About This Course
Our French, German and Spanish (with Foundation Year) option is a four-year course with an integrated foundation year which leads to the same qualification as our three-year honours degree. It has been specifically designed for those wanting to undertake degree-level study but who may not meet the entry requirements or have traditional qualifications.
This course is designed for students who want to acquire a high level of expertise in three languages other than their own. It caters for those who prefer to concentrate exclusively on language learning, without any literature.
The Foundation Year (Year 0) offers you the chance to expand and strengthen your confidence, skills and knowledge – ensuring that you are well-prepared and qualified to progress into Year 1 of the undergraduate degree.
You will study all three languages studied for the remainder of the course, with the focus on practical language learning an development. You will spend three semesters at universities outside the UK, each in a country where one of the languages you are studying spoken.
Why choose Bangor University for this course?
- At the beginning of the courses we offer separate class streams for entrants with advanced knowledge and beginners/near beginners with all three languages brought to full honours level by end of year 5.
- We pioneered the Three Language Degree programme and continued to offer a learning experience of the highest quality.
- French at Bangor University is rated top 10 in the UK for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2021)
- German at Bangor University is rated 5th in the UK for student satisfaction (The Complete University Guide 2021)
- Our size means that we offer learning on a human scale, in small classes, where you get to know the staff and your fellow students.
- Some options are taught through the medium of French/German/Spanish/Italian, others through English.
- Bangor's Modern Language graduates have a very good track record in gaining employment.
- Degree structures are flexible, allowing you to change your degree at the end of year 1 if you wish.
You will have 3-4 hours of language classes each week in each of your chosen languages. Tuition is mainly in small groups and there are few formal lectures. Assessment involves coursework and written and oral examinations. You will also complete a dissertation as part of your degree.
What will you study on this course?
In Year 0 you will take modules intended to familiarise you with key concepts and principles and helping you to develop academic skills and understanding that you will utilise in greater depth later in the degree: Essential skills for Arts & Humanities, Arts, Humanities and the Future; Introduction to Research and Inquiry, Foundation Project, and Transnational Cultures. You will also take up to two from the following: Beginners French, Beginners Spanish, Beginners German. Depending on your language choices, you may also have the option to take another module form a list of available options.
In Year 1 you will follow two compulsory modules in each of your chosen languages. These modules focus on written, aural and oral skills and you will be matched to classes at the level/s appropriate to your knowledge in each.In Year 2 you will spend Semester One in Bangor, during which you will complete a module in written, aural and oral skills in each of your three languages.
Semester Two will be spent at university in country no. 1 and you will complete a Language Project in the relevant language. You will also take part in classes/exercises in all 3 languages.
Year 3 will be spent abroad as follows: Semester One at university in country No 2; Semester Two at university in country No 3. As in Year 2 you will complete Language Projects in the relevant languages and take part in classes/exercises in all 3 languages.
Your final Year, Year 4 will be spent in Bangor. You will follow two modules in each of your three languages, with further classes/exercises in extended writing, textual, video and aural analysis, translation, formal and informal oral expression.
Modules for the current academic year
Module listings are for guide purposes only and are subject to change. Find out what our students are currently studying on the French, German and Spanish (with Foundation Year) Modules page.
Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.
- First year advance textbook, En Bonne Forme (compulsory): £37.99
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £26
- French grammar reference book (not compulsory): £20
- Verb tables (not compulsory): £8.95
- Beginners’ work book, The French Experience 1 (not compulsory): £10.99
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £30
- Beginners’ textbook, DaF Kompakt (compulsory for beginners): £30
- Grammar textbook, German Grammar in Context (compulsory for all students): £25
- Grammar reference (not compulsory): £25
- Textbook for beginners, A Spanish Learning Grammar (compulsory): £25
- Large bilingual dictionary (compulsory for all students): £21
- Spanish reference grammar (not compulsory): £25
Necessarily Incurred Costs:
Students will need to pay for travel to and from year abroad placements. Students doing three languages must do three placements (one in each country): costs varying according to destination. Students will receive an Erasmus+ grant that will provide a significant contribution to travel and living costs during their year abroad.
School graduation reception (i.e. school event after the official ceremony) is free to attend for each student and two guests. Additional guests have to pay approximately £10.
General University Costs
Home (UK) students
- The cost of a full-time undergraduate course is £9,000 per year (2021/22 entry).
- More information on fees and finance for Home (UK) students.
International (including EU) students
There are also some common additional costs that are likely to arise for students on all courses, for example:
- If you choose to study abroad or take the International Experience Year as part of your course.
- If you attend your Graduation Ceremony, there will be a cost for gown hire (£25-£75) and cost for additional guest tickets (c.£12 each).
Course-specific additional costs
Depending on the course you are studying, there may be additional course-specific costs that you will be required to meet. These fall into three categories:
- Mandatory Costs: these are related to a particular core or compulsory module that you’ll be required to complete to achieve your qualification e.g. compulsory field trips, uniforms for students on placement, DBS Check.
- Necessarily Incurred Costs: these may not be experienced by all students, and will vary depending on the course e.g. professional body membership, travel to placements, specialist software, personal safety equipment.
- Optional Costs: these depend on your choice of modules or activity and they are shown to give you an indication of the optional costs that may arise to make sure your choice is as informed as possible. These can include graduation events for your course, optional field trips, Welcome Week trips.
For 2021 Entry:
Typical offer is based on a minimum 48 tariff points from a Level 3 qualification* e.g.
- A Levels (including: AS-levels, General Studies)
- International Baccalaureate
- Extended Project Qualification (EPQ)
- BTEC Diplomas and Certificate are accepted and Cambridge Technical Diplomas / Certificates
- Cambridge Technical Diplomas and Certificates
- City & Guilds Advanced Technical Diplomas
- Welsh Baccalaureate is accepted
- Scottish Highers
- Irish Leaving Certificate is accepted
We also welcome applications from mature applicants. Mature students and/or those with other qualifications are considered on individual merit
*For a full list of accepted Level 3 qualifications, go to www.ucas.com.
General University Requirements
To study for a degree, you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see www.ucas.com.
We accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds and consider each application individually.
All students need to have good basic skills and the University also values IT and communication skills.
As part of the University’s policy we consider applications from prospective disabled students on the same grounds as all other students.
We also consider applications from mature students who can demonstrate the motivation and commitment to study a university programme. Each year we enrol a significant number of mature students. For more information about studying as a mature student, see our Studying at Bangor section of the website.
EU and International Students' Entry Requirements
For detailed guidance on the entry requirements for EU and International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages. International applicants can also visit the International Education Centre section of our website for further details.
Bangor University offers International Incorporated Bachelor Degrees for International students whose High School qualification is not equivalent to the UK school leaving qualification. The first year (or Year 0) is studied at Bangor University International College, an embedded College on our University campus and delivered by Oxford International Education Group.
Studying Modern Languages opens the door to a wide variety of careers. Many Bangor Modern Languages graduates have, of course, gone into teaching and translating, but just as many have embarked upon successful careers in the civil service, business and commerce, industry and the media.
In an increasingly global workplace the skills you learn whilst studying languages – cultural awareness, communication, accuracy, planning and logical analysis – are valued highly by employers from all sectors of the economy.
Opportunities at Bangor
The University’s Skills and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions.
The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)
With the BEA, you can gain recognition for your extra-curricular activities (e.g. volunteering, clubs and societies, part-time work, etc.)
Bangor University runs a paid internship scheme within the university’s academic and service departments.
Volunteering widens your experience and improves your employability. Find out more about the volunteering on the Students’ Union’s website.