2019
2020

Translation Studies and Modern Languages BSc (Hons)

Course overview

  • Course level
    Undergraduate
  • Course type
    Full-time
  • Duration
    4 years
  • Course options
    Integrated International placement / study abroad, Beginner's language routes
  • UCAS code(s)
    R400
  • School

Entry requirements

  • A level (2019 entry)
    ABB - BBB
  • International baacalaureate diploma (2019 entry)
    32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish
  • BTEC extended diploma (2019 entry)
    DDD
  • Further requirements (2019 entry)
    GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4
More information

Key dates

  • Start date
    September

Students are happy. Modern Languages and Linguistics at Aston are ranked 5th for Teaching Satisfaction (Guardian, 2020)

Added Value. Comparing our students’ entry grades (A Levels/BTECS/IB etc) with their final degree result shows the quality of our teaching.We’re ranked us 1st in the UK by this measure (Guardian, 2020)

Aston is one of only a few UK universities genuinely specialising in translation and interpreting, including an introduction to CAT tools. Translation graduates can also receive certification from the Chartered Institute of Linguists.

We’ll make sure you’re career-ready. Employed Aston languages graduates are ranked 12th in the UK for earnings one year after graduation. (Longitudinal Educational Outcomes, 2018)

Course summary

Our Translation Studies programme combines the study of French, Spanish and German with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. 
Entry requirements & fees (2020 entry)

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R400 

Typical Offers
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including French/German/Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2020/21: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £15,600* (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

*Tuition fees are reviewed annually and may increase in subsequent years in line with inflation linked to the Retail Price Index (RPI) to take account of the University’s increased costs of delivering the Programme. When undertaking a placement year a placement year fee applies.

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements. For more information about qualifications view our Aston in your future webpage.

Course outline

Our Translation Studies programmes combine the study of French and/or German and/or Spanish with professional and theoretical aspects of translation. The programmes are designed to prepare you for a successful career either in translation or in allied professions. By the end of the programme your language skills will have reached near-native proficiency and you will also have developed competence in translation and intercultural communication. The programmes focus on French, German and/or Spanish language, culture and society. They also develop insights into the wider socio-cultural context of translation.

Each of our Translation Studies programmes follows a clear progression, building upon your initial level and developing your full potential over the course of your studies. In each year of study, core modules in language and society are complemented by modules that focus on translation-relevant topics. The Third Year is spent abroad on a work placement (including work in a translation company), at an exchange university, or on an assistantship. In the Final Year, you will have the opportunity to practise your translation and interpreting skills and develop specialised translation competence in a subject area of your own choice. You will graduate as a confident speaker of French, German and/or Spanish with excellent intercultural and translation competence.

Modules - Translation Studies & French

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
IBE (France)
Languages for All


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Translation across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
IBE (France)
Languages for All

 

Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - French
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
Representations of Minorities
Languages for All

Modules - Translation Studies & German

Year 1
Core
German Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to German-Speaking Countries
Introduction to German-Speaking Countries
IBE (German)
Languages for All


Year 2
Core
German Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Communication across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)
IBE (Germany)
Languages for All


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
German Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - German
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
Cultural Identities in the German-speaking countries
Global Germany
IBE (German)
Representations of Minorities
Languages for All

Modules - Translation Studies & Spanish

Year 1
Core
Spanish Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to Film Studies
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
Introduction to Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)
Languages for All


Year 2
Core
Spanish Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Communication across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)
Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)
Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)
IBE (Spain)
Languages for All


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
Spanish Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation - Spanish
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
Cultural Studies in the Spanish-speaking countries
National and Transnational Identities in Spanish-Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
Representations of Minorities
Languages for All

Modules - Translation Studies & Combined Languages

You may choose to take Translation Studies with a combination of modern languages. We offer the following routes:

  • French & German
  • French & Spanish
  • German & Spanish

 

Translation Studies with French & German

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills I
German Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to German-Speaking Countries


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills II
German Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Translation across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III
German Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation (French)
Advanced Translation (German)
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
Global Germany
IBE (German)

 

Translation Studies with French & Spanish

Year 1
Core
French Language Skills I
Spanish Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to French -Speaking Countries
Introduction to Spain and Latin America


Year 2
Core
French Language Skills II
Spanish Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Communication across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (French-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (French-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)
Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
French Language Skills III
Spanish Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation (French)
Advanced Translation (Spanish)
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
La France d’Outre Mer
Vichy France: Occupation, Collaboration, Liberation
French Technology: Inventing Progress and Disaster
Contemporary French
National and Transnational Identities in Spain and Latin America
IBE (Spain)

 

Translation Studies with German & Spanish

Year 1
Core
German Language Skills I
Spanish Language Skills I
Introduction to Language and Communication
Translation: theory and practice

Options
Introduction to German -Speaking Countries
Introduction to Spain and Latin America


Year 2
Core
German Language Skills II
Spanish Language Skills II
Translation and Technology
Communication across Languages and Culture

Options
Migrant and Transnational Cinema
Politics and Society (German-speaking countries)
Culture and Conflict (German-speaking countries)
Politics and Society (Spain and Latin America)
Culture and Conflict (Spain and Latin America)


Year 3
Integrated placement year


Final Year
Core
Dissertation
German Language Skills III
Spanish Language Skills III
Introduction to Interpreting
Advanced Translation (German)
Advanced Translation (Spanish)
Specialised (LSP) Translation
Contemporary Translation Theories

Options
National and transnational Identities in Spanish Speaking Countries
IBE (Spain)
Global Germany
IBE (German)

Entry requirements & fees

4 years full-time with integrated year abroad

UCAS Code: R400 

Typical Offers
A Levels: ABB - BBB from 3 A-levels, including Spanish Grade B.  General Studies accepted.

