Languages for Global Communication BA 2021/22 entry

Course code:

N1R9

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

N1R9

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Course code:

AHU034

Study options:

3 years full-time
4 years full-time with study abroad / professional placement
Flexible part-time

How to Apply
Location:

Coventry University

Starting:

September 2021

 

Fees:

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900

Find out more

Faculty:

Get in touch

For questions regarding study and admissions please contact us:

+44 (0) 24 7765 2222
ukadmissions@coventry.ac.uk

Overview

The Languages for Global Communication BA (Hons) is designed to help graduates to become effective intercultural communicators who are able to bring a highly desirable set of aptitudes to a range of employment roles (e.g. translation, teaching, diplomatic services, business, police force) and environments (e.g. public sector, private businesses and educational establishments). The course emphasises the study of French, Spanish, and Mandarin or Arabic, but there are opportunities to study other languages as well (German, Italian, Japanese).

Students whose first Language (L1) is not English will have an opportunity to learn English as a Second Language.

The course addresses widely identified future workforce skills needs in language, communicative and intercultural competencies (Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Pearson Education and Skills Surveys). 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, translation and language learning theory.

The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply).

Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. Please check the relevant course website for up-to-date information on the current status of course accreditations.

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.

To ensure an optimised and continual student experience, the university may deliver certain contact hours and assessments via emerging online technologies and methods across all courses.

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

Accreditation and Professional Recognition

This course is accredited and recognised by the following bodies:

Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT)

Students with an interest in a career in teaching will have the option of taking the Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) at no extra cost. The TKT is a globally recognised professional qualification in over 60 countries.

In addition, you can prepare for DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), AP(L)T (Arabic Proficiency Language Test) or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)*.

(*Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.)


The majority of our courses have been formally recognised by professional bodies, which means the courses have been reviewed and tested to ensure they reach a set standard. In some instances, studying on an accredited course can give you additional benefits such as exemptions from professional exams (subject to availability, fees may apply).

Accreditations, partnerships, exemptions and memberships shall be renewed in accordance with the relevant bodies’ standard review process and subject to the University maintaining the same high standards of course delivery. Please check the relevant course website for up-to-date information on the current status of course accreditations.

Students will have the option of gaining free Student Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL). For the Affiliate Membership*, which is annually renewable, students can apply when they show they are taking a language specialist degree. After successfully graduating, students can then apply for full Membership* (which includes benefits such as access to CPD webinars and participation in events with CIOL members from specialist divisions: ‘Business, Professions and Government Division’ (BPG), ‘Interpreting Division’ (ID) and ‘Translation Division’ (TD)).

(*may be subject to additional costs)

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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, you will be taught the skills required 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. You can acquire a foundation in the study of how languages themselves are learned and taught, both face-to-face and online, to adults as well as children.

In addition, you can take optional translation modules which aim to combine both theory and practice in a variety of linguistic contexts, e.g. literary, journalistic, technical, and political and economic discourse.

This should be achieved through the options to study French, Spanish and either Mandarin or Arabic  as these are among the key foreign languages rated as most useful to business by successive Confederation of British Industry (CBI) / Pearson Education and Skills Surveys. Other languages rated as highly important by CBI / Pearson Education, including German, Italian and Japanese, are also available at no extra cost through the Add+Vantage Programme of employability enhancement modules.

Students whose first Language (L1) is not English will have an opportunity to learn English as a Second Language.

Course Specification
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Modules

Overview

In the first year, you will be introduced to the four key strands of the degree: language learning and teaching, intercultural awareness, international relations and business communication.

You will also be encouraged to take an Add+Vantage module at no extra cost which allows you to develop your CV by taking credits in another language (e.g. German, Italian, Japanese or British Sign Language) or an area of study not explicitly related to your degree.

Modules

  • How Languages are Learned and Taught

  • National Perspectives on Intercultural Studies

  • Introduction to Languages through International Relations

  • Introduction to Business Communication

  • Add+vantage

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

You will continue to develop in the four strands of the degree as well as be able to choose an optional translation or online teaching module. In addition, you will again study an Add+vantage module of your choice.

Modules

  • Regional Perspectives on Intercultural Studies

  • Languages and Changing Power Structures

  • The Language of Marketing and Advertising

  • Add+vantage

  • Optional modules:

    • Online Language Teaching
    • Translation Theory and Practice 1

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

After the end of the second year, you have the option to take either a professional placement year* (in the UK, or abroad) or a study-abroad year*, and if you do so will take a non-credit bearing module which will help to ensure that you learn from and reflect upon your experiences.

N.B. You will be given advice but may be responsible for finding your own placements. Similarly, study-abroad years with your first choice of international institution cannot be guaranteed. You pay no fees to Coventry University for your placement or study-abroad year, though are responsible for covering your own costs.

(* Subject to availability, competitive application process, meeting visa requirements and additional costs)

Modules

  • Study Abroad

  • Professional Placement

Overview

In addition to mandatory modules around intercultural communication, foreign policy and language learning/teaching, there are a variety of optional modules.

The optional module ‘Teaching Young Learners’ can lead to the Cambridge Assessment English Teaching Knowledge Test (TKT) vocational qualification at no extra cost.

‘Professional Qualifications Preparation’ will directly prepare you for an additional accredited qualification that is recognised worldwide such as DALF (Diplôme Approfondi de Langue Française), DELE (Diploma de Español como Lengua Extranjera), HSK (Hànyǔ Shuǐpíng Kǎoshì), AP(L)T (Arabic Proficiency Language Test) or CAE (Cambridge Advanced English)*.

(*Registration for the tests may incur additional costs.)

