Languages for Global Communication BA 2019/20 entry

Course code:

N1R9

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years sandwich

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2019

 

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Overview

The Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons) is designed to help enable graduates to become effective intercultural communicators who are able to bring a highly-desirable set of aptitudes to a range of employment roles and environments.

The course aims to address widely-identified future workforce skills needs in language, communicative and intercultural competencies. The course will offer students a chance to learn languages through a flexible and integrated subject and skills–based curriculum that is predominantly focused on international business contexts, intercultural studies, international relations and language learning theory.

Why Coventry University?

An award-winning university, we are committed to providing our students with the best possible experience. We continue to invest in both our facilities and our innovative approach to education. Our students benefit from industry-relevant teaching, and resources and support designed to help them succeed. These range from our modern library and computing facilities to dedicated careers advice and our impressive Students’ Union activities.

Global ready

An international outlook, with global opportunities

Employability

Career-ready graduates, with the skills to succeed

Teaching Excellence

Taught by lecturers who are experts in their field

Course essentials

A degree which offers you more, at no extra cost

What our students say...

Learning a language is beneficial in more ways than one, I learnt that during my time at Coventry University, the languages staff really helped enhance my intercultural skills; overall my time at Coventry University has been brilliant.

Kenza Ouazzani, BA French and IR, 2018

Course information

Through studying this course, students will have the opportunity to learn to become proficient in one or two languages (to at least level C1 in the Common European Framework, CEFR), with the option to attain competency (B1 in CEFR) in another language.

This will be achieved through the options to study French, Spanish, Mandarin and Arabic (languages mentioned in no particular order) as these are among the key foreign languages rated as most useful to business by successive CBI / Pearson Education and Skills Surveys.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

Modules

  • How Languages are Learned

  • National perspectives on Intercultural Studies

  • Introduction to Languages through International Relations

  • Introduction to Business Communication

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Language Teaching and Technology

  • Regional Perspectives on Intercultural Studies

  • Languages and Changing Power Structures

  • The Language of Marketing and Advertising

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

Overview

Modules

  • Creating an Intercultural Portfolio

  • Languages through Foreign Policies Issue

  • Global Business Communication

  • Final-Year Project

  • Optional Modules

    • Language Learning Teaching and Technology
    • Professional Qualifications Preparation

Add+vantage

The focus on preparing students for successful futures sets Coventry apart as a university.

The Add+vantage modules teach a range of work experience and extra-curricular activities that are taken each year, and broaden students knowledge and skills within a work focused environment. There is a very wide range of Add+vantage free-choice subject areas, and they are arranged in themes.

We regularly review our course content, to make it relevant and current for the benefit of our students. For these reasons, course modules may be updated.

In more detail...

The course will explore international business, international relations and global culture through studies and active assessments thematically linked to intensive language-learning activity. The engaged, cohesive and outward-looking curriculum will allow students to develop attributes that will complement their language translation skills enabling them to go on to become adaptable and multilingual professionals with a global intercultural perspective.

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which will could vary depending upon the module. Assessment methods include formal examinations, coursework, group presentations and posters.

The Coventry University Group assessment strategy ensures that our courses are fairly assessed and allows us to monitor student progression towards the achieving the intended learning outcomes. Assessments may include exams, individual assignments or group work elements.

On successful completion of the course a student should be able to:

  • Acquire one or more languages equivalent to Level C1 (proficient user) of the Common European Framework (CEFR)
  • Demonstrate professional and project management skills for a wide range of working environments.
  • Demonstrate digital literacy through the design and creation of a range of communicative artifacts.
  • Critically analyse research material in relation to other cultures, communities and societies in English and in the target languages.
  • Evaluate team dynamics while working in a group and independently.
  • Critically reflect on their own and others' practice within academic and international contexts.
  • Demonstrate creativity and enterprise by working on intercultural projects, events and activities in the campus, locally and globally.
  • Demonstrate a high level of competence in intercultural studies, teaching and learning, international relations or international business.

In a typical teaching week students will have up to 12 'contact' hours. This generally breaks down

  • Personal tutorial/small group teaching: 1-hour session up to 3 times each semester (as individuals or in small groups), as well as individual project supervision in your final year.
  • Conversation sessions in small groups: 2 hours per week to practice your speaking skills intensively
  • Medium group teaching: 5 hours of practical classes, workshops or seminars in the target language of your choice.
  • Large group teaching: up to 4 hours of lectures per week in English.

Intercultural and international engagement forms the core of the course design from the induction sessions throughout students' journey to graduation. Students will have the chance to be actively engaged with international students across the University (Culturae Mundi), but also beyond, through engagement in Online International Learning projects with partner institutions and involvement with the Confucius Institute (CI) and will be assessed via their online portfolio (DoOO). Students on the degree will attend tailored conversation workshops in which they will be able to increase their confidence and augment their developing speaking skills through practice with a native speaker.

Global ready

Did you know we help more students travel internationally than any other UK university according to data from the experts in higher education data and analysis, HESA?

In 2016/17, we were able to provide a total of 3,482 experiences abroad that lasted at least five days. 

Much of this travel is made possible through our Global Leaders Programme, which enables students to prepare for the challenges of the global employment market, as well as strengthening and developing their broader personal and professional skills.

