Applied Languages BA (Hons)

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UCAS Code
Q140
Mode of Study
Full-time with language year abroad
Duration
4 years full-time with language year abroad
Start Date
September 2018, September 2019

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.

What you'll experience

On this 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

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.

Careers and opportunities

You’ll emerge from this 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.

Entry requirements​

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

  • 96-120 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

  • 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

​Course costs

Tuition fees (2018 start)

  • UK/EU/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students – £9,250 per year per year (may be subject to annual increase)
  • International students – £13,200 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 units a year. You may have to read several recommended books or textbooks for each unit.

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.

You’ll need to pay the costs associated with studying abroad and or doing an overseas placement, these costs are usually around £1000.

You’ll also need to meet any additional tuition costs for units of study you take outside of your agreed study abroad programme. This normally costs around £200.

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

​What you'll study

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

In years 1, 2 and 4, you need to study units worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 units worth 20 credits and 1 unit worth 40 credits.

Units currently being studied

Core units 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
  • Studying at University
  • Starting Language Research
  • 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 units in this year currently include:

  • Language for Professional Communication 1
  • Text Analysis and Translation
  • Analysing Media Discourse
  • Forensic Linguistics
  • Managing Across Cultures
  • A third foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)
  • Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice
  • TESOL (Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages)
  • Intercultural Perspectives on Communication
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Clinical Linguistics
  • Second language acquisition
  • Introduction to teaching

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

Optional units in this year currently include:

  • Language for Professional Communication 2
  • Translation Theory and Practice
  • Interpreting
  • Learning from Experience (LiFE)
  • Workplace Discourse
  • Communication Theory
  • Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
  • Digital Communication
  • Writing to Persuade
  • Gender, Language and Sexuality
  • A third foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)

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 units may not run every year. If a unit doesn’t run, we’ll let you know as soon as possible and help you choose an alternative unit.

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

Teaching​

Teaching methods on this course include:

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

How you'll spend your time

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

  • Autumn teaching block – September to December
  • Spring teaching block – January to Easter
  • Assessment period – Easter to June

Most teaching takes place during the day, Monday to Friday. There's no teaching on Wednesday afternoons. You may occasionally need to go to University and course events in the evenings and at weekends.

Your workload

The time you spend in teaching activities such as lectures and seminars varies year on year and will depend on which optional units you select. As a guide, students on this course last year typically spent their time as follows:

  • Year 1 students:24% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 76% studying independently
  • Year 2 students:28% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 72% studying independently
  • Year 3 students: 100% on work placement
  • Year 4 students: 14% in lectures, seminars and similar learning activities and 86% studying independently

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.

The way you’re assessed may depend on the units 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
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    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. 

    How to apply

    Want to start this course this year?

    There are still a few places available. To discuss your options and secure your place, give us a call on (+44) 23-9284-8090 or ask us to call you back.

    Want to start this course in 2019?

    To start in 2019 you need to apply through UCAS. You can start your application now and submit it from 5 September. You’ll need:

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

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