German and Spanish with Italian BA (Hons)

UCAS CodeR923
QualificationBA (Hons)
Duration4 years
Study modeFull-time with a year abroad
Typical offer96–104 UCAS Tariff points

About this Course

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. This course is intended to appeal to people from different countries of the world, coming to work together in a multilingual learning society. With quadrilingual language skills, graduates will be equipped to succeed in their chosen professions in every continent. You may not study your native/first language.

Course format:

  • All three languages studied for all four years of the course
  • Focus exclusively on practical language
  • Two semesters spent at universities outside the UK, each in a country where one of the languages studied is spoken
  • Separate class streams for entrants with advanced knowledge and beginners/near beginners in year 1
  • End of year 4: full honours standard in all skills areas for the major languages; in written skills for the minor language

Why choose Bangor University for this course?

  • Bangor’s School of Modern Languages consistently ranks amongst the highest rated schools in its subject area in the National Student Survey.
  • 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.
  • Bangor pioneered the Three Language Degree programme.
  • 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.

Key Facts from UniStats

Course Content

For more on studying degree courses see our Study at Bangor section.

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.

The academic school will always provide one hundred percent support for its students. The school is a like a small friendly community where students meet each other and enjoy the time learning together.

Chanjing Liu
PhD in Translation Studies

What will you study on this course?

Year 1 (in Bangor)

  • 40 credits in written, aural and oral skills in each of your three languages, starting at levels appropriate to your knowledge in each
  • Accelerated courses in language(s) of which you have little or no knowledge
  • Consolidation and extension courses for languages in which you have A-level or equivalent

Year 2

Semester One (in Bangor)

  • 20 credits in written, aural and oral skills in each of your three languages

Semester Two (in Bangor)

  • 20 credits in written, aural and oral skills in each of your three languages

Year 3

Semester One (at university in country of major language No 1)

  • Project in language of country No 1
  • Classes/exercises in all 3 languages

Semester Two (at university in country of major language No 2)

  • Project in major language No 2
  • Classes/exercises in all 3 languages

Year 4 (in Bangor)

  • 40 credits in written, oral and aural skills for each major language, with classes in extended writing; textual, video and aural analysis; translation; formal and informal oral expression
  • 20 credits in written/oral skills for the minor language

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 German and Spanish with Italian Modules page.

Course content is for guidance purposes only and may be subject to change.

Careers and Employability

Employability and the School of Modern Languages and Cultures

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. 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 Careers and Employability Service provides a wide range of resources to help you achieve your graduate ambitions. Developing your personal skills and enhancing your employability while at university is becoming increasingly important in today’s job market.

The Bangor Employability Award (BEA)

The Bangor Employability Award enables students to build on their transferable skills through the recognition of activities they become involved in during their university life. Students can gain points towards the award through extra-curricular activities such as volunteering, attending workshops or actively participating in the Students’ Union’s clubs and societies.

The Award is open to everyone and taking part in the scheme can make a major difference to your performance in the graduate job market.

Internships

Bangor University runs undergraduate and postgraduate internship schemes twice a year, which allow students to work in a professional environment while learning relevant skills and earning money.

Internships offer valuable experience in a professional work place and there is a range of internships you can get involved in.

Student Volunteering

Not only is volunteering worthwhile – it also improves your employability and widens your experience.

The Students’ Union has a dedicated Student Volunteering Office (SVB) which currently contributes a total of 600 hours each week, promoting a close relationship between the university and the local community. Find out more on the Student Volunteering pages of the Bangor Student’s Union website.

Working while you Study

The JobZone is the University’s Student Employment Bureau; they advertise the following opportunities:

  • Graduate jobs – Local, National and International
  • Full-time, part time, permanent and temporary jobs
  • Work experience / internships
  • Voluntary opportunities
  • GO Wales opportunties

To access these opportunities you need to register with the Careers and Employability Service.

Entry Requirements

For 2018 entry:

  • 104-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* including a B grade in one of the languages at A2 level (or equivalent). *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • Cambridge First certificate in English: Grade B.
  • European Schools Baccalaureate: 70% average.
  • French Baccalaureate: 12 point average.
  • German Abitur: 2.5 average.
  • Italian Diploma di Maturità: 70%.
  • Spanish Curso de Orientacion Universitaria: 6 point average.
  • Qualification from any country equivalent to UK A levels.
  • Mature students: each application judged on its merits.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

For 2017 entry (new UCAS tariff for courses starting in September 2017):

  • 104-96 tariff points from a level 3 qualification* including a B grade in one of the languages at A2 level (or equivalent). *Level 3 qualifications include A levels, BTEC, Access, Irish Highers, International Baccalaureate, Welsh Baccalaureate, Scottish Advanced Highers and others – for a full list, please refer to the new UCAS tariff at www.ucas.com.
  • Cambridge First certificate in English: Grade B.
  • European Schools Baccalaureate: 70% average.
  • French Baccalaureate: 12 point average.
  • German Abitur: 2.5 average.
  • Italian Diploma di Maturità: 70%.
  • Spanish Curso de Orientacion Universitaria: 6 point average.
  • Qualification from any country equivalent to UK A levels.
  • Mature students: each application judged on its merits.
  • We also welcome applications from mature applicants, individuals with European qualifications and international applicants (subject to minimum English language requirements).

General University entry requirements

Here at Bangor, we accept students with a wide range of qualifications and backgrounds. We 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.

