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This four-year Modern Languages degree allows you to study two languages, as well as a variety of optional modules covering culture and society.
Whether you’re starting your language from beginners’ level, or with prior knowledge, you’ll reach a professional standard in your chosen languages through intensive learning practice and your residence abroad – where you’ll spend a term and a year in the countries where your chosen languages are spoken.
You’ll complement your language studies by exploring cultures and societies around the world, choosing from a range of topics, including literature, cinema, popular culture, history and politics. In your first year you’ll have the option to study a third language or study a module that introduces concepts which are important to a wider understanding of languages, cultures and societies.
You’ll also have the opportunity to enhance your professional language skills, through modules on translation, interpreting or languages for business.
Your independent research project in your final year will be an opportunity to conduct and present your own research.
You’ll gain the language and professional skills to prepare you for an international career in many sectors.
Depending on your chosen language combination, you may also be able to study discovery modules to study subjects outside of your degree.
What languages can I study?
On the four-year BA Modern Languages degree, no more than one of the following languages can be studied at beginners’ level.
Arabic | Chinese | French | German | Italian | Japanese | Portuguese | Russian | Spanish | Thai
Languages available from beginners’ level and advanced level
French, German, Italian, Russian and Spanish are taught from both beginners’ level and advanced level (A-level or equivalent)
Languages available from beginners’ level
Arabic, Chinese, Japanese, Portuguese and Thai are mainly taught from beginners level, but we are usually able to accommodate applicants with A-level or equivalent.
You can choose from the following language combinations and you’ll need to tell us your language combination in the ‘Further Details’ section of your UCAS application.
Arabic and: French; German; Spanish
Chinese and: French; German; Spanish
French and: Arabic; Chinese; German; Italian; Japanese; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish
German and: Arabic; Chinese; French; Italian; Japanese; Portuguese; Russian; Spanish
We also offer the following language combinations. Most of these are five-year courses with two years abroad and you will apply directly to the named course. Courses with Portuguese are four-year courses, with a term and a year abroad.
A – Advanced level (A level or an equivalent qualification is required) B – Beginner level
The world class Brotherton Library holds a wide variety of manuscript, archive and early printed material in its Special Collections– valuable assets for your independent research. Our additional library resources are also excellent, and the University Library offers a comprehensive training programme to help you make the most of them.
The Language Centre includes digital language labs, audio/video practice booths and Computer Assisted Language Learning (CALL) and the Language Zone provides study spaces and learning material in more than 50 languages, including online resources and advice.
The Electronic Resource Information Centre features specialised computing facilities for translation studies, and we have Interpreter Training Suites.
The list shown below represents typical modules/components studied and may change from time to time. Read more in our Terms and conditions.
<p>View <a href="http://ahc.leeds.ac.uk/languages-undergraduate/doc/ba-modern-languages-modules/page/1">information for typical modules/components</a> studied on this degree.</p>
Throughout your degree you will benefit from a range of opportunities to expand your intellectual horizons outside or within your subject area.
This course gives you the opportunity to choose from a range of discovery modules. They’re a great way to tailor your study around your interests or career aspirations and help you stand out from the crowd when you graduate. Find out more about discovery modules on our Broadening webpages.
Learning and teaching
Our tutors are experts in their fields, and their teaching is informed by their own cutting-edge research.
We use a range of teaching methods to help you benefit from their expertise, including lectures, seminars, tutorials or occasionally workshops. However, independent study is also central to this degree, since it allows you to develop your skills in research and analysis. You will be able to apply your skills and knowledge in a Final Year Research Project on a topic of your own choice.
On this course you’ll be taught by our expert academics, from lecturers through to professors. You may also be taught by industry professionals with years of experience, as well as trained postgraduate researchers, connecting you to some of the brightest minds on campus.
We also use various types of assessment. Exams and essays are a significant part of this, but in some modules you may also be assessed on components such as group work, reports, or oral presentations. We offer support in these areas as well – for example, we run extra classes on skills such as public speaking, structuring essays and exam technique that you’ll be able to attend throughout your time at Leeds.
Where a post-A level language route is taken, a B grade in the relevant language is required.
Access to HE Diploma
Pass diploma with 60 credits overall, including at least 45 credits at level 3, of which 30 credits must be at Distinction and 15 credits at Merit or higher. An interview and a piece of written work may also be required.
This course has additional subject-specific requirements. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
We will consider the level 3 QCF BTEC at Subsidiary Diploma level and above in combination with other qualifications. Contact the Undergraduate Admissions Office for more information.
M1, M1, M2. Where a post-A level language route is taken, M2 in the relevant language is required.
