Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) - 2022/3

Awarding body

University of Surrey

Teaching institute

University of Surrey


FHEQ Level 6

Final award and programme/pathway title

BA (Hons) Modern Languages (French and Spanish)

Subsidiary award(s)

Award Title
DipHE Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
CertHE Modern Languages (French and Spanish)
Ord Modern Languages (French and Spanish)

Modes of study

Route code Credits and ECTS Credits
Full-time with PTY UPB13051 480 credits and 240 ECTS credits

QAA Subject benchmark statement (if applicable)

Languages, Cultures and Societies

Other internal and / or external reference points


Faculty and Department / School

Faculty of Arts and Social Sciences - School of Literature and Languages

Programme Leader

MARLEY Dawn (Lit & Langs)

Date of production/revision of spec


Educational aims of the programme

  • To enable students wishing to study one or more Modern Languages to an advanced level, with variable weighting for each language
  • To develop a high standard of written and oral competence in one or more Languages, using them as a means for understanding, expression and communication
  • To further students' explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures of these languages and their ability to mediate between languages, particularly by means of translation
  • To provide students with a thorough knowledge of the history, culture and political and social institutions in the societies where these languages are used, and enable them to access primary and secondary sources in the target languages
  • To enable students to develop intercultural awareness and understanding
  • To enable students to offer prospective employers a range of skills derived from their studies and from working and/or studying in the countries where the chosen languages are used
  • To enable students to study, research and practise translation and, in the work placement(s), to gain experience of related professions
  • To give an introduction to the main theoretical and practical issues of translation
  • To provide intellectual and practical preparation for students to undertake postgraduate study and future careers in translation, interpreting, audiovisual translation and other language-related employment areas

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
Knowledge of the use of the target languages as a medium for understanding, expression and communication. Acquisition of a wide-ranging vocabulary K
Explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers of the target languages K
How to use linguists' tools, such as grammars, dictionaries and glossaries K
A broad knowledge of the history, culture and institutions of the societies in which the languages are used K
A broad knowledge of the main theoretical concepts relating to the practice of translation K
The ability critically to evaluate, through appropriate methodologies, the linguistic, cultural and ideological properties of texts for translation K
Use the language creatively and precisely for a range of purposes and audiences C
Analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products C
Exercise critical judgement in the light of evidence and argument C
Select and synthesise key information from written and spoken sources C
Organise and present ideas within the framework of a reasoned argument C
Engage in analytical and evaluative thinking C
Plan, conduct and write up an individual research programme C
Exercise linguistic awareness and communicate in an effective manner, both in the target languages and in English P
Take notes and summarise effectively P
Retrieve, sift and select information using library and IT skills P
Demonstrate initiative, work independently, manage time and meet deadlines under pressure P
Communicate, present ideas and interact with others T
Exercise intercultural competence and the ability to adjust to a variety of culturally different work environments T
Exercise self-reliance, initiative and flexibility T
Use translation and other linguistic skills in a professional or educational context T
Learn other languages with greater than average ease T
Reflect on their own culture from a perspective enriched by their intercultural experience
Act as ┬┐ambassadors┬┐ for their own country and help promote international understanding
Use such experience to contribute to society

Attributes Developed

C - Cognitive/analytical

K - Subject knowledge

T - Transferable skills

P - Professional/Practical skills

Programme structure

Full-time with PTY

This Bachelor's Degree (Honours) programme is studied full-time over four academic years, consisting of 480 credits (120 credits at FHEQ levels 4, 5, 6 and the professional training year). All modules are semester based and worth 15 credits with the exception of project, practice based and dissertation modules.
Possible exit awards include:
- Bachelor's Degree (Ordinary) (300 credits)
- Diploma of Higher Education (240 credits)
- Certificate of Higher Education (120 credits)

Students who have not had the opportunity to take a language up to A level can apply for the ab initio pathway. This is available only to students with proven language learning aptitude (such as another language at A level), and will involve very intensive language learning modules in the first year, enabling students to reach approximately A level standard and join the rest of the cohort for all modules in the second year.

Programme Adjustments (if applicable)



Professional Training Year (PTY) -

Module Selection for Professional Training Year (PTY) -


Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4

Module Selection for Year 1 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 4

Students must take the compulsory modules of the two named languages.

Students without A level or equivalent in a language will take two ab initio modules in the first year, in place of Language for academic purposes and Language for professional purposes. For all other modules they will join post-A level students.

Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Module Selection for Year 3 (with PTY) - FHEQ Level 6

Compulsory: choose Long dissertation or short dissertation in one language, and Advanced oral and Writing Skills module in the same language.
Options: choose 5 or 6 from the relevant optional modules, maintaining a balance between the two named languages of the pathway.
The Short Dissertation and Advanced Oral and Writing Skills are also available as optional modules in the other language.

Opportunities for placements / work related learning / collaborative activity

Associate Tutor(s) / Guest Speakers / Visiting Academics N
Professional Training Year (PTY) Y
Placement(s) (study or work that are not part of PTY) N
Clinical Placement(s) (that are not part of the PTY scheme) N
Study exchange (Level 5) N
Dual degree N

Other information

The programme is studied over four years in full-time mode. At FHEQ Levels 4 and 5 students take compulsory modules which address the core requirements for Languages and Related Studies as they are outlined in the Benchmarking statement. Students spend Semesters 5 and 6 on professional and/or study placements.

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Please note that the information detailed within this record is accurate at the time of publishing and may be subject to change. This record contains information for the most up to date version of the programme / module for the 2022/3 academic year.