BA (Hons) French and Spanish

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Overview

In French and Spanish, emphasis is placed on communicating effectively and developing transferable skills such as translating, interpreting, and interview techniques. Practical language classes embrace speaking, listening, reading and writing. We offer a wide choice of subjects, which may include society, cinema, culture and linguistics. 

You can study either French or Spanish from beginners level in the first year by taking a Fast Track option (please note, you cannot do beginners level for both languages).

The course is taken as an equal honours route. You will be required to spend your third year abroad in France and Spain. The experience of being immersed in another culture for several months is one our students find both beneficial and rewarding. They return having made new friends, experienced new places and have grown in confidence. After this year, you return to the University to study for your final year.

Features and Benefits

Career Prospects

A language-focused degree allows you to learn many transferable skills that can be used in a multitude of jobs.

Teaching, translation and interpreting are a popular pathway, but languages graduates are also sought after in many different industries, with recent graduates being offered positions in a variety of different sectors both in the UK and abroad. 

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Entry requirements

UCAS tariff points/grades required

104-112

Minimum of 104 UCAS Tariff points from A2 or equivalent (such as BTEC National at Level 3 or Advanced Diploma).

A Level Grade B or above in French or Spanish. A Level Grade B or above in the other language if studied. Second language may also be studied at beginner level

Specific GCSE requirements

GCSE English Language at grade C or grade 4. Equivalent qualifications (eg. Functional Skills) may be considered

Non Tariffed Qualifications

Pass Access to HE Diploma in a relevant subject with a minimum 106 UCAS Tariff Points

International Baccalaureate points

26

IELTS score required for international students

IELTS 6.0. with no element below 5.5

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

Course details

You will study French and Spanish, achieving degree level fluency in both by the end of the course. You will develop transferable skills useful in the world of work, such as translating, interpreting and presentation techniques, and will discover the contemporary society and cultures of the two languages you are studying. Unit options may include cinema, women's writing, popular culture, and you have the option to take our Interpreting and Translation pathway from your second year.

You will spend your third year abroad in each of the two countries whose languages you are studying, and will study in partner universities alongside your French and Spanish counterparts.

In year one, you will study four or five units. If you are starting a beginners level you can study either French Language Fast Track part 1 and 2 or Spanish Language Fast Track part 1 and 2.

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Core Units

Unit Choice - French (AB INITIO)

French Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of French grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

French Fast Track 2

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in French grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

French Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

French Culture and Society

This unit will deal with a number of topics relating to Francophone history, culture and society and how these are represented in the media and in texts.

Unit Choice - Spanish (AB INITIO)

Spanish Fast Track 1

This unit introduces the basic principles of Spanish grammar and syntax and is designed to enable you to develop an accurate, basic language ability that can be applied to a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Spanish Fast Track 2 

This unit consolidates the linguistic competence in Spanish grammar, vocabulary and style acquired through Fast Track 1. It is designed to enable you to develop accurate, basic language ability in a variety of cultural and social contexts.

Spanish Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Hispanic Culture and Society

This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts.

Unit Choice - Advanced

French Advanced

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

French, Culture and Society

This unit will deal with a number of topics relating to Francophone history, culture and society and how these are represented in the media and in texts.

Spanish Advanced 

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to the level B2 of the Common European Framework.

Hispanic Culture and Society 

This unit will deal with a number of topics related to Spanish and Latin American history and society and the way some of these events are represented in texts.

In the second year, you will study two core units which will develop and enhance your competence in French and Spanish. You will then choose a further two relevant units from the option units listed below.

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Core Units

French Language 2
This unit aims to develop your competence in French language, at a level equivalent to C1 level of the CEF Indicative Content : This unit continues and builds on the work done in French Language Advanced, providing a solid grounding in the essentials of French grammar and syntax. The unit develops the four skills of speaking, understanding, reading and writing placing enhanced focus on grammatical correctness.
Spanish Language 2

This unit aims to develop your competence in Spanish language at a level equivalent to C1 level of the CEF. It continues and builds on the work done in Spanish Advanced and Spanish Fast Track 1 and 2, providing a solid grounding in the essentials of Spanish lexis, grammar and syntax.

Unit Choice 1

BALLT Work Placement

This unit aims for the students to develop as a Learning and Teaching Assistant in local schools, supporting remedial students. You will gain valuable work experience and strengthen your CV at the same time.

Or

Engaging the Humanities and Social Science: Interdisciplinary Learning and Practice

This is an innovative cross-departmental unit which provides an opportunity to work in an interdisciplinary context alongside other students from a range of undergraduate programmes within Humanities, Languages & Social Science.

Option Units

Multicultural France

The unit explores a range of representations of multicultural France in the context of colonialism and post colonialism using a selection of documents and sources.

Visual Culture in the Francophone World

This unit introduces you to key developments in visual culture in the contemporary Francophone world by examining historical and cultural contexts and popular genre representations.

Introduction to Interpreting (French)

This unit will introduce you to different forms of interpreting and help you begin to develop the practical skills and techniques to act as an effective oral mediator between English and French.

French for the Business World

This unit complements the core language unit by developing oral and written skills in international business communication, addressing a range of professional contexts.

Power and Culture in Spain

The unit will explore how cultural realities are forged amidst contradictory power relations in Spain and how these emerge and are negotiated at the intersections of class, gender and sexuality.

