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Comments about BA Language Studies - At the institution - London - Greater London
The course is 4-6 years part-time and has a similar content to the BA (Hons) Modern Languages but does not include a compulsory period abroad.
Entry Requirements Three A levels (A2) at grades CCC or BCC or two A levels (A2) at grades CC or BC. This depends on the language combination. Please see full-time entries for further details. International Baccalaureate candidates are welcome; other Curriculum 2000 combinations will be considered on an individual basis.
BA Language Studies
The course is designed to allow flexibility. You can choose to study two languages with equal weighting (Joint Honours) or major in one of the languages. The degree is structured along three strands:
1. The Language Strand (a graded system building up and enhancing language skills, accuracy and fluency)
2. The Applied Bilingual Strand (modules focusing on practical skills into and out of the foreign language introducing transferable skills, such as translating and interpreting to and from English)
3. The Area Studies Strand (modules studying the historical, political, cultural and literary background of the language)
Depending on the chosen pathway, at each of the three credit levels you take a selection or all of the strands across two modern languages. The flexibility of the strands also allows native or bilingual speakers of certain languages (currently French and Spanish) to join the course - please note native speakers follow the Applied Bilingual Strand and/or the Area Studies Strand; they cannot take the Language Strand.
As the course does not include a compulsory period of study abroad, you should be aware that in order to achieve the high linguistic standard expected, you are encouraged to spend time studying in the country during non-teaching weeks and vacations and, where possible, take up placements in the UK to practise your language skills in the work place.
Throughout the course, you compile a language and culture dossier to further your learning process and raise awareness of linguistic opportunities. The dossier is based on a number of language and culture-related activities in London, elsewhere in the UK or abroad.