This triple-language degree course will provide you with opportunities to develop your linguistic and communication skills to the highest levels, while learning about the history, politics and culture of the countries and cultures you are studying.
Placements abroad: You will have the opportunity to spend up to 18 months in up to three different countries, working, studying and/or working as an English-language assistant. The time will be divided between each of the languages you will be studying. The year abroad benefits from an 80% reduction in the normal tuition fee.
Why Study Modern Languages with us?
There are several very attractive features of the Modern Languages course at Chester, such as studying Chinese as a language choice, and the length of time you can spend working or studying on placements for each of the three languages you will study. We also provide the opportunity to potentially spend up to 18 months in up to three different countries.
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112 UCAS points from GCE A Levels or equivalent. Typical offer - BCC/BBC. For the study of French, German, English Language and post-A Level Spanish, a GCE A Level is required for each subject. For English Language, an A Level in combined English Language and Literature is acceptable. Spanish can also be studied at beginners level providing a student has a GCSE grade C in a modern language.
BTEC Extended Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus A Levels as stated above.
BTEC Diploma: Distinction/Merit profile plus A Levels as stated above.
BBBB including subjects as stated above
26 points inc. HL Spanish, French or German at 5 or above
Access to HE Diploma, to include 45 credits at level 3, 30 of which must be at Merit
OCR National Extended Diploma: Merit 2
OCR Cambridge Technical Extended Diploma - DMM
OCR Cambridge Technical Diploma - D*D*
Please note that we accept a maximum of 8 points from GCE AS Levels and that the Welsh Baccalaureate (core) and General Studies A Level will be recognised in our offer. We will also consider a combination of A Levels and BTECs/OCRs
Students from countries outside the UK are expected to have entry qualifications roughly equivalent to UK A Level for undergraduate study and British Bachelor's degree (or equivalent) for postgraduate study. To help you to interpret these equivalents, please click on your country of residence to see the corresponding entry qualifications, along with information about your local representatives, events, information and contacts.
We accept a wide range of qualifications and consider all applications individually on merit. We may also take into account appropriate work experience.
English Language Requirements
- IELTS Academic: Undergraduate: 6.0 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
- Postgraduate: 6.5 (no less than 5.5 in any band)
For those who do not have IELTS or an acceptable in-country English language qualification, the University of Chester has developed its own online English language test which applicants can take for free as part of their application.
This section aims to provide you with a course overview, as well as information on how you will be taught and assessed.
How will I be taught?
You will be taught in a dynamic Department, with access to digital language laboratories, study/viewing rooms and a dedicated resources room.
Modules are taught in workshop mode, and core double modules will be conducted mainly in the target language.
Modules are taught in workshop mode, and core double modules will be conducted mainly in the target language. Each of these has about five hours contact time, which is supplemented with conversation classes and independent work. Single option modules have about two hours contact time, which sometimes includes screenings.
Your input should be an additional six hours per single module per week in order to fully prepare for your classes and complete your assessments.
Chinese language modules have between four and nine hours per week contact time which is supplemented with conversation classes and independent work.
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How will I be assessed?
You will be assessed in all four language skills: reading, writing, listening and speaking, as well as your ability to research and analyse. You will do this in a variety of formats: essays, role-plays, presentations, summaries, debates, portfolios, discussion papers, translations, projects, dissertation and exams.
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Work Based Learning
You may choose to complete an Introduction to TEFL (Teaching English as a Foreign Language) which might be particularly helpful if you are intending to work as a language assistant during your year abroad.
If you study a combination of three of the following: Chinese Studies, French, German or Spanish; you will have the option to split your time across three countries. You have a short placement at the end of Year 2, and the opportunity spend a semester each in two further countries.
If you choose to study English Language as one of your options, you will be able to spend a semester each in two countries. In addition, the short placement may be spent in the UK or abroad.
Here are some of the opportunities available to students studying Modern Languages.
Students of French may study at one of our partner universities; attend a language course in Lyon; or choose a work placement.
Students of German may study at one of our partner universities; work as an English language assistant; or have a work placement in a German-speaking environment.
Students of Spanish may study at one of our partner universities; work as an English language assistant in Spain or Latin America or in other work contexts; or choose a volunteering placement.
Placements in Europe are currently supported by Erasmus grants.
Placements for students of Chinese may be taken in the UK or China. During your year abroad you will be studying at Shanghai Jiaotong University and placements may also be undertaken at a local arts institutions. Placements in China may be supported by Santander Ambassador grants and the Confucius Institute Headquarters.
Fees and Funding
The University’s tuition fee for UK/EU students starting a full-time undergraduate degree in 2018 is £9,250 a year.
The University may increase these fees at the start of each subsequent year of your course in line with inflation at that time, as measured by the Retail Price Index. These fee levels and increases are subject to any necessary government, and other regulatory, approvals.
Bachelor’s degree including a Foundation Year: £9,250
The University of Chester offers generous international and merit based scholarships for undergraduate study, providing a significant reduction to the published headline tuition fee. You will automatically be considered for these scholarships when submitting an application and any award given will be shown on your offer letter.
