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 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 and Portuguese Resources Rooms, including extensive multimedia facilities and online resources.
- In year 1, students normally take 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. A special module in year two will prepare you for your year abroad and for the academic work you will complete during this year.
- The third year is spent in a Portuguese- or French-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. Students of Portuguese may choose to spend a year in Brazil or Portugal. France is the key destination for most students of French; however Austria and Switzerland are options also. Our current French-speaking partner universities are Paris, Grenoble, Aix-en-Provence, Strasbourg, Angers, Lille, Geneva, Mons.
- Wherever you go for your year abroad, you will carry out an investigative project, supervised by a tutor at Southampton.
- The final year provides you with a range of module options, taking into account that you may wish to specialise in an area that most suits your interests, combines with what you have studied so far, and relates well to the first-class research of our staff. You will also have the opportunity to prepare an extended research dissertation under the guidance of an academic supervisor.
We place great importance on the development of graduate skills vital for future employment through the integration of transferable skills into learning and teaching, in particular language skills and strategy training through all your years of study at Southampton.
For further details, see the full course map under ‘Modules'.
Visit the Spanish, Portuguese and Latin American website to learn more about the department http://www.southampton.ac.uk/ml/languages/spanish_portuguese_and_latin_american_studies.page
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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
German, Spanish, Italian and Portuguese can be studied in accelerated mode, allowing beginners to reach graduate level competence over four years
Typical entry requirements
AAB, including Grades A in either French or Portuguese
ABB including A in either French or Portuguese and A in the Extended Project Qualification.
We accept all A levels except General Studies.
|International Baccalaureate||34 points, 17 at higher level, including 6 at higher level in either French or Portuguese|
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 our 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 modules on Spanish- and Portuguese- speaking societies.
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.
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".
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.
View the language modules on offer for this course
In each semester you will be required to follow four modules (a total of eight modules over the year). One module in each semester will be your French language course. You may take one optional module outside your main subject each semester. Choose three optional modules in each semester (six in total).
Year one students will be able to make their option choices on line this year.
Choose two optional modules in semester one and one optional module in semester two.
You must chose at least one optional FREN module in the year. FILM2007 may count as a FREN 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 semesters one and two. You must choose at least one FREN module and one PORT module in the year, however if you choose to do LANG3003 on a Portuguese topic, then you do not have to do PORT3001.
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).