About this course
Become a highly proficient linguist in French, Spanish and Portuguese on this 4 year Modern Languages degree. You'll develop a strong understanding of the cultures and societies you study by spending a year abroad, before graduating prepared for professions in which these languages are a key requirement.
This programme will immerse you in international experiences. This is our broadest range of languages offered, and will prepare you to communicate and work in a range of diverse and multilingual contexts.
- develop your knowledge and understanding of key aspects of the cultures and societies you study, enabling you to ‘read’ and interpret different cultural traditions
- get to know foreign cultures first hand by spending a year abroad, either as a student or in a work placement
- develop a range of communicative and intercultural competencies, as well as analytical, research and personal skills
Knowing a range of languages opens up many opportunities in today's globally interconnected economy. French is native to France, Belgium, Switzerland, Canada and the French Caribbean, and it’s an official language in much of Africa and Asia.
Spanish is the second most spoken language by native speakers in the world, with over 400 million speakers in 21 countries. Proficiency here can give you an insider's view of Spanish and Latin American cultures, whilst also setting you apart when doing business with emerging economies in the Americas.
Portuguese is an increasingly popular choice on our degree programmes at Southampton. It's got over 200 million speakers worldwide, is the sixth most spoken language in the world, and the third most spoken European language after Spanish and English.
This programme complements your language learning with modules on:
- history and contemporary society
- literature and film
- ethnography and anthropology
- linguistic studies
You can choose to combine these areas of study for a broad-based curriculum or focus on the area that interests you most.
This course is based at Avenue.
This qualification is awarded by the University of Southampton.
For Academic year 202324
ABB including French, Spanish or Portuguese
A-levels additional information
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking. Strong candidates with an A level in one language but with no previous knowledge of the other two languages may still apply for this programme. Students on this route would study accelerated language classes from beginner’s level.
A-levels with Extended Project Qualification
If you are taking an EPQ in addition to 3 A levels, you will receive the following offer in addition to the standard A level offer: BBB including French, Spanish or Portuguese, and grade A in the EPQ
A-levels contextual offer
We are committed to ensuring that all applicants with the potential to succeed, regardless of their background, are encouraged to apply to study with us. The additional information gained through contextual data allows us to recognise an applicant's potential to succeed in the context of their background and experience. Applicants who are highlighted in this way will be made an offer which is lower than the typical offer for that programme, as follows: BBB including French, Spanish or Portuguese
International Baccalaureate Diploma
Pass, with 32 points overall with 16 points at Higher Level, including 5 at Higher Level in French, Spanish or Portuguese
International Baccalaureate contextual offer
International Baccalaureate Career Programme (IBCP) statement
Offers will be made on the individual Diploma Course subject(s) and the career-related study qualification. The CP core will not form part of the offer. Where there is a subject pre-requisite(s), applicants will be required to study the subject(s) at Higher Level in the Diploma course subject and/or take a specified unit in the career-related study qualification. Applicants may also be asked to achieve a specific grade in those elements. Please see the University of Southampton International Baccalaureate Career-Related Programme (IBCP) Statement for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Diploma plus B in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese. Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC National Diploma plus B in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese. Distinction in the BTEC National Extended Certificate plus AB in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese and one further A level.
The University aims to recruit students from a wide range of backgrounds who we believe have the potential and motivation to succeed on our challenging programmes. We are committed to fair admissions and strive to ensure we give equal consideration to all applicants who possess the necessary knowledge and skills.
Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Extended Diploma plus B in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese. Distinction, Distinction in the BTEC Diploma plus B in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese. Distinction in the BTEC Subsidiary Diploma plus AB in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese and one further A level.
Access to HE Diploma
60 credits with a minimum of 45 credits at Level 3, of which 30 must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit, plus B in A level French, Spanish or Portuguese
Access to HE additional information
Irish Leaving Certificate
Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2017)
H1 H2 H2 H2 H3 H3 including French, Spanish or Portuguese
Irish Leaving Certificate (first awarded 2016)
A2 A2 B1 B1 B2 B2 including French, Spanish or Portuguese at B1
Offers will be based on exams being taken at the end of S6. Subjects taken and qualifications achieved in S5 will be reviewed. Careful consideration will be given to an individual’s academic achievement, taking in to account the context and circumstances of their pre-university education.
Please see the University of Southampton’s Curriculum for Excellence Scotland Statement (PDF) for further information. Applicants are advised to contact their Faculty Admissions Office for more information.
D3 M2 M2 in three principal subjects including French, Spanish or Portuguese
Cambridge Pre-U additional information
ABB from 3 A levels including French, Spanish or Portuguese or AB from two A levels including French, Spanish or Portuguese and B from the Advanced Welsh Baccalaureate Skills Challenge Certificate
Welsh Baccalaureate additional information
Offers typically exclude General Studies and Critical Thinking.
Welsh Baccalaureate contextual offer
Applicants must hold GCSE English language (or GCSE English) (minimum grade 4/C) and mathematics (minimum grade 4/C)
Find the equivalent international qualifications for our entry requirements.
English language requirements
If English isn't your first language, you'll need to complete an International English Language Testing System (IELTS) to demonstrate your competence in English. You'll need all of the following scores as a minimum:
IELTS score requirements
- overall score
We accept other English language tests. Find out which English language tests we accept.
