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Courses

R000 Modern Languages BA Undergraduate 2012

Essentials

UCAS code R000
Degree BA
Mode of study Part Time + Full Time
Duration 4 years
Location Durham City
Typical offers A Level
AAB
International Baccalaureate (IB)
36
Related qualifications

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply/entry-reqs/qualifications

Department(s) Website
www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/
www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/
Email
mlac.ugadmissions@durham.ac.uk
Telephone +44 (0)191 334 3441

Course Content

Description

We offer post A-level courses in French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish. These courses are open to students who have an A-level (at least grade B) or equivalent qualification in that language. We also offer beginners' courses in Arabic, Italian, Spanish and Russian. Italian, Russian and Spanish beginners completely merge with the advanced stream in the final year. Options are available in Croatian with Serbian (these may be available to students of Russian only), Catalan and Persian.

Here are some examples:

You might choose to study one language (chosen from French, German and Spanish). You will need an A-level at the appropriate grade pass in your chosen subject. However, if you wish to study Arabic as a single language, you will need an A-level at the appropriate grade pass in at least one other foreign language. You take four modules in the language of your choice, along with a further two units in a subsidiary subject of your choice outside the School in both your first and second years. You then take your year abroad and return to take six modules in your chosen language in your final year. Subsidiary subjects may usually be chosen from those available in the Combined Honours programme, subject to module availability, individual entry requirements and timetable compatibility.

You might choose to study two languages (chosen from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish). These languages can normally be divided 3+3 between two languages, or 4+2 as you prefer (subject to some variation in module availability between the languages).

You might choose to study three languages (chosen from Arabic, French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish). You study the languages in equal proportions (2+2+2) in each year. You can combine any three languages, providing that you do not begin more than one of them at beginners' level in the same year. It is not possible to begin any new language in your final year. 

Teaching and assessment details

We believe in mixing a variety of teaching and learning methods, including:

  • Lectures in large groups to build foundations for more detailed work
  • Language classes, including grammar, oral, aural, and audio-visual components, using a variety of techniques to develop your skills
  • Tutorials in small groups to discuss and debate issues arising from set essays
  • Seminars in slightly larger groups, in which you will present and discuss short papers on topics related to an agreed programme
  • Independent study. In addition to our Language Centre, library and IT resources, we also maintain extensive archives of newspapers, magazines, film and broadcast media.

A range of assessment methods is used throughout the year across different modules, from extended essays and commentaries to video presentations and oral, aural and written  examinations.

Study Abroad

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

We attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your programme, which you may spend as an English assistant in a school, as a student in a foreign university, or perhaps in employment with an overseas organisation. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete academic assignments related to each of the countries where you stay, and these will count towards the written language assessment in each of the languages you study in the final year, as will the oral examinations which will take place on your return to Durham.

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

We attach great importance to your time abroad, during the third year of your programme, which you may spend as an English assistant in a school, as a student in a foreign university, or perhaps in employment with an overseas organisation. This is a time of enormous linguistic and personal development from which you should gain a high level of fluency in your language(s) and enjoy a unique opportunity to make new friends, appreciate new cultures and learn to work and study in new ways. Employers at home and abroad are impressed by the lasting benefits, especially in increased linguistic confidence and general self-motivation. During the year abroad you will complete academic assignments related to each of the countries where you stay, and these will count towards the written language assessment in each of the languages you study in the final year, as will the oral examinations which will take place on your return to Durham.

Admissions Process

Subjects required, level and grade

In addition to satisfying the University's general entry requirements and the programme specific entry requirements above, please note:

We welcome applications from those with other qualifications equivalent to our standard entry requirements and from mature students with non-standard qualifications or who may have had a break in their study. 

Grade B at A-level or equivalent in either French, German, Italian, Russian or Spanish is required. Grade B in French or German at A-level, or equivalent, is required to study French or German.

Grade B in Russian, Spanish or Italian at A-level, or equivalent, is required to study that subject at advanced level.

We do not include General Studies as part of our offer.

Key skills qualifications are welcomed, but are not taken into account as part of the entry requirements.

We are pleased to consider applications for deferred entry.

English Language requirements

IELTS 6.5 (no component under 6.0); TOEFL iBT 92 (no component under 23); Cambridge Proficiency (CPE) Grade C; or Cambridge Advanced (CAE) Grade A

Requirements and Admissions

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/apply

Information relevant to your country

www.durham.ac.uk/international/countryinfo

Fees and Funding

Fees have not been set for this academic year.

Scholarships and funding

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/finance

Career Opportunities

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

A BA in Modern Languages from Durham will provide you with an impressive and unique portfolio of cultural knowledge, transferable skills and placement experiences that is much valued by employers worldwide. The combination of linguistic ability, intellectual rigour and cultural understanding that you acquire during your course makes you eminently employable in a wide range of careers both here and abroad. These include specialist occupations, such as interpreting, translation and teaching, but also industry, business, marketing, finance, the civil service, the European Union agencies, law and the media. In fact, statistics from the Higher Education Statistics Agency reveal that language graduates are on average 10-15% better paid than other arts graduates and have the lowest unemployment rates overall (only outdone by those in medicine and law). With the UK as a whole now producing fewer and fewer linguists, graduates in Modern Languages are increasingly sought after. As one employer put it, 'the ability to communicate internationally is becoming a pre-requisite for success'.