Explore our international experiences

1st for

international experiences

Sending more students overseas than any other UK uni (HESA 2016/17)


3,482

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2016/17


21,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally so far


12

global programmes

As well as trips, we offer other opportunities like language courses

What our students say...

Studying a language degree at Coventry University was a very positive experience, as it has provided me with not only linguistic knowledge and professional skills, but also helped me to find a direction for my future career.

Ieva Lachajute, BA Spanish, 2018

Entry Requirements

University Course Code: AHU034
A Level BTEC IB Diploma GCSE requirement
BBC DDM 31 points 5 GCSEs at grade A*–C including English or specified equivalents.

Please visit our page on European entry requirements for more information about specific country information.

English as a Foreign Language: Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Select your region to find detailed information about entry requirements:

English as a Foreign Language: Students whose first language is not English must demonstrate proficiency in the English language equivalent to IELTS 6.0.

Our International Student Hub offers information on entry requirements for your country, as well as contact details for agents and representatives should you need more advice.

More detail

Unconditional offers

We want to recruit the best students to Coventry and having assessed applicants' past, current and predicted performance and commitment to the course we feel that it is appropriate to reward consistently high-achieving students with an unconditional offer from Coventry University. It is a commitment from us with regard to an applicants’ potential as an excellent undergraduate and we hope that this will encourage such applicants to join the Coventry community. Personal statements and references will also be taken into account and, for some degree courses, an interview will form part of the assessment. The criteria for unconditional offers will vary across the University as entry requirements for specific courses differ and not all degree courses will be taking part in the Scheme.

We will consider other qualifications for a pre-result unconditional offer providing that you have an appropriate proven performance at GCSE (or equivalent) level and predicted grades in line with grades that we expect to see at A-level. Other qualifications that we may consider for a pre-result unconditional offer include: The International Baccalaureate Diploma, BTEC Level 3 qualifications, Cambridge Pre-U and combinations of qualifications (e.g. BTECS plus A-levels).

An unconditional offer is what it says it is. So, if you don’t meet your predictions then your place at Coventry is still guaranteed. However, we would hope and expect that you continue to work hard to make the most of your potential and be best prepared to study at university level.

We can’t but our experience over the years has shown us that students with a track record of high grades and excellent predictions are very likely to achieve those grades. Our assessment takes into account all elements of your application to allow us to take a holistic view of your potential. There is also the opportunity to apply to one of the Coventry University Scholarships if you achieve the required grades so there is a financial incentive to aim high. Unconditional offers are only made to individuals who have demonstrated their commitment so we believe their focus and determination is unlikely to waver in the final stages of their qualifications.

No, the unconditional offer is only available to those who will take up their place in 2019.

Tuition Fees

We pride ourselves on offering competitive tuition fees which we review on an annual basis and offer a wide range of scholarships to support students with their studies. Course fees are calculated on the basis of what it costs to teach each course and we aim for total financial transparency.

For more information, please visit our Finance pages.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


UK Scholarships

If you're a truly outstanding undergraduate candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship.

Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional sports achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£9,250 (per year)


EU Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a range of EU Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Starts

Fee


September 2019

£15,600 (per year)


International Scholarships

For the September 2019 intake we're investing in a wide range of Academic Excellence scholarships for high achieving and enterprising international students. Fulfil your potential this academic year with Coventry University!

Course essentials at no extra cost

We're committed to communicating study costs clearly to make sure you're not faced with having to make any unexpected payments.

This is why our ‘Flying Start’ package provides you with a few course essentials. Your full-time fee for an undergraduate degree will cover the following:

UK field trips

Any mandatory site visits and trips within the United Kingdom.

Key material

This can include core textbooks, software and equipment.

Laser prints

1,000 A4 sides of black and white laser printing credits per year.

Optional year

Pay no tuition fees for optional work placements or study abroad trips.

EU student fees

EU nationals and their family members starting in the 2019/20 academic year remain eligible for the same fees as home students and the same financial support. Financial support comes from Student Finance England, and covers undergraduate and postgraduate study for the duration of their course, providing they meet the residency requirement.

For tuition fee loans

EU nationals must have resided in the European Economic Area (EEA) or Switzerland for the three years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that three year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

For maintenance loans

EU nationals must have resided in the UK and Islands for the five years prior to the start of their course. The purpose of that five year residency should not have been mainly for the purpose of receiving full time education.

Career prospects

What our students say...

Studying languages at Coventry University has been brilliant. I arrived knowing no Spanish at all and have left with a fluent level in the language, all thanks to the ab initio programme and the dedicated staff. My French has also improved dramatically, helped by the grammar lessons, conversation classes and the year abroad. What's more, the careers team helps to show the students how they can use their languages in a professional way after they graduate. I would definitely recommend studying languages at Coventry

Emily Birch, BA French and Spanish, 2018
Disclaimer

By accepting your offer of a place and enrolling with us, a Student Contract will be formed between you and the University. A copy of the 19/20 Contract can be found here. The Contract details your rights and the obligations you will be bound by during your time as a student and contains the obligations that the University will owe to you. You should read the Contract before you accept an offer of a place and before you enrol at the University.

The University will charge the tuition fees that are stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study. The University will review tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase for UK and EU Students is expected to be in line with inflation. For international students, the University may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.

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