UndergraduateLanguages and Global Communication

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  • 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
  • We're creating a brand new media centre for 2019 – find out more

Summary

Study our BA Languages and Global Communication to develop your skills as a multilingual professional, and equip yourself to work 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, see our extended degree.

You will learn Spanish, French or English to a proficient level through a range of disciplines and with an emphasis on multimedia material.
You will also 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 year two.
The three-year structure of this degree moves away from the traditional, four-year language course, while still allowing you to spend invaluable time abroad immersing yourself in the language. As well as developing your linguistic proficiency to a high level, you will gain skills and experiences that will appeal to global employers across many industries.
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.
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 knowledge of the language. For more information, please contact admissions.
If you don't meet the language entry requirements, you can apply for our Foundation course, which includes a year of intensive language classes, preparing you for degree-level study of your chosen language combination.

How you will learn
Learn through a mix of lectures, one-to-one tutorials, personal guidance meetings and extracurricular activities.
We'll assess you through assignments that are designed 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.
Most of our staff are researchers in language learning, language technology, cultural studies, film and translation, or have relevant professional experience outside academia. We feed our research and professional experience into the course.
Employability is at the centre of this degree, with work experience and related opportunities an integral part of each year, 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.

Year one 

  • Take core language and global communication modules to develop your linguistic and sociocultural proficiency in either French, Spanish or English. 
  • Study Employability ePortfolio 1, the first in a series of modules designed to help you enhance your appeal to employers as a linguist. 

Year two 

  • Prepare yourself to make the most of your semester abroad through core language, communication and employability modules.  
  • With the help of your academic guidance tutor, decide whether to attend one of our overseas partner universities or undertake a work placement abroad.  
  • Choose optional modules in areas such as European cinema, language teaching or global trends in TV. 

Year three 

  • The emphasis is on preparing you to begin a career or undertake further study or research.  
  • Take the work placement module alongside your core language and communication modules, and choose optional modules in areas such as linguistics, journalism and professional language specialisation. 

There are 6 pathways: French; Spanish; English; French and Spanish; English and French; and English and Spanish.

Year 1

Compulsory Modules
Global Communication 1
Employability ePortfolio 1
Meaning in Language

French
Contemporary Debates in the Francophone and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
French Language 1
Ways of Seeing

Spanish
Contemporary Debates in the Francophone and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
Spanish Language 1
Ways of Seeing

English
English for Academic Study
Language and Society
Ways of Seeing

French and Spanish
Contemporary Debates in the Francophone and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
French Language 1
Spanish Language 1

English and French
Contemporary Debates in the Francophone and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
English for Academic Study
Language and Society

English and Spanish
Contemporary Debates in the Francophone and Spanish-Speaking Worlds
English for Academic Study
Spanish Language 1

Year 2

Required for all languages
Study Abroad Placement
Work Placement

Compulsory for all languages
Global Communication 2
Employability ePortfolio 2

French
French Language 2

Spanish
Spanish Language 2

English
Advanced English Studies

French and Spanish
French Language 2
Spanish Language 2

English and French
Advanced English Studies
French Language 2

English and Spanish
Advanced English Studies
Spanish Language 2

Optional modules
European Cinema
Global Trends in Television
Language Teaching Methodology
Language in the Media

Year 3

Required for all languages
Work Placement

Compulsory for all languages
Global Communication 3

French
French Language 3

Spanish
Spanish Language 3

English
Second Language Acquisition

French and Spanish
French Language 3
Spanish Language 3

English and French
French Language 3
Second Language Acquistion

English and Spanish
Spanish Language 3
Second Language Acquistion

Optional modules
Professional Specialisation: Audiovisual Media
Sexist Language
Forensic Linguistics
Multimedia Journalism
Second Language Acquistion

 

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
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 by employers across all sectors including multinational companies, international organisations and the global multimedia, cultural and creative industries. Our languages students have gone onto work in education, international relations and communications. 

Our careers team is available to support you from the start of your studies until after you graduate. They will help you build your CV, prepare for interviews, and meet and learn from successful graduates working at the top of their careers. You’ll also have opportunities to work with our partners across London and beyond, and to attend a Roehampton jobs fair where you can find out about graduate opportunities and meet employers.  

 

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