BA (Hons)

Languages, Communication and Culture

Combine your language study with cultural knowledge

R002UCAS code 4yrsfull time

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Why take this course?

If you want to use your languages in a multilingual professional environment, then this course is for you.

You will study 1 or 2 languages from Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish in conjunction with various others units that cover translation, culture, politics and more.

What will I experience?

On this course you can:

  • Study 1 or 2 languages over 4 years.
  • Spend a year abroad studying at a university or doing a work placement.
  • Do Teacher Training (ITT), which entitles you to a bursary of £9,000 in the final year of your degree.

What opportunities might it lead to?

Language graduates are highly sought after and the transferable skills you will have are extremely valuable to employers. You will be able to work across cultures, work with confidence in your language of study and take up a range of graduate employment opportunities or further study.

Here are some routes our graduates have pursued:

  • Employment in areas as diverse as management, banking, marketing and sales, commerce, export, tourism and media, among others.
  • Careers across the private, public and voluntary sectors.
  • Teaching in English and Welsh schools straight after graduation (when taking the Initial Teacher Training route through the programme).

It's not too late to apply for 2017

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Key Facts

Subject to approval

UCAS Course Code:
R002
Duration
4 years full time with language year abroad
2017 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS
The UCAS tariff for 2017 entry has changed. See how this affects your tariff score A LEVELS
96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. Students wishing to take two languages require 32 points from an A level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish). See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications
   
2018 ENTRY REQUIREMENTS

A LEVELS
96-120 points from 3 A levels or equivalent. Students wishing to take two languages require 32 points from an A level in a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish). See full entry requirements

OTHER QUALIFICATIONS
We accept UCAS points from other qualifications. See full details and English Language qualifications

Fees

To be confirmed

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Contact
admissions@port.ac.uk
+44 (0)23 9284 5566
Department
School of Languages and Area Studies

Subject:

Modern Languages and Area Studies

Find out what our students say about studying at Portsmouth, including:

  • Combining language learning with the study of culture and politics, promoting a deeper understanding of a country/countries of study
  • Fantastic opportunities for spending a year abroad
  • Interactive and practical nature of studying that will prepare you for a wide range of careers

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Year one

Core units in this year include:

  • General Language - Chinese, French, German, Italian and Spanish (you may study up to 2)
  • Nation, Language & Identity
  • Language, Society & Mind
  • Starting Language Research
  • Studying @ University

Year two

Core units in this year include:

  • General Language - Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish (you may study up to 2)

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Text Analysis & Translation
  • Intercultural Communication
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Business Cultures & Global Markets
  • Selected units on Literature and Film
  • Selected units on History and politics of China, France, Germany, and Spain

Final year*

Core units in this year include:

  • General Language - Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish (you may study up to 2)

Options to choose from in this year include:

  • Translation Interpreting
  • Language, Gender & Sexuality
  • Digital Communication
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Selected units on Literature and Film
  • Selected units on History and politics of China, France, Germany, and Spain

*On this programme you will spend your third year studying abroad

Year abroad

Your year abroad may be spent studying at a university or working through an arranged work placement. This allows you to develop your transferable workplace skills as an integral part of your studies. We work with a range of partners that offer teaching and work experience opportunities with NGOs and other voluntary organisations to students on their year abroad.


Teaching and Assessment

You will be taught by staff who are experienced practitioners and researchers in a creative and stimulating learning environment. Teaching is via lectures and seminars which are supported by the University’s interactive learning facilities. Classes can involve language skills development sessions where you learn how to access electronic resources in our multimedia digital classrooms or via small oral practice classes with language assistants. 

How are you assessed?

Our assessment methods are varied, with relatively few formal examinations. We assess your work via written essays and reports, case studies, literature reviews, group and individual projects, oral presentations, and the language portfolio. In the final year, you will do a dissertation based on directed, independent research with supervision from your tutor.

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Year Abroad

On this programme you will spend your third year in a country where your target languages are spoken. You may take advantage of our well-established links with universities in China, France, Germany, Spain, West Africa and Latin America, if you want to spend this period studying. Alternatively, with University approval, you may be able to arrange a work placement abroad.

Language resources

You will have access to our state-of-the-art Language Laboratories, where you can manipulate video, sound, text and Internet sources in a rich, multimedia language-learning environment. You will also have access to our recently refurbished Learning Resource Centre, with texts, study rooms, and IT facilities to increase your learning and support your assignment work. 

ITT route

Our opt-in Initial Teacher Training route offers the certification you need to become an inspiring and professional Modern Foreign Languages teacher in English and Welsh schools. On this route, you will study with experts from the University's PGCE team.

University Library

Modern, comfortable and a great learning environment, our library offers a wealth of information including 400,000 books, DVDs, maps and thousands of online ejournals and newspapers. Many electronic resources are available anywhere, 24/7 and our friendly staff are always on hand to help.

Budgeting for your studies

There are extra costs associated with studying, which you will need to consider when planning your expenditure.

Recommended texts:
If you wish to purchase recommended texts, rather than borrow from the University Library, the average price is £50-£60. You may be studying up to 6 units a year, each with a standard recommended text.

General costs:
We recommend that you budget £75 a year for costs of photocopying, memory sticks, DVDs and CDs, printing charges, binding and specialist printing.

Final year project:
If your final year includes a major project, there could be cost for transport or accommodation related to your research activities. The amount will depend on the project you choose to develop.

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Career prospects

Where next?
Where next?

Language graduates are highly sought after and the transferable skills you will possess are extremely valuable to employers. You can expect to find work in areas as diverse as management, banking, marketing and sales, commerce, export, tourism and media, among others. Transferable skills can be used in many careers across the private, public and voluntary sectors. You will have the ability to work across cultures, enhance your graduate employment opportunities through our strong partnerships with organisations across the globe. This course is great preparation for work at home or abroad.

Roles our graduates have taken on include:

  • bilingual consultant
  • multilingual project coordinator
  • translator
  • market analyst
  • contracts representative

Work experience

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Employment boosting opportunities

Your year abroad may be spent studying at a university or working through an arranged work placement. This allows you to develop your transferable workplace skills as an integral part of your studies. We work with a range of partners that offer teaching and work experience opportunities with NGOs and other voluntary organisations to students on their year abroad.

The course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option, which lets you earn credits toward your degree for work/research placements, volunteer roles or internships undertaken alongside your studies. This option gives you the opportunity to enhance your employability skills, to reflect on the ways in which you've done so, and to learn to express this to potential employers.

You also have the option of following a route that includes Initial Teacher Training (ITT), required for teaching in English and Welsh schools. There are school placements throughout at each level of the programme.

Career planning

Career planning
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To make sure you take the right steps on your career path, we’re here to give you help, support and advice throughout your study. Even after you’ve graduated, we continue to give you support for up to five years.

Employers tell us that they want graduates to be able to demonstrate certain skills when they come out of university. Our courses take account of this. We make sure we prepare you for employment through work-related learning, projects, placements and working in simulated environments that are designed to prepare you for the working world.

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