French and Spanish (with a study abroad year) BA

Languages

Key information

Duration:
4 years full time
Typical A-level offer:
ABB-BBB
UCAS code:
RR14
Start date:
September 2018

Explore two of the most widely spoken languages in the world. At Sussex, you don’t just learn to speak French and Spanish, you become immersed in the culture of both.

Learn from experienced language tutors and develop your knowledge of culturally specific history, literature and film.

The cross-cultural experience of a year spent studying or working abroad broadens your skills and career opportunities.

My year abroad was fantastic. Perfecting a language is all about practice and Sussex makes that easy.”Cristina Vina
French and Spanish BA 

Entry requirements

A-level

Typical offer

ABB-BBB

Subjects

A-levels must include French, at grade B. For applicants with only French at A-level, Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you will need A-level French (grade B).

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Other UK qualifications

Access to HE Diploma

Typical offer

Pass the Access to HE Diploma with 45 level 3 credits at Merit or above, including 24 at Distinction.

Additional requirements

You will also need A-level French (or equivalent), at grade B. For applicants with only French at A-level, Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you will need A-level standard French (grade B).

International Baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will need Higher Level French, with at least grade 5. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have prior knowledge of French to Higher Level (grade 5).

Pearson BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma (formerly BTEC Level 3 Extended Diploma)

Typical offer

DDM

Subjects

In addition to the BTEC Level 3 National Extended Diploma, you will also need A-level (or equivalent) French, grade B. For applicants with only French at A-level, Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you will need A-level standard French (grade B).

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

Scottish Highers

Typical offer

ABBBB

Subjects

Highers must include French, at least grade B. Ideally, applicants will have French at Advanced Higher, also grade B. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you need at least Higher French (grade B).

Welsh Baccalaureate Advanced

Typical offer

Grade B and BB in two A-levels.

Subjects

A-levels must include French, grade B. For applicants with only French at A-level, Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but at least A-level French is essential.

GCSEs

You should also have a broad range of GCSEs (A*-C), including good grades in relevant subjects.

International baccalaureate

Typical offer

30 points overall from the full IB Diploma.

Additional requirements

You will need Higher Level French, with at least grade 5. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level, but you must have prior knowledge of French to Higher Level (grade 5).

European baccalaureate

Typical offer

Overall result of at least 75%

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, all successful applicants will need to have a good prior knowledge of French (normally with a final grade of at least 8.0).

 

 

Other international qualifications

Australia

Typical offer

Relevant state (Year 12) High School Certificate, and over 85% in the ATAR or UAI/TER/ENTER. Or a Queensland OP of 5 or below.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Austria

Typical offer

Reifeprüfung or Matura with an overall result of 2.2 or better for first-year entry. A result of 2.5 or better would be considered for Foundation Year entry.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Belgium

Typical offer

Certificat d'Enseignement Secondaire Supérieur (CESS) or Diploma van Hoger Secundair Onderwijs with a good overall average. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Bulgaria

Typical offer

Diploma za Sredno Obrazovanie with excellent final-year scores (normally 5.5 overall with 6 in key subjects).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Canada

Typical offer

High School Graduation Diploma. Specific requirements vary between provinces.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

China

Typical offer

We usually do not accept Senior High School Graduation for direct entry to our undergraduate courses. However, we do consider applicants who have studied 1 or more years of Higher Education in China at a recognised degree awarding institution or who are following a recognised International Foundation Year.

If you are interested in applying for a business related course which requires an academic ability in Mathematics, you will normally also need a grade B in Mathematics from the Huikao or a score of 90 in Mathematics from the Gaokao.

Applicants who have the Senior High School Graduation may be eligible to apply to our International Foundation Year, which if you complete successfully you can progress on to a relevant undergraduate course at Sussex. You can find more information about the qualifications which are accepted by our International Study Centre at  http://isc.sussex.ac.uk/entry-requirements/international-foundation-year .

 

 

 

 

 

 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Croatia

Typical offer

Maturatna Svjedodžba with an overall score of at least 4-5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Cyprus

Typical offer

Apolytirion of Lykeion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Czech Republic

Typical offer

Maturita with a good overall average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Denmark

Typical offer

Højere Forberedelseseksamen (HF) or studentereksamen with an overall average of at least 7 on the new grading scale.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Finland

Typical offer

Finnish Ylioppilastutkinto with an overall average result in the final matriculation examinations of at least 5.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Germany

Typical offer

German Abitur with an overall result of 2.2 or better.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French (at least 12/15) at a high level.

