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 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:
- customer relations
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.
We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.
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.
Due to changing circumstances as a result of the COVID-19 pandemic, we may need to make changes to courses to ensure your safety and to ensure compliance with Government guidelines. We'll provide you with as much notice as possible of any such changes. Your course leader will inform you of these. Changes may include things such as modules being taught in teaching block 2 instead of teaching block 1 and teaching activities occurring in smaller group sizes.
How you're assessed
You'll be assessed through:
- oral presentations
- language portfolio
- written essays and reports
- case studies
- book reviews
- 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 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
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 and employers across the world, including in:
- Latin America
We also have partnerships with NGOs in Africa, 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.
Teaching methods on this course include:
- one-on-one tutorials
- a year abroad studying or a work placement
You can access all teaching resources on Moodle, our virtual learning environment, from anywhere with a Web connection.
For more about the teaching activities for specific modules, see the module list above.
How you'll spend your time
One of the main differences between school or college and university is how much control you have over your learning.
At university, as well as spending time in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and tutorials, you'll do lots of independent study with support from our staff when you need it.
We recommend you spend at least 35 hours a week studying for your BA Hons Applied Languages degree. In your first year, you'll be in timetabled teaching activities such as lectures, seminars and workshops for about 10 hours a week. The rest of the time you'll do independent study such as research, reading, coursework and project work, alone or in a group with others from your course. You'll probably do more independent study and have less scheduled teaching in years 2 and 3, but this depends on which modules you choose.
Extra learning support
The amount of timetabled teaching you'll get on your degree might be less than what you're used to at school or college, but you'll also get face-to-face support from teaching and support staff when you need it. These include the following people and services:
Your personal tutor helps you make the transition to independent study and gives you academic and personal support throughout your time at university.
As well as regular scheduled meetings with your personal tutor, they're also available at set times during the week if you want to chat with them about anything that can't wait until your next scheduled meeting.
Learning development tutors
You'll have help from a team of faculty learning development tutors. They can help you improve and develop your academic skills and support you in any area of your study.
They can help with:
- Improving your academic writing (for example, essays, reports, dissertations)
- Delivering presentations (including observing and filming presentations)
- Understanding and using assignment feedback
- Managing your time and workload
- Revision and exam techniques
Academic skills support
As well as support from faculty 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
- 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.
Library staff are available in person or by email, phone or online chat to help you make the most of the University's library resources. You can also request one-to-one appointments and get support from a librarian who specialises in your subject area.
The library is open 24 hours a day, every day, in term time.
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 In-Sessional English (ISE) programme to improve your English further.
Tuition fees (2021 start)
- UK/Channel Islands and Isle of Man students