Course details

A Levels ABB Other entry requirements
UCAS code T900
Duration 4 years
Fee Look up fee
Related subjects Modern Languages

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School of Languages and Cultures
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Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/slc

School of Languages and Cultures

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Course description

You'll choose two major languages and one minor. We teach French, German, Russian, Spanish, Catalan, Czech, Dutch, Polish and Portuguese. Italian and Luxembourgish are also available as minor subjects. Optional modules explore the culture and society of countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

All our students spend their third year abroad, in two different countries. We offer more choice than a lot of universities - destinations include Cuba, Quebec and Cracow. You could study at a European university, work as a teaching assistant in a school or go on placement with a company.

When you return to Sheffield for your fourth year, you'll be ready to build on your experience with more advanced language classes and academic modules.

A modern languages degree at Sheffield is a confident first step into a wider world. Your time here will broaden your cultural horizons. You'll learn to communicate fluently in at least two languages. Most importantly, you'll develop a sophisticated understanding of the countries where those languages are spoken.

Modules: what you study and when

Financial help from the University - bursaries

If you're a UK student, you could be entitled to a University bursary. A bursary is the same as a grant - you don't have to pay it back.

How our bursary scheme works

Entry requirements

Qualification Grades
A Levels ABB typically including a modern foreign language*
A Levels + Extended Project Qualification BBB typically including a modern foreign language* + B. The Extended Project should be in a relevant subject.
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language*
BTEC DDD + typically an appropriate modern foreign language qualification*
Cambridge Pre-U D3 M2 M2 typically including a modern foreign language*
Scottish Highers + 1 Advanced Higher AABBB+B typically including a modern foreign language*
Welsh Baccalaureate + 2 A Levels B+AB typically including a modern foreign language*
Access to HE Entry requirements for mature students
Other qualifications Other UK qualifications
Other EU/international qualifications
Other requirements
  • *If you are not studying a modern foreign language, the department will consider other evidence of aptitude for language learning (such as a languages GCSE or, for non-native speakers of English, an English language qualification).
  • International students need an overall IELTS grade of 7.0 with a minimum of 6.5 in each component, or an equivalent English language qualification
  • Equivalent English language qualifications
If you have any questions about entry requirements, please contact the department

Modules - what you study and when

The modules listed below are examples from the last academic year. There may be some changes before you start your course. For the very latest module information, check with the department direct.

Course information on School of Languages and Cultures website

First year

Optional modules:

Dutch Intermediate
Beginners Dutch 1
Beginners Dutch 2
Beginners' German I
Beginners' German II
Catalan Beginners: Language and Culture
Catalan Beginners: Language and Culture
Czech Language and Culture for Beginners 1
Czech Language and Culture for Beginners 2
Introduction to Russian Culture
Italian Beginner Accelerated
Italian Intermediate Accelerated
Polish Language and Culture for Beginners 1
Polish Language and Culture for Beginners 2
Portuguese Beginners: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Beginners: Language and Culture II
Russian for Beginners (I)
Russian for Beginners (II)
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture I
Spanish Advanced: Language and Culture II
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture I
Spanish Beginners: Language and Culture II
Aufbausprachkurs
French Beginners I
French Beginners II
French Critical Contexts I
French Critical Contexts II
German Studies - Aufbaukurs
German Studies - Basiskurs
Grundsprachkurs
Language and Communication Skills I
Language and Communication Skills II
Russian Language I
Russian Language II
Understanding Modern France I
Understanding Modern France II

Second year

Optional modules:

Conformity and Consensus in Spain
Contemporary Russian Society
Dictatorship, Revolution and Resistance
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
German Culture and Ideas from the Enlightenment to the Present Day
Germanic Languages in Social Context
Hispanic Fiction
Hispanic Film
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Nation and Identities in Latin America
Nation and Identity in the Lusophone World
Promised Lands
Representations of the Hispanic World
Russian History and Society through Film
Russian Intermediate Translation Skills (Course B)
Socialist Realism, Totalitarian Kitsch and Russian Postmodernism
Studies in Czech Culture
Studies in Polish Culture
The Russian Language and Russian Society
The Spanish Language: Structure and Use
Tradition, Transition and Modernity
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et d'interprétation du texte littéraire I
"Par où commencer?" Séminaire d'analyse et diinterprétation du texte littéraire II
Advanced Spanish Language
Advanced Spanish Language I
Advanced Spanish Language II
Advanced Spanish Language II
Czech I
Czech II
Czech Intermediate I
Czech Intermediate II
Des Gaulois à de Gaulle: histoire pratique du français
Deutsche Kultur (for Intermediate German)
Deutsche Politik und Medien (for Intermediate German)
Dutch Beginners A
Dutch Beginners B
French Intermediate I
French Intermediate II
Freud's Theory in Literary and Cultural Studies
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture I
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
Further Portuguese: Language and Culture II
German Film and Society
German Language (Continuation)
German Language (Foundation)
Germany Remixed: German Pop Culture in Literature and Film since the Fall of the Berlin Wall
History of Dutch Language
Intensive Catalan I
Intensive Catalan II
Intensive Portuguese I
Intensive Portuguese II
Intermediate German Language
Intermediate German Language II
Italian Advanced 1
Italian Advanced 2
Italian Intermediate 1
Italian Intermediate 2
L'Exclusion Sociale en France I
L'Exclusion Sociale en France II
La Bande Dessinee I
La Bande Dessinee II
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation I
La Francophonie: Langue, Colonie et Civilisation II
Language and Communication Skills III
Language and Communication Skills IV
Literature in Dutch 1
Maternalism and Militarism: 1871-1918
Medien und Oeffentlichkeit
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle I
Minorités et Identités dans la France du XXe siècle II
Osterreich heute
Polish I
Polish II
Polish Intermediate I
Polish Intermediate II
Russian Language Skills (I) Course A
Russian Language Skills (I) Course B
Russian Language Skills (II) Course A
Russian Language Skills (II) Course B
The Rise of the Russian Novel
The World of French Words
Tolstoy and Chekhov
Translation in Theoretical Context I
Translation in Theoretical Context II
Two Revolutions: German Literature of the 1960s and 1970s
Understanding Modern France I (Beginners' Pathway)
Understanding Modern France II (Beginners' Pathway)
Writing the Revolution I
Writing the Revolution II