 

 

 

Greece

Typical offer

Apolytirion with an overall average of at least 18 or 19/20 will be considered for first-year entry.

A score of 15/20 in the Apolytirion would be suitable for Foundation Year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hong Kong

Typical offer

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE) with grades of 5, 4, 4 from three subjects including two electives. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Hungary

Typical offer

Erettsegi/Matura with a good average.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

India

Typical offer

Standard XII results from Central and Metro Boards with an overall average of 75-80%. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Iran

Typical offer

High School Diploma and Pre-University Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Ireland

Typical offer

Irish Leaving Certificate (Higher Level) at H1 H2 H2 H3 H3.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Israel

Typical offer

Bagrut, with at least 8/10 in at least six subjects, including one five-unit subject.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Italy

Typical offer

Italian Diploma di Maturità or Diploma Pass di Esame di Stato with a Final Diploma mark of at least 78/100.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French (normally at least grade B in Higher French) is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Japan

Typical offer

Upper Secondary Leaving Certificate is suitable for entry to our Foundation Years. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Latvia

Typical offer

Atestats par Visparejo videjo Izglitibu with very good grades in state exams.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Lithuania

Typical offer

Brandos Atestatas including scores of 80-90% in at least three state examinations (other than English).

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Luxembourg

Typical offer

Diplôme de Fin d'Etudes Secondaires.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Malaysia

Typical offer

Sijil Tinggi Persekolahan Malaysia (STPM). As well as various two or three-year college or polytechnic certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Netherlands

Typical offer

Voorereidend Wetenschappelijk Onderwijs (VWO), normally with an average of at least 7.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Nigeria

Typical offer

You are expected to have one of the following:

  • Higher National Diploma
  • One year at a recognised Nigerian University
  • Professional Diploma (Part IV) from the Institute of Medical Laboratory Technology of Nigeria
  • Advanced Diploma

You must also have a score of C6 or above in WAEC/SSC English.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Norway

Typical offer

Norwegian Vitnemal Fra Den Videregaende Skole - Pass with an overall average of at least 4.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Pakistan

Typical offer

Bachelor (Pass) degree in arts, commerce or science.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Poland

Typical offer

Matura with three extended-level written examinations, normally scored within the 7th stanine.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Portugal

Typical offer

Diploma de Ensino Secundario normally with an overall mark of at least 16/20. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Romania

Typical offer

Diploma de Bacalaureat with an overall average of 8.5-9.5 depending on your degree choice.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Singapore

Typical offer

A-levels, as well as certain certificates and diplomas.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovakia

Typical offer

Maturitna Skuska or Maturita with honours, normally including scores of 1 in at least three subjects.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Slovenia

Typical offer

Secondary School Leaving Diploma or Matura with at least 23 points overall.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

South Africa

Typical offer

National Senior Certificate with very good grades. 

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Spain

Typical offer

Spanish Título de Bachillerato (LOGSE) with an overall average result of at least 7.5.

Additional requirements

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential.

Sri Lanka

Typical offer

Sri Lankan A-levels.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Sweden

Typical offer

Fullstandigt Slutbetyg with good grades.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Switzerland

Typical offer

Federal Maturity Certificate.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

Turkey

Typical offer

Devlet Lise Diplomasi or Lise Bitirme is normally only suitable for Foundation Years, but very strong applicants may be considered for first year entry. Find out more about Foundation Years.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

USA

Typical offer

We look at your full profile taking into account everything you are studying. You must have your high school graduation diploma and we will be interested in your Grade 12 GPA. However, we will also want to see evidence of the external tests you have taken. Each application is looked at individually, but you should normally have one or two of the following:

  • APs (where we would expect at least three subject with 4/5 in each)
  • SAT Reasoning Tests (normally with a combined score of 1300) or ACT grades
  • and/or SAT Subject Tests (where generally we expect you to have scores of 600 or higher). 

We would normally require APs or SAT Subject Tests in areas relevant to your chosen degree course.

Subject-specific knowledge

Evidence of existing academic ability in French is essential. Spanish can be taken from beginner's level for those without prior experience. However, you will need to have a good prior knowledge of French.

Please note

Our entry requirements are guidelines and we assess all applications on a case-by-case basis.

My country is not listed

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

English language requirements

IELTS (Academic)

6.5 overall, including at least 6.0 in each component

IELTS scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test.

If you are applying for degree-level study we can consider your IELTS test from any test centre, but if you require a Confirmation of Acceptance for Studies (CAS) for an English language or pre-sessional English course (not combined with a degree) the test must be taken at a UK Visas and Immigration (UKVI)-approved IELTS test centre.

Find out more about IELTS.

Other English language requirements

Proficiency tests

Cambridge Advanced Certificate in English (CAE)

For tests taken before January 2015: Grade B or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CAE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Advanced.

Cambridge Certificate of Proficiency in English (CPE)

For tests taken before January 2015: grade C or above

For tests taken after January 2015: 176 overall, including at least 169 in each skill

We would normally expect the CPE test to have been taken within two years before the start of your course.

You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Cambridge English: Proficiency.

Pearson (PTE Academic)

62 overall, including at least 56 in all four skills.

PTE (Academic) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about Pearson (PTE Academic).

TOEFL (iBT)

88 overall, including at least 20 in Listening, 19 in Reading, 21 in Speaking, 23 in Writing.

TOEFL (iBT) scores are valid for two years from the test date. Your score must be valid when you begin your Sussex course. You cannot combine scores from more than one sitting of the test. Find out more about TOEFL (iBT).

The TOEFL Institution Code for the University of Sussex is 9166.

English language qualifications

AS/A-level (GCE)

Grade C or above in English Language.

Hong Kong Advanced Level Examination (HKALE)/ AS or A Level: grade C or above in Use of English

French Baccalaureat

A score of 12 or above in English.

GCE O-level

Grade C or above in English.

Brunei/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

Singapore/Cambridge GCE O-level in English: grades 1-6.

GCSE or IGCSE

Grade C or above in English as a First Language.

Grade B or above in English as a Second Language

German Abitur

A score of 12 or above in English.

Ghana Senior Secondary School Certificate

If awarded before 1993: grades 1-6 in English language.

If awarded between 1993 and 2005: grades A-D in English language.

Hong Kong Diploma of Secondary Education (HKDSE)

 Level 4, including at least 3 in each component in English Language.

Indian School Certificate (Standard XII)

The Indian School Certificate is accepted at the grades below when awarded by the following examination boards:

Central Board of Secondary Education (CBSE) – English Core only: 70%

Council for Indian School Certificate Examinations (CISCE) - English: 70% 

International Baccalaureate Diploma (IB)

English A or English B at grade 5 or above.

Malaysian Certificate of Education (SPM) 119/GCE O-level

If taken before the end of 2008: grades 1-5 in English Language.

If taken from 2009 onwards: grade C or above in English Language.

The qualification must be jointly awarded by the University of Cambridge Local Examinations Syndicate (UCLES).

West African Senior School Certificate

Grades 1-6 in English language when awarded by the West African Examinations Council (WAEC) or the National Examinations Council (NECO).

Country exceptions

Select to see the list of exempt English-speaking countries

If you are a national of one of the countries below, or if you have recently completed a qualification equivalent to a UK Bachelors degree or higher in one of these countries, you will normally meet our English requirements. Note that qualifications obtained by distance learning or awarded by studying outside these countries cannot be accepted for English language purposes.

You will normally be expected to have completed the qualification within two years before starting your course at Sussex. If the qualification was obtained earlier than this we would expect you to be able to demonstrate that you have maintained a good level of English, for example by living in an English-speaking country or working in an occupation that required you to use English regularly and to a high level.

Please note that this list is determined by the UK’s Home Office, not by the University of Sussex.

List of exempt countries

  • Antigua and Barbuda
  • Australia
  • Bahamas
  • Barbados
  • Belize
  • Canada**
  • Dominica
  • Grenada
  • Guyana
  • Ireland
  • Jamaica
  • New Zealand
  • St Kitts and Nevis
  • St Lucia
  • St Vincent and the Grenadines
  • Trinidad and Tobago
  • United Kingdom
  • USA

** Canada: you must be a national of Canada; other nationals not on this list who have a degree from a Canadian institution will not normally be exempt from needing to provide evidence of English.

Admissions information for applicants

Language choice

It is not normally possible for native (or near-native) speakers to study their native language within this degree.

Transfers into Year 2

Yes. Find out more about transferring into Year 2 of this course. We don’t accept transfers into the third or final year.

If your qualifications aren’t listed or you have a question about entry requirements, email ug.enquiries@sussex.ac.uk.

Why choose this course?

  • The study of languages enables you to acquire excellent communication skills.
  • Perfect your language skills, and learn to understand social and cultural aspects of the countries in which your chosen languages are spoken.
  • Spend a year studying abroad and gain valuable experience. Employers value graduates who have developed an international perspective.

Course information

How will I study?

You study French and Spanish, with the focus on accuracy and fluency in both speaking and writing. You can make use of our well-equipped Language Learning Centre to develop and practise your study skills.

In addition, you follow modules giving you an insight into the ideas and events that underpin modern society in the countries of Europe and beyond. You are also introduced to aspects of cultural difference.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

How will I study?

You give oral presentations, write reports as well as book and film reviews, summarise spoken and written texts, and hold meetings and discussions. You explore cultural, political, historical, literary and social aspects of countries in and beyond Europe where French and Spanish are spoken.

You also learn about language in use. How do we signal politeness, formality, irony, humour, and so on?

The first two years of language and cultural studies lay the foundations for your year abroad.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options


Customise your course

At Sussex, you can choose to customise your course to build the sort of degree that will give you the knowledge, skills and experience that could take you in any direction you choose.

Explore subjects different to your course – electives and pathways allow you to complement your main subject. Find out what opportunities your course offers

Gain programming skills and apply them to areas such as digital media, business and interactive design. Find out about our Year in Computing

You spend your third year abroad:

  • studying at one of our partner universities
  • as a teaching assistant in a school
  • on a combination of a study term followed by a work placement.

Studying abroad is a great way to explore the world, meet new people and gain valuable experience to enhance your life skills and career prospects. Employers value graduates who have negotiated their way in the world, experienced different cultures and developed an international perspective.

Find out where your course could take you.

“I taught English at a French school, which gave me the opportunity to see the acquisition of language from a teacher’s point of view.” Cristina VinaFrench and Spanish (with a study abroad year) BA

How will I study?

Your language modules introduce you to the vocational skills of translation and interpreting.

You also develop and deepen your knowledge of cultural themes in art, literature and film through the study of special subjects.

Modules

These are the modules running in the academic year 2017. Modules running in 2018 may be subject to change.

Core modules

Options

Fees

Fees are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018. Note that your fees, once they’re set, may be subject to an increase on an annual basis.

The UK Government has confirmed that if you’re an EU student applying for entry in September 2018, you'll pay the same fee rate as UK students for the duration of your course, even if the UK leaves the EU before the end of your course. You'll also continue to have access to student loans and grants. Find out more on the UK Government website.

Find out about typical living costs for studying at Sussex

Scholarships

Details of our scholarships are not yet set for entry in the academic year 2018.

Careers

Graduate destinations

100% of our Sussex Centre for Language Studies students were in work or further study six months after graduating. Recent graduates have gone on to jobs including:

  • multilingual service desk analyst, Babcock International
  • sales, co-editions and foreign rights assistant, Pavilion Books
  • self-trading analyst, Royal Bank of Canada.

(HESA EPI, Destinations of Leavers from Higher Education Survey 2015)

Your future career

‭Studying a language develops key skills in communication, ‭organisation and cultural awareness. Employers value these skills and you’ll be ‭equipped for a range of career pathways including:  ‭

  • business, marketing, commerce and finance
  • media, communications and politics
  • teaching and academia‭
  • civil, public and diplomatic services.

Working while you study

Our Careers and Employability Centre can help you find part-time work while you study. Find out more about career development and part-time work

French 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar.

You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen language.

French 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1
You will acquire advanced knowledge of grammar and improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts. You will also study the literature, culture, society and politics of France.

Cultural Encounters

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This module seeks to promote cultural awareness and inter-cultural comprehension. Students will be concerned to define what is meant by 'culture’ and to analyse their own cultural backgrounds and attitudes. They will consider how and why cultural characteristics arise and whether generalisations (such as national or cultural stereotypes) are ever valid. In particular they will reflect upon the ways in which culture and language are linked, and on how cultural values and attitudes are encoded in language. They will sample various theoretical approaches to these issues by way of original lectures, prepared seminar questions, academic essays, and a range of audio-visual sources.

Europe 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

Spanish 1A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1
You will consolidate and progress your knowledge of grammar. Improved grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension are achieved through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. You will also gain insight into the culture and society of your chosen country.

Spanish Intensive A

  • 30 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 1

This is an intensive module for beginners or near beginners, enabling you to develop the language skills to CEFR A2+ level in one term. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

France 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the module History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in the target language, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation).

Spain and Latin America 1900-45

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

This module develops and extends the ideas and themes introduced in the lecture series History and Culture in the 20th Century. Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in the target language, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make students aware of the context in which the country whose language you study has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish 1B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1
You will acquire advanced knowledge of grammar and improve grammatical accuracy, oral and written fluency, lexis, and listening and reading comprehension through the study of a variety of topics and integrated grammar. There is an emphasis on the summarising and handling of authentic texts. You will also study the literature, culture, society and politics of Spain.

Spanish Intensive B

  • 30 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 1

The module builds on the language skills, structures and functions taught in Intensive A to enable you to develop to CEFR B1 level in one year. You will improve oral and written fluency, lexis and listening and reading comprehension. A thorough grounding in grammatical functions will be taught through a variety of media and topics.

French 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Language and Nation

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Following a short introduction, the module falls into two parts. The first looks at how we discover the links between Language, Thought and Nation, and try to identify and analyse covert as well as overt associations between these. Who are the guardians and gatekeepers of our 'native' languages, and what are the pressures to have English in England, French in France but Castillian in Spain and Post-Florentine in Italy? Are some languages more equal than others, conferring more status to their users? And why do languages still change despite 'Academies'? The second part looks at instances of how expressions of the relationship between a nation and its language emerge as various literary and other genres (with particular reference to the novel), and how these feed back into the collective identity (with particular reference to representations in the cinema of various countries).

French 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Europe 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

The module provides you with an overview of important historical and cultural developments in the second part of the 20th century, focussing on the period from the 1940s through to the present day. Movements and trends in the political, historical and social area and their impact on the arts and literature are addressed in the lectures. For all these topics, various national settings (France, Germany, Italy and Spain) are examined and discussed. The lecture series seeks to establish a comparative perspective on the relevant issues.

Spanish 2A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and written skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

Spanish Post-Intensive A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 2

Your knowledge of syntax will be revised and progressed and active knowledge of lexis increased. Speaking, listening, reading and writing skills will be raised to a higher level through the study of authentic texts taken from a variety of media. The study of relevant current affairs will be an important element of the module.

France 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in French, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which France has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spain and Latin America 1945-date

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

Relevant works of literature, film, theatre and the press are studied in Spanish, wherever possible. Written and oral material is drawn from a wide range of sources to make you aware of the context in which Spain has progressed towards its current situation. You will develop essential skills of note-taking, discussing, summarising, analysing and essay writing (including documentation). The module will allow you to progress towards independent study.

Spanish 2B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2
Your knowledge of syntax and lexis will continue to be enhanced alongside the skills of speaking, listening, reading and writing. Practical aspects of living, studying and working abroad will be covered, including history, geography, politics, society, culture and literature.

Spanish Post-Intensive B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 2

This module builds upon the knowledge acquired and the practical skills developed in the preceding language modules. Progress into more advanced syntax and broader lexis will continue to improve the student's receptive and productive skills. There will be continued emphasis upon handling authentic materials, including texts of many kinds and audio-visual resources in all media. With a view to preparation for life in the relevant country during the succeeding Year Abroad, practical aspects of studying and working there will be covered, as well as salient facets of its culture and society. The processes of language learning (the consolidation and extension of grammar, the building of vocabulary and the application of knowledge in practical skill-based tasks) will therefore continue to be embedded in authentic modern and contemporary contexts. In addition to active participation in the class environment, and to the completion of preparation and informal assignments, students will increasingly take the initiative in their own self-directed study.

French 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The three hours per week classroom contact throughout this module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of French and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing French 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into French, or from French into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Spanish 3A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

The three hours per week classroom contact throughout this module are devoted, on the one hand, to oral and interpreting work and, on the other, to translation and composition. There is therefore an emphasis upon oral proficiency, both in everyday conversation and in more formal contexts, such as presentations and mediation between speakers of Spanish and English. There is a similar emphasis upon written proficiency, whether writing Spanish 'freely' within the framework of a discursive essay, translating from English into Spanish, or from Spanish into English. Roughly equal contact time is devoted to these three written skills and the same weighting is accorded to each of them in assessments.

Themes in European Theatre and Cinema A

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in English to all single honours and joint major linguists, will address major themes in 20th-century European theatre and cinema. These will vary from year to year, but will typically include some of the following:

  • time
  • gender
  • memory
  • nostalgia
  • identity
  • sex
  • death
  • revolution.

Equally, the authors/directors and plays/films selected for study (in English translation) will vary year on year, but will normally include at least one representative from each of our four European languages – French, German, Italian and Spanish.

French 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining the your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay or responding specifically to other stimuli in French, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that you should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Spanish 3B

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

The final year core language modules seek to build upon the learning of the three previous years, refining your skills in both receptive and productive functions. Informal interactions in the classroom setting will reinforce oral proficiency and lead into more formal discussions and debates. These in turn will underpin written proficiency, whether you are writing freely within the framework of a discursive essay, or responding specifically to other stimuli in the TL, such as texts or audio-visual materials. In particular, you will be introduced to the practical techniques of translating and interpreting, the objective being that they should gain both a useful additional skill and an insight into what it might be like to work as a professional linguist.

Genres in European Literature

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

This weekly lecture plus fortnightly seminar module, delivered in English to all Single Honours linguists (one or two languages) will consider key genres or styles in 20th-century European prose literature. These will vary from year to year, but will typically include some of the following: the novel and narrative theory, the short story, women's writing, biography, autobiography, fantasy, juvenilia and writing about youth. Equally, the authors and works selected for study (in English translation) will vary, but will normally include at least one prominent writer in each of the four European languages offered at this level, namely French, German, Italian and Spanish.

Modern Languages Dissertation in French

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

Modern Languages Dissertation in Spanish

  • 15 credits
  • Autumn Teaching, Year 4

French Special Subject 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in French to all single-honours and joint-major students studying French as part of their degree, will address some key works by two of the most significant writers in 20th-century French literature, namely Jean-Paul Sartre and Simone deBeauvoir. The texts themselves may vary from year to year, but they will normally include at least one notable exemplar of the theatre, prose fiction, biography and/or autobiography, and the discursive or polemical essay (whether literary, political, philosophical or sociological in theme). A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which this famous existentialist couple transposed their lived experience – and, to an extent, their own relationship – into a plethora of literary forms.

French Special Subject 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This special subject module, which is taught and assessed in French, comprises two complementary parts. The first will trace the history of the cinema in France from its inception in the 1890s to the 'New Wave' of the post-war years, via selected landmarks such as: the heyday of the silent era; the industrialisation of the cinema; the impacts of aesthetic movements (the avant-garde, impressionism and surrealism); the shock of the talkies; the seventh art under German occupation; and the creation of the 'New Wave'. The second part will critique the work of outstanding French directors such as Bunuel, Renoir, Truffaut and Godard, with particular emphasis upon innovation both in thematic preoccupations and cinematic technique.

Spanish Special Subject 1

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This module, delivered in Spanish to all single-honours and joint-major students studying Spanish as part of their degree, will address some key works by some of the most significant novelists in 20th-century Spanish literature. The texts themselves may vary from year to year, but they will normally include a faithful and consistent representation of the Realism genre in the 20th century. A prime focus of analysis will be the manner in which the novel deals with a vast number of Spanish social problems and from different perspectives, in accordance with the literary generations' changing mindsets.

Spanish Special Subject 2

  • 15 credits
  • Spring Teaching, Year 4

This special subject module, delivered and assessed in Spanish, is concerned with the rise of the Spanish film industry on the global stage, especially since the advent of democracy in the country. In this period, a number of directors (notably Amenabar and Almodovar), actors and films have become emblematic of Spanish culture and society. This module will explore the role that Spanish cinema has played in the fight for freedom of speech, sexual equality, and coming to terms with a recent brutal past. You will therefore gain a critical perspective on many aspects of the evolution of Spanish culture from the end of the Civil War to the end of the Franco dictatorship and into the era of Spanish democracy. The specific movies, whose themes will be studied within the contexts both of Spanish cinema and of the international film industry, may vary from time to time but will typically include such works as "Mar adentro" (2004), "Volver" (2006) and "Lope" (2010).

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