Studying languages at Durham enables you to enhance your linguistic skills and also to engage with the literature, culture, history and politics of the countries whose languages you are studying. You will have opportunities to deepen your understanding of linguistic structures, to acquire skills in translation and interpreting and, particularly through your year abroad, to develop transferable skills which will greatly improve your future employment prospects. One of the exciting dimensions to your university career will be the opportunity to come into contact with scholars who are specialists in their field and working at the cutting edge of academic research.
The degree course lasts four years, with the third year spent working or studying abroad. The programme structure is extremely flexible: you can study one, two or three languages from the six main languages offered by the School: Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. Although at least one language must be studied post-A Level, you may also study one or even two new languages in beginners' courses.
The School of Modern Languages and Cultures houses a vibrant community of researchers, teachers and students. Its departments figure regularly in the top five in national league tables such as the Good University Guide and the Complete University Guide.
What Will The Project Involve?
The assessed project will change every year. Last year's students did a French project on Marketing, which involved learning new vocabulary and independent research. The students produced posters and presentations in French to demonstrate their new skills.
A-level subject requirements:
- To study French, German, Spanish, Italian, or Russian at advanced level you need an A-level in that language
- You may study Spanish, Italian, Russian or Arabic at beginners' level, alongside your post A-level language.
Typical offer if you are successful on Supported Progression:
|Degree Programme||A-Levels||Other qualifications|
|ABB-BBC||see here for an equivalency|
|plus successful completion of the Supported Progression qualification for Modern Languages|