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Language Studies (Including Foundation Year) BA (Hons)

University of Essex

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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Colchester Campus

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date

    06-OCT-22

  • Duration

    4 Years

Course summary

Our BA Language Studies (including foundation year) is open to Home and EU students. It will be suitable for you if your academic qualifications do not yet meet our entrance requirements for the three-year version of this course and you want a programme that increases your subject knowledge as well as improves your academic skills.This four-year course includes a foundation year (Year Zero), followed by a further three years of study. During your Year Zero, you study four academic subjects relevant to your chosen course as well as a compulsory academic skills module.You are an Essex student from day one, a member of our global community based at the most internationally diverse campus university in the UK.After successful completion of Year Zero in our Essex Pathways Department, you progress to complete your course with the Department of Language and Linguistics. On this course, you become proficient in one or more of the modern languages taught at Essex; French, German, Italian, Spanish, and Mandarin Chinese. These languages can be studied alongside the language expert modules which cover a range of cultural and professional skills.For most of our languages, we offer modules in all six different levels recognised by the Common European Framework, enabling you to study from almost any level of expertise. Of the four modules you take in your final year, two must be taken up to at least Proficiency level (C1), and the other two must be taken up to at least Intermediate level (B1).Each of these languages is widely used in the business world, and so many of our graduates are recruited by international firms looking for language specialists, and go on to develop successful global careers. Others join a teacher-training programme after leaving, and become expert teachers of the language they studied at Essex.A year abroad is not compulsory on this course; however, you are encouraged to achieve an even higher level of attainment (C2) by taking a summer vacation course in a country where the language is spoken.We also offer a month-long summer course with fees paid for by us if you start a language from scratch via the intensive route.If you want a global outlook, are interested in human communication, and want to study for a degree with real-world practical value in a world-class department, welcome to Essex.

Application deadline

26 January

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University information

University of Essex

  • University League Table

    27th

  • Campus address

    University of Essex, Wivenhoe Park, Colchester, Essex, CO4 3SQ, England

The careers team offer dedicated international careers advice and support throughout studies and after graduation.
Central London is easily accessible from all of the university's campuses.
The University of Essex has a student body that represents over 140 nationalities and supports over 30 different cultural societies.

Subject rankings

  • Subject ranking

    14th out of 33 3

  • Entry standards

    / Max 222
    132 63%

    15th

    7
  • Graduate prospects

    / Max 100
    n/a

  • Student satisfaction

    / Max 5
    4.20 84%

    7th

    16

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