Module Information

Students following the Single Honours or Combined Honours degree programmes within the Department need to take a combination of compulsory and optional modules to achieve the annual requirement of 120 credits; the Department normally requires these to be equally distributed between the two terms (60 credits per term). Part-time students normally take 60 credits per year.

The exact combination of compulsory and optional modules depends on the type of degree programme and on the requirements of individual disciplines. Full details can be found in the Programme Specifications.

The general principles are set out below:

All core language modules (whether beginners’ or advanced) are compulsory, and run throughout the year.

Students on Single Honours programmes may take credits outside their main subject at Stages 1 and 2 and at Stage 3 of a three-year programme or Stage 4 of a four-year programme.

Combined Honours students are not normally permitted to take modules outside their two home Departments (see the information on Combined Honours students taking a third subject in Programme Information).

Students on the BA Modern Languages programme may take up to 30 credits outside Modern Languages.

*Exemptions from Core Language Modules

If a student has native-speaker or near native-speaker competence in the target language then they may be exempted from core language modules. In place of the core language module the student will normally take additional content modules to the value of 30 credits in that language discipline. In order to discuss the possibility of exemption, students should contact in the first instance the convenor of the core language module and then the relevant Director of Education, who will advise on alternative modules and possible implications for their degree titles.. Students will be required to sign a form in which they confirm i) that they do not wish to have tuition in the relevant core language module, and ii) that they have taken advice on the choice of modules that will replace the 30 credits of core language.

In order to demonstrate native-speaker or near native-speaker competence in the language, students are required to complete the following assessments:


For exemption at Level 1

At the beginning of the academic year for study at Level 1, students will be required to complete the summative language assessment used to assess Level 1 students in the previous academic year.

For exemption at Level 2

In Term 3 of the academic year for study at Level 1, students will be required to complete the summative language assessment used to assess Level 2 students in that academic year.

In order to qualify for an exemption from the core language modules, the student must achieve an overall mark of 70% or above in all areas tested, and no mark below 60 in any of the sub-sections tested. Partial exemption from sections of the core language is not allowed.

In order to graduate with a degree in a language discipline (i.e. Chinese, French, German, Italian, Russian, Portuguese and Spanish) all students are required to take the relevant core language module at Level 3 (MLX 3111). Therefore students cannot be exempted from the core language module at Level 3 (MLX 3111).

Chinese

Stage 1

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module for 30 credits and two 15-credit options.

Stage 2

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

French

Stage 1

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits), and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be chosen in a subject other than French.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits), plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Stage 2

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be chosen in a subject other than French.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits), plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be chosen in a subject other than French.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits’ worth of option modules.

German

Stage 1

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and four foundation modules of 15 credits each, plus 30 credits in a subject other than German.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Stage 2

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be chosen in a subject other than German.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits), plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be chosen in a subject other than German.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits’ worth of option modules.

Portugese

Stage 1

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module for 30 credits and two 15-credit options.

Stage 2

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Italian

Stage 1

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module for 30 credits (either beginners or advanced) and two 15-credit options.

Stage 2

Combined Honours students take a compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits of optional modules.

Russian

Stage 1

Single Honours students take a compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus modules to the value of 60 credits in Russian. A further 30 credits’ of optional modules are taken in a subject other than Russian.
Combined Honours students take compulsory modules only, to the value of 60 credits. Advanced students and beginners take different 30-credit core language modules.

Stage 2

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus 90 optional credits, of which up to 30 may be taken in a subject other than Russian.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Single Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) plus 90 optional credits, of which up to 30 may be taken in a subject other than Russian.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus optional modules to the value of 30 credits.

Spanish

Stage 1

Single Honours students take a compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus modules to the value of 60 credits in Spanish and choose optional modules to the value of 30 credits in another subject.
Combined Honours students take compulsory modules only, to the value of 60 credits. Which modules you take depends on whether you are a beginner or an advanced student.

Stage 2

Single Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) and optional modules to the value of 90 credits, of which up to 30 credits may be taken in another subject.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits’ worth of optional modules.

Stage 3 of a 3 year programme or stage 4 of a 4 year programme

Single Honours students take the compulsory core language module (30 credits) plus 90 optional credits. Up to 30 credits’ worth of optional modules may be taken in another subject.
Combined Honours students take the compulsory language module (30 credits) and a further 30 credits’ worth of optional modules

Full details of individual modules are available in Modules.

What to do in the case of a specific problem with a module

If you have concerns about the running of an individual module, you should discuss these with the module tutor or convenor. Please do this as early as possible; do not wait for the module questionnaire to express your misgivings. Most problems can be ironed out with a little negotiation.

If the problem cannot be resolved you should contact the relevant Director of Education.

In case of difficulties arising between a student and her/his Personal Tutor, you should contact the Senior Tutor.

 

Language of assessment (cultural modules)

All course work is normally written in English - your ability to argue your case effectively and convincingly forms an important part of your studies. If you nevertheless wish to write your course-work in the language of your studies please bear in mind that neither can we correct grammatical or other mistakes nor do we give extra points for the use of the target language. However, this option is also available for non-native speakers of English provided they use the language relevant for a particular module (i.e. you may write your answer for example in French or German in a French- or German-coded cultural module, but not, for example, in a HUMS or SML module).