BA (Hons)

Languages degrees with a Foundation Year (Stream A – Linguistics, and Language combinations with English)

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Overview

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

If you choose this route you will apply for either a four year full-time course or five year degree (if your chosen degree includes a year abroad).   

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

Below is a list of the linked honours degrees for Linguistics and Language combinations with English, all of which have 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:

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Entry requirements

These typical entry requirements apply to the 2018 academic year of entry and may be subject to change for the 2019 academic year. Please check back for further details.

UCAS tariff points/grades required

72-80

Minimum 72 UCAS Tariff points at A2 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

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.

Course details

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. You will also study Approaches to English, Introduction to Language, Culture and Linguistics, and Modern Britain since 1945 (with or without Uniwide Language option).

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 Practice unit. This unit 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 and Academic Practice (for International Students only)

International students and students for whom English is not a first language who are studying the foundation year at our campus in Manchester are placed on the Foundation Year International Route which offers additional English language study skills and tutor support through the English and Academic Practice unit which focuses on reading, writing, listening and speaking, from within both an academic and general context. The course is designed for non-native English speakers to prepare you for the academic demands of you degree course, as well as helping you with daily English needs. The unit content is largely based on the development of academic skills, notably writing and speaking, to give you confidence in your written work and oral presentations. General English is also focused on, however, as the means to helps you develop your abilities in English communication needed outside the classroom.

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.

Approaches to English

Using a variety of genres and literary forms, including that of creative writing, this unit introduces students to the foundations of the study of English. The unit will engage specifically with what genre means as well as with the issues entailed in finding a dividing line between creative and critical practice. Students will explore the novel, poetry and plays in the English and American traditions, as well as film and visual culture and the practice of creative writing.

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.

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. 

Option Units

Uniwide Language (15 credits)

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 beginner to advanced, these classes will take you to the next level of proficiency.

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

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

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.

Funding

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 www.mmu.ac.uk/foundation 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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