This programme is designed to provide both academic excellence and vocational development - a balance that is highly sought after by employers in today's intellectual, professional and creative industries.
Furthermore, you will develop advanced language skills and a deep cultural understanding of the country of your chosen language through true immersion on your Year Abroad.
The English Literature pathway allows you to develop a strong foundation in all major periods and genres. You may specialise in a huge range of different areas from medieval poetry to twenty-first century digital literary culture. You will also have the opportunity to take our specialist second-year Shakespeare modules and participate in our study residential in Stratford-upon-Avon.
The English Language pathway allows you to acquire a thorough appreciation of the technical aspects of the English language and its social and political context. Choose from a wide range of different specialisms, which can prepare you for a wide range of different careers from speech therapy to journalism.
Within Modern Languages you will follow the same language modules as Single Honours languages students, but choose fewer literary, cultural or political options. Small group teaching is important and student participation is strongly encouraged, leading to confident, enthusiastic, articulate graduates.
Why study this course
- Excellent academic experience: Our staff produce high quality research which directly influences their teaching. In 2014, 92% of English and 98% of Modern Languages students agreed that staff are good at explaining things. 93% and 97% also agreed that staff are enthusiastic about what they teach. Great teaching helps our students develop to their full academic potential – this year 92% of English and 82% of Modern Languages students graduated with first or upper-second class degrees.
- Exceptionally broad curriculum: You will benefit from an exceptionally diverse and flexible curriculum, with each module taught by an expert in that field as well as native-speakers in your chosen language. Furthermore, we have a unique provision for the study of Shakespeare due to our Shakespeare Institute and our collaboration with the Royal Shakespeare Company. The Shakespeare Institute, based in Stratford-upon-Avon, is a world-leading centre for international Shakespeare scholarship. You will also benefit from our exciting five-year collaboration with the RSC which will see the reinstatement of the iconic studio theatre, The Other Place. You will be able to access creative and teaching spaces at The Other Place, as well as the expertise of RSC artists and practitioners; you will also have the opportunity to attend RSC productions and events.
- Outstanding employability development: Amongst our 2013 cohort, 93% of our English and 87% of our Modern Languages graduates were in work or further study 6 months after graduation in a diverse range of areas. Read more about the numerous ways in which we support your career planning and development in our “Employability” section.
- Formative travel opportunities: Many students remember their Year Abroad as the most exciting part of their degree and the period where their language skills truly developed. Choose to study, teach or work in the country of your chosen language.
- Extensive extra-curricular opportunities: Join one of our language student societies, our language focussed student magazine The UoB Linguist, BEDSoc (Birmingham English Department Society), English Language Society, Writers’ Bloc our Creative Writing Society, our student newspapers or one of our seven different drama and theatre societies. You can also enjoy opportunities such as working alongside members of staff on their research projects on our Undergraduate Research Scholarships, social events such as end-of-term parties and summer balls. We also host regular guest lectures and readings from visiting writers. Recent guests have included novelist David Lodge, poet and writer Jackie Kay, poet Simon Armitage, playwright Simon Stephens and poet laureate Carol Ann Duffy.
Open day talks
Four full videos on YouTube of recent open day talks relevant to this course:
The optional modules listed on the website for this programme may unfortunately occasionally be subject to change. As you will appreciate key members of staff may leave the University and this necessitates a review of the modules that are offered. Where the module is no longer available we will let you know as soon as we can and help you make other choices.
Your first year of study is split equally between your two disciplines (60 credits in each subject). Following this, you have flexible options to alter your balance of study, meaning that you could take 80 credits in one subject and 40 in the other in either or both of your second and final years, or stay with the 60/60 balance. This flexibility allows you to tailor the course throughout your degree programme, once you have had the time and experience to consider where your strengths and interests lie. You can also write a Link Dissertation combining your two subjects in your final year.
You can see more information about the different modules and options on the links below. Within the English side of your programme you can follow either a Literature or a Language pathway.
You can find out more about the available modules dependent on your credit weighting for your chosen language(s) below:
- French: year 1, year 2, final year
- German: year 1, year 2, final year
- Italian: year 1, year 2, final year
- Russian: year 1, year 2, final year
- Spanish: year 1, year 2, final year (language modules, plus cultural modules lasting the whole year, semester 1 only or semester 2 only)
Fees and funding
Number of A levels required: 3
Typical offer: AAB
Required subjects and grades: If you have an A level in French, Spanish, German, Italian or Russian you can take your language study at advanced level.
You will need to obtain a B or above at A level in the language that you are going to study.
Spanish, German, Italian and Russian can be taken at beginners level. To take a language from beginners level, evidence of language learning ability is required such as a grade A in a Modern Language at GCSE.
For the English Literature pathway, A level English Literature or English Language and Literature grade A is required.
For the English Language pathway either English Language, English Literature and Literature or English Literature is desirable but not essential; if taken it will be required at grade A. We also consider other candidates who demonstrate an interest in and aptitude for the study of language. In this case, an A level in a modern language would be an advantage.
Additional information: Other qualifications are considered - learn more about entry requirements.
International baccalaureate update
Please note that we have reviewed our policy on the IB Diploma for 2016 entry and our offers will now focus on performance in Higher Level subjects. For more information and details please read our 2016 IB Diploma requirements.
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.
How to apply
When completingyour UCAS form, please indicate which modern language at which level and which English pathway (‘Literature’ or ‘Language’) you wish to study under the further details section of the choices section of the application form using the following codes.
Apply through UCAS at www.ucas.com.
Learn more about applying.
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