applied languages student learning in language laboratory
UCAS Code
Q140
Mode of Study
Full-time with language year abroad
Duration
4 years full-time with language year abroad
Start Date
September 2019, September 2020

Apply through Clearing

To start this course in 2019 call us on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

Our Clearing hotline is open until 7.00pm on Friday 16 August, 9.00am–3.00pm on Saturday 17 August and 8.30am–5.15pm from Monday 19 August.

Overview

The world’s more connected than ever, so speaking multiple languages unlocks opportunities across a number of fields.

This practical BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course harnesses your talent for learning languages and turns it into professional skills for an exciting career in multilingual communication.

Whatever career you’re pursuing, from translation to teaching, you’ll develop expertise in at least 2 languages and learn to apply your skills to whatever multilingual field you’re most interested in.

95% Graduates in work or further study (DLHE, 2017)

95% Overall student satisfaction (NSS, 2018)

What you'll experience

On this Applied Languages degree course, you'll:

  • Study 2 core languages from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese, Spanish or English as a foreign language
  • Apply your foreign language skills to professional fields such as translation, interpreting or initial teacher training
  • Study, teach or work abroad in 2 countries, immersing yourself in the languages you’re learning
  • Put your language skills into practice in our language labs, where you’ll manipulate video, sound and text
  • Use our professional Interpreter Training Suite, the best kit to develop your interpreting skills

You can also:

  • Enhance your degree with an internationally recognised qualification in TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Study a 3rd language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish
  • Do Initial Teacher Training (ITT), which will entitle you to a bursary of £9,000 in the final year of your degree

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with an Applied Languages degree?

You’ll emerge from this Applied Languages degree course as a skilled multi-linguist, ready to take on roles across a range of fields. Previous graduates have secured positions in areas such as:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • customer relations
  • tourism

Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will give support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

What you'll study on this BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree

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

In years 1, 2 and 4, 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

Core modules in this year include:

  • 2 foreign languages (from Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language)
  • Language Project
  • Language, Learning and Teaching
  • Researching Language And Professional Practice
  • Option to start a 3rd foreign language via the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP), in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
  • Introduction To Teaching
  • Introduction To Translation
  • A third foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)
  • Language For Professional Communication 1
  • Learning From Experience / Teaching Placement
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • Second Language Acquisition
  • TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)

On this degree course, you'll spend your third year in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

Optional modules in this year currently include:

  • Communication Theory
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • Digital Communication
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • Interpreting
  • Learning from Experience
  • Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
  • Professional Practice in MFL Teaching & Research Project
  • Research Project
  • Translation Theory & Practice
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Writing to Persuade

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.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job using your language skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and use your skills.

Year abroad

You'll spend your 3rd year studying in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken. Our global links mean we have partnerships with universities across the world including:

  • Universities of Granada, Malaga, Murcia, Alcala and Salamanca in Spain
  • University of Santiago in Chile
  • Universities of Lyon, Toulouse, Tours and Strasbourg in France
  • University of Wuhan in China
  • University of Modena in Italy
  • Universities of Bremen, Flensburg, Marburg and Erfurt in Germany

We also have partnerships with the British Senegalese Institute and development organisations in Dakar, which provide opportunities for work placements on your year abroad. You could also become an English Language Assistant abroad, with the British Council.

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

Learning support

As well as support by faculty teaching staff and your personal tutor, you can use the University’s Academic Skills Unit (ASK).

ASK provides one-to-one support in areas such as:

  • academic writing
  • note taking
  • time management
  • critical thinking
  • presentation skills
  • referencing
  • working in groups
  • revision, memory and exam techniques

If you have a disability or need extra support, the Additional Support and Disability Centre (ASDAC) will give you help, support and advice.

Support with English

If English isn't your first language, you can do one of our English language courses to improve your written and spoken English language skills before starting your degree. Once you're here, you can take part in our free English for Academic Purposes programme to improve your English further.

I really like the availability of the teaching staff – they all have set office hours where you can drop by and discuss your progress.

Will Brookes-Smith, BA Hons Applied Languages

Teaching

Teaching methods on this course include:

  • lectures
  • seminars
  • one-on-one tutorials
  • a year abroad studying or a work placement

How you'll spend your time

Each academic year is divided into 2 teaching blocks and 2 assessment periods:

  • September to December – teaching block 1
  • January – assessment period 1
  • January to May – teaching block 2 (includes Easter break)
  • May to June – assessment period 2

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

There’s usually no teaching on Wednesday afternoons.

How you're assessed

You’ll be assessed through:

  • oral presentations
  • language portfolio
  • written essays and reports
  • case studies
  • book reviews
  • blogs
  • translations
  • commentaries
  • interviews
  • magazine production
  • group and individual projects

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.

I lived and studied in France and Spain during my third year of the course. An amazing experience allowing me to put my language skills into practice, meet lots of people and experience a different culture. I grew as a person, improved my language skills -- and now I'm putting my skills to work.

Sonny Tuke , BA Hons Applied Languages student

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: 23% by written exams, 16% by practical exams and 61% by coursework
  • Year 2 students: 38% by written exams, 7% by practical exams and 55% by coursework
  • Year 3 students: 100% by coursework
  • Year 4 students: 7% by written exams, 3% by practical exams and 90% by coursework

Entry requirements​

Entry requirements for this course may be more flexible during Clearing.

BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree entry requirements

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language).

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

Qualifications or experience
  • 96-112 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language).

See the other qualifications we accept

English language requirements
  • English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

See alternative English language qualifications

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2019 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,900 per year (subject to annual increase)

Additional course costs

These course-related costs aren’t included in the tuition fees. So you’ll need to budget for them when you plan your spending.

Additional costs

Our accommodation section shows your accommodation options and highlights how much it costs to live in Portsmouth.

You’ll study up to 6 modules a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each module.

You can borrow most of these from the Library. If you buy these, they may cost up to £60 each.

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

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.

For the study abroad or overseas placement, you will be required to pay all additional costs. These will be in the region of £1000.

You will also be required to meet any extra tuition costs for modules of study that are taken outside of your agreed study abroad programme. These costs will be in the region of £200.

You’ll have the option to take the Trinity College London Certificate in TESOL, which costs £335.

Apply

How to apply

To start this course in 2019, call our Clearing hotline on +44 (0)23 9284 8090 or go to our Clearing section to chat with us online.

You can also find out how Clearing works, sign up for Clearing news and vacancy updates and book a call back on results day.

To start in 2020 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 4 September 2019.

In the meantime, sign up to an Open Day to explore our course facilities, tour the campus and have a look around our halls of residence.

If you’re new to the application process, read our guide on applying for an undergraduate course.

When you apply, you'll need:

  • the UCAS course code – Q140
  • our institution code – P80

How to apply from outside the UK

If you're from outside of the UK, you can apply for this course through UCAS (see the 'How to apply' section above for details). You can also apply directly to us or you can get an agent to help with your application. Check your country page for details of agents in your region.

To find out what to include in your application, head to the how to apply page of our international students section. 

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