The University of Southampton
Humanities

QL33 BA Language and Society (4 yrs)

We offer a range of programmes that are quite different in outlook from many more traditional modern languages degrees.

Introducing your degree

Develop your intercultural communication skills on this combined modern languages course. A degree in Languages and Society can establish you as a professional in another country or prepare for a career as a languages teacher. Modules are shaped around the languages you choose and focus around your chosen countries’ history, culture and current political landscape.

Overview

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Programme Structure

Throughout your degree, you will study two languages alongside each other. As a language student you will be allocated to a stage of language proficiency in our unique system of seven language levels (your second language can be taken from scratch). 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 languages. 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 French, German or Spanish Resources Rooms, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.

In your first and second years, you will take a balanced range of modules in your first language, second language, social/political studies, and sociolinguistics. In your final year, alongside your language study you will continue to pursue your interests in social/political studies and sociolinguistics to an advanced level, choosing from a range of modules that are closely related to the research expertise of current staff members. You will also have the opportunity to prepare a final year dissertation as a double module, under the guidance of an appropriate supervisor.  

Your third year is spent abroad, in a country appropriate to the main language of your degree. This 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 stayed in Switzerland. Our current German-speaking ERASMUS partner universities are Potsdam, Hamburg, Freiburg, Bayreuth, Frankfurt, Marburg, Tuebingen, Siegen, Cologne and Vienna. Our current Spanish-speaking ERASMUS partners are Barcelona, Granada, Alcala de Henares, Madrid, Malaga, Castellón and Salamanca. We also have links with several Latin American Universities (including in Brazil, for students of Portuguese). Our Mexican Exchange Scheme is open to students of Spanish who wish to spend a year working as a Language Resources Assistant in a Mexican University Self-Access Centre. This is part of a special exchange between the Mexican Ministry of Education and the University of Southampton. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.

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Key Facts

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 National
Student Satisfaction Survey (2008)

Opportunity to learn another language from scratch, such as Chinese, Japanese,
Arabic, Russian or Polish

Modern languages at Southampton was in the top two for European studies in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise

Entry Requirements

Typical entry requirements

A Levels:
QualificationGrade
GCE A-level

AAB including A in one language

or

ABB including A in one language and A in Extended Project Qualification

Alternatively, this course may be studied as a 4-year Integrated Masters in Languages (MLang). 

General Studies is not accepted.

IB:
QualificationGrade
International Baccalaureate34 points with 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level in one language Alternatively, this 4-year course may be studied as a 4-year Integrated Masters in Languages (MLang). 
International applications

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.

Alternative qualifications

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 in other qualifications approved by the University to an A level applicant. Contact us for further information on equivalencies for these qualifications and others not listed here.

Contextual Offers

Humanities supports contextual admission.  A typical offer for an applicant qualifying as contextual is BBB from 3 A levels or an equivalent standard in other qualifications approved by the University.

Selection process:

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.

Modules

Typical course content

In year one 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.

A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad in year three, and for the academic work you will complete during this year.

Languages may be chosen from: Arabic, Chinese, English, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Language 1 must have already been studied to A level or equivalent (stage 3/4)

Language 2 can be started from scratch

The language levels available, vary from year to year, depending on students' requirements.  to check which language levels are available for a particular language, plesae contact the Recruitment and Admissions Team.

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".

View the Curriculum Innovation modules for this course

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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Year 1

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 language courses.
Choose two optional Modern Language modules in semester one. In semester two, all modules are compulsory.

Semester Two

Compulsory language module:
XXXX9___ Language 1
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Compulsory
LANG1013
Reading the City
LING1003
Applications of Linguistics

Year 3

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

Investigative Project:
Independent study project (6,000 words) supervised by a member of staff

Further information:
Year abroad

 

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).

Fees & funding

Tuition fees

Course fees for 2016/17 full-time UK and EU undergraduate students are typically £9,000 per year. Tuition fees for international students differ between each course. Most part-time courses cost 50% of the full-time fee.

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Funding

Scholarships, bursaries or grants may be available to support you through your course. Funding opportunities available to you are linked to your subject area and/or your country of origin. These can be from the University of Southampton or other sources.

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Costs associated with this course

Students are responsible for meeting the cost of essential textbooks, and of producing such essays, assignments, laboratory reports and dissertations as are required to fulfil the academic requirements for each programme of study.

In some cases you'll be able to choose modules (which may have different costs associated with that module) which will change the overall cost of a programme to you. Please also ensure you read the section on additional costs in the University’s Fees, Charges and Expenses Regulations in the University Calendar available at www.calendar.soton.ac.uk.

Career Opportunities

Employability is embedded into the course modules from the first year onwards, right from the first lecture. We offer a number of optional employability modules.

Your specialities in intercultural communication, listening and language will be highly valued by employers.

A year abroad gives you the chance to achieve something away from education-centred activity, such as gaining relevant work experience to help form your future plans. With many employers now expecting extracurricular or voluntary experience, this can prove vital.

Learning & Assessment

A humanities degree at Southampton offers you the wide and varied learning experience you should expect from a leading research university. We are committed to providing a relevant, modern and above all enjoyable experience which will ensure you graduate with the skills and understanding you need to start a career in any number of industries.

Led by academic staff, your teaching will allow you to engage with and contribute to the world-leading research carried out at Southampton as it happens. Our staff value your opinion and views: lectures are typically followed by a small group seminar which gives you the opportuinity to explore ideas and themes that you feel are particularly relevant. You will find yourself challenged intellectually and exposed to new ideas, approaches and perspectives. Visiting speakers from international universities and successful professionals are a frequent part of our lecture series.

Your course will be incredibly flexible to suit your personal aims and objectives. Within your degree there will be a wide and fascinating range of modules related to our specialisms led by academics passionate about their research who want to engage you in their experience. You can choose subjects from beyond your degree to fashion the knowledge and experiences that you think will best help you in the career in front of you. Each module has a home on our virtual learning environment which serves as a starting point to find out more about each subject and undertake independent research to develop your understanding to a greater depth.

You will be assessed by more than simply essays and exams. Depending on the modules you choose, you will work in groups and teams; make presentations; submit group projects; undertake fieldwork; create portfolios and manage larger research projects such as dissertations. Your academic advisor will be available to provide regular and supportive advice, guidance and feedback on your progress.

You will find the key skills employers seek - such as time management, problem solving, team work, deadline and project management, cultural awareness, working on initiative and independently, relationship building and analysis - embedded in your learning. Above all, you will learn to communicate ideas and enthusiasm to a wide range of audiences in a way that is relevant and that they can understand.

Our courses have many unique and exciting opportunities such as visiting Chawton House Library – the former home of Jane Austen, the Broadlands Archive containing the papers of Palmerston and Mountbatten, research active fieldwork placements, placements in schools and colleges as part of your degree such as international writing in schools, the student associates scheme and our extended project mentoring module. All our students have the opportunity to spend a semester, a year or a summer at one of our international partner universities to experience a new culture.

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