- Choose to study up to two languages, including French, Spanish or English as a Foreign Language
- This distinctive language degree is a three-year course rather than the traditional four
- Spend a semester abroad during your second year, either working or studying
- Work placements available in relevant companies and organisations
- Develop a range of skills that will complement your languages and appeal to employers through our integrated Employability ePortfolio modules
- Benefit from specialised language labs equipped with the latest translation software and facilities
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A fresh approach to studying languages
Languages and Global Communication at Roehampton is an innovative language degree that will help you develop as a multilingual professional, equipping you with skills and knowledge across a range of communication-focused disciplines. You will study up to two new languages from A level or equivalent. To start as a complete beginner, please see the extended degree.
Gain experience working or studying overseas, either at one of our partner universities in Spain, France, Belgium, Argentina, Mexico, Colombia, Costa Rica, Australia or the USA (subject to availability), or by completing a work placement in a Spanish, French or another English-speaking country for a semester in your second year.
Innovative teaching and learning
You will learn Spanish, French or English to a proficient level through a range of disciplines and with emphasis on multimedia material.
Lectures will be supplemented with one-to-one tutorials, personal guidance meetings and extracurricular activities.
You will be assessed through assignments designed to enable you to demonstrate your language, intercultural and transferable skills, moving away from traditional exams and essays. Assessments may include marketing presentations, workplace scenarios and mock job applications.
The majority of our staff are researchers in language learning, language technology, cultural studies, film and translation, and/or have relevant professional experience outside academia. We feed our research and professional experience into the course.
A language degree in three years
The three-year structure of the BA Languages and Global Communication moves away from the traditional four-year language degree while still allowing you to spend invaluable time abroad immersing yourself in the language. You will not only develop your linguistic proficiency to a high level but will gain skills and experiences that will appeal to global employers across a range of industries.
A career-focused degree
Employability is at the centre of this course, with work experience and related opportunities an integral part of each year of the degree in the form of our Employability ePortfolio and Work Placement modules. This approach will prepare you for a successful career after graduation: you will gain a sound understanding of how the French, Spanish and English-speaking employment markets work while acquiring strong language and communication skills.
The BA Languages and Global Communication is aimed at students with prior knowledge of French, Spanish or English as a Foreign Language at A level, or with equivalent existing knowledge of the language. For further information, please contact admissions.
If you do not meet the A level or existing equivalent knowledge requirement you should apply for the Foundation course which includes intensive language classes, preparing you for degree-level study of your chosen language combination. Once you have completed the foundation year, you will progress on to the three-year programme. Students who start a new language as a beginner will reach the same level of proficiency by the end of their degree as those on the three-year programme.
Throughout your degree, you will develop your own identity as a linguist and intercultural communicator, preparing you for a career in our increasingly globalised world.
In your first year of study, you will take the core language and global communication modules to develop your linguistic and sociocultural proficiency in either French, Spanish or English alongside Employability ePortfolio 1, the first in a series of modules designed to help you enhance your appeal to employers as a linguist.
Your second year focuses on preparing you to make the most of your semester abroad through the core language, communication, and employability modules. With the help of your academic guidance tutor, you will decide whether to attend one of our overseas partner universities or undertake a work placement of your choice abroad. You will also choose optional modules in areas such as European cinema, language teaching or global trends in TV.
In your final year, the emphasis is on preparing you to begin a career or undertake further study or research. You will take the Work Placement module alongside your core language and communication modules, as well as choosing optional modules from linguistics, journalism and professional language specialisation.
There are 6 pathways: French; Spanish; English; French and Spanish; English and French; and English and Spanish.
French Language 2
Spanish Language 2
Advanced English Studies
Required for all languages
Compulsory for all languages
Global Communication 3
French Language 3
Spanish Language 3
Second Language Acquisition
Compulsory and Required modules
Compulsory and/or required modules may change when we review and update programmes. Above is a list of modules offered this academic year.
Optional modules, when offered as part of a programme, may vary from year to year and are subject to viability.
Language graduates are highly valued amongst employers across all sectors including multinational companies, international organisations, and global multimedia, cultural and creative industries. Languages students have previously worked in education, international relations, and communications.
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Life at Roehampton
At Roehampton, we can offer all new students the opportunity to live in accommodation on our beautiful parkland campus, including affordable and high-end options.
We offer scholarships, provide hardship funding and help you find advice on managing your finances while you study.
We provide plenty of opportunities for you to get involved, through volunteering, playing sport or music, or joining one of our many active student societies.