Third year

Optional modules:

French Year Abroad
French Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Germanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Hispanic Studies Year Abroad
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
Luxembourg Studies Year Abroad (Residency)
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
Russian and Slavonic Studies Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad
SLC Year Abroad

Fourth year

Optional modules:

Adaptations and Transformation
Advanced Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Advanced Translation from Russian into English
Barcelona: Culture of the City
Civilisation and Barbarism in Latin America
Contemporary Russian Society
Contrastive Germanic Linguistics
Cultural Crosscurrents in the Lusophone World
Deutsche Literatur und Gesellschaft im 19. Jahrhundert
Dissertation
Dutch Advanced
Dutch Intermediate
Dutch Language and Culture for Specialists
History of the Spanish Language
Introduction to Luxembourgish Language and Culture
Popular Music in the Hispanic World
Project in Czech Studies
Project in Polish Studies
Questioning Spain
Russian History and Society through Film
Social Approaches to Multilingualism
Socialist Realism, Totalitarian Kitsch and Russian Postmodernism
The Russian Language and Russian Society
Translation Studies
Twentieth Century Fiction and Drama
Advanced Russian Language and Russia Today I
Advanced Russian Language and Russia Today II
Advanced Russian Through Film
Advanced Russian Through Literary Texts
Advanced Spanish Language III
Advanced Spanish Language IV
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture I
Catalan Advanced: Language and Culture II
Czech Intermediate I
Czech Intermediate II
Dutch Sociolinguistics
Film Studies I
Film Studies II
Gender, Society and Economy in France I
Gender, Society and Economy in France II
German Core Language
German Translation
Italian Advanced 1
Italian Advanced 2
Italian Higher Advanced 1
Italian Higher Advanced 2
Italian Project Proficient 2
Language and Communication Skills V
Language and Communication Skills VI
Le Rire Gaulois I
Le Rire Gaulois II
Le Siècle des Lumières I
Le Siècle des Lumières II
Literature and Politics of the 'Post(-)colonial' I
Literature and Politics of the 'Post-Colonial' I
Literature in Dutch II
Litterature Et Democratie I
Litterature Et Democratie II
Polish Intermediate I
Polish Intermediate II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture I
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture II
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture III
Portuguese Advanced: Language and Culture IV
Presenting and Debating in German
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film I
Realities and Falsehoods: The French Occupation in Literature and Film II
Russian Language Advanced (Minor Course B) I
Russian Language Advanced (Minor Course B) II
The Rise of the Russian Novel
Tolstoy and Chekhov
Varieties of Written and Spoken Czech I
Varieties of Written and Spoken Czech II
Varieties of Written and Spoken Polish I
Varieties of Written and Spoken Polish II

The content of our courses is reviewed annually to make sure it's up-to-date and relevant. Individual modules are occasionally updated or withdrawn. This is in response to discoveries through our world-leading research; funding changes; professional accreditation requirements; student or employer feedback; outcomes of reviews; and variations in staff or student numbers.

In the event of any change we'll consult and inform students in good time and take reasonable steps to minimise disruption.

Learning and assessment

These figures give an indication of how you'll learn and be assessed. They're a combined average of all the years of the course. The learning and assessment percentages could vary depending on the modules you choose.

Learning
Scheduled teaching 20%
Independent study 56%
Placement 25%

Assessment
Exams/tests 41%
Coursework 21%
Practical 38%

School of Languages and Cultures

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The School of Languages and Cultures is made up of four departments: French, Germanic Studies, Hispanic Studies and Russian and Slavonic Studies. You will be taught by experts from at least two of them.

Many of our teaching staff are leading researchers in their specialist areas. Between them, they cover a vast range of subjects, from medieval France to German cinema and the politics of Latin American countries.

Our language classes are small so everyone gets the chance to participate. Language tutors are very often native speakers.

Each department has its own student-run society, organising regular events, trips and creative projects. As a modern languages student at Sheffield your social life is multilingual and potentially very busy!

School of Languages and Cultures website

What our graduates do

Modern languages graduates are sought after in a wide variety of areas. Many go on to careers in international business, marketing and related fields. Our graduates work in the European Commission, the diplomatic service, the media and public administration. Others work as translators and interpreters, or opt for careers abroad.

Student profile


"The courses are very flexible. You don't just study vocabulary and grammar, you get into the nitty gritty of the culture and that is what I really like about Sheffield."

Maddison Turner
Modern Languages

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