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  • Qualification

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

  • Location

    Main Site

  • Study mode

    Full time

  • Start date


  • Duration

    3 Years

Course summary


Would you like a qualification that gives you proficiency in a language while immersing you in its related cultures?

This BA (Hons) Language Studies degree course immerses you in the study of a foreign language and its related cultures, giving you the expertise and skill to work and communicate effectively in the international community.

You can tailor the course to your needs, ambitions and current level of proficiency. You'll study 1 language in depth, from a choice including Spanish, French or German, and have the option to study a second language through our Institution-wide Language Programme (IWLP). And you'll immerse yourself in the culture surrounding these languages, from literature and TV to broader cultural ideas.

Your linguistic competence will grow alongside your intercultural awareness. When you complete this course, you'll be well prepared for work in teaching, media, tourism, business and finance.

What you'll experience

On this BA (Hons) Language Studies degree course, you'll:

  • Study French, German or Spanish to a proficient level – C1 of the Common European Framework of Reference for Languages (CEFR) – either as a beginner or from prior knowledge
  • Use the language laboratories to manipulate sound, video and text for subtitling and publishing
  • Develop the IT skills you can use in related careers, including using desktop publishing, subtitling and podcast recording software
  • Customise the content of the course to better suit your ambitions – you can focus on English language, literature and film or communication and discourse
  • Improve your transferable skills, such as interpersonal communication skills, presentation skills, organisational skills, and independent and critical thinking skills

Careers and opportunities

What can you do with a Language Studies degree?

Having the ability to communicate effectively with people from different cultures in different contexts can lead to a rewarding career in areas such as tourism, teaching, journalism and marketing.

The language skills, intercultural awareness and proficiency in communication you gain from studying this course are especially sought after by businesses and organisations that operate across national borders and cultures.

What jobs can you do with a Language Studies degree?

You'll graduate with the skills and understanding to take up roles in many fields, related and unrelated to linguistics, including:

  • Teacher – modern foreign languages or English as a foreign language
  • Journalist
  • Editor
  • Publishing assistant
  • Tourist guide
  • Bilingual consultant
  • Market analyst

You could also continue your studies at postgraduate level with a Master's in a subject such as Translation Studies or Applied Linguistics and TESOL.

Work experience and career planning

To give you the best chance of securing a great job when you graduate, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course.

We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and build your CV. We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

This course allows you to take the Learning From Experience (LiFE) option. This means you can earn credits towards your degree for work, volunteer and research placements that you do alongside your study.

Application deadline

15 January

Tuition fees

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University information

University of Portsmouth

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

Around 5,200 of the university's 29,000 students come from 150 countries around the world. The Global Community networking scheme helps them to meet.
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