In particular, the Year Abroad, which is and will continue to be an integral part of all our degree programmes, will give you a head-start in the job market. There is significant evidence that the experience of working and studying abroad delivers not just improved language abilities and increased knowledge but also greatly enhanced intercultural, problem-solving and personal skills. These are a factor in landing first and subsequent jobs for over 70% of language graduates, a significant factor for over 30%, and the determining factor for about 10%. Employers are becoming increasingly aware that language graduates who have spent a year abroad are amongst the most mature, adaptable and independent people entering the job market.

My placement during my year abroad and experience in Peru, led to my return to work there after graduation and promotion to regional manager within 5 months.
Hannah Barrett, BA (Hons) Modern Languages French & Spanish (2006)

Of those students that left in 2012:

  • 52.1% are in full time paid employment

Of those in employment:

  • 85% are in graduate level employment
  • Median salary £20,000

Of those in further study:

  • 98% are in graduate level further study

 

Durham University Modern Language graduates enter a wide range of occupational areas including management; publishing; marketing; translation; teaching; business and finance. Our graduates find employment with a wide range of employers both in the public and private sector including the British Council; Barclay's Wealth; Deloitte; Ernst and Young; Goldman Sachs, Grant Thornton; Pharmacia; PwC; Proctor and Gamble; Royal Philharmonic Orchestra; the NHS and Teach First. Roles our graduates progress into include copyright and marketing executive; banker; journalist; teacher; trainee tax advisor; research executive; buyer; live subtitler; trainee investment banker; translation checker; writer and translator.

Employment development opportunities

All MLaC students have the opportunity to participate in the Durham International Buddies scheme. This involves group interactions and meetings between UK and international students to develop global awareness and excellent communication skills.

Study and work abroad

MLaC students spend a year abroad after their second year of study. This involves studying and/or working abroad which enriches their cultural awareness and develops the essential employability skills sought by graduate employers.

Open days and visits

Pre-application open day

Pre-application open days are the very best way to discover all you need to know about Durham University. With representatives from all relevant academic and support service departments and opportunities to explore college options they will provide a full experience of Durham University for any prospective undergraduates.

Pre-application open days in Durham City will take place on:

  • Monday 25 June 2012
  • Saturday 30 June 2012
  • Saturday 22 September 2012

Further details, and information on how to book.  

Campus tours

www.durham.ac.uk/undergraduate/visit/campus.tours

Overseas Visit Schedule

www.durham.ac.uk/international/office/meetus/

Department Information

School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Overview

Offering practical skills, intellectual rigour and greater cultural appreciation, the study of modern languages helps us understand our world.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures houses a large and vibrant community of teachers, researchers and students. Each of our six departments figures regularly in the top five in national league tables, and our results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise across all six languages were excellent.

The School's modular structure is very flexible: students can study one, two or three languages, take up new languages, and vary their combination of languages from year to year. The wide selection of modules on offer covers the language, literature, culture, history and politics of the countries whose languages are studied, while one of the four years of the course is spent living and working abroad. The range of linguistic, practical and intellectual skills acquired makes Durham Modern Languages graduates highly employable.

RAE results

www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/research/rae2008/

Facilities

We have 82 teaching staff, including 16 language teaching fellows and 17 native speaker language assistants. The recently refurbished language laboratories have excellent audio-visual facilities and both main lecture rooms and small group teaching rooms are equipped for the increasing integration of film and other audio-visual material. The School's Open Access Centre is situated in the same building, offering further self-access resources. Durham has first-class library facilities, with the main University collections supplemented by those of college libraries.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/

School of Modern Languages and Cultures

Overview

Offering practical skills, intellectual rigour and greater cultural appreciation, the study of modern languages helps us understand our world.

The School of Modern Languages and Cultures houses a large and vibrant community of teachers, researchers and students. Each of our six departments figures regularly in the top five in national league tables, and our results in the 2008 Research Assessment Exercise across all six languages were excellent.

The School's modular structure is very flexible: students can study one, two or three languages, take up new languages, and vary their combination of languages from year to year. The wide selection of modules on offer covers the language, literature, culture, history and politics of the countries whose languages are studied, while one of the four years of the course is spent living and working abroad. The range of linguistic, practical and intellectual skills acquired makes Durham Modern Languages graduates highly employable.

RAE results

www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/research/rae2008/

Facilities

We have 82 teaching staff, including 16 language teaching fellows and 17 native speaker language assistants. The recently refurbished language laboratories have excellent audio-visual facilities and both main lecture rooms and small group teaching rooms are equipped for the increasing integration of film and other audio-visual material. The School's Open Access Centre is situated in the same building, offering further self-access resources. Durham has first-class library facilities, with the main University collections supplemented by those of college libraries.

Website
www.durham.ac.uk/mlac/

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