As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels. This is designed to place you at the stage most appropriate to develop your spoken and written skills, enabling you to make rapid progress in your chosen language. In all years of study you will benefit from our wide range of resources. You will use the excellent facilities in the Centre for Language Study and in our German and French Resources Rooms, including extensive multimedia facilities and online/streaming resources.
- In year 1,students normallytake a 50/50 balance of core modules in both subjects. However, you may take up to 15 credits per semester in the form of an alternative subject from elsewhere.
- In your second and final year, you will have a choice of modules from both subjects, with the option of taking up to 25% of your programme in an alternative subject.
- The third year is spent in a French- or German-speaking country which offers you a unique opportunity to enhance your linguistic and cultural proficiency. You can spend your year abroad as an English language assistant in a school, studying at one of our partner universities or on a work placement. Most students of French choose a European country, but many go further afield - to Québec or La Réunion, for example. If you spend your year in the German-speaking context you normally go to Germany or Austria, however, some students have also spent a year in Switzerland. Our current German-speaking ERASMUS partners are the Universities of Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tübingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
- The final year leaves you with a large range of options in both subjects, taking into full account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests and combines well with what you have studied so far. This includes an optional dissertation in Modern Languages.
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Modern Languages at Southampton has been ranked in the top five universities by The Guardian every year since 2007, and we were third in 2012
Rated in the top 10 modern languages departments in the country in the most recent National Student Satisfaction Survey
Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Italian, Japanese, Arabic, Russian or Polish
Modern Languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the most recent Research Assessment Exercise
A wide range of learning and teaching resources is available, including multimedia labs, electronic whiteboards and language-specific resource rooms
Typical entry requirements
AAB including AB in French and German
ABB including AB in French and German and A in the Extended Project Qualification.
We will consider strong candidates with a Grade A in one language at A level and a Grade A in AS Level for the second language.
Strong candidates with no previous knowledge of the second language will be considered for beginners accelerated undergraduate level language courses within their degree programme.
We accept all A levels except General Studies.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level in French and German.
We will consider strong candidates with a 6 in Higher level in one language and a 7 in Standard Level for the second language. Strong candidates with no previous knowledge of the second language will be considered for accelerated undergraduate level language courses within their degree programme.|
We welcome applications from international students. Helpful information on applying, meeting a University representative in your country, or improving your English language levels can be found on the International Office website. If English is not your first language you will be required to pass an approved English test. We normally ask for an overall IELTS score of 6.5 with not less than 6.5 in Reading and Writing, 6.0 in Listening and Speaking.
We welcome applications from candidates offering qualifications other than A and AS levels (including BTEC, European Baccalaureate, International Baccalaureate, Irish Leaving Certificate and Scottish Highers). You will be expected to attain an equivalent standard to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.
Humanities supports contextual admission. A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or the equivalent from alternative qualifications.
Selection is normally based on actual or predicted grades plus the reference and personal statement on your UCAS application. Applicants will be interviewed before an offer is made.
This page contains specific entry requirements for this course. Find out about equivalent entry requirements and qualifications for your country.
Typical course content
- In all years of study you will benefit from the wide range of resources (including extensive electronic and televisual facilities).
- Year one modules provide an introduction to the study of cultural forms, political and historical issues, and linguistic issues.
- In years two and four you will have the opportunity to concentrate on your own particular interests, selecting from a range of more specialised units on Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking societies.
- A special unit in year two will prepare you for your year abroad in year three, and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
- Your year abroad is an opportunity to improve your linguistic and cultural proficiency in your chosen language, and to demonstrate your ability to work independently over a sustained period.
Innovation modules outside of your subject area
Our Curriculum Innovation Programme offers you the chance to take optional modules outside of your chosen subject area. This allows you to personalise your education, to develop new skills and knowledge for your future. Modules range from "Living and working on the web" to "Business skills for employability".
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Learn a language
Some of our courses also give you the option of taking a language module, which can count towards your degree. These modules cover ten languages and range from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level.
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In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). Two modules in each semester will be your French and German language courses.
Choose two optional modules in each semester. In semester one you must choose one GERM and one FREN module.
Choose two optional modules in each semester. You must choose at least one FREN and one GERM module in the year. FILM2007 may count as a FREN module and FILM2008 may count as a GERM module.
LANG2010 is a compulsory fifth module for all second year students taking a Modern Languages degree, whether single or joint honours.
You will spend the year abroad in a country where one of the chosen languages is spoken, either as:
- an English language assistant
- studying on a university course
- on an approved work placement
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff
Choose two optional modules in each semester. You must choose at least one FREN and one GERM module in the year. FILM3008 may count as a FREN module.
Please note: This specification provides a concise summary of the main features of the programme and the learning outcomes that a typical
student might reasonably be expected to achieve and demonstrate if s/he takes full advantage of the learning opportunities that are provided.
More detailed information can be found in the programme handbook (or other appropriate guide or website).