For more information on scholarships, please click here: https://www1.chester.ac.uk/international/fees-scholarships-and-finance/scholarships
Your course will involve additional costs not covered by your tuition fees. This may include books, printing, photocopying, educational stationery and related materials, specialist clothing, travel to placements, optional field trips and software. Compulsory field trips are covered by your tuition fees.
During your course you may have the option of attending theatre and/or gallery visits. As a guide, these opportunities cost approximately £5 - £10 in 2015/16.
The course may include an overseas placement. As a guide, a return flight to Belgium or France cost approximately £40 - £80 in 2015/16. The approximate cost of a shared flat or a room in a hall of residence in France or Belgium was €150-€650 depending on the type of accommodation and location. A return flight to Shanghai cost approximately £500. The approximate cost of a room in a shared flat in Shanghai was £240-£390 per month. A return flight to Germany or Austria cost approximately £80 - £160. The approximate cost of a room in a shared flat in Germany or Austria was €210-€500 per month depending on type of accommodation and location. A return flight to Spain cost approximately £55 - £150, depending on location. The approximate cost of a room in a shared flat in Spain was €90-€300 per month depending on type of accommodation and location. A return flight to Mexico City cost approximately £450. The approximate cost of a room in a shared flat in Puebla, Mexico was £110-130 per month. A return flight to Costa Rica cost approximately £500. The approximate cost of home stays, internal travel, excursion and food for the Costa Rica short placement was £1,000 in 2015/16.
If you are living away from home during your time at University, you will need to cover costs such as accommodation, food, travel and bills.
Bursaries are a form of financial help in addition to student loans and grants that do not have to be paid back. The bursaries we are offering for 2017 entrants are listed below.
Application Process for University Bursaries
There is no application process (except for the part-time bursary); but do remember to give consent to share your household income with the University of Chester when you apply for student funding.
We will automatically review your eligibility and notify you if you are eligible; normally by letter to your home address.
If you are not sure whether you have consented to share your information with the University, you can contact the Consent to Share Helpline on 0845 603 4016 and agree to share your information over the telephone. Please note that your parents or sponsor will also have to contact the helpline.
Please email firstname.lastname@example.org if you have specific questions.
Available to new full-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of over £6,000) who have a means tested household income of £25,000 or less.
Cash payment and ‘in-kind’ beneﬁts of £500 per year of study.
Chester Bursary for Part-Time Students
Available to new part-time undergraduate students (paying a tuition fee of at least £7,000), enrolled for a minimum of 40 credits at the start of Level 4, and with a declared residual household income of £25,000 or less.
Bursary: up to £1,500
Cash payments made on a pro-rata basis depending on the number of credits studied each academic year.
Care Leavers Bursary
Available to new full-time Level 4 undergraduate home students under the age of 25, paying a tuition fee of over £6,000, who have evidence of their care leaver status.
Bursary: up to £7,000
Mixture of cash, 'in-kind’ beneﬁts and fee waiver.
Contact the Bursary Team at University.Bursary@chester.ac.uk for more information about the Care Leavers Bursary.
Young Adult Carers Bursary
Working in partnership with Young Carers organisations locally, this bursary is available for eligible young carers.
Bursary Package totalling: £4,500
Contact Martina Ferrari at email@example.com for more information about the Young Adult Carers Bursary.
Parkgate Road Campus, Chester
Our historic Parkgate Road Campus in Chester has offered a wide range of courses since opening in 1839. It’s situated only a short walk from the lively city centre, and provides a friendly, secure and supportive environment in which to live and study.
Our on-campus facilities include a Learning Resource Centre, modern lecture theatres, open-access computer facilities, state-of-the-art science/skills/language laboratories, a range of catering outlets, the £2 million Chester Students’ Union centre and CSU bar/club, bookshop, chapel and faith space, cashpoint and launderette.
Because university life is not just about getting a degree, social and leisure activities are an important and long-established part of life at our Chester sites. On-campus sports facilities include a fully equipped sports hall, gym, swimming pool, squash and tennis courts, sprint track, floodlit 3G multi-use pitch and floodlit astroturf pitch.
Most of our student accommodation is also on or near campus. The campus also boasts an abundance of green space, and beautifully kept gardens, which provide you with an exciting environment in which to live and study.
Our Careers and Employability Service
The University has an award winning Careers and Employability service which provides a variety of employability-enhancing experiences; through the curriculum; through employer contact and through tailored group sessions and individual information, advice and guidance.
Careers and Employability aims to deliver a service which is inclusive, impartial, welcoming, informed and tailored to your personal goals and aspirations, to enable you to develop as an individual and contribute to the business and community in which you will live and work.
We are here to help you plan your future and to enhance your employability. We provide access to part-time jobs and work shadowing. We offer practical one-to-one help with career planning including help with CVs, applications and mock interviews. We deliver group sessions on career planning within each taught programme. We have extensive information on graduate jobs and postgraduate study.
Students and graduates of the University of Chester can use our services free of charge for up to three years after graduating. Graduates of other UK universities within three years of graduation are also welcome to use our services during vacations. A charging policy applies to other clients - please contact us for more details.
Should you decide to further your journey in Higher Education, we offer a broad choice of professional, internationally recognised qualifications. This can be a popular option for students interested in developing their knowledge within a specialist area, or gaining the necessary qualification to further their career.
Here are just some of the areas our students have gone on to:
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Open Days 2017
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