Manchester Metropolitan University

BA (Hons)

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

2018 entry

Features and benefits of the course

  • Each year we accept hundreds of students onto Foundation Year courses who have the ability to study at degree level but who don’t have the qualifications to enter directly onto an honours degree. 
  • Has content that is tailored so that it is appropriate to your chosen degree.
  • Helps you to develop the study skills and academic knowledge you will need to start Year 1 of your course with confidence

About the course

Students studying towards BA (Hons) degrees with two languages may study up to 60 credits of language. 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 (e.g. through family). The languages that can be studied ab initio are: French, Spanish, German, Modern Standard Arabic, Urdu, Italian, Mandarin Chinese and Japanese.

Typical units of study may include

Year 1

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.

Core Units
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.

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.

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, Spanish or Urdu 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. 

Programme Review

Each programme of study that we offer undergoes an annual review to ensure an up-to-date curriculum supported by the latest online learning technology. In addition, we undertake a major review of the programme, normally at 6-yearly intervals, but this can take place at a more frequent interval where required. Applicants should note that the programme currently provided may be subject to change as a result of the review process. We only make changes where we consider it necessary to do so or where we feel that certain changes are in the best interests of students and to enhance the quality of provision. Occasionally, we have to make changes for reasons outside our control. Where there are changes which may materially affect the current programme content and/or structure, offer holders will be informed.

Teaching Staff

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. Details of departmental staff can be found at: http://www2.mmu.ac.uk/languages/staff/

Typical entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2017 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2018 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS Tariff points/Grades required

72 - 80

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

72 - 80 UCAS Tariff points from A Level or equivalent

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

24

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.

How do I apply for this course?

Applications through UCAS

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

Confirmation of Regulator

The Higher Education Funding Council for England is the principal regulator for the University.

Important Notice

This online prospectus provides an overview of our programmes of study and the University. We regularly update our online prospectus so that our published course information is accurate and up to date. Please note that our programmes are subject to review and development on an ongoing basis. Changes may sometimes be necessary. For example, to comply with the requirements of professional or accrediting bodies or as a result of student feedback or external examiners’ reports. We also need to ensure that our courses are dynamic and current and that the content and structure maintain academic standards and enhance the quality of the student experience.

Please check back to the online prospectus before making an application to us.

The provision of education by the University is subject to terms and conditions of enrollment and contract. The current Terms and Conditions Applicable to the provision of the University’s Educational Services are available online. When a student enrolls with us, their study and registration at the University will be governed by various regulations, policies and procedures. It is important that applicants/students familiarize themselves with our Terms and Conditions and the Key Contract Documents referred to within. Applicants will be provided with access to an up to date version at offer stage. This can be found within the Information for Offer Holders document.

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