34 points overall with 16 at Higher Level. Where a post-A level language route is taken, 5 points at Higher Level in the relevant language is required.
Irish Highers (Leaving Certificate)
H2, H2, H2, H3, H3, H3. Where a post-A level language route is taken, H3 in the relevant language is required.
Scottish Highers / Advanced Highers
BB in Advanced Highers and AABBB in Highers - OR - B in Advanced Higher and AAABB in Highers. Where a post-A level language route is taken, a B grade in Advanced Higher in the relevant language is required.
The Welsh Baccalaureate is not typically included in the academic conditions of an offer made to you for this course. If you choose to undertake the Welsh Baccalaureate we would strongly encourage you to draw upon these experiences within your personal statement, as your qualification will then be taken into account both when your application is initially considered by the selection panel and again when reviewed by the admissions tutor at the time your A-level results are passed to us.
European Baccalaureate: 75% Where a post-A level language route is taken, 8.0 in the relevant language is required.
Read more about UK and Republic of Ireland accepted qualifications or contact the Schools Undergraduate Admissions Team.
Were committed to identifying the best possible applicants, regardless of personal circumstances or background.
Access to Leeds is an alternative admissions scheme which accepts applications from individuals who might be from low income households, in the first generation of their immediate family to apply to higher education, or have had their studies disrupted.
Improve your English
If you're an international student and you don't meet the English language requirements for this programme, you may be able to study our undergraduate pre-sessional English course, to help improve your English language level.
How to apply
Apply to this course through UCAS. The institution code for the University of Leeds is L23. Check the deadline for applications on the UCAS website.
You need to tell us your language combination when you apply. Input your chosen language in the Further Details section on your UCAS application.
International students apply through UCAS in the same way as UK students. Our network of international representatives can help you with your application. If you’re unsure about the application process, contact the admissions team for help.
Read about visas, immigration and other information in International students. We recommend that international students apply as early as possible to ensure that they have time to apply for their visa.
There may be additional costs related to your course or programme of study, or related to being a student at the University of Leeds. Read more about additional costs
If you have the talent and drive, we want you to be able to study with us, whatever your financial circumstances. There is help for students in the form of loans and non-repayable grants from the University and from the government. Find out more in our Undergraduate funding overview.
You’ll gain the language and professional skills to prepare you for an international career in a wide range of sectors.
This Modern Languages degree allows you to gain proficiency in two major world languages.
As well as demonstrating that you’re intellectually versatile, your languages degree will equip you with a wide range of skills across different disciplines that employers are looking for.
You’ll have good research skills and you’ll be able to analyse complex information from multiple sources before drawing your own conclusions. You’ll be able to communicate and defend your views clearly, either verbally or in writing.
In addition, you’ll have strong research and organisational skills and be confident working independently or in a team. You’ll also have a strong understanding of cultural diversity, allowing you to work effectively with people whose backgrounds differ from yours.
All of these qualities are very attractive to employers, and graduates have pursued careers across the globe that reflect the diversity of their degrees. They’ve gone on to be successful in education, the media, law, publishing, the civil service, business and finance and the charity sector to name a few.
Many others have also pursued postgraduate study, including further training in language-based careers such as translating and interpreting.
We encourage you to prepare for your career from day one. Thats one
of the reasons Leeds graduates are so sought after by employers.
Leeds for Life is our unique approach to helping you make the most
of University by supporting your academic and personal development. Find
out more at the Leeds for Life website.
The Careers Centre and staff in your faculty provide a range of
help and advice to help you plan your career and make well-informed
decisions along the way, even after you graduate. Find out more at the Careers website.
You'll spend a term and a year in countries where your chosen languages are spoken. It’s the perfect opportunity to immerse yourself in another culture while sharpening and refining your language skills every day. For many of our students, it’s the highlight of their degree.
Normally, if you are studying one of your languages as a beginner, you’ll be spending your year abroad in the country where this language is spoken and your term abroad in a country where the other language is spoken. If you are taking two languages as an advanced student, you’ll choose which language to combine with your year abroad and which with your term abroad.
If your language combination includes Arabic, Chinese, Japanese or Russian, you’ll be spending your second year abroad and you’ll be studying an intensive language course.
For all other language combinations, you’ll be spending your third year abroad and, depending on your hosting country, you may be able to complete a work placement, undertake a British Council school assistantship or study at one of our partner universities.
On your term abroad, you may study at one of our partner institutions or complete a work placement. Whatever your options, you’ll gain a new perspective on cultures and societies across the world.
For details on the options available for each of your chosen languages please see the links below:
Practical work experience can help you decide on your career and improve your employability. On this course you have the option to apply to take a placement year module with organisations across the public, private and voluntary sectors in the UK, or overseas.