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School of Languages and Cultures
Telephone +44 (0)114 222 2864
Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk
Website sheffield.ac.uk/slc/undergraduate/courses

School of Languages and Cultures

Top 10 in the Russell Group for research impact
Research Excellence Framework 2014

Course description

In this flexible language degree you tailor your language choice to suit your own interests.

You can choose to study one, two or three languages from the 11 we offer: Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish. If you study just one language, it will be one of French, German, Russian or Spanish.

You don't need to have studied a modern foreign language at A Level, although we look for aptitude and commitment to language study.

You can take any language from beginner's level, and you can take French, German, Polish, Russian or Spanish post-A Level (or equivalent).

You'll develop your communication skills in your chosen language or languages to a high level. Optional modules include linguistics, literature, society and politics, history, philosophy and film studies.

We have recommended pathways through the languages and modules to enable you to create combinations that work well together. However, our flexible approach means you are not constrained by those pathways and we'll help you make the choices that are best for you.

You'll spend the third year of your course abroad, speaking the language and living the culture of either one or two of your chosen languages. We have a wide range of destinations on offer, both within Europe and beyond. You can choose to study at a leading university, carry out an approved work placement, or in some cases take part in exciting volunteering opportunities. 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 and cultures degree at Sheffield is a confident step into the wider world and you'll be graduating with skills that are highly valued by employers. You'll learn to communicate fluently and effectively in one, two or three modern languages. You'll also 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
International Baccalaureate 33, typically with 6 in Higher Level in a modern foreign language
BTEC DDD in a relevant subject
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

Our students usually select from a range of compulsory and optional modules to add up to 120 credits.

Some departments offer courses that don't feature optional modules whereas other courses are fully flexible.

You can find out more by:

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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At the School of Languages and Cultures you'll develop your linguistic skills to a very high level and deepen your understanding of the cultural context of the countries where your languages are spoken.

We offer a particularly wide range of languages - Catalan, Czech, Dutch, French, German, Italian, Luxembourgish, Polish, Portuguese, Russian and Spanish.

Right from the start, you'll work with the school's top specialists and native speakers who will help you realise your linguistic potential. Language teaching is in small groups, so you'll get plenty of support tailored to your needs and get to know your tutors well.

We're a leading centre for modern languages and cultures research. Our work spans identity, gender, linguistics, politics, migration and literary studies. This research informs our teaching, helping you to develop a global understanding of language and languages across cultures and countries.

You'll be able to study optional modules either in your individual languages, or across the school so you'll acquire an in-depth understanding of your chosen languages and their cultures, and how they relate to other languages and cultures across modern languages disciplines.

Our student-run language societies organise multilingual events, trips and creative projects. There are opportunities to volunteer in the community and in schools, inspiring others to try new languages.

School of Languages and Cultures website

What our graduates do

Our graduates are excellent communicators, adaptable and culturally aware. They work in international development organisations, business and banking, translating and interpreting, intelligence services, journalism, teaching, publishing, and international sales and marketing. Many go on to further study.

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
BA Modern Languages

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Email slc-admissions@sheffield.ac.uk

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