BA (Hons)

Languages degrees with a Foundation Year (Stream B – French, Spanish, Linguistics, TESOL, minor Languages

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Each Foundation Year is an integral part of a specific degree; the content is tailored to prepare you for your chosen degree so that you start Year 1 of your course with confidence.

Once you have successfully passed your Foundation Year you will progress directly onto Year 1 of your linked honours degree.

Below is a list of the linked honours degrees for selected Languages courses with a Foundation Year.

For more information about each linked degree please visit the Languages, Linguistics and TESOL website and choose a course from the course selector.

For information on other language courses with a Foundation Year, please see:

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

Language skills can be applied in a wide variety of careers, from teaching and translating/interpreting to business and management, finance, charity and community work.

Other opportunities may exist in areas such as journalism, in central and local government, international institutions, voluntary organisations, political parties or the media.

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72 - 80

72 - 80 UCAS Tariff points from A Level or equivalent.

If French or Spanish is the language to be studied, a Grade C or above at A Level will be required.

If the language is German or Italian and has been studied, at A Level a Grade C will be required.

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language and Mathematics at grade D or grade 3. Equivalent qualifications (eg Functional Skills) may be considered.

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 74 UCAS Tariff Points.

International Baccalaureate points


IELTS score required for international students

5.5 with no less than 5.5 in any component

There’s further information for international students on our international website if you’re applying with non-UK qualifications.

Course details

Students studying towards BA (Hons) degrees with two languages may study up to 60 credits of languages units. Only one of the two languages can be studied from beginners level, hence admission to this route will only be available to students who have studied one of the two chosen languages and have either: (a) formal qualification in it, or (b) prior knowledge (eg through family). The languages that can be studied from beginners level are: French, Spanish, German, Modern Standard Arabic, Urdu, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

All humanities foundation year students study the Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences unit, which will help you to develop the academic and study skills required for degree-level work. Students will also study Introduction to Language, Culture and Linguistics, your chosen language unit, a further language unit (both cannot be at beginners level) or Modern Britain since 1945 (with or without 15 credit language unit).

International students are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Study unit. This will replace Modern Britain since 1945. 

Teaching is delivered via a range of methods including lectures, seminars, tutorials and, where appropriate, practical workshops, PC lab sessions, and online learning. Teaching methods depend on your chosen linked honours degree and you should expect to spend some time each week in independent study.

Successful completion of the Foundation Year guarantees automatic progression onto Year 1 of the degree you have chosen to study.

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Core Units

English for Academic Study (for International Students only)

The course develops language skills in academic English, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in written assessment and oral presentation. A further focus is listening and note-taking, for ease in following lectures. The development of reading, to aid analysis and interpretation of course material will also feature, and the unit will additionally develop study skills, to assist you in the transition to Higher Education study.

Academic Practice for the Humanities and Social Sciences

This unit aims to help students make a successful transition to higher education study, developing the skills required for the study of humanities and social science disciplines. These include independent learning, time management, note-taking, academic writing, critical thinking and writing, referencing methods, exam techniques, oral presentations, research skills, information literacy, digital literacy/ICT - word-processing, spread-sheets and databases.

Introduction to Language, Culture and Linguistics

Students will engage with a wide variety of topics related to aspects of language, culture, and linguistics with a view to developing a critical awareness and understanding. This unit seeks to cover broad ground in aspects of the humanities and deals with many key areas of culture and mass communication, including newspapers, television, film, fiction, and popular music. It also looks at more specific aspects of human communication by focusing on issues within language and linguistics.

Uniwide Language

You can add a foreign language to your portfolio of skills. Enhance your employability by learning Classical Latin, English (as a foreign language), French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, Modern Standard Arabic or Spanish alongside your main degree. Whatever your language knowledge, from Beginners to Advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency. Visit UNIWIDE for more information.  

Likely Optional Units

Modern Britain since 1945

This unit aims to give you an understanding of key themes in British culture, society and politics since 1945. In particular, it examines: the position of Britain at the end of the Second World War; the rise of 'youth culture'; the changing role of women; developments in immigration and race relations; the British economy; politics in Northern Ireland; the welfare state; employment and unemployment; the 1960s and the so-called 'sexual revolution'; Thatcher and Thatcherism; the rise of New Labour; alternative politics, pressure groups and popular campaigns. The unit is taught through a combination of lectures, seminars, tutorials and workshops and makes use of British film. 

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Languages, Linguistics and TESOL

Our Languages, Linguistics and TESOL section has a diverse community of international staff and students, and boasts strong local and global links to further enhance the quality of learning and opportunities available to its students.

The department’s Language Centre provides a wide range of development courses and is accredited by the British Council. It provides teaching in English, French, German, Spanish, Italian, Arabic, Mandarin Chinese, Japanese, Linguistics and TESOL with these subjects also available with Business, International Business and International Politics.

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Taught by experts

Your studies are supported by a team of committed and enthusiastic teachers and researchers, experts in their chosen field. We also work with external professionals, many of whom are Manchester Met alumni, to enhance your learning and appreciation of the wider subject.

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Tuition fees for the 2019/20 academic year are still being finalised for all courses. Please see our general guide to our standard undergraduate tuition fees.

Part-time students may take a maximum of 90 credits each academic year.

Additional costs


For further information on financing your studies or information about whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships, follow the links below:

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

Foundation year UCAS codes are available on the honours degree pages. Visit for a full list of degrees available with an integral foundation year. 

Remember to use the correct institution code for Manchester Metropolitan University on your application: our institution code is M40

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