Modern Languages (French and Spanish) BA (Hons) - 2023/4

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

  • - The programme aims to: enable students to become confident, resilient and responsible individuals and professionals
  • enable students to cultivate a range of transferable skills that will enhance their employability
  • enable students to develop a high standard of written and oral competence in two Languages
  • enable students to develop intercultural awareness and understanding
  • further students' explicit knowledge of the linguistic structures of these languages and their ability to mediate between languages, particularly by means of translation
  • nurture a lifelong passion and talent for languages, cultures and communication
  • provide opportunities for students to develop resilience and resourcefulness through the PTY
  • provide opportunities to experience professional life during the PTY
  • 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

Programme learning outcomes

Attributes Developed Awards Ref.
On completion of the programme students will have: the ability to use the target languages confidently and creatively for communication in a range of purposes and with diverse audiences KCPT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
acquired a wide-ranging vocabulary and knowledge of the linguistic structures, grammar and stylistic registers of the target languages KCPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
the ability to use linguists' tools, including digital resources such as online dictionaries KPT CertHE, DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
a broad knowledge of the history, cultures and institutions of the societies in which the languages are used KC DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
practical understanding of issues involved in translating between English and target languages KCPT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
the ability to analyse and interpret texts and other cultural products, and to select and synthesis key information from them CPT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)
the ability to organise and present ideas within the framework of a reasoned argument and to exercise critical judgement in the light of evidence and argument CPT Ord, BA (Hons)
the ability to engage in analytical and evaluative thinking CPT DipHE, Ord, BA (Hons)

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 study and Language for the professional world. 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 Language 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 Language 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) N
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

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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 2023/4 academic year.