You might meet our criteria in other ways if you do not have the qualifications we need. Find out more about:
our Access to Southampton scheme for students living permanently in the UK (including residential summer school, application support and scholarship)
skills you might have gained through work or other life experiences (otherwise known as recognition of prior learning)
Find out more about our Admissions Policy.
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Please contact our enquiries team if you're not sure that you have the right experience or qualifications to get onto this course.
Tel: +44(0)23 8059 5000
The programme is normally studied over four years full-time, but may also be taken on a part-time basis. It is possible to change between full and part-time study during the programme. Study is undertaken in four Parts (each corresponding to one year of full-time study). There are 30 study weeks in each academic year.
Year 1 overview
Part 1 of this degree is foundational. You will take three core, double Language modules in your chosen languages, and you will complement your language learning with two modules which will introduce you to the core areas of politics, history, culture and linguistics, relating to the places where those languages are spoken.
Year 2 overview
Part 2 builds on the previous foundation. As well as continuing with the three double, core language modules, you will take two optional modules rooted in key disciplinary frameworks such as politics, socio-historical studies, ethnography, cultural studies and linguistics.
In addition to the credit bearing modules in this part, you will receive preparation for the period abroad (Part 3). Part 2 contributes to the final degree classification.
Year 3 overview
You may either spend all the time in the country of one of the languages, or split the time between two countries where two of the languages are spoken.
This will be your opportunity to:
- work independently on focused tasks as you acquire more knowledge of the target language, culture and society
- get to know a foreign culture first hand, either as a student or in a work placement
- practice using the foreign language; you'll also be ideally placed to get to know the people, with many lifelong friendships are made during this period
We aim to support you, mainly by frequent email contact/video chat sessions.
Reasonable adjustments will be made for individual students who are unable to spend a period abroad. Year 3 contributes to the final degree classification.
Year 4 overview
In the fourth Part, you will take three double, core language modules alongside two Modern Languages and Linguistics modules relating to two of those languages.
The foundation of intellectual and transferable skills, which has been laid progressively through the earlier parts of the programme, will enable you to engage with a range of cultural studies, linguistics, ethnographic, socio-historical and political modules which will complement your core language modules.
The final year dissertation is available as an optional double module, with MLL students on 4 year programmes having already completed a piece of extended, independent research during the period abroad.
You will also have the opportunity to reflect on your experience of the period abroad and the ways in which it can inform your plans for the future. Part 4 contributes to the final degree classification.
Want more detail? See all the modules in the course.
Changes due to COVID-19
Although the COVID-19 situation is improving, any future restrictions could mean we might have to change the way parts of our teaching and learning take place in 2022 to 2023. This means that some of the information on this course page may be subject to change.
Find out more on our COVID advice page.
For entry in Academic Year 2022-23
Year 1 modules
You must study the following modules in year 1:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 1:
Year 2 modules
You must study the following module in year 2:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 2:
Year 3 modules
You must study the following module in year 3:
Year 4 modules
You must study the following modules in year 4:
You must also choose from the following modules in year 4:
Learning and assessment
The learning activities for this course include the following:
- classes and tutorials
- individual and group projects
- independent learning (studying on your own)
You’ll be supported by a personal academic tutor and have access to a senior tutor.
Michael Kranert is the course leader.
As a Modern Languages graduate, you can choose from a wide variety of employment options. These will make the most of your skills in:
- gathering and interpreting information
- working with and leading teams
- understanding and adapting to different cultures
Previous graduates have gone on to careers with languages including:
- international development
- advertising, film and television
Many of our graduates go on to further study. Subjects taken include interpreting and translating, law, accountancy, management and international relations.
We put a great focus on developing employability skills throughout your time with us; this includes a compulsory employability module for all first-year students in the faculty.
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Fees, costs and funding
Fees for a year's study:
- UK students pay £9,250.
- This course is not available to EU and international students.
What your fees pay for
Your tuition fees pay for the full cost of tuition and all examinations.
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Accommodation and living costs, such as travel and food, are not included in your tuition fees. Explore:
Bursaries, scholarships and other funding
If you're a UK or EU student and your household income is under £25,000 a year, you may be able to get a University of Southampton bursary to help with your living costs. Find out about bursaries and other funding we offer at Southampton.
If you're a care leaver or estranged from your parents, you may be able to get a specific bursary.
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Scholarships and grants
You may be able to get a scholarship or grant to help fund your studies.
We award scholarships and grants for travel, academic excellence, or to students from under-represented backgrounds.
Support during your course
The Student Services Centre offers support and advice on money to students. You may be able to access our Student Support fund and other sources of financial support during your course.
Funding for EU and international students
Find out about funding you could get as an international student.
How to apply
When you apply use:
- UCAS course code: R145
- UCAS institution code: S27
What happens after you apply?
We will assess your application on the strength of your:
- predicted grades
- academic achievements
- personal statement
- academic reference
We'll aim to process your application within 2 to 6 weeks, but this will depend on when it is submitted. Applications submitted in January, particularly near to the UCAS equal consideration deadline, might take substantially longer to be processed due to the high volume received at that time.
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We treat and select everyone in line with our Equality and Diversity Statement.
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