Modules

  • Creating an Intercultural Portfolio

  • Languages through Foreign Policies Issue

  • Final-Year Project

  • Optional Modules

    • Materials Evaluation and Design in a Multimedia World
    • Professional Qualifications Preparation
    • Teaching Young Learners
    • Translation Theory and Practice 2

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...

  • Ability to study a variety of languages including French, Spanish, Mandarin, Japanese, German, Italian, Arabic and English as a Second Language.
  • Upon successful completion, you will have developed a wide range of skills and knowledge which is desirable for many post-graduation roles including teaching, translation, public sector work, foreign service or private business.
  • A chance to develop a dynamic online presence through creating an individual ‘A Domain of One’s Own’ website, which allows graduates to present prospective employers with an online portfolio of their degree-level work.
  • Free Student Affiliate Membership of the Chartered Institute of Linguists (CIOL).

The course explores 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 you to develop attributes that should complement your language translation skills enabling you to go on to become adaptable and multilingual professionals with a global intercultural perspective.

The course is taught using a variety of traditional, digital and innovative teaching methods and platforms.

Teaching and learning methods include lectures, seminars, workshops and tutorials devoted to regular formative assessments, study trips devoted to experiential learning and taught sessions in a range of locations outside of the classroom, online working and research, self-directed study and group / collaborative work.

Students will have the opportunity to create an online website (Domain of One’s Own – DoOO).

This course will be assessed using a variety of methods which 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.

On successful completion of the course you will 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 artefacts.
  • 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 your 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, you will have approximately 12 'contact' hours. This generally breaks down into personal tutorials or small group teaching, individual project support in your final year, small group conversation sessions, practical classes, workshops, seminars and lectures.

The contact hours may be made up of a combination of face-to-face teaching, individual and group tutorials, and online classes and tutorials.

Intercultural and international engagement forms the core of the course design from the induction sessions throughout students' journey to graduation. You will have the chance to be actively engaged with international students across the University (Culturae Mundi), but also beyond, through engagement in Collaborative Online International Learning projects (COIL) with partner institutions, involvement with the Confucius Institute (CI) and assessment via your website (Domain of One’s Own - DoOO). You will be invited to attend tailored conversation workshops in which you will be encouraged to develop and increase your confidence and augment your 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 2018/19, we provided a total of 5,469 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 2016/17


5,469

Student experiences

The number of student trips abroad for at least 5 days in 2018/19


12,000

and counting

The number of students we’ve helped travel internationally since 2016


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 Minimum five graded 9-4 including English.

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

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show-reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

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:

Portfolio

You may be required to submit a portfolio/show-reel/written work (as appropriate for the particular course) and you may be asked to attend an interview if it is practical to arrange.

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

What our students say...

The course has provided me with training and development of the necessary knowledge and transferable skills for the workplace in addition to other opportunities and programmes that I’ve taken part in.

Euan Macdonald, Final year Languages for International Business BA student

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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £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 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £9,250 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

Starts

Fee


September 2021

2021/22 fees TBC*
2020/21 fees - £13,900 (per year)


Scholarships

If you're a truly exceptional candidate we may be able to offer you a Coventry University Scholarship. Coventry University Scholarships are awarded to recognise truly exceptional achievement and academic excellence.

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 starting in the 2020/21 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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 starting in the 2020/21 academic year 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.

What our students say...

The best part about my course was going on the Year abroad to Castellon in Spain. This challenged me as a person and was the best year of my life. I learnt so much about Spain, the Spanish culture and myself. It helped me discover what I want to do as my career, having been unsure about this for many years.

Sophia, Final year student

Career prospects

Graduate Immigration Route visa

Based on current information from the UK Government, international students whose study extends beyond summer 2021 may be eligible for a visa under the UK Government’s Graduate Immigration Route, which will enable students to stay and work, or look for work, in the UK at any skill level for up to two (2) years. Check the most up to date guidance available to check your eligibility and any updates from the UK Government before making an application or enrolment decision.

Graduates in Languages for Global Communication may go on to a very wide range of employment destinations and are typically well suited to any career in which language fluency, communication and intercultural skills are paramount.

Since our degree develops the ability to use language effectively and appropriately in a range of circumstances, it may open up a wide range of career options associated with language proficiency, such as translation, the foreign service, marketing, public relations, advertising, teaching, the civil service or the media.

The university's Talent Team is on hand to offer tailored career and enterprise support if you wish to gain employment or take advantage of professional practice opportunities within course specific industries. Our dedicated enterprise officers also offer valuable assistance on how to begin as a freelancer/entrepreneur.

We are committed to preparing you for your future career and aims to give you a competitive edge in the graduate job market. The university's Talent Team provide a wide range of support services to help you plan and prepare for your career.

What our students say...

The course has provided me with training and development of the necessary knowledge and transferable skills for the workplace in addition to other opportunities and programmes that I’ve taken part in. For example: analytical and research skills. Coventry university also provided several other services that other universities did not, including Ad-Vantage employability modules, career building opportunities across the globe and student support services.

Euan, Final year student
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 2020/21 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 tuition fee for the course that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For UK and EU students, if Parliament permit an increase in tuition fees, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study in line with any such changes. Note that any increase is expected to be in line with inflation. Following the UK’s exit from the European Union, EU students should be aware that there may be a change to UK laws following the UK’s exit, this may change their student status, their eligibility to study part time, and/or their eligibility for student finance. We will act in accordance with the UK’s laws in force in relation to student tuition fees and finance from time to time.

For International students the tuition fee that is stated on the course webpage and in the prospectus for the first year of study will apply. We will review our tuition fees each year. For international students, we may increase fees for each subsequent year of study but such increases will be no more than 5% above inflation.