As an ab initio student, you will take an intensive 40 credit language module in year one and two and will be taught separately from those students who already have an A-level to ensure that your language skills progress rapidly. You will spend your third year in a German/Spanish-speaking country in order to allow for maximum exposure to the language and culture, and can choose between an approved study programme at a partner exchange university, a work placement or a post as a Teaching Assistant in a school. If you are studying two languages (including one language ab initio) you will normally divide your time equally between the two countries where each of your languages are spoken. After the Year Abroad, students who studied Spanish/German ab initio are taught with those who started university with an A-level and take the usual final year modules, including modules taught in the target language.
Sample module options: The modules below are indicative only. When an offer is made, students will receive a detailed programme specification which forms part of our terms and conditions.
Core modules: Introduction to Film Studies Introduction to Language and Communication German Language Skills Ab Inito I Spanish Language Skills I Introduction to the German -Speaking Countries International Business Environment (Germany)
Optional modules: Introduction to Spain and Latin America International Business Environment (Spain)
Core modules: Crossing Boundaries: Migrant and Transnational Cinema German Language Skills Ab Inito II Politics and Society (German-speaking countries) IBE (German) Spanish Language Skills II Culture and Conflict (Spanish-speaking countries)
Optional modules: TESOL Politics and Society (Spanish-speaking countries) International Business Environment (Latin America)
Compulsory Placement / Year Abroad
Core: German Language Skills III Research Dissertation Spanish Language Skills III Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries Political Landscapes in Spain and Latin America International Business Environment (Spain)
Optional: Advanced Translation -Spanish Specialised (LSP) Translation Introduction to Interpreting Representations of Minorities Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries Global Germany International Business Environment (German)