This programme allows you to study one or two modern languages and to develop a detailed knowledge of European and North American film. The languages available are French, German, Italian, Spanish, Portuguese and Russian.
The programme is housed within the Department of Modern Languages, which brings together the language subjects of French, German, Hispanic Studies, Italian and Russian at Birmingham.
In the Film Studies element of your degree, you will learn to analyse films, to study their production and reception in a range of social, political and economic contexts, and to apply theories of film analysis. We offer a very broad range of modules looking at European and north American film.
The Film Studies element of the programme is delivered by specialists teaching within the language departments and by other specialists on film in the Department of American and Canadian Studies and the Department of Music.
Pathway 1: two languages and Film Studies (R9P3)
In this pathway, you will divide your time equally between three subjects: two languages and Film Studies. In the language(s) you have studied to A level you will take one practical language module and one optional module in the politics, literature, culture or history of that country. If you are taking a language ab initio, you will take two modules of concentrated language work in the first year.
Pathway 2: one language combined equally with Film Studies (RP83)
This pathway enables you to divide your time equally between one modern language and Film Studies. If you have studied your chosen language to A level standard, you will take one practical language module and two optional modules in the politics, literature, culture or history of that country. If you are taking German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Russian ab initio, you will normally take two modules of concentrated language in the first year plus an additional module in the politics, literature, culture or history of that country.
Please note that Portuguese is not available in this pathway.
Pathway 3: Major in one language plus a Minor in Film Studies
This pathway allows you to spend two-thirds of your time focusing on a single modern language, and the remaining third on Film Studies. If you have studied the language to A level standard, you will take one practical language module and three optional modules in the politics, literature, culture or history of that country. If you are taking Italian or Russian ab initio, you will normally take two modules of concentrated language in the first year plus an additional two modules in the politics, literature, culture or history of that country. Please note that those wishing to study French, German or Spanish within this pathway will need an A level or equivalent in the language.
Please note that Portuguese is not available in this pathway.
You will study one or two modern languages alongside Film Studies. Film Studies modules in the first year offer an introduction to the subject and the chance to study some landmark films. The precise structure of your programme will depend on whether you are studying one or two languages.
You will continue your study of one or two languages at advanced level. If you took two languages in the first year, you can continue to study two modern languages equally or, if you want to specialise, there is the option of specialising in one language. You will also study European national cinemas, and you will be able to choose from a range of modules focusing on North American film, and other topics within European film.
The third year is spent abroad. You attend centres of learning in the country or countries of your language(s) of study. You may also, if you are going to a French or German-speaking country, spend the year as a teaching assistant. Work placements are available for some language combinations.
In the fourth year you can continue to study two languages or elect to specialise in one. You will continue to study at least one language module in your chosen language(s) and select specialist options in Film Studies and the politics, literature, culture and history of the language(s) studied.
Teaching and assessment
We will use a variety of methods to help you improve your practical language skills, including small group conversation classes with native speakers, language labs, grammar workshops, language lectures and computer-based assessments. Non-language modules (including Film Studies) will be taught through a combination of lectures and seminars. Regular film screenings will also be offered. Assessment will generally be via a mixture of essays submitted throughout the year, continuous language assessment and end-of-year examinations.
During the course you will have the opportunity to acquire linguistic expertise and inter-cultural skills. The course aims to help you develop a range of highly prized transferable skills, including the ability to analyse complex and demanding material, to work independently and to communicate your findings effectively in spoken and written form. The enhanced sensitivity to linguistic and visual communication that the programme aims to develop is highly valued within the media and communications industries.
Modern Languages Graduates 2012
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: ABB
Required subjects and grades: Those studying French will need an A level or equivalent. for German, Spanish, Italian, Portuguese or Russian you need an A level in the chosen language for the post-A level course. Applicants planning to take ab initio German, Italian, Spanish or Russian need at least a grade B GCSE in a language
General Studies: accepted
International Baccalaureate Diploma: 32 points including an appropriate modern language at HL
Other qualifications are considered – learn more about entry requirements
Please note that where two languages are studied it is not possible to combine Spanish with Russian, nor Italian with Portuguese. Where two languages are studied, you must have an A level or equivalent in one of these languages. Any of the languages apart from French can be studied ab initio, but German and Spanish can only be studied ab initio as part of Pathways 1 and 2. Portuguese is only available in Pathway 1.
We welcome applications from international students and invite you to join our vibrant community of over 4500 international students who represent 150 different countries. We accept a range of qualifications, our country pages show you what qualifications we accept from your country.
Depending on your chosen course of study, you may also be interested in the Birmingham Foundation Academy, a specially structured programme for international students whose qualifications are not accepted for direct entry to UK universities. Further details can be found on the foundation academy web pages.
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