Whilst the grades listed here are our entry requirements, we understand that predicted grades are only an estimate. We will therefore consider applicants with predicted grades that fall below these entry requirements if the application is of a high standard. However, any offer made will not be lower than stated above.  In addition to your predicted grades, when making offers we also consider your previous academic performance (e.g. GCSEs), your school/college reference and the commitment and motivation you demonstrate for your chosen course via the personal statement. Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk.  If you already have your grades and would like to check your suitability for one of our courses please contact us via e-mail.  Applicants and their teachers/advisers are welcome to contact us with individual queries about entry qualifications via ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

View our Admissions Policy. 

IB: 32-33 points in the IB diploma including TOK/Bonus points. Standard level Maths and English 5 required and 6 in Higher Level Spanish.
Access: Pass Access to HE Diploma with Merit in each module.  Humanities or Social Sciences Access course preferred, but other courses considered on an individual basis.  A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.
BTEC: National Extended Diploma DDD.   A-level grade B in Spanish or equivalent.  Mix of Diploma/ Subsidiary Diploma/A-levels acceptable.

We accept a wide range of UK, EU and International qualifications: please contact us for further advice.

Specific subject requirements:
GCSE English Language and Maths Grade C/4.

The information contained on this website details the typical entry requirements for this course for the most commonly offered qualifications. Applicants with alternative qualifications may wish to enquire with the relevant admissions teams prior to application whether or not their qualifications are deemed acceptable. For less commonly encountered qualifications this will be judged on a case-by-case basis in consultation with the academic admissions tutor.

Tuition fees 2018/19: £9,250 (£1,250 during placement year) for UK/EU students. £14,300 (£2,500 during placement year) for overseas students. More on fees

Applicants receiving offers are invited to an open day.

Applicants whose first language is not English will be required to provide evidence of an English language qualification. Find out more about our English language requirements.

Learning, teaching and assessment

You will take part in interactive seminars, presentations and group work as well as attending lectures and tutorials. There are also opportunities for individual research and guided study. We teach our courses in Spanish, which means that our students are at a real advantage when it comes to gaining maximum benefit and experience from the year abroad. 

You will be allocated a Personal Tutor when you join us and you will be encouraged to make regular contact with them throughout your studies. Personal Tutors are there to help discuss academic and, in some cases, personal issues. Personal Tutors can also often offer support by writing references for placement/graduate employment and academic research.

Assessment is through a combination of written and oral exams, coursework, essays, translation tasks, presentations and an extended dissertation during your Final Year. Exams take place in January and May/June.

Year abroad

The Third Year of your course is spent abroad in a Frenhc/Spanish/German speaking country - increasing your fluency, enhancing your cultural awareness and adding value to your degree. The year abroad is an integral and assessed part of language studies at Aston University, fully supported by us, and of direct relevance to your degree. A distinctive feature of our year abroad is the flexibility that we offer. You will be able to choose between undertaking a paid work-experience placement with a company, working as a teaching assistant in a school or studying at one of our partner universities - you might even choose to combine two of these options. We are extremely proud of the high level of preparation, orientation and support that we provide before and during your year abroad. We have a full-time Placements Team who will give you plenty of individual help and advice, and even come and visit you during your time away. Find out more about the Year Abroad.

Careers

Recent Job Titles

  • Analyst
  • Associate for South Germany
  • EFL Teacher
  • French-Speaking International Sales Co-Ordinator
  • HR Coordinator
  • Language Teacher
  • Operations Support Analyst
  • Senior Project Manager
  • Translator

Contact Details

Tel: 0121 204 3777

Email:ugadmissions@aston.ac.uk

What's it like to study at Aston?

All the lecturers that I encountered at Aston were great. Since the very first day they always told us that if we had any doubts or needed further support in their module we could always e-mail them or come by their office. It was good to have this support when you felt lost in a module or not prepared for an exam.

Alina Fuhrmann
BSc Translation Studies, Spanish and German
What's it like to study at Aston?

My year abroad allowed me to learn about teaching careers and see how it differs in other countries. I also had the opportunity to lead my own classes which meant I had to plan, deliver and assess. This prepared me for the future and helped confirm my career path. Although I lived in such a small town in France, I met some lovely friends who really helped me improve my French.

Emily Downes
BSc French and Spanish
What's it like to study at Aston?

The highlight of my degree was my placement year at the European Parliament in Brussels. Being in the political heart of Europe and experiencing new things every single day in a thriving capital city was amazing. Aston is right in the city centre of Birmingham; a huge city. In comparison, the Languages and Social Sciences school is small and tight-knit, comprised of lecturers who have excellent relationships with students. The lecturers and student support team at Aston are second to none. Being a small university means that staff and students enjoy closer relationships than in most other universities, and I have really benefitted from that closeness during my time at Aston.

Rebecca Aylott
BSc International Relations and French

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