle for more than 100 years.

    You will have access to language laboratories and the award-winning Language Resource Centre, with self-study resources for over 50 languages. You'll also have access to:

    • specialist language learning software
    • dictionaries
    • films
    • live foreign-language TV channels

    Support

    You'll have the support of an academic member of staff as a personal tutor throughout your degree to help with academic and personal issues.

    Peer mentors will help you in your first year. They are fellow students who can help you settle in and answer any questions you have when starting university.

    Your future

    Ability in languages is highly regarded by employers across all sectors, including industry and business. Employers value the linguistic skills and cultural awareness of graduates.

    With ever more European and international connections, language skills are important and give you a real advantage in applying for a wide range of graduate jobs.

    For some graduates teaching is a popular career choice, undertaking primary and secondary Postgraduate Certificate of Education (PGCE) or teaching English abroad. Others go into jobs where their language skills are desirable, such as the media, sales, e-commerce, and areas of finance.

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    Careers support

    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.

    Our award-winning Careers Service is one of the largest and best in the country, and we have strong links with employers. We provide an extensive range of opportunities to all students through our ncl+ initiative.

    Visit our Careers Service website

    Recognition of professional qualifications outside of the UK

    From 1 January 2021 there is an update to the way professional qualifications are recognised by countries outside of the UK

    Entry requirements and offers

    All candidates are considered on an individual basis and we accept a broad range of qualifications. The entrance requirements and offers below apply to 2023 entry.

    A-Level
    International Baccalaureate

    Other UK and the Republic of Ireland qualifications

    Contextual Offers

    Through one of our contextual routes, you could receive an offer of up to three grades lower than the typical requirements.

    What is a contextual offer? Find out more and if you’re eligible for this or our PARTNERS Programme supported entry route.

    Qualifications from outside the UK

    English Language requirements

    Entrance courses (INTO)

    International Pathway Courses are specialist programmes designed for international students who want to study in the UK. We provide a range of study options for international students in partnership with INTO. 

    Find out more about International Pathway Courses

    Admissions policy

    This policy applies to all undergraduate and postgraduate admissions at Newcastle University. It is intended to provide information about our admissions policies and procedures to applicants and potential applicants, to their advisors and family members, and to staff of the University.

    Tuition fees and scholarships

    Tuition fees for 2023 entry (per year)

    Home Fee Students

    £9250

    International Fee Students

    £21000

    The maximum fee that we are permitted to charge for home fee-paying students is set by the UK government.

    As a general principle, you should expect the tuition fee to increase in each subsequent academic year of your course, subject to government regulations on fee increases and in line with inflation.

    Read more about fees and funding

    Depending on your residency history, if you’re a student from the EU, other EEA or a Swiss national, with settled or pre-settled status under the EU Settlement Scheme, you’ll normally pay the ‘Home’ tuition fee rate and may be eligible for Student Finance England support.

    EU students without settled or pre-settled status will normally be charged fees at the ‘International’ rate and will not be eligible for Student Finance England support.

    If you are unsure of your fee status, check out the latest guidance here.

    Read more about fees and funding

    Scholarships

    We support our EU and international students by providing a generous range of Vice-Chancellor's automatic and merit-based scholarships. See our undergraduate scholarship page for more information.

    Year abroad and additional costs

    For programmes where you can spend a year on a work placement or studying abroad, you will receive a significant fee reduction for that year. 

    Some of our degrees involve additional costs which are not covered by your tuition fees.

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    • the UCAS name and institution codes for Newcastle University (NEWC/N21)
    • the UCAS code for the course you want to apply for
    • the UCAS 'buzzword' for your school or college

    If you are applying independently, or are applying from a school or college which is not registered to manage applications, you will still use the Apply system. You will not need a buzzword.

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