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Modern Languages

Why study at Roehampton

  • The course has a strong vocational focus, with the possibility of work placements in the UK and abroad, and practical work-based learning opportunities
  • Teaching is given in small groups by native speakers and there is an emphasis on the use of multi-media technology
  • The Department has strong links to the nearby Institut Français and the Instituto Cervantes of London

This course will be renamed French and Spanish from September 2015You will have the opportunity to study and work abroad in your third year

Foreign languages open doors to exciting new experiences. An ability to use a foreign language is also held in high regard by employers. All Modern Languages students take two languages together with modules on culture and society in the English, French and Spanish-speaking worlds.

You may study either French or Spanish at beginners’ level as one of your two languages. You spend the third year of this four-year course abroad, studying at one of our partner institutions or gaining work experience, perhaps as an English-language assistant in a school or college.

English as a Foreign Language, French and Spanish are also offered in combination with subjects outside Modern Languages.

Year-by-year summary

First year

Your first year will combine intensive language modules with introductory modules on the history, culture and society of countries where your languages are spoken. These will provide you with a solid foundation for your remaining three years of language study, leading to proficiency in speaking and writing your chosen languages, and to a sound knowledge of their uses in the modern world.

Second year

Language study continues to form the main component of the programme, along with continued study in culture and history. You will also be able to choose from a number of optional modules, ranging from European Cinema and Translating and Interpreting. The aim of the compulsory and optional modules is to prepare you fully for your year abroad.

Third year

You spend your third year abroad, either on an exchange programme at one of our partner universities, as an English-language assistant in a school or college, or on a work placement utilising your language skills abroad.

Fourth year

Alongside advanced study in your selected languages you choose from options such as Media Translation, Interpreting, Research Projects, or a work placement in which you use your language skills in a business or community context.

Typical timetable

Students typically spend 12 hours a week in lectures, seminars and language classes. In addition, they are expected to devote at least another 20 hours a week to independent study. Much of this time will be spent in the University's multimedia Languages Centre.

Teaching methods

Teaching methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials. There is a focus on student participation and group activities.

Assessment methods

  • Essays
  • Presentations
  • Practical assignments
  • Research tasks

Work placements

When you study Modern Languages at Roehampton you have the opportunity to experience a work placement at different stages of your degree. You may choose to work for a company or NGO in a Spanish or French speaking country during your year abroad (normally in your third year), or as a language assistant, but you may also register for the Work-based Language Placement module in the final year, in which you earn your credits by volunteering in a Spanish-speaking or French-speaking organisation, a local school as a language mentor or even at Roehampton as a language support assistant.

Example modules

  • Hispanic Culture and Society
  • Gender, Sexuality and Ethnicity in Hispanic Art and Media
  • Image, Text and Context in the French-speaking world
  • European Cinema

Career options

Our graduates are well placed to find employment both in the UK and throughout the world. Recent graduates have found positions related to their language skills in advertising, translation, publishing, export companies, teaching and the civil service.

Find out what else you can do with a modern languages degree

UCAS code




BA Single Honours
BA/BSc Combined Honours

Single honours

Entry requirements

Specific entry requirements »

General entry requirements »


Media, Culture and Language »


4 years (full-time)

Tuition fees

£8,750 (2014; UK/EU) »

£11,500 (2014; International) »

Cash scholarships and bursaries available »

Programme outline

View the full details »

View Key Information Set »

Related courses

English Language and Linguistics »

English as a Foreign Language »

French »

Modern Languages - Translation »

Teaching English to Speakers of Other Languages (TESOL) »

MA-PGDip-PGCert Audiovisual Translation »

MA/PGDip Specialised Translation »

Further information

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