Modern Languages (French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese, Spanish) (BA): 4-year, part-time

Year of entry

2018

Start date

October 2018

Location

Central London

Status

Fully Approved

Duration

Four years part-time

Attendance

Two to three evenings a week

Would you love to develop your understanding of the cultures and values that lie at the heart of different countries, and become a highly proficient linguist in the process? You can, by raising your language skills to near-native standard in at least one of two languages studied, and by learning related skills in translating, summary-writing, and written and oral presentations. At the same time, increase your cultural understanding through options in literature, film and society. Our students gain confidence in speaking and writing both of the chosen languages for study and English.

You will also have the opportunity to study a number of cross-cultural modules which will allow you to explore specific themes across a variety of language-speaking areas.

The programme is also available for full-time evening study over three years or over four years, including a year of study abroad.

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Course structure

You take compulsory, core and option modules to a total of 360 credits over four years.

Your programme will be designed to suit your interests and your language capability, which can be at any level from beginner to native speaker proficiency for one of your chosen langauges, but which must be at least post-A-Level/B2 (CEFR) or equivalent competence for your second chosen language.

This sample programme - language pathways A and C - will help give you a better idea of the structure you would be following, but please bear in mind that other languages and pathways are available:

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    Year 1

    Year 2

    Year 3

    Year 4

    Indicative comparative culture option modules

    Indicative French option modules

    Indicative German option modules

    Indicative Japanese option modules

    Indicative Portuguese and Spanish option modules

    Please note that not all modules are available every year; the list above is indicative.

    If you exit the degree with both of your chosen languages languages at Level C2, or one language at C2 and one at C1 you will be awarded an 'and' degree, e.g. BA Modern Languages (German and Japanese).

    If you exit with one of your chosen languages at Level C2 and one at B2 you will be awarded a 'with' degree, e.g. BA Modern Languages (German with Japanese).

    • Entry Requirements We welcome a wide range of qualifications, from the UK and abroad, and we will also consider your non-academic achievements.

      Entry requirements

      We welcome applicants without traditional entry qualifications as we base decisions on our own assessment of qualifications, knowledge and previous work experience. We may waive formal entry requirements based on judgement of academic potential.

      On this programme you can focus on two of the following languages: French, German, Italian, Japanese, Portuguese or Spanish.

      You must have at least A-Level/B2 (CEFR) competence in one of your two languages. If your second language is French, German, Japanese or Spanish it can be at any level from beginner onwards. If you wish to study Portuguese you must have A-Level/B2 (CEFR) competence. The programme is also suitable for applicants at proficiency and native speaker level.

      Alternative entry routes

      We welcome applications from students on Access to Higher Education Diplomas.

      Credits gained on the Certificate of Higher Education in Culture and Language (Japanese), French Studies or Iberian and Latin American Studies can be counted towards the degree.

      International entry requirements

      If English is not your first language or you have not previously studied in English, our usual requirement is the equivalent of an International English Language Testing System (IELTS Academic Test) score of 6.5, with not less than 6.0 in each of the sub-tests.

      If you don't meet the minimum IELTS requirement, we offer pre-sessional English courses, foundation programmes and language support services to help you improve your English language skills and get your place at Birkbeck.

      Visit the International section of our website to find out more about our English language entry requirements and relevant requirements by country.

      Credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL)

      If you have studied at university previously, you may have accumulated credits through the modules you studied. It may be possible to transfer these credits from your previous study to Birkbeck or another institution. You should discuss this with the Programme Director when you are making your application.

      Find out more about credits and Accredited Prior Learning (APL).

    • Fees We are committed to doing everything we can to help you finance your studies.

      Fees (2017/8)

      Part-time home/EU students: £ 6935 pa
      Part-time overseas students: £ 9750 pa
    • Teaching and assessment Our innovative, engaging teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments.

      Teaching

      At Birkbeck, almost all of our courses are taught in the evening and our teaching is designed to support students who are juggling evening study with work and other daytime commitments. We actively encourage innovative and engaging ways of teaching, to ensure our students have the best learning experience. In the 2017 Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF), the government’s system for rating university teaching, Birkbeck was allocated a Silver award.

      Teaching may include formal lectures, seminars, and practical classes and tutorials. Formal lectures are used in most degree programmes to give an overview of a particular field of study. They aim to provide the stimulus and the starting point for deeper exploration of the subject during your own personal reading.