Power and Culture in Latin America

The unit will explore how cultural realities are forged amidst contradictory power relations in Latin America, and how these emerge and are negotiated at the intersections of race, class, gender and sexuality.

Introduction to Interpreting (Spanish)

This unit will introduce you to the different forms of interpreting and help you begin to develop the practical skills and techniques to act as an effective oral mediator between English and Spanish.

Issues in Translation

This unit aims to provide you with a grounding in the key theoretical and practical issues involved in translating and an understanding of your own and others' translation practices, in preparation for more advanced translation studies.

Spanish for the Business World

This unit complements the core language unit by developing oral and written skills in international business communication, addressing a range of professional contexts.

You will spend your third year in France and Spain or Latin America, and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study. You can always get in touch with the department by phone or email.

In your final year, units will cover both chosen languages and an independent research project.

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Core Units

French Language 3

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to level C2 of the Common European Framework Indicative Content : A range of topics will be covered embracing issues of contemporary relevance in the French-speaking world.

Spanish Language 3

On completion of this unit, you are expected to have demonstrated a satisfactory level of competence in the following areas benchmarked to level C2 of the Common European Framework

Independent Research Project

A self-study unit at the end of which students submit a Dissertation on a negotiated topic.  Appropriate topics for the Dissertation will be drawn from the pool of areas supported by the teaching and research interests of staff in the Department of Languages.

Option Units

Transnational and Transmedia Practices in Latin America and Spain

This unit focuses on Hispanic transmedia and transnational productions, as well as on the social, cultural, political and economic of mediated communication of contemporary culture.

Images of Women in the Francophone World

The unit will examine how the representation of women is constructed in French culture drawing on literature, cinema, the media and/or other institutions and also addressing issues of nationality, race, class and sexuality.

French Interpreting 1

The unit is designed to enhance your linguistic and communicative competences by providing practical training in interpreting to enable you to act as effective mediators between French and English.

French Interpreting 2

Following on from French Interpreting I, this Unit will offer more advanced training in interpreting skills, with a stronger emphasis on consecutive and/or simultaneous interpreting into English.

Advanced French Translation

Employing a wide variety of real-world texts, this Unit will further consolidate your translating experience and skills by fostering a more detailed understanding of the processes involved in translating from French to English.

Shifting Borders in Latin America and Spain
This course focuses on borders as critical thresholds that negotiate relationships between the global north and south (between the US and Latin America, and between Latin America / North Africa and Spain/Europe).
Spanish Interpreting 1

The unit is designed to enhance your linguistic and communicative competences by providing practical training in interpreting to enable you to act as effective mediators between Spanish and English.

Spanish Interpreting 2

Following on from Spanish Interpreting I, this unit will offer more advanced training in interpreting skills, with a stronger emphasis on consecutive and/or simultaneous interpreting into English.

Advanced Spanish Translation

Employing a wide variety of real-world texts, this unit will further consolidate your translation experience and skills by fostering a more detailed understanding of the processes involved in translating from Spanish into English.

French Cultural Movements
This course develops a number of issues relating to influential French cultural and critical movements ranging from 1830 to the present. It draws from literature, poetry, theatre, cinema and visual culture.

Assessment weightings and contact hours

10 credits equates to 100 hours of study, which is a combination of lectures, seminars and practical sessions, and independent study. A 3 year degree qualification typically comprises of 360 credits (120 credits per year). The exact composition of your study time and assessments for the course will vary according to your option choices and style of learning, but it could be:

Study
Assessment
Optional foundation year

Additional information about this course

If a student chooses to take a language as a joint or major subject, they are expected to engage with their Period of Residence Abroad. In this case, the course will run for 4 years instead of 3 years.

Placement options

You will spend your third year in France and Spain or Latin America, and we will assist you in choosing from a wide choice of partner universities where you can study.

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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Fees

Foundation Year students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £9,250 per year for the foundation year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students: Full-time Foundation Year fee: £14,500 per year. When progressing from the pre-degree foundation year to the linked degree. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study)

UK, EU and Channel Island students

UK, EU and Channel Island students: Full-time fee: £9,250 per year. This tuition fee is agreed subject to UK government policy and parliamentary regulation and may increase each academic year in line with inflation or UK government policy for both new and continuing students.

Non-EU international students

Non-EU international students: Full-time fee: £14,500 per year. Tuition fees will remain the same for each year of your course providing you complete it in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional Information

A degree typically comprises 360 credits, a DipHE 240 credits, a CertHE 120 credits, and an integrated Masters 480 credits. The tuition fee for the placement year for those courses that offer this option is £1,850, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study). The tuition fee for the study year abroad for those courses that offer this option is £1,385, subject to inflationary increases based on government policy and providing you progress through the course in the normal timeframe (no repeat years or breaks in study).

Additional costs

Specialist Costs

All of the books required for the course are available from the library. The University also has PC labs and a laptop loan service. However, many students choose to buy some of the core textbooks for the course and/or a laptop. Students may also need to print their assignments and other documents. Campus printing costs start from 5p per page. Estimated costs are £300 for a laptop up to £100 each year for books and printing.

Placement Costs

Period Of Residence Abroad (Year 3). Expenses in excess of the ERASMUS grant: £200 (cost of living) per month for mainland Europe - Period of Residence Abroad is expected to last 10 months = £2000.

Funding

Find out more about financing your studies and whether you may qualify for one of our bursaries and scholarships.

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How to apply

You can apply for this course through UCAS.

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UCAS code(s)

RR14

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

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