Sussex Centre for Language Studies

Language electives and pathways

Language pathways are open to undergraduates studying for a single honours degree course.

Languages offered

The following languages are offered as electives:

  • Arabic
  • British Sign Language and Deaf Culture
  • Mandarin Chinese
  • French
  • German
  • Italian
  • Japanese
  • Spanish

 

Pathway structure

Two pathways are offered:

  • A two year 60 credit pathway
  • A three year 90 credit pathway

A two year pathway leads to an award of '... with proficiency in (a language)'; or '... with French/Spanish for Professional Purposes'

For example:
BA (Hons) in International Relations with proficiency in Arabic (Intermediate)
BA (Hons) in Film Studies with Spanish for Professional Purposes

A three year pathway leads to an award of ‘… with (a language)’
For example:
BA (Hons) in Drama with Italian (CEFR B2)
BSc (Hons) in Business and Management Studies with Mandarin Chinese (CEFR B1+)
BSc (Hons) in Psychology with French (CEFR C1).

There are three entry levels available. All languages can be studied from Beginner (Ab initio) or Intermediate level. Currently, French and Spanish only can be studied from a higher level. Typically pathways begin in Term 1 of the first year of study and are either completed in Term 4 in the second year of study, or Term 6 in the final year of study. The pathways harness four or six 15-credit modules over four or six consecutive terms. Each module is a continuation of the previous module.

PathwaysYear 1Year 2Year 3
Term 1Term 2Term 1Term 2Term 1Term 2
15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits 15 credits
A 60 credit Pathway [Intermediate] Ab initio A Ab initio B Intermediate A Intermediate B    
  90 credit Pathway [CEFR B1+] Ab initio A Ab initio B Intermediate A Intermediate B Advanced A Advanced B
B 60 credit Pathway [Advanced] Intermediate A Intermediate B Advanced A Advanced B    
  90 credit Pathway [CEFR B2] Intermediate A Intermediate B Advanced A Advanced B Language in Context A Language in Context B
C 60 credit Professional Purposes Pathway Professional Purposes 1A Professional Purposes 1B Professional Purposes 2A Professional Purposes 2B    
  90 credit Professional Purposes Pathway [CEFR C1] Professional Purposes 1A Professional Purposes 1B Professional Purposes 2A Professional Purposes 2B Professional Purposes 3A Professional Purposes 3B


Alternative arrangements may exist where, for example, students undertake a placement as part of the degree in either term of the second year. Your course handbook will give details of the options available within your own degree course; you can also ask the Curriculum Assessment Officer for your School.

Professional Purposes Pathway

In Year 1 you will develop language for general and common professional purposes and study various aspects of the Target Language (TL) culture and society. You will have opportunities to consolidate the four TL skills: speaking; listening; reading and writing.

In Year 2 you will focus on use of language for professional purposes.

In the first stage you will prepare an employment profile and job application pack in the TL and/or you may be given an opportunity to carry out a workplace simulation activity. For the second term you will specialise and report on professional matters or on topics in your field of expertise.

In Year 3 you will continue to work on transferable skills carrying out translation and interpretation activities. Working individually and in groups, you will practise oral and written mediation skills for a variety of professional purposes and contexts. In the final module you will carry out an independent study project researching, in the target language, a subject linked to your discipline or a subject of special interest.

What you will achieve

If you successfully complete 60 credits of language elective modules in one language your designated degree title will read, for example:

  • BA (Hons) Politics with proficiency in Arabic
  • BA (Hons) in Art History with proficiency in Italian
  • BSc (Hons) International Business with proficiency in Japanese
  • BA (Hons) in Media Studies with Spanish for Professional Purposes

If you complete 90 credits of language elective modules in one language your degree title will read, for example:

  • BA (Hons) in History with Arabic (CEFR B2)
  • BSc (Hons) in Business and Management Studies with Mandarin Chinese (CEFR B1+)
  • BSc (Hons) in Psychology with French (CEFR C1)

etc.

Students who are studying for a language minor (such as Drama with a Language) will follow the 90 credit pathway.

It is possible to study fewer than 60 or 90 credits in language electives but you would not then be entitled to a language pathway award. For details of the elective modules available within your own degree course, check your eligibility with your School.

Customise your course

A range of opportunities for international experience is available to undergraduates at Sussex.

Voluntary Study Abroad

You can apply to study abroad on all of our undergraduate courses and Sussex has links with over 140 universities worldwide. Where you can study abroad will depend on your course and the availability and number of places at the partner university.

See the list of destinations

Summer schools

You can apply for a place on a summer school programme at a range of high-ranking universities in Asia and Europe.

Placements

A placement is another way to gain invaluable experience and build up your skills.

Career opportunities

The benefits of studying a language are multiple: graduates with language skills are in demand by employers so it puts you in a great position for the global labour market as well as for further study. Visit our Employability web page for more information about career opportunities.