      Seminars give you the chance to explore a specific aspect of your subject in depth and to discuss and exchange ideas with fellow students. They typically require preparatory study.

      In addition, you will have timetabled meetings with your Personal Tutor.

      Methods of teaching on this course

      Lectures and face-to-face teaching in small, informal groups. Language classes are predominantly interactive and taught by experienced native or near-native speakers. You will also make use of off-air TV recordings, the internet and a modern language laboratory.

      Timetables

      Timetables are usually available from September onwards and you can access your personalised timetable via your My Birkbeck Profile online (if you have been invited to enrol).

      Indicative class size

      Class sizes vary, depending on your course, the module you are undertaking, and the method of teaching. For example, lectures are presented to large groups, with 30 to 100+ students in attendance, whereas seminars usually consist of small, interactive groups of 10 to 30 students, led by an academic.

      Academic support

      Birkbeck offers study and learning support to undergraduate and postgraduate students to help them succeed. Our Learning Development Service can help you in the following areas:

      • academic skills (including planning your workload, research, writing, exam preparation and writing a dissertation)
      • written English (including structure, punctuation and grammar)
      • numerical skills (basic mathematics and statistics).

      Our Disability and Dyslexia Service can support you if you have additional learning needs resulting from a disability or from dyslexia.

      Our Counselling Service can support you if you are struggling with emotional or psychological difficulties during your studies.

      Our Mental Health Advisory Service can support you if you are experiencing short– or long-term mental health difficulties during your studies.

      Assessment

      Assessment is an integral part of your university studies and usually consists of a combination of coursework and examinations. You will be given time to complete coursework and prepare for exams.

      Unseen written examinations are usually taken in the Summer term, during May to June, and, in most cases, are held during the day on a weekday – if you have daytime commitments, you will need to make arrangements for daytime attendance. Exam timetables are published online in March each year.

      Find out more about assessment at Birkbeck, including guidance on assessment, feedback and our assessment offences policy.

      Methods of assessment on this course

      Essays and written and oral examinations.

      Feedback

      As well as a mark for your coursework and exams, you will also receive feedback from your marker(s) to help you learn, improve and succeed. We encourage you to discuss feedback with your module tutor.

      Feedback can come in different forms: notes via Moodle (our online learning environment); a paper copy of a completed feedback form; or in-class or face-to-face feedback. The College Policy on Feedback on Assessment sets out what you can expect from your feedback.

      Your department will usually provide you with your marked coursework within four weeks of submission. Your initial mark is provisional until the relevant Board of Examiners has confirmed it.

      Your official coursework and exam results will be made available to you via your My Birkbeck Profile online.

    • Careers and employability To help you get ahead in your career, we offer free advice and training and our recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, can connect you with employers.

      Careers and employability

      Graduates can pursue careers in education, publishing or commerce and banking. This degree can also be useful in becoming a translator, interpreter, secondary school teacher, broadcast journalist or English as a foreign language teacher.

      Find out more about the destinations of graduates in this subject.

      We offer a comprehensive Careers and Employability Service to help you advance your career, while our in-house, professional recruitment consultancy, Birkbeck Talent, works with London’s top employers to help you gain work experience that fits in with your evening studies.

      Graduate Destinations

      Go on to work and/or study:

      Go on to work and/or study
      Now working: 60%
      Doing further study: 10%
      Studying and working: 10%
      Unemployed: 0%
      Other: 20%

      Read more of the statistics for this course on the Unistats website.

    • How to apply Once you've found the course that's right for you, here's what to do next to get your place at Birkbeck.

      How to apply

      You apply directly to Birkbeck for this course, using the online application link. Please note that online application will open in October 2017.

      Please state clearly on your application which languages you wish to study. Entry requirements are flexible and you can join the degree at various levels of competence in your chosen language.

      As part of the admission process you may be asked to complete a written test, or a language entry test, and you may be invited to attend an interview.

      Birkbeck offers a range of free face-to-face advice and support to help you make a successful application.

      Birkbeck can give you all of the information and help you need to complete your application form, including our online personal statement tool, which will guide you through every step of writing your personal statement.

      Application deadlines and interviews

      After you have submitted your application, we may call you to determine your proficiency in your chosen languages.

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