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 German and Spanish, 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 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 German and Spanish. You will take some linguistics modules specific to German and Spanish, 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 Spanish- 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 Spanish go to Spain, but many choose to spend a year in Latin America. Germany is the key destination for most students of German, however Austria and Switzerland are options also. Our current German-speaking 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.
The final year also leaves you with a range of module options in German and Spanish, 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
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 AB in German and Spanish
ABB including AB in German and Spanish and A in 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 the Higher Level including 6 at higher level in German and Spanish.
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.
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 one 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
Choose two optional modules in each semester (four in total).
You must choose one of the listed optional SPAN modules and one of the listed optional GERM modules plus two LING modules in the year.
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).