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Applied Languages (Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, English as a Foreign Language) BA (Hons)

University of Portsmouth

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  • Qualification

    Bachelor of Arts (with Honours) - BA (Hons)

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

**Overview**This BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course will transform your passion for learning languages into professional communication and linguistic skills.Study how language works, including specialist topics such as linguistics, communication theory and managing across cultures, in preparation for professional roles in areas such as a translation, interpreting, teaching and tourism. You can choose to study either:- Two languages at advanced level: chosen from French, German, Spanish and/or English as a foreign language- Two languages at different levels: one language at advanced level (chosen from French, German, Spanish or English as a foreign language) and one language at beginner level (chosen from French, German, Italian, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish)More than 60% of adults from the European Union can speak a second language, compared to less than half of the UK population (according to Eurostat 2016). When you graduate, you'll stand out in a population where language skills are lagging behind the rest of the world.**Course highlights**- Study or work abroad in 2 different countries where your chosen languages are spoken in your third year, immersing yourself in their languages and culture so you can build a career across borders- Produce your own translations and build up interpreting experience in simulated work environments, so you can prove your skills to employers- Choose to study a 3rd language from Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese or Spanish- Tailor your course by choosing any optional modules that interest you, or select modules specifically within one of four specialisms: Translation and interpreting; Culture and linguistics; Business and industry; Teaching and education**Options to customise your degree**If you're interested in a career in teaching, you can choose to enhance your degree with additional, widely recognised qualifications in Initial Teacher Training (ITT) or Teaching English as a foreign language**Careers and opportunities**You’ll graduate as a skilled multi-linguist, ready to take on roles across a range of fields.There’s a growing demand for high quality translators and interpreters – the Association of Translation Companies advised that interpreters be added to the UK government's Shortage Occupation List while Wolfestone has called the UK's foreign language skills shortage 'an unspeakable disaster'. There's also a growing need for intercultural awareness and communication skills in business. The British Council has stated that "an understanding of other cultures and languages will continue to be important for successful international relationships at all levels" (Languages for the Future, 2017).What areas can you work in with an applied languages degree?As the world becomes more closely connected through trade, entertainment, tourism and communications, organisations need employees who can communicate effectively in two or more languages.You might specialise in a field such as law, finance or medicine, or in environments such as courtrooms, councils and police centres.This degree broadens your options so you can pursue almost any career. Being multilingual is useful in all sectors, including:- journalism and the media- international management- translation and interpreting- teaching- tourism- finance- marketingYou could also continue your studies at postgraduate level with a Master's in a subject such as Translation Studies or Applied Linguistics and TESOL.Whatever career you pursue, our Careers and Employability service will give support and advice for 5 years after you graduate.

Application deadline

26 January

Tuition fees

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£ 16,200per year

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University of Portsmouth

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    University of Portsmouth, University House, Winston Churchill Avenue, Portsmouth, Portsmouth, PO1 2UP, England

Over 5,000 of the university’s 25,000 students come from 150 countries around the world, and the Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
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Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    72nd out of 100 16

  • Entry standards

    / Max 206
    100 49%


  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    58.0 58%


  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.30 86%



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