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Combined Honours

FAQs

+Can I study a modern language if I don’t have an A level (or equivalent) in it?

Yes. It is possible to study several modern languages at more than one level. The pre-requisites for each module are stated in the entries for those modules in the Faculty Handbook Online, but the basic position can be set out as follows:

French or German

  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in the language, you will take the advanced module, run by the Department of French (French Language 1) or the Department of German (German Language 1).
  • If you have a GCSE (or equivalent) in the language, you can take an intermediate module, run by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
  • If you do not have a qualification in the language, you can take have a beginner’s module, run by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Spanish

  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in Spanish, you will take a post-A level advanced module, run by the Department of Spanish (Spanish Language 1A).
  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in another modern language (e.g. French or German), you will take an alternative version of the advanced module, run by the Department of Spanish (Spanish Language 1B).
  • If you have a GCSE (or equivalent) in Spanish, you can take an intermediate module run by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.
  • If you do not have a qualification in Spanish, you can take have a beginner’s module run by the Centre for Foreign Language Study.

Italian or Russian

  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in the language, you will take a post-A level advanced module, run by the Department of Italian (Italian Language 1A) or the Department of Russian (Russian Language 1A).
  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in another modern language (e.g. French or German), you will take an alternative version of the advanced module, run by the Department of Italian (Italian Language 1B) or the Department of Russian (Russian Language 1B).

Arabic

  • If you have an A level (or equivalent) in another modern language (e.g. French or German), you will take a double module run by the Department of Arabic (Arabic Language 1B).

The beginners’ and intermediate modules in French, German, and Spanish offer all Combined Honours students the opportunity to build one or more languages into their degree, but do not, of course, lead to transfer to the four-year version of the programme incorporating a Year Abroad.

Other modern languages

The Centre for Foreign Language Study (which is based in the School of Modern Languages and Cultures) also runs a beginner’s module in Mandarin. and modules in British Sign Language (BSL) at levels 1, 2, and 3.

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