Modern Languages

BA (Hons) Single

The degree course in Modern Languages will enable you to develop high level skills in the three languages (choose from Chinese, French, Spanish, German and English) and acquire in-depth knowledge and understanding of the history and culture of the language areas studied.

Main features of the course:

  • A detailed and in-depth study of spoken and written forms of three modern languages
  • Practical applications of these languages
  • Examination of aspects of the society and culture of these language areas
  • Modules in European and World literature
  • Modules in European and World cinema
  • Modules in English linguistics
  • Opportunities to study specific areas of interest
  • Placements abroad


Why study Modern Languages at Chester?

Combining the study of three language subjects throughout your undergraduate degree gives you the opportunity to graduate with a highly competitive degree in a globalising market.

The course will enable students to achieve their full potential in their chosen languages. Programme staff are dedicated to effective teaching and learning, using a range of methods. You will be taught in a friendly, lively department in a pleasant learning environment, offering a high level of student support and every opportunity to develop your language skills.

The Department has three digital language laboratories. Our library is newly stocked with the most up-to-date Modern Language and linguistics text books, specialist journals and electronic resources. On-line resources include e-books, newspaper archives and journals.

The Modern Languages courses involve a variety of learning approaches, making extensive use of audiovisual media and computer-assisted learning as well as written sources. Language classes are in workshop mode and conducted mainly in the target language, and there is open access to the language facilities. You will have opportunities to study specific areas of personal interest.

One of the most distinctive features of the courses is the integration of up to three different placements abroad. These placements will give you vital, first-hand experience of working or studying abroad and will transform your command of the languages that you are studying.

Erasmus grants are currently available for placements in Europe.

The modules given below are the latest example of the curriculum available on this degree programme.  Please note that programme structures and individual modules are subject to change from time to time as part of the University’s commitment to curriculum enhancement.

Programme Structure

Each year you will take 120 credits worth of modules. Modules are worth either 20 or 40 credits.

Year 1 (Level 4)

The emphasis, in the core language modules, is on consolidating and developing your language skills and on extending your knowledge of aspects of the history and culture of the languages that you are studying.

You will take three core language modules of 40 credits each from the following list:

  • French in Context
  • Spanish in Context
  • German in Context
  • Mandarin Chinese Beginners
  • Structures of English

Year 2 (Level 5)

You will study between 80 and 100 credits of core language modules (English language and Spanish Beginners have a higher core language weighting) from the following:

  • Contemporary France
  • Contemporary Spain
  • Contemporary Germany
  • Mandarin Chinese Intermediate
  • Roots and Development of English

You will also take 20 credits of experiential learning either in the UK or a short placement in 1 European country or in Costa Rica.

If your core language modules only add up to 80 credits, you will also have the opportunity to study a 20 credit option from a choice that may include:

  • European Politics and Culture
  • Further Literature in Translation
  • Visualising Global Cultures

Modern Languages students will spend the third year of their four-year course on a placement in two of the three language areas studied. This will be as a student at one of our partner universities, or as an English language assistant in a school. Alternatively you may seek a work placement.

Year 3 (Level 6)

The focus in the final year is on high-level language skills. Following your placements abroad, you will demonstrate the linguistic proficiency you have acquired thanks to your first-hand experience of living in the countries whose languages you are studying.

You will continue the study of contemporary culture to provide you with further insight into the societies in question. The Dissertation and Special Study modules enable you to research and write about a specific area of interest, and there are modules which will allow you to develop the specialised skill of translation.

Assessment is varied and spread across each academic year. In the course of the programme you will be assessed via:

  • Written coursework assignments, such as essays and translations
  • Language portfolio
  • Presentations, debate and other oral assessments
  • Presentations in English
  • In-class tests based on recorded or written sources
  • End of module exams
  • Dissertation, extended essay, extended translation
  • Placement abroad projects and learning logs

There will be regular opportunities for formative assessment with feedback on your work.

You will be equipped with transferable skills which are valued by employers such as:

  • communication – orally and in writing;
  • gather information, assess and interpret it;
  • lead and participate in discussions and groups;
  • organise workload and work to deadlines;
  • develop opinions and propose ideas;
  • read pages of text and pick out the essential points;
  • adaptability to new and changing surroundings;
  • team work and working independently.

If you are studying this course on a combined basis you should look at options with both subjects.

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UCAS points:

280 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC.

A Level:

For the study of French, German, English Language and post-A Level Spanish, a GCE A Level is required for each subject. For English Language, an A Level in combined English Language and Literature is acceptable. Spanish can also be studied at beginners level providing a student has a GCSE grade C in a modern language.


BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus A Levels as stated above.

BTEC Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus A Levels as stated above.

Irish/Scottish Highers:

B in 4 subjects

International Baccalaureate:

26 points inc. HL Spanish, French or German at 5 or above


Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit


OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2

OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM

OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*

Extra Information:

Please note that we accept a maximum of 20 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs


Michaela Donnelly

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