For each language, 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 in French and German, 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 resources.
In your first and second years, you will take a balanced range of modules in French and German. You will take some linguistics modules specific to French and German, but you will also be able to choose to pursue the areas of linguistics that interest you most in a range of modules that are not specific to the study of a particular language. These include introductions to the areas of psycholinguistics, sociolinguistics, multilingualism, syntax, discourse analysis, and phonetics.
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 Quebec, 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. While abroad you will also conduct an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
The final year also leaves you with a range of module options in French and German, 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. You will be able to pursue your interests in linguistics 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.
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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 are 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 beginners 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 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 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.
If your programme allows you to choose free electives, you can also take a credit bearing language module. These are split into seven stages, from absolute beginner to near-native speaker level. Please consult with your home department as to any regulations concerning module options.
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). In the first year of your programme all modules are compulsory.
Choose two optional module in each semester.
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
In addition to the compulsory module, choose either:
- GERM3004 (Semester One) plus one optional LING module in each semester
- GERM3001 (Semester Two) plus two optional LING modules in Semester One.
If you wish to take the double module LANG3003 - Modern Languages Dissertation in your final year, you should discuss this with the Programme Leader for Linguistics.
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).