University of Portsmouth

BA Hons Applied Languages

The world’s more connected than ever, so speaking multiple languages unlocks opportunities across a number of fields.

This practical BA (Hons) Applied Languages degree course harnesses your talent for learning languages and turns it into professional skills for an exciting career in multilingual communication.

Whatever career you’re pursuing, from translation to teaching, you’ll develop expertise in at least 2 languages and learn to apply your skills to whatever multilingual field you’re most interested in.

Entry Requirements

A levels – BBB–BBC

UCAS points – 112–120 points to include a minimum of 2 A levels, or equivalent, to include 32 points from a Modern Foreign Language (French, German, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language) (

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International Baccalaureate – 26

English language proficiency at a minimum of IELTS band 6.0 with no component score below 5.5.

Career Prospects

You’ll emerge from this Applied Languages degree course as a skilled multi-linguist, ready to take on roles across a range of fields. Previous graduates have secured positions in areas such as:

  • translation
  • interpreting
  • teaching
  • marketing
  • customer relations
  • tourism

To give you the best chance of securing a great job using your language skills, our Careers and Employability service can help you find relevant work experience during your course. We can help you identify placements, internships, voluntary roles and freelancing opportunities that will complement your studies and use your skills.

We'll also be available to help, advise and support you for up to 5 years as you advance in your career.

Course Details

Each module on this Applied Languages degree course is worth a certain number of credits.

In years 1, 2 and 4, you need to study modules worth a total of 120 credits. For example, 4 modules worth 20 credits and 1 module worth 40 credits.

Year 1

2 foreign languages (from Mandarin Chinese, French, German, Italian, Spanish, or English as a Foreign Language)
Language Project
Language, Learning and Teaching
Researching Language And Professional Practice
Academic Enrichment Programme
Option to start a 3rd foreign language via the Institution-Wide Language Programme (IWLP), in Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian, Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish

Year 2

Year Abroad preparation
Academic Enrichment Programme
Optional modules
-Analysing Media Discourse
-Clinical Linguistics
-Forensic Linguistics
-Intercultural Perspectives On Communication
-Introduction To Teaching
-Introduction To Translation
-A third foreign language via IWLP (Arabic, British Sign Language, French, German, Italian,
Japanese, Mandarin Chinese, or Spanish)
-Language For Professional Communication 1
-Learning From Experience / Teaching Placement
-Managing Across Cultures
-Second Language Acquisition
-TESOL (Teaching English To Speakers Of Other Languages)
-Trinity Certificate Teaching Practice

Year 3

On this degree course, you'll spend your third year in 2 countries where your chosen languages are spoken.

Year 4

Optional modules
-Communication Theory
-Creative Activities in the Language Classroom
-Gender, Language and Sexuality
-Language and Social Media
-Learning from Experience
-Professional Development: Recruiters and Candidates
-Professional Practice in MFL Teaching & Research Project
-Research Project
-Translation Theory & Practice
-Workplace Discourse
-Writing to Persuade

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