To study a degree, diploma or certificate course you’ll be asked for a minimum of UCAS Tariff points. Normally, all GCE A and AS levels, VCEs and Key Skills can be used to calculate your overall points.

For a fuller explanation of the UCAS Tariff Points, please see the UCAS website.

Qualifications currently not in the Tariff Framework:

Access courses and mature entry: We welcome your application if you’re taking a recognised Access course. We also consider applications from other older 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 help and advice about being a mature student at Bangor, please visit the Study at Bangor site.

International students entry requirements

For information and further detailed guidance on entry requirements for International Students, including the minimum English Language entry requirement, please visit the Entry Requirements by Country pages on the International Education Centre section of our website.

More information

Home/EU students

E-mail for General Admissions: admissions@bangor.ac.uk or write to:

Admissions Office
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0)1248 382017

International students

Email to International Education Office: international@bangor.ac.uk or write to

International Education Centre
Bangor University
Gwynedd
LL57 2DG

Telephone: +44 (0) 1248 382028

How to Apply

How to apply through UCAS

Apply online via UCAS

UCAS stands for Universities and Colleges Admissions Service. All university applications are processed through UCAS and then passed on to the universities listed.

Students may apply for a maximum of five courses. For Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary courses students are only allowed to apply for four courses.

The application form is found on the UCAS website, under ‘Apply’.

The early closing date is October 15 for all Oxbridge, Medicine, Dentistry and Veterinary students. The main closing date for all applications is January 15.

Your Personal Statement

Writing your Personal Statement is the part of the application form that requires most work. You are only allowed 47 lines or 500–550 words to explain why you wish to study the course and the skills you have that are essential for university study.

To write a successful personal statement for your UCAS application you must have a good understanding about the course and its content. Remember that you write only one personal statement for your five choices. Make sure that the courses are similar, if not the same, and make sure that you do not mention a specific course or university.

Read our advice on how to draft a winning personal statement or watch our video guide.

After you’ve applied

You should keep an eye on your application on UCAS ‘Track’. Offers from universities will appear on track and you will be able to accept or decline offers.

You can only reply when you have received all your decisions. The types of reply you can make are firm acceptance and insurance acceptance. Usually students reply in early May.

International Student?

If you are an international student, our International Student pages offer further information on applying.

As an international student applying to study one of our undergraduate programmes you can;

Erasmus student?

We receive around 350 exchange students every year from all over the world. 45% of these students come from Europe and the remainder from as far as Singapore, South Korea and Australia.

The University's International Exchanges Office is responsible for welcoming these students.

Confused about your next steps?

Take a look at our Going to University website for information and advice on getting ready for university.

Further Information

Contact us

School of Modern Languages and Cultures
Tel: 01248 382118
E-mail: modlang@bangor.ac.uk
www.bangor.ac.uk/ml

Why study at the School of Modern Languages and Cultures?

School Excellence Scholarships - Rewarding Academic Achievement: students who start a BA course in the Schools of Modern Languages & CulturesMusicPhilosophy & Religion or Welsh  in September 2016 will be eligible for an MA Scholarship. These scholarships will be available to UK, EU and International students who have completed a  BA degree in one of these Schools in Bangor University; achieved a 2:1 or above, and gained a place on a one-year full-time Taught Masters programme based in one of the Schools above. BA students who graduate with a 1st class degree will automatically receive a full tuition fee waiver for the MA. BA students who graduate with a 2:1 degree will automatically receive a fee reduction, and pay £1,000 fees for the MA. For more information about these scholarships please contact: cah@bangor.ac.uk.

Modern Languages and Cultures at Bangor means learning on a human scale; we offer facilities equal or superior to those found in many larger universities, but in an environment where everybody – students and staff – gets to know each other quickly, and where there’s always someone to turn to. You are never “just a name” in our department.

Have a look at more videos and student profiles – or better still, come and visit us at one of our Open Days, where you will have the opportunity to speak to staff and students alike.

Studying at Bangor

Rated Gold for teaching

We have been awarded a Gold rating, the highest rating possible, for the standarad of our teaching in the Teaching Excellence Framework (TEF) assessment. The TEF assessment took into account teaching quality, learning environment and student outcomes and learning gain. We were judged to deliver consistently outstanding teaching, learning and outcomes for our students and our teaching is of the highest quality found in the UK.

A top 10 university

The National Student Survey (NSS) results place Bangor amongst the UK’s top 10 universities (excluding specialist institutions) for student satisfaction. This reflects the University’s focus on overall student experience.

Enjoy a university experience that’s amongst the best in the UK

The guaranteed accommodation, student support, low cost of living and stunning location all contribute towards this.

Take advantage of the Bangor Student Experience (ranked in the top 20 in the Times Higher Education Student Experience Survey) with free membership of student clubs and societies, a new international experience programme and employability award scheme.

Award-winning clubs and societies!

Our clubs and societies have been named the best in the UK at the WhatUni Student Choice Awards 2017.

Unrivalled location

Choose to study in one of the best places in the UK to be a student. Bangor’s location – close to the mountains and the sea - has been described as ‘the best university setting in the UK’.

Investment in facilities

Benefit from continued investment in facilities and services – with an exciting new Arts and Innovation Centre, new Halls of Residence, and improved sports facilities amongst recent developments.

Guaranteed accommodation

We guarantee accommodation for first year students who apply within the deadline and hold Bangor as a firm choice. Our accommodation has been rated in the Top 5 in the UK at the 2017 WhatUni Student Choice Awards.

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