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School of Modern Languages & Cultures

Routes into Languages

Durham University's School of Modern Languages and Cultures is one of the strand leaders in Routes North East, the consortium of NE universities led by Newcastle University, which promotes the take-up of modern languages by 14-19-year-old pupils in schools and colleges in the region. Routes North East is part of Routes into Languages, a three-year programme funded by the Higher Education Funding Council for England and by the Department for Children, Schools and Families.

The Durham strand works particularly with Year 11 and Year 13 pupils, providing full and half-day sessions on-campus throughout the school year. Master classes in the most widely-taught languages at GCSE and A-level (French, German and Spanish) can be combined with 'tasters' in languages such as Arabic, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Russian. Year 12 language days in July combine language activities with 'discovery sessions' at the University's Oriental Museum or a campus tour.

The Durham strand also works with schools and other local organisations (such as Durham Education Business Partnership), sending student ambassadors to give talks on studying languages at university or to work alongside pupils taking part in 'Enterprising Languages' days.

Staff and students from the School also visit local schools and colleges to talk about the benefits of continuing language study at GCSE and A-level and at university, to explain the options available at undergraduate level and the benefits of incorporating the study of modern languages, including the year abroad, for future career prospects.

To find out about Routes NE events:

To book a school visit from student ambassadors: