If you are a good linguist and want to achieve a high level of proficiency in several languages, our flagship multi-language programme will be ideal for you. This is a 100% Single Honours programme and cannot be studied on a 75, 50, or 25% basis; if you would like to focus on one or two of our languages, please see the individual entries for those languages.
Students following Modern Languages (Triple Subject) study at least two languages from advanced level, plus a third language from beginners’ or advanced level. You have the option to begin a new beginners’ language
in second and final year.
In this programme, you may study French from A level; German, Spanish and Italian can be taken from beginners’ or A level; and Catalan, Basque, Chinese and Portuguese can be taken from beginners’ level. You will learn to speak, listen, read, write, translate and interpret to a high level in your chosen languages. There is an emphasis on languages in the context of contemporary culture and society and on their social and professional relevance. In each year of your studies, you will take six language modules (two per language), and choose two optional modules from different language areas.
The programme includes a compulsory year abroad split between at least two of your languages. You may spend the time abroad at a university, as an assistant in a school, or on a work placement. During the time abroad you will complete two essays or portfolios in the appropriate languages or attend an accredited Erasmus+ programme in your chosen country.
Department Key Facts
Number of first year students
102 Year One undergraduates in 2016
UK league tables
Ranked 19th for Modern Languages in the Guardian University Guide 2018
87.6% are employed or in further study within six months of graduating (Destination of Leavers from Higher Education 2014/15)
National Student Survey
91% of students are happy with the teaching on their programme (National Student Survey 2016)
Why this subject?
Learn a language the Liverpool way
At the University of Liverpool, language is at the heart of our teaching and staff from across the Department take part in its delivery. Our fully-refurbished Language Lounge is the centre of our departmental life. It is a lively place where you can work on your language skills with the aid of online resources, watch foreign-language films, meet someone for a chat in your chosen language or simply settle down with ‘un espresso’, a foreign-language newspaper and take in the beautiful views of our fabulous Georgian Abercromby Square.
Many of our students will start a language from beginner’s level. Indeed, in languages such as Italian, Chinese, Portuguese, Catalan and Basque most of our students will start that language from scratch. At Liverpool, you can choose with confidence, knowing that we are specialists in teaching languages to beginners and you will benefit from our years of experience in accompanying students in their first steps in their chosen language. As a beginner, you will take our fast-track modules to achieve between GCSE and A level standard within a year. From Year Two, you will be integrated with post-A-level students studying your language.
Broaden your understanding of language and culture with a year abroad
Whether you study languages as a Single Honours degree or as a Minor, you have the opportunity to spend a year abroad as part of your programme. You’ll spend your third year teaching English, attending university, completing a work placement or working for a non-government organisation (NGO) in one or more countries relevant to the language or languages you are studying. This opportunity offers you a unique first-hand experience to step out of the classroom and immerse yourself in the country’s culture and develop your language skills further.
Experience our ‘connected’ Liverpool curriculum
Our degrees help you make connections within and across language areas. If you study a language as a Single Honours degree, you can take a different language from scratch or from A level standard which you can continue into final year.
We also offer modules that enable you to compare the culture or linguistics of one or more language areas. These include modules on German and Italian film, as well as linguistic topics such as the linguistic landscape.
Our teaching is informed by partnerships with organisations across and outside the University. For example, some French modules include sessions in Special Collections and Archives in the University’s Sydney Jones Library, whilst others run seminars in conjunction with National Museums Liverpool. In Hispanic Studies, the Etxepare Basque Institute fund a lecturer, internships and visiting speakers. The Spanish Embassy, the Institut Ramon Llull (the Catalan language and cultural institute), the Instituto Camões (the Portuguese language and cultural institute) and the Instituto Cervantes (the Spanish language and cultural institute) all support our annual Iberian and Latin American Week, a week of cultural and language activities related to Spanish and Portuguese speaking countries. These take place on campus and at a variety of venues throughout the city.
We will help you make the connection between university study and your future career, either through offering work experience opportunities as part of your degree or through transferable or specialist skills gained during your studies. Our work placement modules in Year Two allow you to use your language skills on a work placement in the Merseyside area. Our Year Abroad scheme offers you the opportunity to undertake a year- long teaching placement or an ‘International Year in Industry’ in a business or other organisation.
From the end of Year Two of your studies, you can gain qualified teacher status in a scheme supported by the Department of Education. Once you register on this programme, you will be eligible for the Teacher Training Bursary, a tax-free sum of up to £9,000. If you are interested in a career in translation and interpreting, you can gain these skills in our language modules from Year Two. In the Final Year, you can choose to take a specialist translation studies module or prepare a translation of your chosen text to submit as a dissertation.
You will also gain insights into the creative and practical aspects of the translation process at our annual translation workshop, led by a visiting professional translator or network with potential employers at our annual ‘Careers in Translation and Interpreting’ event.
Pursue your own adventure
Many of our modules allow you to focus on topics that particularly interest you. For example our language modules often let you choose and research a subject that interests you as part of your assessment, whether a book report or oral presentation. In cultural modules, you can choose or even devise your own essay question.